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    1. Times Group and Vice Media are partnering to launch Indian edition of VICELAND

      Times Group and Vice Media are partnering to launch Indian edition of VICELAND

      Times Group and Vice Media have announced a partnership to launch an Indian version of Vice. The partnership will also launch television brand VICELAND as paid TV network in India. Vice will be opening a new bureau and production hub in Mumbai and will create original content to be distributed across television, mobile, digital and linear platforms in the region.

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    2. GoIbibo’s social network is right now nothing like a social network

      GoIbibo’s social network is right now nothing like a social network

      As part of its strategy of becoming more ‘social’, Goibibo has launched a new feature called GoContacts on its mobile app. GoContacts syncs up with a user’s phone book and shows who are currently using the GoIbibo app. When any user joins GoContacts and books tickets on the app, their connections on the app are given a cash bonus. This also works the other way i.e. when connections make a booking, the user gets a cash bonus.

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    3. Sri Adhikari Brothers to launch comedy shows exclusively for digital

      Sri Adhikari Brothers to launch comedy shows exclusively for digital

      Sri Adhikari Brothers Group (SAB Group), an Indian production house and broadcaster, has partnered with handset manufacturers, telecom firms and online video aggregators to launch its new comedy programs in July under Happii-Fi brand.

      The Mumbai-based company said in a press release that it has partnered with handset manufacturer Micromax, online video aggregators such as YouTube, FunOnGo, Hungama, Daily Motion and nexGTv, and Facebook among others to release its new shows.

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    4. GreyOrange to expand into Middle East markets

      GreyOrange to expand into Middle East markets

      Robotics and warehouse automation startup GreyOrange is expanding its operations into the Middle East market. The startup, which was founded in 2011 currently has operations India, China, Honk Kong and Japan. With the Middle East expansion, the company will cater to retail, consumer and packaged goods, and e-commerce companies by offering logistics automation solutions like inventory management, order profiling and sorting, etc.

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    5. Imagine a billion creators without shackles

      Imagine a billion creators without shackles

      Imagine if you could launch a channel with your own shows: you could write your own scripts, get your friends to act, and show it to anyone in the world. Now imagine if everyone in the world could do the same. The only medium that allows this is the Internet. You don’t need an uplinking station or a downlinking license. You don’t need to pay a carriage fee to a cable operator for your channel to get an audience. You can start with just your phone and an Internet connection.

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    6. Union government wants to link SC/ST certificates with Aadhaar

      Union government wants to link SC/ST certificates with Aadhaar

      All state governments have been directed by the Centre to link Aadhaar with domicile and caste certificates, according to an updated FAQs from the department of  personnel and training. State governments have been instructed that the certificates should be issued to students who are studying in class V or class VII.

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    7. Ola gets license to operate in Karnataka but problems remain

      Ola gets license to operate in Karnataka but problems remain

      The long-drawn struggle between Ola and the Karnataka state transport department appears to be finally over.

      The Economic Times reports that the Karnataka state government has given Ola the license to operate in the state after the cab aggregator was able to meet the conditions of the new guidelines for cab aggregators. This makes Ola the first cab aggregator to operate legally in the state. When contacted by MediaNama, Ola refused to comment.

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    8. 4.90M Mobile Number Portability requests in India in April 2016

      4.90M Mobile Number Portability requests in India in April 2016

      Porting requests were submitted for 4.90 million connections in the month of April 2016, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is up 11.46% from 4.40 million porting requests reported in March 2016.

      For the month of April, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received in Himachal Pradesh at 0.60 million, followed by Mumbai at 0.26 million and Rajasthan at 0.26 million.

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    9. Google proves that we should have high-speed Public WiFi in India

      Google proves that we should have high-speed Public WiFi in India

      (with inputs from Salman SH)

      More than 1.5 million users have accessed Google and RailTel’s free high-speed*  WiFi service across 19 railway stations, while being at just 20% of the roll out schedule for this year, Google said in a blog post. Last month, Google said that the free WiFi service on railway stations crossed 300,000 users per week, and that Bhubaneswar crossed 100,000 in a single day once (thought, to be honest, that might have been due to the novelty factor).

