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    1. UIDAI goes after org that disclosed government departments were releasing Aadhaar data

      UIDAI goes after org that disclosed government departments were releasing Aadhaar data

      If there was ever a case of shoot the messenger, it is this.

      The UIDAI, the body which runs the Aadhaar project in India, has written to the Centre for Internet & Society suggesting that their disclosure of the fact that the data of 130 million Aadhaar users is being publicly disclosed on the Internet is owed to a hack-attack, reports the Times of India.

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    2. Facebook is testing cross app notifcation with Instagram and Messenger

      Facebook is testing cross app notifcation with Instagram and Messenger

      Facebook is testing a feature that will show notifications from Facebook, Messenger as well as Instagram in the Facebook window itself. It allows users to switch between these apps instantly and keeps them informed about the activities on their profiles in each of the apps. Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch, which first reported the news, about the test.

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      Mentions: Instagram Snapchat
    3. Zomato says it fixed data breach; loopholes in its encryption methods

      Zomato says it fixed data breach; loopholes in its encryption methods

      Zomato announced in a blog post today that it had contacted the unidentified hacker from yesterday’s data breach. The breach had led to details of 7.7 million users being stolen. The leaked information, listed for sale on a Darknet market (hansamkt2rr6nfg3.onion/listing/93556), was taken down by the hacker after Zomato requested them to do so, the company added.

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    4. Paytm raises $1.4 billion from SoftBank

      Paytm raises $1.4 billion from SoftBank

      Paytm has raised $1.4 billion from SoftBank Group Corp. This will be one biggest investment from the Japanese Internet and Telecom major in any Indian startup and also the largest round raised by Paytm. The company plans to invest the fresh funding over the next three to five years in expanding the user base and towards Paytm Payments Bank, the company said in a statement.

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    5. TRAI recommends Aadhaar authentication for broadband connections after ISPAI letter

      TRAI recommends Aadhaar authentication for broadband connections after ISPAI letter

      You might soon require an Aadhaar card for continuing to use your existing home broadband connection or for getting a new connection. Telecom regulator TRAI has recommended the DoT to make it mandatory for all licensed ISPs in India to verify their users via Aadhaar ekYC as opposed to eKYC done via driving licenses, rental agreements, etc.

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      Mentions: Airtel SIM Trai
    6. Netflix releases Angry Indian Goddesses censored in India

      Netflix releases Angry Indian Goddesses censored in India

      Netflix released the censored version of Angry Indian Goddesses in May, a month after it released the uncensored version of the film in other countries, MediaNama has found. The version uploaded in India is the same one that was cleared for theatrical release by the Censor Board, even though its jurisdiction doesn’t extend to online platforms like Netflix.

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    7. 17 million user records stolen from Zomato database

      17 million user records stolen from Zomato database

      By Apurva Venkat & Salman SH

      Zomato has confirmed that its database was compromised by hackers. In a blog post on Thursday, Zomato mentioned that its security team discovered a breach in its system wherein encrypted passwords and raw usernames/emails belonging to 17 million users were stolen by unidentified hackers. The company, however, claims that payment related data or credit card details have not been stolen or leaked since it is stored in an encrypted format.

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    8. Ola launches lightweight mobile website, aims to go deeper in rural areas

      Ola launches lightweight mobile website, aims to go deeper in rural areas

      Cab aggregator Ola has launched a lightweight mobile website that would give customers an app-like experience while consuming lesser amount of data when compared to normal websites. The lightweight site can be used to book an auto or a cab across the categories that Ola offers. Once the entry location and drop location is entered, the customer is required to enter their mobile number for authentication. Ola is targeting tier 2, tier 3 and tier 4 cities of India with the new launch.

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      Mentions: Huawei Flipkart GCI
    9. Google I/O 2017: Android O, Google Assistant, Google Lens & more

      Google I/O 2017: Android O, Google Assistant, Google Lens & more

      On the first day of Google’s I/O developer conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that Android is now on 2 billion devices. Here are some highlights from the conference.

      Google released the public beta for the next iteration of its Android operating system, ‘O’. Some improvements include “Notification Dots,” which allow users to preview messages from apps without opening the apps themselves; O is also optimised for better battery life and improvements in security and performance.

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    10. BSNL to provide bandwidth to Facebook for Express WiFi project

      BSNL to provide bandwidth to Facebook for Express WiFi project

      BSNL will power Facebook express WiFi program which plans to install 20,000 WiFi hotspots across the country in remote and hilly areas where connectivity is low, according to this PTI report. Facebook signed a MoU with BSNL yesterday for acquiring backhaul spectrum/bandwidth from the state-owned telco for running the project, according to a tweet from the BSNL handle.

