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    1. Lakshmi Narasimhan leaves Network18 for big data firm Crayon Data

      Lakshmi Narasimhan leaves Network18 for big data firm Crayon Data

      Lakshmi Narasimhan, former Network18 CEO who had moved to a corporate role after Durga Raghunath had taken over his role in April this year, had joined big data firm Crayon Data to head its “mobile and data transformation” offering, focusing on its advertising, FMCG and media verticals. Narasimhan will also front-end Crayon Data’s partnership with Mindshare, to develop the latter’s adaptive marketing offering in Asia-Pacific region.

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    2. Datawind to launch smartphone with free internet for life; No mobile operator onboard yet

      Datawind to launch smartphone with free internet for life; No mobile operator onboard yet

      Low-cost mobile devices manufacturer Datawind is set to launch an Rs 2,000 smartphone bundled with free internet for life before Diwali (October 23), reports Press Trust of India. However, the company is still in talks with mobile operators regarding the free internet for life offer, so this announcement is preemptive to say the least. Datawind is still best known as the maker of the Aakash tablets and the delays and disputes that plagued the project. (Aakash project timeline)

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    3. Quikr hires Vineet Sehgal as its chief marketing officer

      Online classifieds company Quikr has appointed Vineet Sehgal as its chief marketing officer. He will be responsible for marketing strategies in areas including partnerships, performance marketing and brand building at his new position.

      Previously, Sehgal worked at Nokia, where he headed its programs and planning portfolio, founded the Nokia Money startup team and also led some of the large-scale mobile launches for the company.

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    4. Tech Mahindra, Bosch Software Innovations to set up an Internet of Things ecosystem

      Tech Mahindra, Bosch Software Innovations to set up an Internet of Things ecosystem

      Tech Mahindra has partnered with the software and system house of the Bosch group, Bosch Software Innovations to create an Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem to help drive innovative solutions for connected applications and enterprises.

      The partnership will see Tech Mahindra’s Digital Enterprise Services (DES) division, headed by Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, work with Bosch’s software arm to develop proof of concept solutions for enterprises, smart cities and smart homes.

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    5. Micromax, BSNL partner to offer free data bundles with 6 Micromax devices

      Indian mobile handset manufacturer Micromax and state-run telecom firm BSNL have tied-up to offer consumers select Micromax devices bundled with up to 2GB of free data usage per quarter, reports TelecomTiger. Six devices are part of this offer, including two smartphones (Bolt A37 and Bolt A37B), two feature phones (X070 and X088), one tablet (Funbook Mini P410i), and one datacard (MMX377G).

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    6. MyDala launches grocery vertical; To offer coupons for grocery items from local stores

      MyDala launches grocery vertical; To offer coupons for grocery items from local stores

      Discount coupon website Mydala.com launched a new grocery vertical for its website and mobile app. The website claims the service will allow shoppers to view offers on grocery items from local kirana stores.

      The new grocery vertical introduces several new coupons in the categories of Personal Care which includes soaps, conditioners, deodorants etc., Household which includes items like oil, tea, jams etc., and Eatables which lists assorted soups, chips, yogurt etc.

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    7. Instamojo launches Appstore to provide sellers greater control over payments

      Instamojo launches Appstore to provide sellers greater control over payments

      Payment collection platform Instamojo has launched an app store that provides users with a suite of apps to simplify online selling and collection of payments. Users need to subscribe to these apps, some of which are free and others paid, to use them. To purchase the paid apps users needs to buy credits from the Appstore. Instamojo will provide registered users 250 credits free, and any new user registering within September 30, 2014 will receive the same.

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    8. Telecom digest: BSNL-MTNL merger options, content regulation, lack of spectrum & More

      Telecom digest: BSNL-MTNL merger options, content regulation, lack of spectrum & More
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      DoT weighing BSNL-MTNL merger options

      The Department of Telecom is considering whether to de-list MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) and merge it into BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) or listing BSNL and then finalizing the merger swap ratio based on the valuation of the two companies, reports the Economic Times.

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    9. Zomato acquires restaurant guide Gastronauci to enter Poland

      Zomato acquires restaurant guide Gastronauci to enter Poland

      Restaurant search and discovery service Zomato has acquired Poland’s restaurant search service Gastronauci for an undisclosed amount. With this Zomato has completed 4 global acquisitions in the past three months. It had acquired New Zealand-based restaurant search service MenuMania in July, and Czech Republic’s restaurant guide Lunchtime.cz and Slovakia’s restaurant guide Obedovat.sk for a combined amount of $3.25 million in August. Zomato now has a presence in 16 countries.

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    10. Micromax buys IPTL Tennis Franchise Indian Aces

      Micromax buys IPTL Tennis Franchise Indian Aces

      Indian handset company Micromax has been announced as the owner of Indian Aces, an International Premier Tennis League franchise, which includes Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Gael Monfils, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, and Fabrice Santoro. The IPTL was founded by Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi. The amount paid by Micromax for ownership of the franchise hasn’t been disclosed by the IPTL, nor whether this amounts to 100% ownership of the franchise.

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    11. Reliance Jio signs tower sharing agreement with Indus Towers

      Reliance Jio signs tower sharing agreement with Indus Towers

      Reliance Jio Infocomm, Reliance Industries Limited’s telecom venture, has signed a master service agreement (MSA) for tower sharing with Indus Towers.

      As per the agreement, Indus Towers will provide Reliance Jio with towers based on existing market rates although further details, like the number of towers to be shared and the duration of the deal were undisclosed.

