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    1. Mehdi’s involvement in terror seems more virtual than real

      Mehdi Masroor Biswas, a 24-year-old engineer from Bangalore has been arrested  for running a pro-ISIS Twitter account @ShamiWitness to spread propaganda related to the terrorist organization. The Bangalore police’s FIR said that he was booked under the under Section 125 of the IPC for “waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with the Government of India”, section 66 of the IT Act, 2000 and section 39 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004 for supporting a terrorist organization.

      The ShamiWitness account currently has 17715 followers, and has 129,413 tweets. A scan of its timeline indicates that it ...

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    2. Video learning solution provider Linksteet raises investment from Faering Capital

      Video-based learning solutions Linkstreet has raised an undisclosed amount in Series A round of funding from Faering Capital India Evolving Fund. The company plans to use the funds for product and business development.

      As a part of the investment, Faering co-founders and managing directors, Aditya Parekh and Sameer Shroff will join the Linkstreet board, along with Mu Sigma managing director Ganesh Lakshminarayanan.

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    3. Indian Railways nearly doubles its budget for Wi-Fi on trains

      Indian Railways nearly doubles its budget for Wi-Fi on trains

      Indian Railways has fixed a budget of Rs 98.6 crore to provide Wi-Fi facility in 50 rakes of Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duranto category of trains, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha informed Rajya Sabha.

      In August 2014, the Indian Railways had mentioned that the estimated budget for introducing Wi-Fi facility in these trains had been fixed at Rs 55 crore. At the time, the Railways had also mentioned that they would be using a cost effective technology.

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    4. Weekly Digest (05th-12th December 2014)

      MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: Spice Digital, Antfarm, Getit, Fortumo, Info Edge and E2E for their support.

      Investment & M&A

      – Snapdeal acquires gift recommendation site Wishpicker – Updated Digest: AnyCommerce, Lycos TV, YouTube Audio Library and Tata Docomo – GiftCardsIndia secures funding from Blume Ventures and Rajan Anandan – Mobile used cars marketplace Zoomo secures $1M seed funding from SAIF Partners

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      Mentions: Cisco Tata Sky Lycos
    5. YouTube’s India 2014 trends dominated by indie creators

      YouTube has unveiled its annual list of top trending videos and music videos for this year with YouTube Rewind 2014. This list is formulated based on the total number of views generated by the video combined with shares, likes and comments it received. Here are some of the India-specific trends mentioned in the list:

      Top trending YouTube videos (non-music):

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    6. Poonam Pandey on cracking the social media celebrity angle in India – Yahoo India

      Poonam Pandey on cracking the social media celebrity angle in India – Yahoo India

      by Jugal Mody for Grist Media. Excerpted from Yahoo India

      Poonam Pandey first started tweeting in February 2011. She was 20 and had been a model for three-odd years. In the first few weeks/months, she tweeted links to wallpaper versions of her on Santabanta.com – India’s favorite source for glossy desi celebrity desktop wallpapers.

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    7. Some Gionee & Karbonn phones reportedly come pre-loaded with viruses

      Some Gionee & Karbonn phones reportedly come pre-loaded with viruses

      A mobile security firm Lookout has found that some models of Gionee and Karbonn mobile devices are coming with viruses pre-loaded on them. Researchers at Lookout found a Chinese malware known as DeathRing pre-installed on a number of handsets and devices popular in India and Africa.

      DeathRing is a Trojan virus which masquerades as a ringtone application, but instead download SMS and WAP content from its control servers on to a victim’s phone.

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      Mentions: Cisco Nikon Lenovo
    8. On 66A, “Palghar was not an abuse of power. The law itself is abusive”; Notes from the Supreme Court

      One compelling feature of the ongoing cases against sections of the IT Act is that the court is examining infirmity in the law, and not individual cases of infirmity in its implementation. Yesterday, when Justice Bobde pointed this out to Gopal Sankaranarayan, saying that “Nobody is defending the abuse of the law”, Sankaranarayan, representing the petitioner Anoop K, said that: “There was no abuse of power. Palghar (case) was not an abuse of power, the law itself is abusive.

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    9. Industry moves: GroupM, Zee Digital and Maxus India

      Vikram Sakhuja appointed group strategy officer by GroupM

      GroupM has clarified that Vikram Sakhuja is now the global group strategy officer of the company, after his previous position as global CEO was passed on to Lindsay Pattison in October this year, reports afaqs. The company had said then, that Sakhuja will remain with the group, without specifying what exactly his role in the company would be.

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    10. IMImobile’s India & Sea gross profit down 19% to £2.47M in H1-FY15

      IMImobile’s India & Sea gross profit down 19% to £2.47M in H1-FY15

      The gross profit from India & South East Asia region for IMImobile declined by 19% to £2.47 million for the six month ended September 30, 2014, from £3.1 million in the corresponding six month period last year.

      IMImobile says the profits declined due to the ongoing consequences of the implementation of TRAI’s VAS guidelines that impacted its customers (primarily mobile operators).

