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    1. Thank You Sponsors: Spice Digital, Antfarm, CCAvenue, OnMobile, Qualcomm, E2E

      We’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors for having chosen to support MediaNama in its endeavor to provide our readers with insightful and detailed coverage of the evolving digital ecosystem in India.

      Annual Sponsor:

      - Spice Digital Ltd: a part of Spice Global Group – US$2 Billion conglomerate promoted by Dr. BK Modi, is one of India’s leading Mobile Value Added Services company and offers innovative solutions for Telecom Operators, Enterprises and Government using mobile connectivity media – Voice, SMS, USSD, WAP & 3G. We are preferred partner of all major telecom service providers in India and providing ...

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    2. CPI(M) 2014 Manifesto: Against FDI; Media Regulator, Open Source, Internet Out of US Hands

      From a Digital ecosystem perspective, the CPI (M) Manifesto makes some of the right noises, but broadly suggests that the role of government needs to be increased, with greater participation from the public sector, reduction in FDI, . The manifesto is largely a rant against neo-liberal policies from the 6 years of BJP rule and 10 years of Congress rule, saying that the pursiot of neo-liberal policies “need to be reversed.

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    3. Just Eat UK no longer controls JustEat.in; IPO valued at £1.47 billion

      Just Eat, the UK-based online food ordering service no longer has control over JustEat.in (Achindra Online Marketing), a company that it acquired controlling stake in 2011. According to the IPO prospectus published by JustEat UK (read it here), the company relinquished control over JustEat.in last year, in November 2013, when Axon Partners Group and Forum Synergies India invested in the Indian entity.

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    4. Leaked Privacy Bill: 2014 vs. 2011 – Cis India

      By Elonnai Hickok

      The Centre for Internet and Society has recently received a leaked version of the draft Privacy Bill 2014 that the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India has drafted.

      Note: After obtaining a copy of the leaked Privacy Bill 2014, we have replaced the blog “An Analysis of the New Draft Privacy Bill” which was based off of a report from the Economic Times, with this blog post.

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    5. ElasticBox gets $9M funding from Nexus Venture Partners & Intel Capital


      US-based ElasticBox which allows developers and enterprises to create, deploy and manage applications, has raised $9 million in series A funding from existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Intel Capital. The investment was led by Nexus Venture Partners.

      Prior to this, the company had raised a $3.4 million seed funding led by Sierra Ventures with participation from A16Z Seed, Nexus Venture Partners and Intel Capital in June 2013.

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    6. Roadies star Ranvijay’s wedding is a YouTube only show; On branded YouTube Shows

      YouTube production house One Digital Entertainment, creative agency Colosceum and the Viacom18′s new division Spotlight are launching a digital only show in association with Jack&Jones, called Hitched. It will follow the Roadies and Splitsvilla star Ranvijay as he prepares for his destination wedding.

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    7. Good move: NewsHunt debuts magazine singles with Delhi Press; Our Take

      Ver Se Innovation’s mobile news & e-book app News Hunt has partnered to offer Delhi Press magazines for purchase on its Android app, reports NextBigWhat.

      The app is currently offering three of Delhi Press’s magazines - The Caravan (English), Manohar Kahaniyan (Hindi) and Saras Salil (Hindi), with other magazines in the works. NewsHunt has informed that it plans to eventually offer all 37 magazines from Delhi Press on the app.

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    8. India’s Potential Data Dividend – Kushan Mitra

      Easily available as well as reliable data services in India can have a huge impact upon the country both politically and economically. Kushan Mitra scrutinises the multiple facets and consequences of the mobile data revolution in India

      A week of driving across India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh with the general elections around the corner, is a fascinating experience.

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    9. ISPs say they can’t monitor underage use of social networks in India

      Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have informed the government that it cannot find out whether a person accessing social networks is under age or not, reports The Hindu BusinessLine.

      The ISPs were responding to an order by Delhi High Court asking ISPs to stop those who are under 13 from accessing social networks. Internet companies were also asked to appoint grievance officers to take notice of complaints in this regard.

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    10. Apple increases App Store prices in India to adjust for exchange rates

      The effects of the declining rupee: Apple has sent out an email on Monday notifying app developers of the increase in App Store prices for certain currencies including the Indian rupee in the next 24 hours, reports iMore.

      The company says the prices will be increased for Australian Dollar, Indonesian Rupiah, Turkish Lira, and South African Rand besides the Indian rupee to account for changes in foreign exchange rates.

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    11. Why did government ask IPTV operators to file self-declaration forms?

      Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) operators were asked (pdf) to send a self-certified declaration by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and Department of Telecommunication by March 30.

      The form needed to contain details such as licensing information, launch date, the area being covered and the details of the network infrastructure.

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    12. Zee launches music label; Why this matters

      At a time when music labels are trying to diversify into films, Essel group company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) has launched a music label called Zee Music Company (ZMC), with plans to acquire music rights of over 20 major motion pictures in this financial year. It has already acquired the rights for Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie Holiday which is jointly produced by Reliance Big Entertainment, Sunshine Pictures and Hari Om Entertainment Company.

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    13. WoNoBo finally releases an Android app but it still needs a lot of work

      Street view mapping service WoNoBo which launched in October last year, has launched an Android app that has all the issues its website has and then some more.

      The app has a two-pane interface,similar to the mobile website of WoNoBo. It lets you search for locations, get directions and share your location; a very small feature set for a mapping app in this day and age.

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    14. 20% of Uninor customers are active data users; Total ARPU up for 5th straight quarter

      Our telecom operator earnings coverage is brought to you by OnMobile Global, India’s leading Mobile Value Added Services [VAS] company

      20% of Uninor’s customers in India are active data users, Telenor CEO Jon Frederik Baksaas mentioned during the company’s earnings conference call for the quarter ended December 31, 2013.

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    15. Funding digest: Hike messenger, Oximity and SoftTech Engineers

      Hike Messenger is expected to receive $14 million in funding from Bharti Softbank, reports The Economic Times. The company, which crossed 15 million subscribers mark recently, is expected to use this funding to scale up its operations. This is the second round of investments by the company, which received $7 million in April 2013. Note that this development is unconfirmed. Hike competes in a tough market that is dominated by WhatsApp, which was recently acquired by Facebook for $19 billion.

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    16. Online fruits & vegetable store Greencart.in secures $1.5M funding


      Mumbai-based online fresh fruits & vegetable shop Greencart.in has raised $1.5 million in angel funding from Techno Group which has interests in agriculture businesses, hospitality, construction, real estate development and financial services among others.

      The company will be using the investment raised to expand its operations, strengthen its distribution channels and improve its sourcing network.

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    17. Digest: Loop Telecom, passport service centres, Iti & DoT


      Delhi court has dismissed a plea by Loop Telecom Limited requesting the court to refer a case related to 2G scam probe to Lok Adalat for settlement, reports PTI. Loop Telecom (LTL) had argued that the company was facing trial for the alleged offence under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).

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