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    1. Star Ceo Uday Shankar on courts, censorship and the Internet as a “progressive challenger”

      Star Ceo Uday Shankar on courts, censorship and the Internet as a “progressive challenger”

      “That is truly frightening,” Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO of STAR India, said at FICCI Frames 2017 this morning, pointing to the growing trend of censorship in India, saying that “in 2015-2016, the censor board refused certification to 77 movies. This number was 47 in the previous year and only 23 the year before.” The censorship has been inexplicable, he illustrated, saying that “Even a word like – forgive me for using it – “saali”, has to be silenced in a film.

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    2. Airtel’s music streaming service Wynk Music gets a web version

      Airtel’s music streaming service Wynk Music gets a web version

      Airtel-owned music streaming service Wynk Music is now available on a web version. The company has not put out a statement regarding the launch; MediaNama has emailed Airtel inquiring when the website was launched, we will update the story once they respond. The web interface features tracks, albums, and artists from both international and local artists, although we are not sure if the entire track library available with the generic Wynk app is also live on the web interface.

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    3. NPCI and iSpirt say glitches in a bank’s UPI app caused fraudulent transactions

      NPCI and iSpirt say glitches in a bank’s UPI app caused fraudulent transactions

      The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and iSpirt sought to allay fears of the recent fraudulent transactions on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Both the NPCI and iSpirt said that the fraudulent transactions were due to glitches in Bank of Maharashtra’s UPI application.

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    4. Flipkart terms reports of $1B fund raise from Tencent, Microsoft as ‘speculative’

      Flipkart terms reports of $1B fund raise from Tencent, Microsoft as ‘speculative’

      E-commerce marketplace Flipkart has raised $1 billion in fresh funding from China-based Internet firm Tencent with participation from Microsoft, according to this Business Standard report. The report quoted unnamed sources who told the publication that the new round of funding was based on a valuation of $11 billion, down significantly from the previous valuation of $15 billion.

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    5. Four CERT’s set up for addressing cyber threats in power sector; Payments?

      Four CERT’s set up for addressing cyber threats in power sector; Payments?

      The Government of India has set up four Sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams to address Cyber Security Threats in Power Systems. Piyush Goyal, Power Minister, said that these are for addressing four power sectors: Transmission, Thermal, Hydro and Distribution, each of which have their own CERT, in order to co-ordinate with power utilities.

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    6. Spice Digital signs up to become a GST Suvidha Provider

      Spice Digital signs up to become a GST Suvidha Provider

      Spice Digital has received approval to become a GST Suvidha Providers (GSPs) from the GST Network, the company has said. The GST Network is a non-profit company partly owned by the government and states with 51% with non-government financial institutions, which has been set up to provide the IT infrastructure and services to Central and State governments as well as taxpayers, for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in India.

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    7. TRAI asks if hotels offering Internet or voice access should buy a telecom VNO license

      TRAI asks if hotels offering Internet or voice access should buy a telecom VNO license

      Direct in Dialing (DID) facility allows companies or residents to purchase a block of telephone numbers from telecom operators, and deploy it in a closed manner within a company/residential plot, using a private branch exchange system (PBX). An example of DID is when, in a hotel, users in different rooms can make and receive calls within the premises for free.

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    8. Websites and apps providing unauthorised Aadhaar services were shut down: Govt

      Websites and apps providing unauthorised Aadhaar services were shut down: Govt

      Last week, in the Lok Sabha, the Government of India acknowledged that some websites and mobile applications were providing un-authorised Aadhaar related services, “such as downloading online Aadhaar letters, providing status of Aadhaar generation, printing Aadhaar letters on Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Card etc.

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    9. ICICI Bank’s Mera iMobile app offers a UPI interface in 11 languages

      ICICI Bank’s Mera iMobile app offers a UPI interface in 11 languages

      ICICI Bank has launched a mobile banking app focused on rural consumers which allow them to make fund transfers, including with UPI option, in 11 Indian languages. The app works in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Odia, Assamese and Punjabi. Note that other UPI apps, including PhonePe also work in Indian languages. The NPCI’s BHIM app covers 8 languages. None of these, however, allow the Virtual Payment Address, to work in an Indic language.

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    10. Parminder Singh joins Mediacorp as Chief Commercial and Digital Officer

      Parminder Singh joins Mediacorp as Chief Commercial and Digital Officer

      Parminder Singh, Twitter’s former Managing Director for Southeast Asia, MENA and India, who quit the company in November last year, has joined Mediacorp as its Chief Commercial and Digital Officer. In a tweet, Singh said that his “Key priority will be to lead & align monetisation efforts with digital product development, ops, audience acquisition & content marketing”, and “Combining mainstream & digital assets will deliver compelling solutions for clients & consolidate leadership position for Mediacorp.”

      Singh’s role combines two positions which were previously separate at the company: in a note, Mediacorp said that its monetisation efforts need to be more “closely aligned ...

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    11. The Experiences that Airbnb launched in Delhi yesterday

      The Experiences that Airbnb launched in Delhi yesterday

      Airbnb has launched its Trips platform in Delhi, as a part of its expansion of Trips to 50 cities globally this year, adding 15 bookable local experiences in Delhi. Note that Trips is available only on the Airbnb app.

      Trips, which was launched in November last year, is a massive expansion of Airbnb’s mandate beyond just places to stay, looking into three aspects: Experiences (activities), Places (recommendations of things to do, like Tripadvisor does), and Homes (stays).

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    12. Marico picks up 45% stake in men’s grooming brand Beardo

      Marico picks up 45% stake in men’s grooming brand Beardo

      FMCG firm Marico has picked up a 45% stake in Zed Lifestyle which owns Beardo, a men’s grooming brand that sells its products through a mix of both offline and online channels. BeardoIt claims that “almost 3/4th of its revenue” is generated through online channels. Ahmedabad-based Beardo was founded in June 2016 Ashutosh Valani and Priyank Shah. The company sells products like growth oil, wax, shampoos, etc. for men.

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    13. Vodafone India ties up with Amazon Prime Video for discounted subscription

      Vodafone India ties up with Amazon Prime Video for discounted subscription

      Amazon Prime Video will be offered to Vodafone customers for a discounted subscription price of Rs 249. This includes a cash-back of Rs 250 to a users Amazon Pay Balance after paying a price of Rs 499 during sign up. Only Vodafone users on Android can avail the cash back by signing up for Prime Video via the MyVodafone app or Vodafone website.

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    14. Jason Kothari gets additional charge as CEO of Freecharge

      Jason Kothari gets additional charge as CEO of Freecharge

      Almost a month after Govind Rajan quit as CEO of Freecharge, Jason Kothari has been appointed as his replacement. Kothari takes on this role in addition to his role as Chief Strategy and Investment Officer at Snapdeal, which owns Freecharge. Kothari is seen as a Softbank appointee at the struggling ecommerce company: Prior to joining Snapdeal just a couple of months ago, Kothari was the CEO of another Softbank company, Housing.com, for over a year.

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