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    1. Bharti Airtel increases stake in Airtel Nigeria to 83.25%

      Bharti Airtel increases stake in Airtel Nigeria to 83.25%

      Bharti Airtel International has acquired Econet Wireless Limited’s 4.2% stake in Airtel Nigeria, taking Bharti Airtel’s overall holding in Airtel Nigeria to 83.25%. In 2013, Bharti Airtel’s stake in its wholly subsidiary Airtel Nigeria was increased to 79.06%. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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    2. SwiftKey launches transliteration for Hindi and Gujarati

      SwiftKey launches transliteration for Hindi and Gujarati

      SwiftKey has introduced a transliteration feature for Hindi and Gujarati speakers, enabling users to type in English letters and automatically have it converted to one of these languages without having to change keyboard modes. The feature essentially detects the language the user is typing in and shows prediction in English and native language script, for example, typing in ‘namaste’ will display both “namaste” and “नमस्ते” on the prediction bar.

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    3. Traditional taxis case against Uber in EU will “define” Uber’s status

      Traditional taxis case against Uber in EU will “define” Uber’s status

      Uber will present its arguments about being a digital service, as opposed to a transportation service, in the European Court of Justice tomorrow, reports New York Times. This hearing will determine the way the company will operate across the European Union. Globally, Uber maintains that it is a digital platform connecting drivers and riders.

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    4. Facebook is piloting Express WiFi in India through tie ups with telcos

      Facebook is piloting Express WiFi in India through tie ups with telcos

      Facebook has started testing its Express WiFi, its public WiFi service in rural areas in India.  According to the company’s Internet.org website, the service is currently live in India and Facebook is “working with ISPs and carriers and local entrepreneurs” to help expand the project. The development was first reported by PTI.

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      Mentions: PTI Trai
    5. Ajit Narayanan replaces Shamik Sharma as Myntra’s CTO

      Ajit Narayanan replaces Shamik Sharma as Myntra’s CTO

      Shamik Sharma, Myntra’s Chief Technology and Product Officer has quit, and moved into an advisory role, reports Economic Times. Ajit Narayanan, the SVP & head of engineering, has been promoted to head all technology, the report added.

      Sharma was appointed to the role 4 years ago in September 2012. Prior to Myntra, he was the VP of software at Lytro, SVP of technology and engineering at RockYou (Yahoo! ), VP of engineering at StumbleUpon and director of engineering at Yahoo.

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    6. Live Blog 3: The best updates on demonetization and digital payments

      Live Blog 3: The best updates on demonetization and digital payments

      You should download our Digital Payments report here. No cash needed, because it’s FREE. (but you can patronise our work here).

      November 28th (updates from Shashidhar again)

      10:10: Quartz puts the losses of the demonetization into perspective.

      India’s businesses will lose an estimated $9 billion due to demonetisation (till Dec. 31) = Apple’s Q4 2016 profits (Photo credit: Reuters) pic.twitter.com/tjKGgwc70A

      — Quartz India (@qzindia) 28 November 2016

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    7. Airbnb partners with SEWA in India to offer home stays and rural experiences

      Airbnb partners with SEWA in India to offer home stays and rural experiences

      Airbnb has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA) to expand its network of homes in rural India. Launching in Gujarat, Airbnb and SEWA will work with (and train) SEWA members to offer their homes to Airbnb’s international and domestic guests. SEWA has a membership of 2 million poor and self-employed women members across 14 states of India.

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    8. Amazon Prime Video India to stream Doraemon, Shin Chan and Ninja Hattori

      Amazon Prime Video India to stream Doraemon, Shin Chan and Ninja Hattori

      Amazon Prime Video has inked an exclusive deal with TV Asahi to stream anime shows – Doraemon, Shin Chan, and Ninja Hattori in India, along with regular updates of the episodes.

      Doraemon, created by Fujiko F. Fujio, is a Japanese manga series that was later adapted into an anime series and media franchise. The anime adaptation of Japanese manga series, Shin chan created by Yoshiko Tsui, has been on air on TV Asahi since 1992 and continues to be aired to-date.

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    9. Demonetization to lower PC, mobile, tablet sales in Q4 2016: IDC

      Demonetization to lower PC, mobile, tablet sales in Q4 2016: IDC

      Indian government’s decision to scrap high-valued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 which accounts for more than two-third of the cash stream will lead to “immediate but temporary” fall in device sales in Q4 2016, according to research firm IDC. Every financial year, consumer purchase of PCs, smartphones, and tablets in India witnesses a slowdown post festive sales.

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    10. No more currency exchange except at RBI counters; More updates

      No more currency exchange except at RBI counters; More updates

      We’re a little slow today, but here’s the lowdown on what the government has announced regarding demonetization since last evening:

      1. No over the counter exchange of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes after midnight yesterday. Oddly enough, despite the queues, the government notice says that “It has been observed that over the counter exchange of the old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination has shown a declining trend.” The government sees this as a means of getting people to deposit their old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in their bank accounts, and ...

