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    1. I called up a Hike spammer

      I called up a Hike spammer

      A translated transcript of a conversation (with emphasis) I had with a person who sent me a spam message inviting me to Hike, last month:

      Spammer: Hello Nikhil: Hello. I got a message on WhatsApp from you for Hike. Who are you and how did you get my number? Spammer: I’m *****. There’s Google Plus. I got it from there. Nikhil: You got my number from Google Plus? Spammer: Yes Nikhil: No, but why are you sending me a Hike message? Spammer: I didn’t know. There’s Hike Messenger. Nikhil: Yes.

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    2. B2X expands to India with TSS acquisition; Raises $15 million

      B2X expands to India with TSS acquisition; Raises $15 million

      Customer care solutions provider B2X closed the acquisition of the front-end customer care company The Service Solutions (TSS), which currently counts Apple and various other US-based OEMs as its customers. B2X also raised $15 million in a Series B round of funding led by Earlybird Venture Capital. The company said it will use the funds to grow its engineering and sales efforts.

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    3. Now you can pay for train tickets in EMI on IRCTC

      Now you can pay for train tickets in EMI on IRCTC

      Indian Railways has tied-up with Citibank to offer EMI facility for e-ticket bookings on Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) portal, reports The Times of India. Users can now opt for EMI as a payment option, besides credit/debit card and net banking payment options. The payment needs to done using a Citibank credit card, wherein the entire amount is deducted from the card and users pay the bank in monthly installments.

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    4. Yahoo’s mobile revenues topped $200M in Q3 2014; APAC revenues at $182.2M

      Yahoo’s mobile revenues topped $200M in Q3 2014; APAC revenues at $182.2M

      The revenues from the Asia Pacific region for Yahoo continues to decline: $182.2 million revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, down 2.5% from $186.8 million revenues in the same quarter last year.

      Including the traffic acquisition costs, the total revenue for the region was at $185.8 million for the quarter, down 6.6% from $198.9 million in the same quarter last year.

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      Mentions: Marissa Mayer Apac
    5. Zomato launches in Canada

      Zomato launches in Canada

      Restaurant search and discovery service Zomato has finally entered the North American market by launching in Toronto.

      The company claims that it currently provides information for over 11,000 restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area and plans to expand to other cities in Canada including Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary over the next few months. Zomato founder & CEO Deepinder Goyal mentions that they have earmarked $10 million for expansion in Canada.

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      Mentions: Deepinder Goyal
    6. Airtel & Samsung tie-up to launch TVs with built-in Airtel Digital TV smart cards

      Airtel & Samsung tie-up to launch TVs with built-in Airtel Digital TV smart cards
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      Airtel Digital TV has partnered Samsung to launch an Integrated Digital TV (iDTV) that will allow consumers access Airtel’s DTH services without installing an external set-top-box.

      As part of the partnership, Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will feature a built-in Airtel digital TV Smart Card along with a unified remote solution.

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    7. Airtel launches Skype clone Airtel Talk for VoIP calls to India; Double standards?

      Bharti Airtel Hong Kong has launched a Skype clone called Airtel Talk, which allows international calls to India, free calls from Airtel Talk to Airtel Talk, instant messaging, video calls, conference calls, apart from file sharing. The app can be used over 3G network or WiFi connection. The Airtel Talk app is currently available for Android and iOS based devices.

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      Mentions: Airtel Talk
    8. Snapdeal partners FDCI to offer premium designer-wear apparel

      Snapdeal partners FDCI to offer premium designer-wear apparel

      Online marketplace Snapdeal has partnered with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) to add a premium designer wear section called “The Designer Studio” that will offer ready-to-wear and made-to-order clothing collections to consumers.

      As part of this tie-up, various FDCI designers like Manish Arora, Ashish Soni, Varun Bahl, Malini Ramani and Samant Chauhan will showcase products from their labels, with more designers expected to be on board in the next three months.

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    9. E-commerce marketplaces are liable for VAT since they are commission agents – Karnataka Govt

      E-commerce marketplaces are liable for VAT since they are commission agents – Karnataka Govt

      The Karnataka Government plans to amend the Value Added Tax Act and bring transactions from e-commerce marketplaces under its ambit, reports The Times of India. The government says the amendment will deal with transactions on on e-commerce sites that follow the marketplace model like Flipkart, Amazon India and Snapdeal and it is expected to be passed during the upcoming winter session of the state legislature.

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    10. JustDial got almost 300,000 paid campaigns in Q2-FY15; Revenues up 31% YoY

      JustDial got almost 300,000 paid campaigns in Q2-FY15; Revenues up 31% YoY

      Directory services company JustDial conducted 296,100 paid campaigns for advertisers for the quarter ending September 30, 2014 (Q2-FY15), registering a 24% increase in the number of campaigns, as compared with 238,650 campaigns in the same quarter last year. Campaigns are essentially paid featured listings/recommendations on JustDial’s search. JustDial’s overall listings grew to 14.5 million for the quarter, up 3% quarter on quarter. The company is however, making more money.