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      Mentions: Airtel Bsnl MOU
    11. Yatra.com posts loss of Rs 83 crore for Q4-FY17

      Yatra.com posts loss of Rs 83 crore for Q4-FY17

      Online travel company, Yatra.com has reported a loss of Rs 83.02 crore  for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 (Q4-FY17). Losses for the same quarter last year were Rs 34.77 crore. However, the company reported revenues of Rs 242.95 crore million during the quarter, which was up by 18% from Rs 205.82 crore in the same quarter last year. It posted Rs 520 crore revenue less service cost for the fiscal 2017.

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    12. #PornBan2: Lawyer renews effort to ban online pornography with 16 year old client

      #PornBan2: Lawyer renews effort to ban online pornography with 16 year old client

      Kamlesh Vaswani, the lawyer whose efforts led to a brief ban of hundreds of pornographic websites (called #PornBan), is back. This time, he’s representing a 16-year-old from Kota, Rajasthan, filing an affidavit, as LiveLaw reported, in the Supreme Court demanding a total ban on online pornography. The student, Akash Narwala, is a self-described anti-rape activist who says he was “disgusted” by his classmates and juniors browsing porn online, after which he sought out Vaswani.

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    13. Jio to DoT: “Airtel’s acquisition of Tikona’s wireless spectrum will create loss for govt”

      Jio to DoT: “Airtel’s acquisition of Tikona’s wireless spectrum will create loss for govt”

      Airtel’s acquisition of Tikona’s wireless business unit will create a loss of Rs 217 crore to the government if the authorities allow the proposed acquisition, Reliance Jio said in a letter to the DoT, reports Economic Times. Jio said in the letter that Airtel is “misusing” Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) guidelines since the proposed Airtel-Tikona deal is a spectrum sharing deal, and that Airtel has arranged it as an M&A deal.

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    14. News broadcasters complain that Republic TV is violating ethics rule: report

      News broadcasters complain that Republic TV is violating ethics rule: report

      The National Broadcasters Association, a union of large news channels, has accused Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV of violating an ethics rule, per a Mint report. Republic, the NBA wrote in a letter to TRAI, is listing itself across multiple genres in cable distributors’ programme guides. This means that users who subscribe to those cable distributors will see Republic more often than other channels, which the NBA argues is a violation of TRAI’s interconnection guidelines.

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    15. Micromax CMO Shubhajit Sen quits

      Micromax CMO Shubhajit Sen quits

      Shubhajit Sen, the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Micromax has put down his papers, while his position will be replaced by existing Group Head (VAS and Sales) Shubhodip Pal, the phone manufacturer said in a statement. Sen had joined Micromax in February 2015 and headed YU Televenture’s (Mircomaxowned phone brand) marketing operations. Prior to Micromax, Sen worked with GlaxoSmithKline as the VP for Family Nutrition segment for 5 years and as EVP Marketing (India) for 19 years.

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    16. Lyft teams up with Uber rival Waymo for autonomous cars: report

      Lyft teams up with Uber rival Waymo for autonomous cars: report

      Waymo, an autonomous car technology project under Google’s parent company Alphabet, confirmed to the New York Times that it has entered into a deal with Uber rival Lyft. The financials behind the deal was not disclosed. A day after the deal was confirmed, a key Uber engineer working on self-driving was barred by a US court from working on Uber’s own project.

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    17. Mswipe acquires PayU’s POS business

      Mswipe acquires PayU’s POS business

      Mswipe will merge PayU’s existing offline POS business into its existing operations. PayU had gotten into the POS business less than a year ago (in July 2016), so this is a pretty quick admission of this-is-not-what-we-want-to-do. In a statement, B Amrish Rau, CEO at PayU India, acknowledges that the focus will be on online only, saying “We are laser focused on the online space and continue to increase our market share through new fintech products and innovation.

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    18. Tata Teleservices Maharashtra losses surge to Rs 1365 Cr in Q4FY17

      Tata Teleservices Maharashtra losses surge to Rs 1365 Cr in Q4FY17

      Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd (TTML) has reported losses of Rs 1365.57 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 (Q4 FY17), which more than doubled from Rs 414.74 crore loss in the previous quarter. The company had posted a loss of Rs 21.98 crore in the same quarter last year. The telco said that its losses increased significantly this quarter due to an impairment loss of Rs 905.4 crores arising from the revaluation of 800 MHz spectrum that the telco acquired in March 2015.

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