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    1. Micromax partners with Oyo Rooms for deals & native integration

      Micromax partners with Oyo Rooms for deals & native integration

      Micromax has partnered with Oyo Rooms to make exclusive deals available on their handsets and integrate the online hotel booking app into its Android launcher. Micromax will also factory load the Oyo app on some devices. Micromax’s AROUND Steroid launcher app aggregates food, travel, shopping, cabs, news and weather information. The phone manufacturer claims to have 3.3 million monthly active users, however, the context for that usage is not known.

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      Mentions: Micromax IDC TranServ
    2. Final call for #NAMApolicy: Impact of Internet Shutdowns, 6th December, Delhi – #ad

      Final call for #NAMApolicy: Impact of Internet Shutdowns, 6th December, Delhi – #ad

      We’ve confirmed 80+ attendees for our invitation-only #NAMApolicy discussion on the “Impact of Internet Shutdowns”, at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, at 4:30 pm on the 6th of December 2016. MediaNama is hosting this curated open house session in partnership with Facebook and Star India.

      Please click here to apply – you will be put on a wait-list, pending cancellations.

      Deadline for applications closes tomorrow at 9:00 PM, Saturday, 3rd December.

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    3. RBI files itself as a party in NTT Docomo vs Tata Sons case: report

      RBI files itself as a party in NTT Docomo vs Tata Sons case: report

      The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has stepped in and filed itself as a party in the ongoing arbitration case between Japanese telco NTT Docomo and Tata Sons, reports Economic Times. Following this, the Delhi HC has issued notices to both Tata and NTT and questioned the role of RBI in the case.

      The court said that it will decide on RBI’s inclusion in the case after it hears responses from both NTT and Tata on 21st December.

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    4. Gujarat HC disposes Amazon & Flipkart’s entry tax petitions

      Gujarat HC disposes Amazon & Flipkart’s entry tax petitions

      The Gujarat High Court has disposed petitions from Flipkart and Amazon which challenged the 6% entry tax into by the state government for goods purchased through e-commerce sites, following the recent Supreme Court verdict which upheld the validity of the imposition of entry tax into states, as indicated by the Economic Times.

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    5. Fitbit to acquire Pebble for an undisclosed amount: report

      Fitbit to acquire Pebble for an undisclosed amount: report

      Fitbit is buying rival wearable device maker Pebble for an undisclosed amount, reports the Verge. The deal will include Fitbit taking Pebble’s intellectual property, including its operating system, and will phase out the Pebble brand. According to TechCrunch, the deal is worth $40 million, although there are no details on when it will be completed.

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    6. Paytm claims 1M merchants; updates app to accept payments, but it’s no “App PoS”

      Paytm claims 1M merchants; updates app to accept payments, but it’s no “App PoS”

      Alibaba backed payments company Paytm seems to have updated its mobile application to allow merchants to accept payments. Hat tip: @manogath. A Paytm executive has confirmed this to us, though its founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and its corporate communications team have not responded to calls or text messages seeking clarifications. We’ve also not heard back from them on whether changes have been made following an intervention from the Reserve Bank of India.

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    7. On Indian mobile banking apps and the sensitive user data they collect – Part 2

      On Indian mobile banking apps and the sensitive user data they collect – Part 2

      Among 10 different Indian mobile banking apps, we’ve found that in many instances these apps record/collect information like your contact list, call record data, info about apps installed on a phone, and even gain access to your calendar schedule.

      These apps are meant to interact with secured banks server and retrieve information about your bank account, make IMPS, NEFT, RTGS transfers within the app.

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      Mentions: Citibank GPS Rtgs
    8. Ixigo ties up with Spicejet, Musafir and Kiwi to expand travel options

      Ixigo ties up with Spicejet, Musafir and Kiwi to expand travel options

      Ixigo has tied up with airline Spicejet, UAE and New Zealand-based online travel agencies Musafir and Kiwi to add their flight content on Ixigo’s apps and website. Ixigo claims to reach over 9 million users monthly and has 40 partners from where it aggregates travel information from. This includes MakeMyTrip, Yatra, Cleartrip, EaseMyTrip, Simplio, Tripsta and Jet Airways.

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    9. Jungle Ventures closes $100M fund for Southeast Asia

      Jungle Ventures closes $100M fund for Southeast Asia

      Jungle Ventures has announced the final close of its second fund at $100 million, from investors including Temasek Holdings, International Finance Corporation, National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore and Hubert Burda Media.

      The fund will target series A and select series B investments primarily in Southeast Asia, India and Australia, particularly when the latter businesses might expand to Southeast Asia. The investment fund had earlier launched a $10 million seed fund back in 2012.

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    10. RJio’s welcome offer extended to all users till March 2017

      RJio’s welcome offer extended to all users till March 2017

      All new customers buying Reliance Jio SIM cards will be able to avail free 4G data (capped at 1GB per day), free voice/video calls, and access to bouquet of Jio apps up till 31st March 2017, Reliance Industry Limited’s Chairman Mukesh Ambani said in a statement today. Existing Jio users will automatically receive the extended promotional offer. After 1GB of usage, speeds will be throttled down to 128 Kbps.

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      Mentions: Mukesh Ambani SIM MNP
    11. Two days after launch, Mobikwik changes how its lite application works

      Two days after launch, Mobikwik changes how its lite application works

      Yesterday morning, a source informed us that the Mobikwik Lite application stopped allowing users to accept money: After you entered the customers mobile number, to solicit payment, a user got the message that said: “Transaction Status; This feature is currently disabled”(screenshot). We checked and this was true.

