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    1. HealthifyMe raises its second round of funding a month after its first

      HealthifyMe raises its second round of funding a month after its first

      Online fitness services provider HealthifyMe has raised an undisclosed amount in its second round of funding from various angel investors including, Gopal Srinivasan (TVS Capital), Sashi Reddi (AppLabs), Amit Gupta (InMobi), Pallav Nadhani (FusionCharts) and Dr Roopa Nath. The company had raised an undisclosed sum in its first round of funding from Micromax just last month.

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    2. Google’s Play Store vouchers in India are from offshore entity; To add more retail partners

      Google’s Play Store vouchers in India are from offshore entity; To add more retail partners

      In our report on Google’s Play Store vouchers in India, we’d raised some questions regarding whether Google needs a semi-closed prepaid wallet license in India, since it allows the purchase of products (apps) from third party vendors (app developers) using a stored value card (Gift card vouchers). It isn’t a closed wallet, because you’re not only buying Google products using the vouchers.

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    3. Google’s buy of Agawi could allow streaming of apps before purchasing them

      Google’s buy of Agawi could allow streaming of apps before purchasing them

      Google has bought a startup called Agawi which allows users to stream applications and use them, much like we stream videos, before actually purchasing them, reports the Information (warning paywall) and was subsequently confirmed by TechCrunch. In addition to streaming Android apps, Agawi can stream Windows PC games to an Android or iOS handset as well as connected TVs. The acquisition gains importance as The Information points out that Google wants to control search on the mobile web.

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    4. Reliance Jio gets provisional MSO license to enter cable distribution biz

      Reliance Jio gets provisional MSO license to enter cable distribution biz

      Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) telecom & digital arm Reliance Jio has received a provisional licence to operate as a pan-India multi-system operator (MSO), reports Livemint. Reliance Jio had applied for the license in January this year. The report mentions that it plans to use its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connectivity to offer its prospective customers a number of services, including TV, high speed internet, telephone and wireless connectivity.

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    5. How some agencies pay for gadget reviews on blogs

      How some agencies pay for gadget reviews on blogs

      We get a lot of emails trying to buy stories and articles at MediaNama, and my reaction to such emails (and occasionally, calls), is quite rude. There is always the temptation to publicly call out such requests, but “paid news” isn’t illegal in India, criminal defamation still exists, and there are always this problem of this being so common, that people don’t often realize that what they’re asking for is ethically wrong.There have been calls where I have sermonized on the ethics (rather lack of ethics) of such requests and the importance of disclosures. We’ve ...

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    6. 3.16 Million Mobile Number Portability Requests In India In April 2015

      3.16 Million Mobile Number Portability Requests In India In April 2015

      Porting requests were submitted for 3.16 million connections in the month of April 2015, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 17.40% from 3.83 million porting requests reported in March 2015. India had a total mobile connection base of 973.34 million connections (869 million active) as of April 2015. India doesn’t yet have number portability across service areas, the deadline for which has been extended to July 2015.

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    7. Jagran Prakashan’s holding company ups stake in firm by 2.63%

      Jagran Prakashan’s holding company ups stake in firm by 2.63%

      Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited, the holding company of publisher Jagran Prakashan, has decided to increase its stake in the listed company by 2.63% it said in a notification on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Jagran Media Network Investment Private Limited will be buying 8.6 million shares from Suvi Info Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan, and the funds will be used to reduce the company’s existing debt.

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    8. Facebook tweaks its algorithm to account for time spent on a story

      Facebook has tweaked its algorithms which show what stories pop up on people’s news feeds and now factors in the amount of time people spend on a particular news story. “Just because someone didn’t like, comment or share a story in their News Feed doesn’t mean it wasn’t meaningful to them. There are times when, for example, people want to see information about a serious current event, but don’t necessarily want to like or comment on it,” Facebook explained on its blog.

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    9. 869 Million Active Mobile Connections In India in April 2015

      869 Million Active Mobile Connections In India in April 2015

      According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India added 7.35 million “active” mobile connections during the month of April 2015. The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats: – There were 869.97 million active connection in the month of April. – Strangely, Idea apparently has 102.60% of connections active on its network – the highest among all telcos.

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    10. Twitter acquires machine learning startup Whetlab

      Twitter acquires machine learning startup Whetlab

      Continuing its acquisition spree, microblogging platform Twitter has bought machine learning startup Whetlab for an undisclosed amount. Twitter will be integrating Whetlab’s technology into its own platform and the team members will be joining the company following the acquisition. Whetlab on its website said that it will be discontinuing its product after July 15.

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    11. Star India to acquire MAA TV’s broadcast biz for Rs 2500 crore

      Star India to acquire MAA TV’s broadcast biz for Rs 2500 crore

      Rupert Murdoch-run Star India has received an approval from the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) to acquire Telugu TV channel network MAA TV’s broadcast business for Rs 2500 crore. The company had previously bid to acquire this broadcast business in February, and has now received an official nod. The acquisition will give Star it’s first Telugu channel, opening up access to the Telugu television market.

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    12. Zomato CMO Rameet Arora quits the company

      Chief marketing officer of Zomato Rameet Arora has quit the company, reports afaqs. In August last year, Arora replaced former Zomato CMO Alok Jain, who had quit in July last year, just 10 months after his appointment. It is unclear where Arora is headed next. Arora joined Zomato in August last year from McDonald’s where he worked as the senior marketing director of menu management in McDonald’s’ corporate communication team for over 4 years.

