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    1. Internet Digest: HOOQ, Facebook, Shemaroo, Ola and others

      Internet Digest: HOOQ, Facebook, Shemaroo, Ola and others

      HOOQ signs content deal with Sun TV

      Video streaming service HOOQ is expanding its library and has signed a multi-year deal with Sun TV, reports Indiantelevision.com. HOOQ will carry Sun TV’s library that includes a mix of films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Singapore telecom operator Singtel launched HOOQ in India earlier in May with plans starting at Rs 199 per month. Earlier this month, HOOQ also added over 1,000 Shemaroo video titles on its platform.

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      Mentions: Hyundai Fedex Singtel
    2. Uber Mumbai Airport and Uber Bangalore rides to cost more

      Uber Mumbai Airport and Uber Bangalore rides to cost more

      Online cab aggregator Uber has restructured its ride fare for pick ups at the Mumbai Domestic (1A and 1B) and International airports (P4 and P6) starting today, to include a surcharge of Rs 110. This surcharge has been made compulsory by the Mumbai International and Domestic Airport management, as it has allotted a designated pickup areas for commercial vehicles coming into the airport to get passengers.

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    3. Videocon claims to have made its first smartphone in India: the Z55 Dash

      Videocon claims to have made its first smartphone in India: the Z55 Dash

      Videocon Mobile Phones, Videocon Group’s mobile company, has started manufacturing mobile phones in the country, before any other manufacturers or brands, the company claims. Videocon says that its largest manufacturing base is in India and it has launched the smartphone Z55 Dash, a handset which has been designed and manufactured in India.

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    4. Amazon launches Underground store with free Android apps

      Amazon launches Underground store with free Android apps

      Amazon has launched Amazon Underground, a shopping app on Android that doubles up as an app store. The app claims to offer various paid games and apps on Google Play as free apps on its platform. Amazon claims various titles like Goat Simulator, Photo Suite, along with in app purchases for titles like Angry Birds, Frozen Free Fall etc., will be available for free.

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    5. Facebook’s digital assistant to come with human intervention

      Facebook’s digital assistant to come with human intervention

      Facebook has announced the testing of a new personal assistant service called M. According to the company, M is powered by artificial intelligence as well as supervised by humans. The company claims the assistant will be able to purchase items, get gifts delivered, book restaurants and travel arrangements, set appointments etc.

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    6. RBI roundup: POS cash withdrawals limit hiked and EMV card roll out extended

      RBI roundup: POS cash withdrawals limit hiked and EMV card roll out extended

      Cash withdrawal limits at POS  machines increased in rural areas

      Close on the heels of announcing the in-principle nod for 11 applicants for the payments bank licence, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in a notification, said that it has increased the cash withdrawal limits for point-of-sale machines in rural areas.

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    7. Intel India launches Maker Lab to support startups in IoT, devices etc

      Intel India launches Maker Lab to support startups in IoT, devices etc

      Intel India has launched an Intel India Maker Lab, a platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to ‘accelerate product innovation’ in Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices and compute domains. The Lab will support 10 startups initially and provide them with development kits, reference boards, hardware and software tools for developing and testing. The startups will also be provided business and mentoring support.

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      Mentions: Cisco Myntra Intel
    8. MTS launches OpenWeb plans to counter zero-rating plans

      MTS launches OpenWeb plans to counter zero-rating plans

      We missed this earlier. Telecom operator Sistema Shyam Teleservices Limited, which operates as MTS in India, launched a number of data plans which it called OpenWeb plans for its customers. MTS has dubbed these “Anti-zero rating” plans and says that these were launched keeping in mind support for net neutrality.

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    9. Airtel to hike data prices in a calibrated manner across India

      Airtel to hike data prices in a calibrated manner across India

      India’s largest telecom operator Bhart Airtel will be increasing prices for their data services across the country. In a call with analysts, former Airtel CFO Srikanth Balachandran revealed that the company would gradually look at increasing data prices “in a calibrated manner across the markets to suit adoption usage as well as profitability.”

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      Mentions: Airtel Google LTE
    10. CommonFloor launches 360 degree locality virtual tour

      CommonFloor launches 360 degree locality virtual tour

      Real estate portal CommonFloor has introduced a locality virtual tour on its portal last week. This feature offers a virtual walk through of 100 neighbourhood localities across Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, aimed at an ambitious goal of letting a user select a property in half a day. The company intends to add 400 more localities across 10 cities in the next 6 months. Currently only available on the web, the company plans to launch on mobile web and the app soon.

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    11. Digest: Voonik acquihire, Vuclip partnership, Uber expansion & more

      Digest: Voonik acquihire, Vuclip partnership, Uber expansion & more

      Voonik acqui-hires TrialKart

      Online stylist-curated fashion store Voonik has acqui-hired the mobile platform for providing virtual dressing room experience, TrialKart. With this acquisition, TrialKart’s team will also be responsible for building a new division at Voonik called ‘Image Intelligence’.

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    12. Funding Roundup: ePoise, MyPoolin, BookMeIn & more

      Funding Roundup: ePoise, MyPoolin, BookMeIn & more

      ePoise raises $500,000 from Orios Venture Partners and others

      ePoise Systems, a Bangalore based company which automates interviews and provides talent analytics, has raised $500,000 from Orios Venture Partners and Amit Ranjan, co-founder of Slideshare, among others, reports VCCircle. The company will use the funds on its new product, the ePoise Job Interviews app, which lets users search for jobs and take interviews from their smartphones.

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    13. Airtel acquires Augere Wireless’ BWA spectrum as it readies to take on Reliance Jio

      Airtel acquires Augere Wireless’ BWA spectrum as it readies to take on Reliance Jio

      It looks like Airtel is going to take Reliance Jio head on for 4G services. The telecom operator has acquired Augere Wireless Broadband which holds 20 Mhz of BWA spectrum in the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh telecom circles. Following the acquisition, Augere will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Airtel subject to regulatory approval.

      An earlier Economic Times report had said that the size of the deal was Rs 150 crore.

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