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    12. Ad: Maels 2014, 16th October 2014, Le Meridien, New Delhi

      Ad: Maels 2014, 16th October 2014, Le Meridien, New Delhi

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      An aggressive industry research that Lex Witness conducted within the various stakeholders of the industry reflects a lot of ambiguity in the understanding of the current legal & regulatory regime. The 3rd Annual Edition of Media, Advertising &Entertainment Legal Summit 2014 promises to brainstorm on the challenges faced by the Media, Advertising & Entertainment Industry and we shall together look forward to the possible solutions to it.

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    13. Too little, too late: The Hindu launches real estate site RoofandFloor.com

      Too little, too late: The Hindu launches real estate site RoofandFloor.com

      The online unbundling of the newspaper business is nothing new, but The Hindu has arrived rather late to the party. The publication has launched Roofandfloor.com, a real estate portal, nine years after Info Edge* launched 99Acres.com, eight years after competing publishing house The Times of India Group* launched MagicBricks.com.

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    14. Real Teen Patti raises funds from Matrix Partners India

      Real Teen Patti raises funds from Matrix Partners India

      Close on the heels of Octro*, the creator of the mobile gaming app Teen Patti raising $15 million from Sequoia Capital India, Red Monster Games India, the creator of Real Teen Patti has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Matrix Partners India. According to Matrix Partners, the company will use the funds to build mobile social games across casino, arcade, casual and invest express categories in India.

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    15. On making Carrier Billing independent of Carriers in India

      On making Carrier Billing independent of Carriers in India

      Google is apparently in talks with Bharti Airtel to allow purchase of goods and services from the Google Play store using carrier billing, reports The Economic Times. This is not surprising, but this is also not new. Back in 2012, K Srinivas, President (B2C) for Airtel, had told MediaNama that the company, which had partnered with what was then called Nokia, for what was then called the Ovi Store, was “…talking to Android, and whenever Apple wants to come around…” Talks, it would appear, have progressed at the speed of a stationary Formula 1 car.

      Srinivas was clear then that ...

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    16. Tinder dating in Delhi: “I right swipe everybody” – Scroll.in

      Tinder dating in Delhi: “I right swipe everybody” – Scroll.in

      by Snigdha Poonam

      2014 will go down in history as the year we embraced Tinder. Everyone you meet in Delhi seems to be on Tinder and have an opinion about it. Every day, someone tells you about the blog 50 Dates in Delhi, where an anonymous woman records her dates with Delhi men, several of them off Tinder. Big debates are taking place: more girls or guys on Tinder? Is Tinder the best thing to have happened to girls looking for fun? Is this the dawn of the hookup culture in India?

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    17. Yahoo acquires document viewing solution provider Bookpad for Rs 50 crores: Report

      Bangalore-based document viewing solution provider Bookpad has been acquired by Yahoo in a deal worth Rs 50 crores, reports the Economic Times. Note that neither Yahoo nor the founders of Bookpad have confirmed the acquisition.

      Bookpad currently competes in the document viewing space with its flagship product Docspad, which allows clients to create and format text documents online and collaborate in real-time.

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    18. Bombay High Court restrains Apeejay Surendra Group from using Candy Crush Saga images – Spicy IP

      Bombay High Court restrains Apeejay Surendra Group from using Candy Crush Saga images – Spicy IP

      by Devika Agarwal

      King.com, the company which owns intellectual property rights over Candy Crush, was recently embroiled in a copyright infringement suit against the Apeejay Surendra Group, a business conglomerate in India.

      King.com (which was represented by law firm Khaitan & Co.) had filed a copyright infringement suit against Apeejay Surendra Group after King discovered that the latter had used the images of King’s Candy Crush game; the images had been used in online advertisements for a live music gig to be held at Apeejay Group-managed Park Hotel at Vishakhapatnam. It was later learnt that Park Hotel was ...

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    19. AIR adds five Indic languages to its free news alerts via SMS service; More planned

      AIR adds five Indic languages to its free news alerts via SMS service; More planned

      After launching text updates for news via SMS in English last year, All India Radio has extended the service to include 5 regional languages including Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri, and Nepali, reports AIR. Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said that more regional languages added to the service over the coming years. The SMS service was initially launched in September 2013.

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    20. Newshunt raises Rs 100 crore from Sequoia Capital India; On Ver se’s pivot

      Mobile content application NewsHunt (Ver Se Innovations) has announced a fund raising of Rs 100 crores, in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital India, with existing investors Matrix Partners India and Omidyar Network also participating. We weren’t aware of Omidyar Networks’ previous investment in Newshunt.

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    21. Weekly Digest (12th-19th September 2014)

      Weekly Digest (12th-19th September 2014)

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

      Investment & M&A

      - Quikr secures $60M from Tiger Global & existing investors - Events discovery app Nearify secures seed funding from India Quotient & Seedfund Advisors - Mobile helpdesk app Haptik raises $1 million from Kalaari Capital - Funding roundup: MyLabYogi, Altizon Systems and DoctorC

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    22. August 2014: India Added Over 5.54 Million GSM Connections

      August 2014: India Added Over 5.54 Million GSM Connections

      The Cellular Operators Association of India (which includes most of India’s GSM telecom operators and has recently added Facebook and Reliance Jio as members), has reported an addition of 5.54 million GSM connections in August 2014, closing in at 749.9 million connections, a 0.74% increase from 744.4 million connections in the previous month.

      GSM operator and circle-wise data (excluding Reliance and Tata):

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