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    1. Uber announces additional security in India as the government seems likely to amend radio taxis regulation to support app-based taxi services

      Uber announces additional security in India as the government seems likely to amend radio taxis regulation to support app-based taxi services

      Uber, an app-based transportation network and taxi company may resume its services in New Delhi as the government is likely to amend changes to the Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 to bring the web-based taxi aggregators under the same regulations, ET reports. The company was banned from operating in India’s capital in the wake of the rape of a female passenger by a Uber-registered driver earlier this month.

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    2. Airtel stands by its decision to charge extra for VoIP calls

      Airtel stands by its decision to charge extra for VoIP calls

      Standing by its decision to charge extra for services like Skype and Viber, telecom major Bharti Airtel yesterday said allowing VoIP calls on mobiles without additional charges was not a tenable business.

      The company defended its position despite Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying yesterday that the government would look into the matter. He incidentally today tweeted a news report in this regard.

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    3. Stalemate continues at Foxconn plant; employees plan protest

      Stalemate continues at Foxconn plant; employees plan protest

      Stalemate between representatives of Foxconn India and employee union continued yetserday at the fifth round of tripartite talks held in the presence of Labour department officials at Sriperumbudur near here.

      “Since the management has been maintaining their stand even as the fifth round of tripartite talks were held today, we have also stuck to our demand. There was no significant development,” said Foxconn India Employees Union President E Muthu Kumar.

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    4. Microsoft CEO meets Narendra Modi; keen to be partner in Digital India

      Microsoft CEO meets Narendra Modi; keen to be partner in Digital India

      Global IT giant Microsoft’s chief executive officer Satya Nadella Friday met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. He is the third tech giant executive to meet Modi, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

      Earlier in the day, Nadella said the company is looking forward to partner with the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ programmes of the Modi government.

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    5. Indian government blocks image sharing site Imgur

      Indian government blocks image sharing site Imgur

      The Indian government has asked telecom operators and ISPs to block the image sharing site imgur. A Vodafone representative, responding to a query from MediaNama about Imgur not being accessible via Vodafone connections, said that “It has been blocked as per DoT instructions.” DoT is the Department of Telecommunications, which issues blocking instructions to telecom operators and ISPs.

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    6. A response to Airtel’s justification of its net neutrality violation

      A response to Airtel’s justification of its net neutrality violation

      Airtel sent us a statement explaining the rationale for its net neutrality violation, wherein it started differential rates for Internet Telephony (VoIP), as opposed to other Internet services. As we explained earlier, a COAI paper mentions what the industry association refers to as ‘OTT’, which it believes eats into telecom operator revenues: VoIP, Instant Messaging (IM), Applications (Apps), Cloud Services, Internet Television, IPTV, M2M – Machine to Machine (M2M) communications, Social Networking. So, all digital services are under threat of being carved out as separate packs.

      Airtel believes that what it is doing is right, so we decided to ‘fisk’ it ...

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    7. F*ck you, Airtel

      F*ck you, Airtel

      First things first. F*ck you, Airtel. The carrier that claims itself to be “The smartphone network” has come up with the dumbest business plan – to charge separately for VoIP calls outside of the data plan one is already paying the carrier. Airtel’s move is against the essence of net neutrality – the fabric of providing equal and fair access to all Internet services and content.

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    8. Airtel announces VoIP exclusive pack of 75MB for Rs 75 as government looks to review its policy

      Airtel announces VoIP exclusive pack of 75MB for Rs 75 as government looks to review its policy

      Airtel, the largest telecom operator in India has announced a special data plan for the use of VoIP services on its network. The company announced today a ‘VoIP exclusive’ pack consisting of 75MB of data for Rs 75. The announcement comes two days after the telecom operator quietly started charging subscribers with premium rates for using Skype, Viber and other VoIP services regardless of the data plan users were subscribed to.

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    9. Microsoft keen to partner Digital India, Make in India programme

      Microsoft keen to partner Digital India, Make in India programme

      Global IT giant Microsoft’s chief executive officer Satya Nadella Friday said the company is looking forward to partner with the Digital India and Make in India programmes of the government.

      “It’s always fantastic for me personally to be in India and the conversation I had with the minister was wide ranging,” Nadella said here after meeting communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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    10. TRAI may regulate HD channels’ subscription charges

      TRAI may regulate HD channels’ subscription charges

      Telecom and broadcast regulator TRAI is planning to review the freedom given to direct-to-home service providers in deciding subscription charges for high definition channels.

      There are about 40 HD channels in the country and DTH operators charge premium for them compared to normal quality channels (standard definition or SD).

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