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      Mentions: Airtel Vodafone Cisco
    11. OnMobile gets buyback approval upto Rs 49 Cr at max Rs 86 per share

      OnMobile gets buyback approval upto Rs 49 Cr at max Rs 86 per share

      OnMobile Global board has approved a share buyback for an amount not more than Rs 49 crore, at a maximum of Rs 86 per share. Following this approval, the company’s shares surged by 5% to Rs 72.60, from previous day’s close price of Rs 69.15.

      This buyback comes at a particularly turbulent time for OnMobile as it had laid off around 383 employees during the quarter, in a bid to become profitable by the end of the financial year (ending 31st March 2015).

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    12. Mobile used cars marketplace Zoomo secures $1M seed funding from SAIF Partners

      Mobile used cars marketplace Zoomo secures $1M seed funding from SAIF Partners

      Bangalore-based mobile peer-to-peer marketplace for buying & selling used cars Zoomo has secured $1 million seed funding from SAIF Partners, reports The Times of India. The funds will be used to strengthen Zoomo’s presence in Bangalore and expand to Mumbai & other cities over the next six months.

      The Zoomo app is currently only available for Android devices, and it’s not clear if & when it’ll be made available for iOS and other mobile platforms.

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    13. A look at Twitter India & Facebook India’s 2014 trends

      A look at Twitter India & Facebook India’s 2014 trends

      Twitter has released its annual #YearOnTwitter report for 2014, which lists the top trending events and topics in India this year. The trends are as follows:

      Top 10 peaks in Twitter conversations:

      Rohit Sharma’s (@ImRo45) world record breaking score of 264 last month vs Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, saw the biggest spike in Twitter conversations in India, followed by Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) joining Twitter in May and Modi refraining his supporters from making irresponsible statements in April.

      Others in the list include the Pepsi IPL, Kejriwal’s arrest and Modi’s interview for a Hindi News channel ...

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    14. Big data firm Qubole raises $13M funding led by Norwest Venture Partners

      Data-as-a-service provider Qubole has secured $13 million in a series B financing led by Norwest Venture Partners. This brings the total investment in the company to $20 million. Earlier in 2013, Qubole had got funding from  Light Speed Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Anand Rajaraman, and Venky Harinarayan.

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    15. YouTube is now available offline on iOS & Android in India

      YouTube is now available offline on iOS & Android in India

      YouTube now allows users in India to download videos for offline viewing on its iOS and Android app, three months after the official announcement during the Android One launch in September this year.

      Availability: This feature wouldn’t be available across all videos as yet, although Google notes that much of the popular YouTube content in India would be available for offline viewing. This includes videos from partners like T-series, Saregama, Yashraj Films and others.

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      Mentions: Opera Google UGC
    16. Fullscreen partners YouTube MCN Qyuki to expand into India

      Fullscreen partners YouTube MCN Qyuki to expand into India

      Shekhar Kapoor, AR Rahman & Samir Bangara backed Indian multi-channel network (MCN) Qyuki and Los Angeles-based media company Fullscreen have tied-up to offer Indian digital content creators opportunities to monetize and distribute their content and access to production & technology services from both networks, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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    17. HyunChil Hong takes over from BD Park as Samsung India MD

      HyunChil Hong takes over from BD Park as Samsung India MD

      Korean technology giant Samsung has appointed HyunChil Hong as the managing director of Samsung India & president of South West Asia. He will be taking over from B.D. Park and will be based out of Gurgaon, India. Park will be moving back to Samsung’s Korea headquarters, where he will be heading the sales and marketing for the company’s digital appliances business.

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    18. “If a law requires a person to be careful, it is not violative of free speech”; Notes from the Supreme Court

      “If a law requires a person to be careful, it is not violative of free speech”; Notes from the Supreme Court

      A two judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of Justice Chelameswar and Bobde, hearing multiple cases challenging sections linked to the IT Act, observed yesterday that Section 66A of the Information Technology Act (download) – provisions related to which had been called vague, unconstitutional, and beyond the ambit of Article 19(2) of the Constitution of India which provides reasonable restrictions on free speech only chills you from saying something offensive (on the Internet).

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    19. Digest: AnyCommerce, Lycos TV and YouTube Audio Library

      AnyCommerce acquires ILoveRead

      Chennai-based AnyCommerce, the company behind the online food ordering platform goGrab.in, has acquired iLoveRead, a portal that lets users borrow books online, reports Techcircle. The company said this acquisition was a part of its strategy to expand to multiple verticals and cities. Other transaction details were undisclosed.

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    20. Cisco to jointly develop IoT solutions for smart cities with ILFS Technologies

      Cisco has tied up with ILFS Technologies (ITL) at the Cisco India Summit 2014 held at Bangalore, to jointly develop solutions for digital infrastructure and smart cities in the country, reports the Financial Express.

      The collaboration will focus on creating traffic management, public safety and e-governance solutions for urban cities, which will help citizens get info about traffic, parking, lighting and water etc.

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