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    1. ISPs block torrents via a John Doe order; lapses in order compliance

      ISPs block torrents via a John Doe order; lapses in order compliance

      Several ISPs in India including Tata Communications, MTNL, BSNL, etc are now displaying a static legal notice on torrent sites and other file-sharing sites warning users not to even ‘view’, ‘download’, ‘exhibit’ or ‘duplicate’ content hosted on such websites. Doing so will either land users in prison for up to 3 years and fines up to Rs 3 lakh under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957.

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    2. HT Media and DB Group form radio alliance for advertising

      HT Media and DB Group form radio alliance for advertising

      Radio stations of media companies, HT Media and Dainik Bhaskar Group, have partnered to create a sales alliance which will help advertisers reach a larger radio audience. The partnership will include 45 stations – 15 from Fever FM and Radio Nasha from the HT Group and 30 from My FM from the DB Group, according to a BSE notification.

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    3. Google to phase out apps for Chrome on Windows, Linux & Macs

      Google to phase out apps for Chrome on Windows, Linux & Macs

      Google will gradually phase out support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux starting this year, the company mentioned in a blog post. Chrome apps will only be accessible to Chrome OS users starting later this year, and in the second half of 2017, the Chrome Web Store will stop displaying Chrome apps for other OSes. By 2018, Chrome apps will no longer be able load on Windows, Mac or Linux.

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    4. Top 10 stories of the week: August 16th to August 21st 2016

      Top 10 stories of the week: August 16th to August 21st 2016

      In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 21st August 2016

      MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: Info Edge, Times Internet, HP and E2E for their support.

      – Uber to launch a fleet of autonomous cars in the US

      Online cab aggregator Uber will launch its self-driving cars as soon as this month in Pittsburgh, US, reports TechCrunch. The company said it would deploy around 100 modified Volvo XC90s outfitted with self-driving equipment to kick off the project.

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    5. Funding Watch: 8TV, Genext Students, Cuberoot Technologies, Joolz & more

      Funding Watch: 8TV, Genext Students, Cuberoot Technologies, Joolz & more

      Company Name: 8TV Amount raised: $500K (INR 3.34 Cr) Sector: Video Advertising Date announced: 8th August 2016 Investors: RedCliffe Capital Managing Partner Dheeraj Jain, Google executive Tidhar Carmeli, and AngelPad’s Thomas Korte What they will use the funding for:  To upgrade technology platform and expand into new Asian markets, including India. Source:  Inc42

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    6. AGENDA till 31st Aug 2016: events, webinars, regulatory deadlines & more

      AGENDA till 31st Aug 2016: events, webinars, regulatory deadlines & more

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      Events

      • Delhi,Monday,22nd August 2016: Panel Discussion on TRAI Reforms, A Must to Protect Consumer Rights,CCI (2:00pm-5:00pm)
      • Bengaluru,Saturday,20th August 2016: Information Security Awareness Workshop
      • Hyderabad,Saturday,20th August 2016: Digital Marketing Orientation
      • Hyderabad,Saturday,20th August 2016: Hack 4 Hyderabad Smart City Hackathon
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    7. Times Group’s Brand Capital invests Rs 130 crore in Quikr

      Times Group’s Brand Capital invests Rs 130 crore in Quikr

      Times Groups’s Brand Capital, its private treaty arm, has invested Rs 130  crore ($19.4 million) in online classifieds company Quikr through convertible debentures. Brand Capital has subscribed to 143,000 convertible debentures at Rs 9,038.32 and has bought one share priced at Rs 9,038.32 crore. The private placement offer was circulated on April, 2016.

      Convertible debentures are debt instruments which can be converted to stock at a later period of time.

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    8. Huawei to manufacture handsets in India: report

      Huawei to manufacture handsets in India: report

      Chinese telecom and networking giant Huawei Technologies will setup manufacturing plants in India, to locally manufacture smartphones in the country, according to an Economic Times report. During launch of Huawei’s latest handset model in India, Peter Zhai, President for Huawei India operations said that the company has procured licenses for manufacturing and will announce plans in a month’s time, as per the report.

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    9. How instant Aadhaar eKYC verification for SIM cards works

      How instant Aadhaar eKYC verification for SIM cards works

      Customers looking to acquire SIM cards can submit Aadhaar eKYC (Know Your Customer) or the downloaded version of Aadhaar card as identity proof to a telco’s Point of Sale (PoS) counter for verification, the DoT said in a notification (pdf). This will be rolled out in all licensed telecom circles for issuance of mobile connections as an alternative process, added the notification.