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    10. Zee Entertainment Ceo & MD Punit Goenka on why Ditto TV is now for only Rs 20 per month

      Zee Entertainment Ceo & MD Punit Goenka on why Ditto TV is now for only Rs 20 per month

      In a market with no paucity of video streaming apps, Zee Entertainment’s Ditto TV has cut its subscription fees to just Rs 20 per month, from around Rs 150 per month. The service includes over 100 TV channels, including from its parent network Zee, and others like Colors, Sony, SAB, Zoom, MTV, BBC, Times Now, MTV and Aaj Tak.

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    11. Nikesh Arora to step down from SoftBank president and COO post

      Nikesh Arora to step down from SoftBank president and COO post

      Nikesh Arora, SoftBank Group’s president and chief operating officer is stepping down from his position shortly after being given a clean chit regarding allegations that he was compensated by private equity firm Silver Lake for helping with potential technology company investments that were similar to the investments he made for SoftBank.

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    12. Twitter acquires machine learning startup Magic Pony to enhance image, video features

      Twitter acquires machine learning startup Magic Pony to enhance image, video features

      Twitter has acquired London-based Magic Pony to enhance its machine learning capabilities in image processing, the company said in a statement today. A TechCrunch report pegged the size of the deal at $150 million. Magic Pony’s team will join Twitter’s team of engineers, data scientists, and machine learning researchers who build and test “new experiences (for users) to share and participate in.”

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    13. FDI in food retail will help online groceries to raise funding — but there’s a catch

      FDI in food retail will help online groceries to raise funding — but there’s a catch

      First, the good news. Government’s decision to allow 100% foreign direct investments (FDI) in single brand retail is likely to give a big boost to online grocery startups such as Grofers and BigBasket as they can now raise funds more easily than before, according to the Times of India.

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    14. Active Mobile connections in India declined by 2.4 million in April 2016: TRAI

      Active Mobile connections in India declined by 2.4 million in April 2016: TRAI

      What’s a few million when you have 934 million active mobile connections in India? The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month, so it includes users roaming from on another telecom operators network (For example, Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have Intra-circle roaming arrangements which allow 3G users from Airtel to roam on an Idea 3G network).

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    15. More FM Channels soon: Govt invites bids for second batch of Phase III FM Auctions

      More FM Channels soon: Govt invites bids for second batch of Phase III FM Auctions

      The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has invited (pdf) applications for auction of the second batch of Phase III FM Radio channels, which comprises of 266 private FM radio channels across 92 cities. The second batch of auctions will consist of 227 channels in 69 new cities, and the remaining 39 FM channels in 23 existing cities. List of cities here.

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    16. Jugnoo launches Dodo Deliveries

      Jugnoo launches Dodo Deliveries

      Autorickshaw aggregator Jugnoo has launched its on-demand B2B logistics service Dodo deliveries. The service is currently operational in Chandigarh tricity, and will be expanding to Indore, Gurgaon and Noida in two weeks’ time. Jugnoo intends to launch ‘Dodo’ in more than 15 cities in the next 2 months. There is no stipulated size for minimum order, and Jugnoo charges for delivery starting from Rs 30 per delivery. The company claims that Dodo is currently doing 200 deliveries per day.

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    17. Yatra will integrate mGaadi products into website following acquisition

      Yatra will integrate mGaadi products into website following acquisition

      We missed this earlier.

      Online travel agency Yatra has acquired auto rickshaw hailing app mGaadi, the company announced on its blog.  Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, mGaadi informed that they signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Yatra on June 10.

      The company stated that its products Cartr and related mGaadi technologies will be integrated into Yatra’s products as part of the agreement.

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    18. Nikesh Arora given a clean chit after allegations of poor performance

      Nikesh Arora given a clean chit after allegations of poor performance

      Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group announced that it found complaints and allegations against its president and chief operating officer Nikesh Arora to be unsubstanitated. In January, a group of investors sent letters to the boards of SoftBank and Sprint calling for a probe and possible dismissal of Arora over his investment track record and conflict of interest as a senior advisor to private equity firm Silver Lake.

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    19. Govt relaxes mandatory 30% local sourcing norms; Win for Apple, Xiaomi & LeEco

      Govt relaxes mandatory 30% local sourcing norms; Win for Apple, Xiaomi & LeEco

      India might soon have branded stores being set up by companies like Apple, LeEco and Xiaomi, which had earlier applied for exemption of local sourcing rules.

      The government has relaxed FDI rule of mandatory 30% local sourcing for opening single brand retail stores for up to three years, and additionally up to five years if the brand proved that its products are “state-of-art and cutting edge’ technology, according to a PIB release.

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