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    1. Microsoft to close Windows Live Messenger service in China by October 31

      Microsoft plans to close its Windows Live Messenger (MSN) service in Chinese mainland by October 31, amid a crackdown by authorities against the world’s largest software firm over anti-monopoly violations. China launched the anti-monopoly probe against Microsoft alleging that the company may have broken laws regarding compatibility and documentation authentication for its Windows OS and MS Office.

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    2. The Lowdown: Digital Impact of the banking related Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

      Government of India launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) yesterday. An estimated 1.5 crore bank accounts were opened through a nationwide enrolment drive held at 77,892 locations, which coincided with the launch.

      As part of PMJDY each of the 1.5 crore bank account holders also received a RuPay debit card, Rs 1 lakh accident insurance cover, and an additional Rs 30,000 life insurance cover.

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    3. Educomp sells majority stake in Gateforum to PE fund ASK Pravi

      Educomp Solutions Limited-owned Educomp Online Supplemental Services Ltd sold its majority shareholding in Gateforum Educational Services Pvt Ltd to ASK Pravi Private Equity Opportunities Fund, the company informed the BSE. ASK Pravi Capital said they would look to leverage Gateforum’s GATE preparation platform and scale it to other test preparation spaces. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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    4. Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Top 5 Android apps to download this Ganpati Festival

      The prosperous occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi is here and the ten day festival envelopes Mumbai in a celebratory spirit. Devotees are seen constructing elaborate mandals (makeshift sets) to bring home Ganeshji with much grandeur and celebration. Mumbai is home to a mammoth number of Ganpati lovers and crowd management is a huge concern for cops and organisers. In a bid to help in crowd management, some mandals are using technology to ease the woes.

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    5. Funding Roundup: iTiffin, Manthan Software and TinyOwl

      iTiffin raises $1 million in seed funding

      Bangalore-based online meals service iTiffin.in raised $1 million in seed funding from an undisclosed large Indian family office, reports Techcircle. The startup said it would look to raise a further $6 million in the next six month via a Series A round of funding, to expand into Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

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    6. HTC Mobiles official sponsor of Kings XI Punjab

      Mobile handset maker HTC Mobiles today said it has become an official sponsor for Kings XI Punjab, one of the eight cricket teams of Indian Premier League (IPL).

      “HTC Mobiles, as an official sponsor, will occupy the right chest position on the Kings XI Punjab playing jersey,” HTC Mobiles said in a statement. It is held and promoted by a consortium, which includes Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta and Karan Paul.

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    7. On RBI’s online billing guidelines: What about the small merchants?

      A few months ago, I was discussing with an online payment platform company, issues related to piracy of reports that we intend to sell. We’re not doing print, so these will essentially be digital goods, so the ease of transfer-ability is significantly worrying. The platform service provider pointed towards something we hadn’t considered, and which, according to them, is a significant issue internationally: chargebacks.

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