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    10. Uber to launch a fleet of autonomous cars in the US

      Uber to launch a fleet of autonomous cars in the US

      Online cab aggregator Uber will launch its self-driving cars as soon as this month in Pittsburgh, US, reports TechCrunch. The company said it would deploy around 100 modified Volvo XC90s outfitted with self-driving equipment to kick off the project.

      To help its autonomous plans, Uber has acquired the self-driving driving truck technology company Otto.

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    11. How Reliance Communications’ VoIP recharge pack works

      How Reliance Communications’ VoIP recharge pack works

      Reliance Communications’ (RCOM) newly launched VoIP recharge pack for Rs 39 will offer 300 minutes of calling via VoIP apps like Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, etc, along with 200 MB of data. Only when a customer makes voice calls via VoIP apps, their charges will be billed from the 300 minutes benefit; every minute (in VoIP) is equal to 0.7 MB of data, and data charges will be deducted accordingly (from the 200 MB benefit), a spokesperson from Reliance Communications told MediaNama.

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    12. ASCI calls out Amazon, Flipkart, OLA, Quikr & others for false advertising

      ASCI calls out Amazon, Flipkart, OLA, Quikr & others for false advertising

      The Advertising Standards Council of India’s (ASCI) Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) has upheld complaints (pdf) against 109 out of 155 advertisements brought to it in May 2016. These advertisements belonged to various categories: 41 in Healthcare category, 12 in  Food & Beverages, 9 in  E-commerce, 9 in Consumer Durables Category, 23 ads in Education category and 15 advertisements from other categories.

      In ecommerce:

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    13. United MediaWorks partners with Jaaz Eskay MultiMedia to expand into Bangladesh

      United MediaWorks partners with Jaaz Eskay MultiMedia to expand into Bangladesh

      Digital movie distribution firm United Mediaworks (UMW) has expanded its operations into Bangladesh by tying up with film production company Jaaz Eskay MultiMedia, the company in a statement. Under the new partnership, United Mediaworks will provide its digital cinema production and distribution technology to over 256 screens in Bangladesh. With this expansion, UMW claims to have a distribution chain present across 550 screens in both India and Bangladesh.

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    14. Housing appoints Vivek Jain as Chief Product & Technology Officer

      Housing appoints Vivek Jain as Chief Product & Technology Officer

      Online real estate platform Housing has appointed Vivek Jain as its Chief Product & Technology Officer (CPO/CTO). In his new role he will be responsible for the product and engineering aspects of the business.

      Prior to Housing, Jain was the VP Products of Digital Media at Reliance Jio for nearly 2 years. He also worked as the Product/Business Head at AWF Bandwidth at Amazon for 2 years, after having a 2 year stint as Senior Product Manager at SMC Network.

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    15. AskMe suspends operations

      AskMe suspends operations

      AskMe has temporarily suspended its operations, in the light of not being able to pay its employees and manage other costs running the business. MediaNama sources confirmed that AskMe management has indeed initiated a shutdown. We’ve written to AskMe for an official statement. MediaNama had also contacted Astro last week and checked for an update yesterday but we still haven’t heard back from the company.

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    16. Android fails to reach out of court settlement with FAS over antitrust case

      Android fails to reach out of court settlement with FAS over antitrust case

      Anti-monopoly watchdog Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and Alphabet (Google) have failed to reach an out of court settlement in the case of Google’s Android operating system violating monopoly laws by requiring the pre-installation of certain applications on mobile devices using Android, reports Reuters.

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    17. Exclusively.in will be merged with Snapdeal, website to be shutdown

      Exclusively.in will be merged with Snapdeal, website to be shutdown

      After acquiring online luxury fashion store Exclusively in February last year, Snapdeal is merging the entire catalogue of products under Exclusively with its Fashion and Apparel category.  All team members at Exclusively will continue with their existing business responsibilities, the company said in a statement, while the delivery of products under the Exclusively will be fulfilled by Snapdeal post the merger.

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    18. SBI has 34 lakh wallet users while mobile banking has 1.38 crore

      SBI has 34 lakh wallet users while mobile banking has 1.38 crore

      State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, has more than 34.04 lakh registrations for its Buddy Wallet at the end of the June quarter. In recent times, the bank has been aggressively expanding its wallet operations and tied up with tied up with IRCTC and Aditya Birla Group to allow customers to make payments.

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