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    1. MediaNama counter-comments to TRAI on the issue of Free Data

      MediaNama counter-comments to TRAI on the issue of Free Data

      Last week, MediaNama submitted its counter comments for the TRAI consultation on Free Data issues of Net Neutrality, countering claims made by telecom operators on the Net Neutrality issue of discriminatory / differential pricing, and the related issue of Free Data. Excerpts of our counter comments are below. The entire submission may be read here.

      Select excerpts from the initial comments

      1. A reading of regulatory filings from telecom operators over the years will point towards the use of:
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    2. Google adds VR tours of Sanskriti Museum, Nalanda University to Arts and Culture app and site

      Google adds VR tours of Sanskriti Museum, Nalanda University to Arts and Culture app and site

      The Google Cultural Institute (GCI) has updated its Google  website and app to allow users to browse the history and view panoramic imagery of historical...

      The post Google adds VR tours of Sanskriti Museum, Nalanda University to Arts and Culture app and site appeared first on MediaNama.

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    3. Google Cultural Institute adds history & other features to sites

      Google Cultural Institute adds history & other features to sites

      The Google Cultural Institute (GCI) has updated its Google Arts and Culture website and app to allow users to browse the history and view panoramic imagery of historical sites like the Nalanda University. Additionally the company has added features like scrolling through art using a timeline and browsing painting based on color.

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    4. Wallets want NPCI to build a database to prevent fraud

      Wallets want NPCI to build a database to prevent fraud

      Wallet players have approached the National Payments Corporation (NPCI) to build a database which assesses the risk of fraudulent transactions . The development was first reported by the Economic Times.

      There have been an increased instances of fraud where money would be siphoned from bank accounts and loaded into wallets. The money then gets credited into the fraudster’s bank account, which causes a break in the digital trail.

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    5. Ajay Bhushan Pandey new head of UIDAI

      Ajay Bhushan Pandey new head of UIDAI

      The government on Thursday appointed Ajay Bhushan Pandey as the chief executive officer of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the organization that issues Aadhaar cards, reports Livemint. Prior to this, Pandey held the post of Director General at UIDAI since September 2015, and Deputy Director General of the same organization for 5 years between September 2011 to August 2015, as indicated by his Linkedin profile.

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    6. Xiaomi’s Mi Band most shipped in India among wearbles in Q1 2016: IDC

      Xiaomi’s Mi Band most shipped in India among wearbles in Q1 2016: IDC

      Xiaomi’s Mi band that sells for around Rs 999, accounted for 27.1% of the shipments in India, making it the top vendor during Q1 2016, according data compiled by IDC. In terms of unit shipments, Xiaomi and GOQii together contributed to over 45% share, while Fitbit bands had maximum market value share, added IDC. GOQii wearbles closely followed Xiaomi taking the second position with 18.1% share, and Fitbit devices accounted for 6.2% share in terms of shipments.

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    7. Industry moves digest: DEN, Flipkart, Lenskart, Xiaomi, Lightspeed & more

      Industry moves digest: DEN, Flipkart, Lenskart, Xiaomi, Lightspeed & more

      SN Sharma joins Den Networks as CEO

      Den Networks has appointed SN Sharma as its CEO. Sharma moves from Reliance Jio, which he had joined in 2014 after leaving Den. Sharma is an industry veteran who has over 30 years of experience. Den says it has 9.4 digital (cable) subscribers, and services 13 million homes. More at: BSE

      Xiaomi hires online sales head for India

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    8. GSMA’s login API will replace passwords with mobile number logins

      GSMA’s login API will replace passwords with mobile number logins

      We missed this earlier.

      Users on Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Idea, Tata Indicom, Telenor and Vodafone can now use their unique mobile numbers to sign in into social networks sites, online bank accounts and make transactions online, without having to manually enter their username and password in the login page. This is possible through GSMA’s Mobile Connect login API, which exchanges traditional log-in method with a unique operator assigned mobile phone number.

