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    1. Jabong to be merged into Rocket Internet and Kinnevik’s fashion e-commerce roll-up Global Fashion Group

      Indian e-commerce company Jabong is being merged into a roll-up of emerging markets focused fashion e-commerce brands called Global Fashion Group (GFG) by Rocket Internet and its investor Kinnevik. Other companies being merged into this entity include Dafiti (Latin America), Lamoda (Russia & CIS), Namshi (Middle East) and Zalora (South East Asia & Australia), and along with Jabong, will cover 23 countries. (hat tip: @vijayshekhar)

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    2. Yebhi.com becomes an online products aggregator and couponing site

      Fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal Yebhi.com seems to have switched from being an e-commerce site to an aggregator of products from other e-commerce platforms, like Myntra, Jabong, and Flipkart among others, as well as a couponing site. This was first pointed out by a member of the online shopping community DesiDime, though Yebhi had indicated that such a change was in the offing on its Facebook page as well. (Ps.: thanks for the Anonymous Tip)

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    3. India considers licensing Internet content and services by reopening MVNO discussions

      On 7th July 2014, India’s Department of Telecom sent a letter to the telecom regulator TRAI, seeking its recommendations for “delinking licenses for networks from the delivery of services by way of virtual network operators (VNOs)”. The letter also says that the Unified License, which India adopted last year, “may be introduced in two phases with the delinking of licensing for networks from the delivery of services being taken up in a subsequent phase.”

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    4. Future Group to adopt an omni-commerce strategy to increase consumer access

      Kishore Biyani’s Future Group has tied-up with omni-commerce technology solutions provider hybris software, a SAP company, to converge its digital and physical channels, reports Business Standard. Following this tie-up all Future Group brands are expected to be available online from March 2015. Future Retail joint managing director Rakesh Biyani told the publication that Future Group will invest Rs 100 crore over the next 18 months on the omni-commerce platform.

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    5. Govt wants servers in India; world wide web to be India wide web?

      The Government wants social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Google, to have servers in India so as to keep tabs on objectionable content, reports India Today. It said that all such websites host content that is uploaded abroad, which creates a jurisdictional issue, hence the move. The issue will be taken up by the newly established Cyber Regulatory Advisory Committee in an upcoming meeting, according to the report.

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      Mentions: Google
    6. Airtel’s music service Wynk: Fair usage limits; Violating Google Play Store & Apple App Store policies?


      Yesterday, telecom operator Bharti Airtel, which once laid claim to being the largest music company in India, pulled the covers off Wynk, a rather impressive, Internet based music streaming service, which, at best, allows streaming of a maximum of 500 songs for Rs 129 per month without data charges. Vodafone had launched its own music streaming service in December 2013. The application has been developed by BSB, a company founded by Airtel’s promoter group Bharti Enterprises.

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    7. Pritish Nandy to launch Netflix-like service called Ogle in India; Not the first to try

      Media company Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd (PNC) will be launching a service similar to Netflix and Hulu.com in India called Ogle, reports Livemint. This service is expected to be officially launched by the end of this year, and PNC chairman Pritish Nandy claimed that it’ll be possible to stream high quality content on any device – tablet, smartphone, laptop or television – with Ogle, because of the compression technology employed in it.

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      Mentions: Pritish Nandy
    8. ErosNow’s collection of movies and music now available to Home Cable subscribers

      Eros International’s online streaming service ErosNow has partnered with Indian multiple-system operator (MSO) Home Cable Network Private Ltd., to offer its collection of films and music to Home Cable network’s customer base. The service will be offered on a monthly subscription basis for unlimited viewing of movies, on PCs, laptops, mobiles, smart-TVs and tablets, to Home Cable customers.

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    9. Digest: Reliance, Microsoft, mGaadi, Simplilearn, Freecharge and more

      RIL and Microsoft to partner for accelerator

      Reliance Industries Limited announced a partnership with global IT company Microsoft, to incubate Indian startups with seed capital, technology and mentorship reports the Economic Times. While the exact nature of the tie up was undisclosed, and this development hasn’t been confirmed, the story suggests startups selected will be funded through RIL’s early stage venture capital firm, Covascis Technologies Pvt. Ltd and Videonetics Technology Pvt.