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      Mentions: JustDial
    11. Apple iPhone sales at 39.3M for Q4-FY14; Mac sales up 21%, iPad down 13%

      Apple iPhone sales at 39.3M for Q4-FY14; Mac sales up 21%, iPad down 13%

      Apple has reported Asia Pacific revenues of $1.92 billion for the quarter ended September 27, 2014, registering a modest 2.9% decline from $1.98 billion in the same quarter last year. Note that these revenues doesn’t include revenues from Greater China (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and Japan region, which is reported separately.

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    12. JustDial to raise $165 million

      The board of directors of directory services firm JustDial Ltd yesterday approved an additional fund raising of Rs 1000 crore (approximately $165 million) “through equity and related instruments”. For context, this is more than the Rs 950 crore the company raised when it listed in the Indian stock markets just a little over a year ago, when it sold 17.5 million shares at a price of Rs 530 each. At the time of filing this reports, JustDial was priced at Rs 1676 per share.

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    13. E-commerce roundup: Microsoft, Jabong and Flipkart

      Microsoft to launch online store in India

      Microsoft is planning to launch an e-commerce website in India as early as next month, a source working on the project told the Economic Times. Currently, the company’s software products can be purchased via its International website in India, although hardware products still have to be sourced from other places, something the company is trying to change.

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    14. LINE claims 30 million registered users in India

      LINE claims 30 million registered users in India

      Mobile messaging and calling app LINE said on Friday that it has 30 million registered users in India, reports The Economic Times . The company hasn’t disclosed the number of active users it has, but, as of October 9th 2014, 170 million of its 560 million global users were active. That’s approximately 30.35% of its base. The company had decided against an IPO earlier this year.

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      Mentions: Economic Times
    15. Idea Mobile Internet revenues cross Rs 1000 crore; 30.9M users

      Idea Mobile Internet revenues cross Rs 1000 crore; 30.9M users

      Idea Cellular has reported 30.9 million mobile Internet subscriptions for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, registering a 10.8% growth from 27.9 million mobile data subscriptions in the previous quarter.

      Remember that Idea Cellular had started culling incidental Internet users from Q3-FY14, due to which its mobile Internet subscription base had declined to 25.5 million in Q3-FY14 and 25.26 million in Q4-FY14. Incidental data users are users who have consumed less than 1 MB/month.

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      Mentions: Airtel Vodafone
    16. Myntra to set up an office in London

      Flipkart-owned online fashion retailer Myntra is setting up an office in London, with plans to expand to New York in a year, reports the Economic Times.

      Myntra co-founder & CEO Mukesh Bansal told the publication that Myntra’s London office will focus on the company’s partnerships with brands in the United Kingdom and Europe, liaison with European design studios and also generate fashion content.

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    17. Here’s what Amazon, Ebay, Flipkart, Snapdeal and others said about honoring e-commerce warranties in India

      Here’s what Amazon, Ebay, Flipkart, Snapdeal and others said about honoring e-commerce warranties in India

      As we reported last week, many consumer brands, including Lenovo, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus, Nikon have issued statements vaguely hinting that they might not honor warranties on products sold through e-commerce stores/marketplaces. Some have issued generic warnings against online purchases, while others, like Dell, LG, Toshiba, Netgear and Sony have warned against buying from any unauthorized reseller. Gionee has decided to not honor warranties, and QuickHeal even took Flipkart to court.

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      Mentions: Nokia Samsung Nikon
    18. Bad move: Tweets from accounts you don’t follow will now appear to your Twitter timeline

      Bad move: Tweets from accounts you don’t follow will now appear to your Twitter timeline

      (By Riddhi Mukerjee & Vikas SN)

      Your Twitter timeline will soon feature tweets from people and brands that you don’t follow.

      Twitter has officially confirmed that it recently ran experiments that showed different types of content in user’s timeline including recommended tweets, accounts and topics and noted that it will continue to show suggested tweets to users, indicating that the feature is no longer an experiment, rather a standard feature on the site.

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    19. Olacabs now lets Mumbaikars book Kaali-Peeli taxis on its mobile app; Will this work?

      Olacabs now lets Mumbaikars book Kaali-Peeli taxis on its mobile app; Will this work?

      Online cab booking service Olacabs now allows its mobile app users in Mumbai to book the ubiquitous Kaali-Peeli taxis in Mumbai. The company said that over 2000 such cabs have been registered on the Ola platform so far and the service is currently restricted to South Mumbai. The registered Kaali-Peeli drivers are equipped with a smartphone that enables them to accept booking requests and navigate to the customer’s doorstep.

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    20. HT Media digital revenues at Rs 24.9 Cr for Q2-FY15; Shine revenue growth lowest ever

      HT Media digital revenues at Rs 24.9 Cr for Q2-FY15; Shine revenue growth lowest ever

      Media company HT Media has reported digital revenues of Rs 24.93 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, registering a 40% growth from Rs 17.81 crore in the same quarter last year and a 5.1% growth from Rs 23.72 crore in the previous quarter.

      The segment however reported increased losses: Rs 14.7 crore loss for the quarter as against Rs 10.29 crore loss in the same quarter last year and Rs 12.19 crore loss in the previous quarter.

      Lowest ever revenue growth for Shine.com

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      Mentions: Hindustan Times
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