In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 30th June 2019

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Myanmar govt orders internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin amid escalated tensions

Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication last week directed all telecom operators in the country to “temporarily” shut down internet services in nine towns in the states of Rakhine and Chin, reports Reuters citing officials from Telenor Group. Read it here

Google offers ideas on formulating oversight policies for content-sharing platforms

In a blog post, Google has offered ideas for approaching oversight of content-sharing platforms, which it calls a “shared responsibility” of governments, tech platforms and civil society. Read it here

Google removes 3 million fake business profiles from Google Maps in 2018

Google removed 3 million fake business profiles from Google Maps in 2018, the company announced last week. About 250,000 of the fake business profiles removed were reported by the users, while 85% of the fake profiles were removed by Google’s internal systems. Read it here

Hackers ‘linked to China’ have attacked telecom firms in over 30 countries for years, researchers find

Hackers, believed to be backed by the Chinese government, have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecom companies in over 30 countries and stolen large amounts of personal and corporate data “since at least 2017”, according to research conducted by US-Israeli cyber security firm Cybereason. Read it here

Parliament’s Budget Session: Aadhaar Amendment bill listed for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha

We’re tracking all the developments related to internet and technology in India during the Budget Session of the Parliament. This will include all proposed legislation, bills listed or pending, and questions (related to technology and internet ecosystem) asked in both houses each day of the Parliament. Read it here

Amazon Prime’s India head says subscriber count doubled in the past 18 months: report

Amazon Prime has witnessed a two-fold increase in its subscriber count in the past 18 months, according Amazon Prime’s India head Akshay Sahi, reports The Times of India. He added that a record number of customers joined the service in the past year, including a significant number from non-metro markets, and said there were Prime subscribers in 400 towns and cities. Read it here

RBI committee recommends setting up Universal Enterprise ID, linkage across individual and enterpise PAN

A RBI committee led by former SEBI chairman UK Sinha has presented its report on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The committee, in its report, highlights the problems with Udyog Aadhaar and in-person KYC, and lack of infrastructure for cash-lending; it makes recommendations to tackle these issues, among other things. Read it here

Amitabh Kant to serve as NITI Aayog CEO for another two years

The appointments committee of the cabinet has extended the tenure of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant for another two years from until June 30, 2021. Kant was appointed as CEO of the central government think tank in February 2016 for a two-year period. During his tenure, Kant was responsible for driving several initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Incredible India and God’s Own Country. Read it here

Madras HC: Internet Freedom Foundation to act as an intervener in WhatsApp traceability case

On June 27, the Madras High Court approved Internet Freedom Foundation’s (IFF) plea to act as an intervener in the ongoing case that is now examining ways in which cybercrime might be curbed with the assistance of social media companies. Read it here

Karnataka Transport Department orders Ola, Uber to withdraw ride-sharing services

The Karnataka Transport Department has directed both Ola and Uber immediately withdraw ride-sharing services from their applications, according to an Economic Times report. Read it here