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    12. TRAI considers removing 90 days lock-in for MNP in case of network migration

      TRAI considers removing 90 days lock-in for MNP in case of network migration

      India’s telecom regulator TRAI suggests removing the mandatory 90 days lock-in period for porting-out a mobile number to another network, in case a telco is shutting down its services or upgrading its technology (e.g. from CDMA to 4G), in a consultation paper (pdf) titled “Issues related to Closure of Access Services”. It also suggested extending notice period given to subscribers to 60 days from the current 30 days, in case of closure or migration of a cellular network.

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      Mentions: MNP Trai Uasl
    13. Accel Partners’ $450M India fund to be live in early 2017

      Accel Partners’ $450M India fund to be live in early 2017

      Accel Partners has raised $450 million for its 5th India fund, reports Mint. The fund will be deployed early next year in areas like internet, enterprise software, financial technology, B2B and healthcare. The VC firm will invest in seed and early stage startups in India along with follow up and late stage investments in its existing company portfolio.

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    14. After Rahul Gandhi, Congress account gets hacked; email dump?

      After Rahul Gandhi, Congress account gets hacked; email dump?

      Something has gone terribly wrong with security at the Indian National Congress’ twitter accounts, with two accounts (Rahul Gandhi‘s, and now the INC‘s) compromised since yesterday, and the threat of emails being released soon.

      The political party yesterday found that the accounts of their party Vice President Rahul Gandhi was being run by someone else, publishing tweets which used abusive language that was homophobic, abusing Gandhi’s family, among other things.

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    15. Hungama Music launches original audio series & curated playlists

      Hungama Music launches original audio series & curated playlists

      Hungama Music has launched an original audio series called Mera Wala Music which will stream the “stories” of Badshaah, Diljit Dosanjh, Mithoon Sharma and Palak Muchhal. In the next series of broadcasts, Hungama Music will feature Ayushman Khurana, Hard Kaur and Salim-Sulaiman among others. The series appears as a header in the mobile app and can also be downloaded.

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      Mentions: Airtel Google
    16. On Indian Mobile wallet apps and the sensitive user data they collect – Part 1

      On Indian Mobile wallet apps and the sensitive user data they collect – Part 1

      Payment and wallet apps are primarily built to perform operations like transferring money between wallets/bank accounts, recharging phones, etc. However some of these apps get to access to your sensitive information, like your contact list, which WiFi networks you’re on, your call record data, which apps you’ve installed, the microphone of your application, among other things.

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    17. TABCab to accept QR code payments from mVisa; interoperability issues

      TABCab to accept QR code payments from mVisa; interoperability issues

      Radio taxi operator TABCab has tied up with global payments provider Visa to allow QR-code based payments through their mVisa solution. As of now, QR code based payments will be rolled out to 1,000 cabs in the fleet.

      Using mVisa, customers will be able to pay fares through their respective bank’s mobile banking app by scanning the driver’s QR code displayed as a badge or a sticker in the taxi.

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    18. On these Delhi ISPs, YouTube and Hotstar are twice as fast as the rest of the Internet

      On these Delhi ISPs, YouTube and Hotstar are twice as fast as the rest of the Internet

      Delhi-based ISP Excitel offers four Internet plans, three of which serve YouTube and Hotstar at twice the speed of the rest of the Internet. In addition to these streaming services, software updates from Apple, Android, and Microsoft are also sped up. This is done via peering arrangements, where Internet providers connect directly with online content providers to improve the quality and speed of service for their customers.

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    19. Ola ties up with Bharat Petroleum, Axis Bank for vouchers & cash withdrawal

      Ola ties up with Bharat Petroleum, Axis Bank for vouchers & cash withdrawal

      Ola has tied up with Bharat Petroleum in Bangalore to make fuel e-vouchers available for its drivers. It has also tied with Axis Bank to put up a mobile ATM in its Bangalore office where drivers can withdraw cash from. Ola’s drivers need to have their Aadhaar cards linked to their bank accounts to withdraw money.

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    20. What the Internet of Things is, its security & privacy concerns – Ccgnlu, Delhi

      What the Internet of Things is, its security & privacy concerns – Ccgnlu, Delhi

      By Dhruv Somayajula

      Introduction

      On 21st October 2016, multiple cyber-attacks on the Internet infrastructure company Dyn shut down web browsing across America and Europe for hours. Over 100,000 devices were reportedly connected via a malware botnet named Mirai for this attack. The attack was a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS), which is carried out by flooding the bandwidth of a web server with artificial traffic from multiple devices.

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    21. RBI places withdrawal limits on Jan Dhan accounts

      RBI places withdrawal limits on Jan Dhan accounts

      In view of a large number of reports of money laundering through Jan Dhan Yojana bank accounts, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has placed withdrawal limits. Fully KYC compliant Jan Dhan account holders will be allowed to withdraw Rs 10,000 in a month while limited or non KYC compliant account holders may be allowed to withdraw Rs 5,000 per month.

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    22. Peeyush Ranjan, Flipkart’s Group CTO, quits the company

      Peeyush Ranjan, Flipkart’s Group CTO, quits the company

      Peeyush Ranjan, Flipkart’s group chief technology officer has quit the company and will leave by December end, reports Economic Times. Flipkart Labs, an initiative headed by Ranjan, will be led by Ravi Garikipati, Flipkart’s head of engineering. The report adds that Ranjan will be joining Airbnb in San Francisco as VP of engineering.

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