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    11. UPI has largely missed capitalizing on the demonetisation “perfect storm” – Avinash Raghava

      UPI has largely missed capitalizing on the demonetisation “perfect storm” – Avinash Raghava

      By Avinash Raghava

      Startups position their product using too many sophisticated words. Ask ur customers and listen to their description. Use words that matter.

      — Shekhar Kirani (@skirani) November 22, 2016

      It is common knowledge that Indian engineers, in general, have great expertise in building products. But on the other hand, they have little appreciation of the importance of building a compelling story highlighting why customers should “care” about these products.

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    12. FIPB approvals for Oup & Bloomberg Quint; Netmagic & Flag deferred

      FIPB approvals for Oup & Bloomberg Quint; Netmagic & Flag deferred

      The Indian government has approved 4 proposals of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) based on the recommendation of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) last month.

      Companies which have received approvals from the FIPB are:

      • BMJ Group lndia: has received approval for its business of printing, publishing and circulating scientific and technical magazines, journals, periodicals and other publications, but not any dealing with news and current affairs.
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    13. MobiKwik can now be used to pay road tolls at 391 booths

      MobiKwik can now be used to pay road tolls at 391 booths

      MobiKwik is now a mode of payment at 391 toll booths on Indian Highways. The company said that it received approval from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the cashless payment method. The development comes after the NHAI cancelled all toll charges across highways in India up till December 2, post scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Note that MobiKwik isn’t the first mobile wallet to get approval from NHAI for toll payments.

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    14. Google India vs Visaka Industries: Intermediary liability again

      Google India vs Visaka Industries: Intermediary liability again

      A Brief Background

      In 2009, a defamation case was filed by Visaka Industries Ltd. (the ‘Company’) against a group called Ban Asbestos Network India (‘BANI’), its coordinator Mr. Gopal Krishna and Google India. The Company is involved in the manufacturing and selling of asbestos cement sheets and allied products. The Company had alleged that some of the blog posts written by Mr. Gopal Krishna which were posted on the blog owned by BANI were defamatory in nature.

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    15. BSNL rolls out Aadhaar eKYC verification for SIM cards: Report

      BSNL rolls out Aadhaar eKYC verification for SIM cards: Report

      State owned telco BSNL has rolled out Aadhaar-based eKYC (Know Your Customer) verification facility starting with Mysore circle, reports the Times Of India, although it’s not clear if this will be extended to more circles that BSNL operates in. This month, Telenor India implemented Aadhaar-based verification across 6 circles in 700 stores. In August, Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone, and Idea also initiated Aadhaar-based SIM activation across its branded retails outlets.

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    16. Netmeds acquires medicine delivery app Pluss

      Netmeds acquires medicine delivery app Pluss

      Netmeds, a Dadha Group-promoted online pharmacy, has acquired Delhi based Pluss, for an undisclosed amount, reports VCCircle. Pluss is an app used by customers for ordering and delivery of medicines and other health related products. Last month, Economic Times had reported that the companies were in talks for an acquisition. Pluss will be merged into Netmeds.

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    17. Eros Now partners with Vodafone for content distribution

      Eros Now partners with Vodafone for content distribution

      Eros Now, the digital streaming service of Eros International, has integrated its service with Vodafone Play. This gives Vodafone users access to Bollywood films including Housefull 3, Dishoom, Happy Bhaag Jayegi, Bajirao Mastani and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, says the press release. Eros Now claims to have over 55 million registered users worldwide with 1.32 million of them being paid users. It has a movie library which includes Hindi, Tamil, and other regional language films.

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    18. Government doubles NATGRID budget to Rs 109 crore for 2016-17

      Government doubles NATGRID budget to Rs 109 crore for 2016-17

      In a reply to the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Home Affairs stated that Rs 109 crore had been allocated towards the budget of the ambitious intelligence gathering project National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) for the year 2016-17. The Minister further said that the project framework is expected to be implemented by the 30th of September 2018.

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    19. HT Media plans cost-optimisation as print advertising revenue declines

      HT Media plans cost-optimisation as print advertising revenue declines

      Shalini Gupta (from Quantum Securities): “One last question. What is the problem that you are facing with respect to monetizing your readership online, because your readership in the newspapers, in the hard copies is well established, but what is getting in the way of you monetizing your readership online?

      Sandeep Jain (Chief Strategy Officer, HT Media): Let me ask you this way, do you Shalini pay for news online?

      Shalini Gupta: No, why would I pay for it?

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    20. 4G tablets were 25% of overall shipments in India in Q3 2016: IDC

      4G tablets were 25% of overall shipments in India in Q3 2016: IDC

      4G enabled tablet shipments in India were up by 55% in Q3 2016 when compared to the previous quarter, accounting for nearly 25% of overall tablet shipments, research firm IDC said in a report. Comparatively, 4G tablet shipments accounted for only 15% of overall shipments during Q1 2016. Samsung led the 4G segment in this quarter with its newly launched J Max model, added IDC.

      Also Read: 4G smartphone shipments in India grew 24% q-o-q in Q3 2016: IDC

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