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    9. Uber partners with DigitalGlobe for global satellite imagery

      Uber partners with DigitalGlobe for global satellite imagery

      Online cab aggregator Uber has made a multi-year partnership with DigitalGlobe, an American space imagery and geospatial content company, to get high resolution satellite imagery in order to “improve the experience for riders and drivers” globally. For this, Uber will use DigitalGlobe’s sensors to access imagery and location ‘intelligence’.

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    10. After phones, Govt wants GPS tracking & panic buttons on all transport vehicles

      After phones, Govt wants GPS tracking & panic buttons on all transport vehicles

      The Government of India has issued a draft notification for making the installation of location tracking devices, CCTV systems and alert buttons on all transport vehicles compulsory. The GPS tracking, cameras and one or more panic button will have to be fitted by the manufacturer, dealer or the operator of the vehicle.

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    11. Facebook Messenger crosses 1 billion active users

      Facebook Messenger crosses 1 billion active users

      Facebook’s standalone messenger app Messenger has crossed 1 billion monthly active users (MAUs), 6 months after it claimed to have crossed 900 million MAUs, and almost 5 years since initial launch in August 2011. Messenger now joins the 1 billion club, which earlier included Facebook owned messaging service WhatsApp, and Google owned YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. The only messenger service that is closely trailing the 1 billion mark is Chinese chat app WeChat that crossed 700 MAUs in April.

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      Mentions: Apple Inc. Google API
    12. Telenor India won’t participate in spectrum auctions citing high prices

      Telenor India won’t participate in spectrum auctions citing high prices

      Telenor India will not be participating in the upcoming 2016 Indian spectrum auctions because it believes (quarterly results pdf) that the proposed spectrum prices do not give “an acceptable level of return.” A Telenor spokesperson told MediaNama that its India unit needs more spectrum to be able to maintain and develop a healthy business in the future, but the prices for spectrum “were too high” to maintain an adequate return on investment.

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    13. Tumblr weighs on Yahoo’s profit as asset sale not in sight

      Tumblr weighs on Yahoo’s profit as asset sale not in sight

      Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that the company did not have updates to share about the sale of of its Alibaba investment and its core business. Last quarter, a report from the Wall Street Journal said that Verizon Communications was leading the pack for potential suitors for buying the company in the first round of bids. Yahoo, however, said its board has made “great progress on strategic alternatives” but did not comment further on the auction process.

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    14. Telenor India losses at $15.4M in Q2 2016 and added 800K subscribers

      Telenor India losses at $15.4M in Q2 2016 and added 800K subscribers

      Telenor India added 800,000 new subscribers during the quarter ended June 30 (Q2 2016) taking the total subscriber base to 44.9 million in India, the company said while announcing its quarterly results. Globally, Telenor added 3.4 million mobile subscribers during the quarter, taking the overall mobile subscription base to 211 million.

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      Mentions: Ebitda Telenor Trai
    15. Babus may not be allowed to criticize the government on social media

      Babus may not be allowed to criticize the government on social media

      Civil servants and officers may be allowed to participate on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, but criticism of the government will strictly not be allowed, according to a proposal by the department of personnel and training.

      “Previous sanction of the Government shall not be required when member of the service, in bonafide, discharge of their duties or otherwise publishes a book or article or contributes to or participates in an public media including social media websites,” the proposal said.

      However, they will not be allowed to criticize the government in any document over any public media published anonymously ...

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    16. Govt to use drones for agricultural mapping, crop and insurance assessment

      Govt to use drones for agricultural mapping, crop and insurance assessment

      The Indian government has launched a collaborative research project involving use of drone technology in farming sector for assessing quality of soil and compensation for losses due to flood, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a Lok Sabha query. The project aims to implement Hyperspectral Remote Sensing using drone systems and developing a locally researched prototype for soil health monitoring and integrating it with satellites for large scale agricultural applications in the future.

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    17. Opera to sell browser business after $1.2B buyout fails

      Opera to sell browser business after $1.2B buyout fails

      Opera’s $1.2 billion buyout offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet firms including Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360 has stalled after the deal hit regulatory troubles in China and U.S, reports Reuters. However, Opera has agreed to sell its key consumer business assets—mobile and PC web browsers—for an enterprise vale of $600 million, added the report.

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