1. Recent Articles

    1. Save Your Pc & Tablet from Most Deadly Virus Heartbleed

      Heartbleed Detector, a Chrome browser plug-in, and an Android mobile app, are accessible in the Chrome Web Store and Google Play app store.

      Security specialist Trend Micro announced the release of two free Heartbleed scanners for computers and mobile devices designed to verify whether they are communicating with servers that have been compromised by the Heartbleed bug.

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      Mentions: Trend Micro Google
    2. Telco digest: Nokia; CAG audits; Reliance Jio; Mtn; BSNL-ISRO; Trai

      Prakash Katama, Director of Nokia India’s Chennai plant has quit and the position is being taken up by V Sembian, head of product and process engineering, reports Business Standard.

      Sources also told the publication that about 200 of the 700 trainees at the factory had accepted the voluntary retirement package offered by Nokia. The package to trainees includes the gross salary for three months and compensation of Rs 2 lakh.

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      Mentions: Nokia
    3. Funding digest: BetaGlide, iKure Technosoft

      BetaGlide, a cloud-based app testing platform from India has won $1 million at the Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC). The prize money was sponsored by Houston-based VC firm Mercury Fund.

      In a statement the company said that it will use the funds for research and expansion. They will be awarded in the form of an equity structure, and the BetaGlide team will move to its new headquarters at Bay area in June, according to NextBigWhat.

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      Mentions: IIT Kharagpur
    4. E-Commerce Roundup: New Amazon India Stores, Myntra Designer Tie-ups & Flipkart WP App

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      New Amazon.in Stores

      Hindi Books: Amazon’s India marketplace Amazon.in has launched a Hindi physical book store which claims to offer over 23,000 Hindi titles across various genres like literature and fiction from authors like Premchand, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Kamaleshwar and Yashpal among others.

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    5. Microsoft Xbox One garners 5 million sales

      Microsoft has announced that over 5 million units of its latest gaming console, the Xbox One, have been sold, reports Reuters.

      Sony yesterday announced it had sold 7 million units of the PS4, which in comparison to Microsoft Xbox One’s count is 2 million more. Sony also said it was unable to manufacture to meet demand. The Xbox One was launched a week before the PS4 in major markets, and will be available in India from September 2014. The PS4, on the other hand, is already available in India.

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      Mentions: Microsoft Sony
    6. Airtel’s Jagbir Singh quits; Abhay Sarvargaonkar named new CTO

      Telecom major Bharti Airtel’s key technology officer Jagbir Singh has resigned and the company plans to promote Abhay Savargaonkar, its chief of network operations, to the post.

      “Singh has quit due to personal reasons. Savargaonkar, who has been with the company for about eight years, will replace him,” a person familiar with the matter said. An Airtel official confirmed the development. Singh was a member of the Airtel management board and director of the Network Services Group.

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    7. IndiaHomes raises $24.8 mn from Nea & existing VCs

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      Real estate brokerage portal IndiaHomes has raised a growth fund of $24.8 million (Rs150 Crore) from US-based VC New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and existing investors – Helion and Foundation Capital, reveals a PTI report.

      IndiaHomes will use the funds to expand to other parts of India. The company is now present in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, and wants to expand operations to 50 more towns.

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    8. India proposes new electronics standards as trade wars shift from import duties

      Indian government has proposed the creation of new standards for electronics industry in India to target imported electronics, that might affect importing of devices such as iPad here, reports The Economic Times.

      This announcement seems to be a response to mega trade treaties such as Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), that eliminates import duties and other tariffs on imported electronics.

      Rajeev Kher, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India meanwhile said recently that the emphasis is now shifting to creation of rules, regulations and standards. This ...

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    9. LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users

      LinkedIn announced this morning that the company now has 300 million registered users worldwide, over half of which come from outside the U.S. Stateside, the site has 100 million members, its says. LinkedIn revealed these and other figures via a company blog post, in addition to laying out its vision for growing its presence through strategic initiatives on mobile, in Asia, and beyond. These…

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    10. How Indian Smartphone Brands Stack Up Against Global Players!

      [Editor’s Note: These trends are shared by the folks at PricePanda, India’s newest price comparison site that comes from Rocket Internet stable]

      The world of smartphones on a global level is dominated by the big players in the market? Apple and it’s behemoth the iPhone, Samsung with its powerful line of Android enabled Galaxy line of smartphones. The smaller Android manufacturers are also in the game, with HTC, Sony and LG producing some great hardware.

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    11. Ex-Apple CEO Launches OBI Mobile Brand In India

      The rumours that were going around for past couple of months have become a reality. John Sculley, the former Apple CEO has launched his brand Obi mobiles in the Indian market. Singapore based Inflexipoint will initially invest $20 million in the company.

      The company’s current plan is to launch Android handsets in the Rs 5000 – Rs 8000 category. The profit margins are expected at 20 percent, considering the competition in the category.

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  7. Quotes

    1. Trend Micro has responded to the Heartbleed threat by offering tools to all Internet users as a solution to protect their personal data.
      By Raimund Genes
    2. Heartbleed is a problem that may never entirely go away, but we are committed to providing and updating our solutions to best protect the data of our customers, and provide essential security on each device they use.
      By Raimund Genes
    3. As consumer internet in India undergoes a paradigm shift, we continue to be focused on leading this change from the front. Durga is well-equipped to lead this effort for us due to her strong understanding of the digital user, products and the opportunity.
      By Ajay Chacko
    4. Right now we are not focusing on monetization. Once we reach critical mass we may adopt a freemium model or a marketplace model. We could offer a jobs solution or turn into a publication platform. All this depends on the sort of user base we get.
      By Sumit Maniyar
    5. It is an open market and though there are smartphones from Samsung and Micromax, hardly any smartphone offers good value for money.
      By Jayanth Kolla