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    13. BSNL to launch its own wallet with State Bank of India: Report

      BSNL to launch its own wallet with State Bank of India: Report

      State-run telecom operator BSNL will be launching its own mobile wallet in the next two months, with State Bank of India (SBI) as its banking partner, reports Times of India. The wallet will allow customers to withdraw money through SBI’s ATMs. SBI has the largest ATM network in the country with 54,560 ATMs the end of March 2015 (pdf). BSNL could take some comfort in this as it would also help the offline withdrawal of cash feature.

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    14. MTNL appoints NK Yadav as chairman and managing director

      MTNL appoints NK Yadav as chairman and managing director

      State-run telecom operator MTNL has appointed NK Yadav as its new chairman and managing director (CMD). MTNL said that PK Purwar has relinquished his charge as CMD of the company and NK Yadav’s appointment was effective from June 8, in a notification to the Bombay Stock Exchange. MTNL director finance PK Purwar had been given additional charge of the post after the company’s CMD A.K. Garg retired on 30 May 2014.

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    15. Scroll launches curated news stories platform SocialWire

      Scroll launches curated news stories platform SocialWire

      Digital daily Scroll.in has launched a platform called SocialWire, that curates the top influential news stories of the day. The publication claims that it’s using a patent-pending collection of algorithms called the Scroll Machine to identify the most influential news stories from several social media platforms. The software will create a “list of influencers” curated by its editors, and identify the most influential stories by going through ‘hundreds of thousands of users, stories and shares’.

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    16. Twitter debuts autoplay for videos, Vines and GIFs

      Twitter debuts autoplay for videos, Vines and GIFs

      Microblogging platform Twitter is officially rolling out ads which will automatically play videos when users are scrolling on their timelines. The new feature is available on desktops and on Twitter for iOS, the company said on its blog. Android users will have to wait longer for autoplay videos (we’re not worried Twitter, take your time). Note the autoplay feature is only for native videos, GIFs and Vines.

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    17. Kalli Purie appointed India Today group editorial director for Tv & digital

      Kalli Purie appointed India Today group editorial director for Tv & digital

      The India Today Group has appointed Kalli Purie as its group editorial director for broadcast and new media, reports Exchange4Media. She will lead editorial supervision on the group’s TV, digital and events properties. Before this, Purie was the Group Synergy and creative officer at the India Today Group and will take charge of her new role once the transition is complete.

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    18. JiffStore secures investment from Unitus Seed Fund & Times Internet

      JiffStore secures investment from Unitus Seed Fund & Times Internet

      Mobile-first grocery delivery marketplace JiffStore has raised additional funding from existing investors Unitus Seed Fund and Times Internet. The size of the deal hasn’t been disclosed. The funds will be used to expand the company’s network of stores, for marketing, expanding the team, and improving the technology platform. Bangalore-based JiffStore is also expanding its operations to other cities – Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi – though no specific timeline has been mentioned.

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    19. Govt launches Sakaar app for augmented reality; watch the Mars Orbiter Mission in 3D

      Govt launches Sakaar app for augmented reality; watch the Mars Orbiter Mission in 3D

      The Government of India has launched an augmented reality (AR) app for Android 4.0.3 and above called Sakaar to mark the one year achievement of the Department of Space, reports IndianTelevision. The app will give a direct live view (with an info overlay) of real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated 3D models, animations and videos.

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    20. Gaana partners with The Orchard; claims 10M song library

      Gaana partners with The Orchard; claims 10M song library

      Times Internet owned music streaming service Gaana has tied up with The Orchard, an American music film and video distribution company to add 7 million more ‘indie’ songs to its library, taking its total number of songs to 10 million. Gaana said that it has added over 7 million songs, exclusively for India. The company claims to have over 12 million registered users and 15 million app downloads across its website and app.

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    21. Government launches job portal for MSMEs; registration doesn’t work

      Government launches job portal for MSMEs; registration doesn’t work

      The government has launched a website for job seekers and employers in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs) to provide job listings in the manufacturing sector for both, reports ET. The government plans to add more features to the site along with other sectors, especially the services sector, which could also benefit entrepreneurs. One year to make a job site? So far, two people had registered on the site, which the government claims took a year to make.

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    22. Court says transport dept rejecting Ola associates’ license application is invalid

      Court says transport dept rejecting Ola associates’ license application is invalid

      The Delhi Court has passed an order stating that the Delhi Transport Department cannot reject the radio taxi licenses of Apra Cabs India Pvt Ltd and Serendipity Info Labs Pvt Ltd (subsidiaries/associates of Ola and TaxiForSure respectively) on the basis that they failed to submit a sworn affidavit, which declared that Ola/TaxiForSure were complying with the ban imposed by the Delhi government.

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    23. Groupon ties with Xploree to offer real time in-app deals

      Groupon ties with Xploree to offer real time in-app deals

      Local coupon and deals generating platform Groupon India has partnered with search and discovery platform Xploree to offer users real time deals on dining, wellness, shopping and travel segments from Groupon on the Xploree platform (Android only currently) starting today. Xploree uses hyper contextual linking, natural language processing, semantics and intent-matching algorithms to make predictive targeting easier.

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