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    1. Ant Financial is resubmitting its application to US panel for its bid for MoneyGram: report

      Ant Financial is resubmitting its application to US panel for its bid for MoneyGram: report

      Ant Financial’s takeover bid for MoneyGram is running into further trouble with US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy. Ant Financial is resubmitting its application for US review of its deal to buy the money transfer service, reports Reuters. Both the companies... ...

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    2. ICICI Bank to introduce a “pay later” option for e-commerce similar to payday loans

      ICICI Bank to introduce a “pay later” option for e-commerce similar to payday loans

      ICICI Bank will be introducing a “pay later” option on e-commerce websites and this will be made available to the non-customers of the bank as well, reports the Times of India. However, the bank’s “pay later” option is different from other products such as PayU’s LazyPay and Simpl. ICICI Bank’s offering is a loan product while products such as LazyPay are underwriting tools.

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    3. Govt orders that smartwatches and CCTV cameras be registered mandatorily

      Govt orders that smartwatches and CCTV cameras be registered mandatorily

      The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has added smartwatches, CCTV cameras and recorders, iris scanners, and optical fingerprint scanners among 13 new electronic products to the Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012, making it compulsory for manufacturers of these products to meet standards as stipulated by the Indian government, and companies will also not be allowed to import any non-compliant product for sale in the country. This will come into effect from February 2018.

      The other products on the list are Plasma/LCD/LED television of screen size up to 32″, video display ...

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    4. Google Flights expands its reach in India, gets Cleartrip onboard

      Google Flights expands its reach in India, gets Cleartrip onboard

      Google has tied-up with travel portal Cleartrip to expand the reach of Google Flights in India, reports The Economic Times. This is Google’s fourth partnership in the country after the application’s launch in 2015 following previous partnerships with airlines Jet Airways and Vistara, and travel portal Via.com, according to ET report. The search giant’s Flights feature allow users to search, compare and book flights via the search engine on desktops, mobiles and tablets.

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    5. It’s official, WeChat shares private user data with the Chinese government

      It’s official, WeChat shares private user data with the Chinese government

      Finally they have let the cat out of the bag. While updating to Tencent-owned messaging app WeChat’s latest version users are greeted with a new privacy policy statement that confirms what has been suspected for sometime now: WeChat shares private user data with the Chinese government. This was first reported by The Epoch Times. Users who do not agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the privacy policy will not be able to access their WeChat accounts.

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    6. Zomato’s President and COO Deepak Gulati quits within six months: Report

      Zomato’s President and COO Deepak Gulati quits within six months: Report

      Deepak Gulati, the President and chief operating officer (COO) of restaurant listing and food delivery company Zomato has resigned within six months of his appointment at the company, reports The Economic Times. However, Gulati will continue to be part of the company in an advisory role, according to the report.

      MediaNama has reached out to Zomato for the confirmation and is waiting for its response.

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    7. First look at Google Tez: audio based p2p payment; 7 Indic languages; VPA issues

      First look at Google Tez: audio based p2p payment; 7 Indic languages; VPA issues

      Google’s new payments app, Tez, can use audio for proximity-based person to person money transfer and is available in seven Indic languages: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

      While the company is launching the app at a press conference in Delhi today, it is already live on the Google Play store, and fully functional. Download it here.

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    8. Top 10 stories of the week: September 11th to 17th September

      Top 10 stories of the week: September 11th to 17th September

      In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 17th September 2017

      MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: Info Edge, ESPN, & E2E, for their support.

      SEBI instructs crowdfunding platforms to include disclaimers on investments

      The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has issued another warning on crowdfunding, but this time it was directed at angel investor networks and start-up funding platforms, reports Mint. Read it here

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    9. Come and be a part of Digital Money 2017 – A conference that is designed to assess and empower digital payments – #Ad

      Come and be a part of Digital Money 2017 – A conference that is designed to assess and empower digital payments – #Ad

      IAMAI & Amazon pay present to you – The 10th edition of PCI’s annual conference – ‘Digital Money’ – powered by Mastercard. This year #DigitalMoney2017 has returned and it’s bigger than ever before! Digital Money 2017 will illuminate key aspects of the financial services and payments ecosystem.

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      Mentions: Iamai MasterCard PCI
    10. TRAI consultation looks at unsolicited commercial communication … again

      TRAI consultation looks at unsolicited commercial communication … again

      The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper on Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC) because it says that the earlier Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation, 2010 has failed to definitively curb UCC. Stakeholders can send in their comments by October 12, 2017 and counter comments by October 26, 2017 to advqos@trai.gov.in. This consultation looks at three aspects:

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    11. Are you looking to meet, connect and network with Brands, Ad networks Agencies, Publishers, Bloggers, Affiliates and App developers? – #Ad

      Are you looking to meet, connect and network with Brands, Ad networks Agencies, Publishers, Bloggers, Affiliates and App developers? – #Ad
      India Affiliate Summit 2017 is the place for you! #IAS17

      Internet And Mobile Association of India is hosting India Affiliate Summit for the third time at Leela Ambience, Gurugram on the 5th & 6th of October 2017.

      What is #IAS17 all about? The premiere offline meeting point for affiliate marketers to gather, where the elites from the industry discuss innovations, dissect implications and dwell upon the massive potential of this booming industry.

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    12. A beginner’s guide to understanding Initial Coin Offering (ICO)

      A beginner’s guide to understanding Initial Coin Offering (ICO)

      by Vishal Gupta, CEO SearchTrade

      Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is the literal equivalent of Initial Public Offering, except the offering, here is not equity; it is cryptocurrency. ICO is an unregulated means of crowd funding via cryptocurrency. The term is often confused with “token sale”, which is a means of obtaining access to a particular project through investment whereas an ICO offers the sale of a right of ownership or royalties of a project.

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    13. Instagram simplifies Stories for advertisers with three new tools

      Instagram simplifies Stories for advertisers with three new tools

      Facebook-owned image sharing network Instagram has introduced three new tools on the platform to simplify Stories for advertisers and marketers on the platform.

      The first new tool is an integration with Facebook Canvas– a full screen ad format, which will allow advertisers on Instagram to create full-screen ads which loads instantly, and are mobile-optimised.

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    14. Payback India appoints a new chief marketing officer

      Payback India appoints a new chief marketing officer

      Loyalty programme company Payback India has appointed Ramakant Khandelwal as its new chief marketing officer (CMO). He will be leading the company’s marketing strategies, including customer engagement, brand visibility, creative, content, digital and product marketing in addition to managing profit and loss responsibilities for digital and performance marketing verticals.

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    15. Online lending app MoneyTap now supports Kannada

      Online lending app MoneyTap now supports Kannada

      MoneyTap, an app-based lending start-up, is now available for in Kannada as it starts foraying into other Indic languages. The company is planning to launch the app in Hindi and Telugu soon. The app was initially launched in English and has issued close to Rs 20 crore in credit in Bangalore.

      Screenshots sent in, however, showed that the app does not completely translate all the options in Kannada and there are still many options are still in English. Still, that’s a beginning.

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    16. Announcing #NAMAprivacy Bangalore: The Future of User Data on 5th October #ad

      Announcing #NAMAprivacy Bangalore: The Future of User Data on 5th October #ad

      Following the success of #NAMAprivacy Delhi on the 5th of September (we got a lot of <3 and fan mails for it), we’re pleased to announce a #NAMAprivacy: The Future of User Data conference in Bangalore. The details:

      • Date: 5th October 2017
      • Time: starting at around 1230-1300hrs (starting with lunch), and ending probably at around 1730hrs
      • Venue: Royal Orchid, Domlur, Bangalore
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