In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 9th June 2019

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GOQii Founder Vishal Gondal on the problem with deep discounting and why they’ve sued Flipkart

Fitness wearables provider GOQii has taken online marketplace Flipkart to court over deep discounting, and received a stay order, preventing Flipkart from, in the interim, allowing the sale of products. This case is significant because of multiple issues: firstly, it comes in the backdrop of India defining its ecommerce policy, where it sought to regulate marketplaces more deeply, and allow trademark owners the ability to monitor the sale of their products, and even prevent sale, on marketplaces. Read it here

Hackers accessed sensitive information of Flipboard users for over 9 months

News aggregator Flipboard disclosed in a recent announcement that hackers gained access to and potentially obtained copies of some of its databases containing user information between June 2, 2018 and March 23, 2019, and from April 21 to 22, 2019. Flipboard said it detected the intrusion on April 23, a day after the second hack, “after identifying suspicious activity in the environment where the databases reside”. Read it here

Google Cloud outage shows how a highly centralised internet is bad for everyone

Around 3 pm Eastern Standard Time on June 2, (12.30 am IST on June 3), YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Nest, Discord and a number of other web services that rely on the Google Cloud Platform suffered major outages in the US. It took more than four hours for the company to resolve the problem. Read it here

TDIL makes access to Indian language technology free for startups

We missed this last month: Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL) programme, which has been sponsoring the development of Indian language tech resources, has decided (pdf) to make it cheaper to get access to this technology for external stakeholders: while it was earlier free only for Indian academic researchers, the Ministry of Electronics and IT has announced that startups can use these resources free of cost, MSME’s at 10% of cost, International Academic Researchers at 10% of cost, and Big Companies, MNCs and Foreign Entities at 50% of the cost. Read it here

Summary: 73 recommendations that Nilekani-led committee on digital payments made to the government

An RBI-appointed panel set up to review the status of digital payments in January recently submitted its report (see a copy below), in which it said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government must target 10X growth in the volume of digital payments in the next three years. Read it here

RTI response: RBI has no readily available data on the number of failed digital transactions in FY18-19

The Reserve Bank of India has said in reply to an RTI query that it does not readily have information about failed transactions on various payment platforms in FY18-19. The RTI query, filed by Srikanth Lakshmanan, asked the central bank for the number of failed transactions reported by all licenced payment system operators for each authorised payment system, and the number of failed transactions on its own platforms – NEFT and RTGS. Read it here

Shaping a Digital-Ready Copyright Law: Challenges and Imperatives

The draft copyright rules released for public comment earlier this week represent a notable first in Indian copyright policy: an express articulation, though very brief, of the demands of the digital era. The Department for Promotion of Internal Investment and Trade (DPIIT) has rightly noted the need “to ensure smooth and flawless compliance of the Copyright Act in the light of technological advancement.” Read it here

7 Interesting Things We Learned When We Asked the World About Misinformation Online – Mozilla

Earlier this year, we asked people all around the world to take a survey on misinformation online. Nearly 60,000 people responded. What we learned is quite interesting. Read it here

Russian 2016 fake news campaign was highly professional, successful: Study

Russia’s disinformation campaign in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, often believed to be the work of trolls, was in fact bigger, better coordinated, and far more effective than previously believed, according to a study by US cybersecurity firm Symantec. Read it here

Vice President calls for innovative solutions to protect data, says cyber security shouldn’t be an afterthought

The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu highlighted the need for data protection in this technology-driven age, and called for innovations that would help accomplish that in a speech in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Read it here