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    10. One Digital Entertainment to launch The Spice Traveller with Chef Saransh Goila, a digital only food & travel series


      One Digital Entertainment Pvt Ltd has announced a new digital only food and travel series, ‘The Spice Traveller’ with Chef Saransh Goila, in association with Virgin Atlantic Airways and VisitBritain. The 20-episode show will start on the 22nd September 2014 and air every Monday and Friday on the chef’s YouTube channel and ZengaTV.com.

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    11. OnMobile Q1-FY15 Concall: Areas of Focus, Product Renewal, Cost Cutting, India plans, OLI status & more


      Editor’s note: We’re a little late with this, but in the context of recent developments at OnMobile, we thought that it’s important to give readers an overview of what was discussed on the company’s earnings conference call, early in August.

      OnMobile Global had posted a net loss of Rs 12.1 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, as compared to a profit of Rs 14.1 crore in the same quarter last year.

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    12. Deepak Abbot joins Times Internet as Head of Mobile Strategy

      Deepak Abbot, former AVP at mobile commerce company Paytm, has joined Times Internet as Head of Mobile Strategy. According to an internal mail sent within Times Internet, Abbot’s role will be across Times Internet’s businesses, to help define and strategise the growth plans for mobile. He will report to Times Internet CEO Satyan Gajwani.

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    13. Gaana.com launches playlist specific mobile apps

      Times Internet owned music streaming service Gaana.com has launched playlist specific mobile apps which allow users to access categorised music according to language, artists and genres. (Hat Tip: NT Balanarayan)

      Launched about a month ago, there 10 playlist apps: Kishore Kumar Hits, Hindi Sad Songs, Love Songs Hindi, Top Gazals, Top English Songs, EDM Songs and Trance Music, Tamil Songs, Hindi Romantic songs, Classic Hindi Love Songs and Hindi Bhajans.

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    14. Govt digest: Attendance website, Madhya Pradesh Madhyam social media plans & more


      ‘Attendance website’ to track all Govt. employees

      Indian government has launched a centralized ‘attendance website’ to monitor and track the work of all central government employees, reports the Indian Express. The website, attendance.gov.in, is still under development and is expected to be similar to the websites of the Jharkhand government and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

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    15. Affle acquires app development company Appstudioz; To set up R&D facility in India


      Mobile messaging and advertising company Affle has acquired the India-based mobile application development company Appstudioz. With this acquisition, Appstudioz has now merged with Affle’s Media Lab business. Affle will also be setting up its global R&D centre in India to help strengthen its mobile app & ad technology platform. The 200-member Appstudioz team is expected to join this facility.

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    16. Netcore CEO Girish Nair quits, joins Tandem Capital

      Netcore CEO, Girish Nair has quit the company to join Tandem Capital, a Silicon Valley based mobile acceleration fund. The fund focuses on investments in mobile, e-commerce and digital space. He will join Tandem Capital as a partner. Netcore offers enterprise communication which includes on-premise, on-cloud messaging and archiving solutions and digital marketing.

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    17. Digital Video firm Culture Machine raises Series A funding from Zodius Capital for Asia expansion

      Culture Machine, a digital video company founded by former Disney-UTV exec Sameer Pitalwalla and former YouTube exec Venkat Prasad has raised a Series A round of funding led by Zodius Capital. The company has also brought on its board of advisors former YouTube executives Shishir Mehrotra, who was former VP (Product) at Youtube/Video at Google, and Dean Gilbert, Former VP and Global Head of Content operations at Youtube, apart from VuClip founder and CEO Nickhil Jackatdar.

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    18. Jet Airways launches travel & business networking platform GlobalLinker for SMEs


      Jet Airways has launched a new digital travel and business networking platform as a part of its website, called the Jet Airways GlobalLinker exclusively for small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), reports the Economic Times.

      The service will provide SME business owners with preferential pricing for Jet’s airline business along with offers for hotel booking, car rental, business insurance, assistance services, telecom and business solution, events & group travel, domain name and website builder solutions. The GlobalLinker platform provides these services through partnerships with firms like Airtel business, BigRock, Carzonrent, CPP India and JL hotels among others.

      Once SMEs sign ...

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    19. Airtel’s acquisition of Yu Mobile expected to be completed before year-end

      Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd. (Airtel Kenya) has signed a definitive agreement with Essar Telecommunications Kenya, which operates under the brand name yuMobile, to acquire its 2.7 million subscribers. This deal is subject to approval from Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and is likely to be concluded by the fourth quarter of 2014, the company has said.

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