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    1. S’pore-based social network migme signs up with Qyuki MCN

      S’pore-based social network migme signs up with Qyuki MCN

      Singapore-based mobile entertainment platform Migme has partnered with Mumbai-based Qyuki Digital Media, a creative multi-channel network which helps content creators grow their audiences on multiple online platforms. Qyuki was founded by leading filmmaker and writer Shekhar Kapur, musician A.R Rahman and new media expert Samir Bangara.

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    2. Google joins Facebook in trying to prevent IAMAI from taking strong anti-Zero Rating stand

      Google joins Facebook in trying to prevent IAMAI from taking strong anti-Zero Rating stand

      Google joined hands with Facebook to try and prevent the Internet and Mobile Association of India, which represents some of the largest Internet companies in India, from taking a stand that counters Zero Rating. According to emails exchanged between IAMAI’s Government Relations committee members, of which MediaNama has copies, Vineeta Dixit, a member of Google’s Public Policy and and Government Relations team, strongly pushed for the removal of any mention of Zero Rating from the IAMAI’s submission, as a response to the Department of Telecom’s report on Net Neutrality. Please note that Google hasn’t responded ...

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    3. YouTube to launch YouTube Spaces in Mumbai with Whistling Woods

      YouTube to launch YouTube Spaces in Mumbai with Whistling Woods

      YouTube has collaborated with Bollywood film director Subhash Ghai’s film making academy Whistling Woods International (WWI, note to self: not World War I) to create YouTube Space in Mumbai, reports Indiantelevision. YouTube content creators and their students will get free access to WWI’s studios which contain audio, visual and editing equipment, training programs, workshops and community events. The Mumbai Spaces will be open for creators from later this year.

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    4. Product discovery app RedCarpet graduates from Ycombinator

      Product discovery app RedCarpet graduates from Ycombinator

      Gurgaon-based RedCarpet, a rewards and product discovery application which allows people to to find products online and order them for pickup in-store in kirana stores throughout India, has graduated Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 batch, reports TechCrunch. RedCarpetcurrently claims to have tie ups with 120 stores, and 6x revenue growth across the past 4 months across Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida.

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    5. MakeMyTrip launches train booking app in 5 Indian languages

      MakeMyTrip launches train booking app in 5 Indian languages

      MakeMyTrip has launched an Android app where users can book round trip train tickets in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. The company said that it was investing in services supported by regional content. The app offers booking of general and Tatkaal tickets to all routes in India, train information from nearby stations and fare details. Users can also search by train number, PNR status and seat availability.

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    6. India & United States discuss cyber crime and security in dialogue

      India & United States discuss cyber crime and security in dialogue

      Last week, the United States and India held a joint Cyber Dialogue in Washington, the fourth in the series, led by the U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and India’s Deputy National Security Advisor Arvind Gupta. Other participants in the dialogue included the Department of State Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter and the Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for Policy Planning, Counter Terrorism, and Global Cyber Issues Santosh Jha.

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      Mentions: ICT Arvind Gupta
    7. WoNoBo parent Genesys International’s net profit jumps 81.59% to Rs 3.17 cr

      WoNoBo parent Genesys International’s net profit jumps 81.59% to Rs 3.17 cr

      Street-view portal WoNoBo’s parent company Genesys International Corporation has reported a net profit of Rs 3.17 crore for the quarter ended June 30,2015, a jump of 81.59% from Rs 1.74 crore from the same quarter last year. On a sequential basis, Genesys reported a net profit increase of 138.24% from Rs 1.33 crore in the preceding quarter.

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    8. Ola offers free WiFi, other features in a rewards program

      Ola offers free WiFi, other features in a rewards program

      Online cab aggregator Ola has launched a rewards-like program called ‘Ola Select’ for its frequent customers where they’ll be able to use free WiFi, no-cost upgrades, discounts and ‘exclusive benefits’ from partners Myntra, Snapdeal and Cleartrip. Ola claims that it is inviting users to the Select program based on their usage behavior and frequency, ‘among other parameters’.

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      Mentions: Myntra SnapDeal Uber
    9. Naukri: Hiring in Telecom and Media up 27% & 19% respectively

      Naukri: Hiring in Telecom and Media up 27% & 19% respectively

      According to Naukri.com’s Job Speak Index, an indicator of job listings on the portal, hiring activity in the Telecom sector has grown by 27% year-on-year (YoY) by July 2015. The overall hiring activity on the portal grew by 11% YoY.

      On a month-on-month (MoM) basis, the Job Speak Index for the telecom sector increased from 840 to 1027 in July, while overall hiring was up from 1749 to 1835 in the same period.

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    10. Payments banks: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Airtel, RIL, Vodafone, Fino among 11 to get RBI approval

      Payments banks: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Airtel, RIL, Vodafone, Fino among 11 to get RBI approval

      (Note: this story is being updated with more data and background every 5-10 minutes)

      So Payments Banks are a go: the RBI has granted “in-principle” approval to 11 applicants for payments banks, from 41 applications that it received:

      – Reliance Industries Limited: owns telecom operator Reliance Jio, and got a prepaid payments license from the RBI in November 2013, but hasn’t used it yet. – Vijay Shekhar Sharma: is the founder of mobile payments and commerce company Paytm.

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    11. Matrimony.com files papers for IPO to raise Rs 350 cr

      Matrimony.com files papers for IPO to raise Rs 350 cr

      Matrimony.com, which runs online match-making portals such as Bharatmatrimony.com, is looking to raise Rs 350 crore via an initial public offering (IPO), reports Reuters.  The Chennai-based company has appointed Kotak Mahnidra Bank and Citigroup Global Markets and Deutsche Equities India as managers for the issue.

      The company said that it will be filing its draft red herring

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    12. Funding roundup: Foyr, BigZop, Voxweb and more

      Funding roundup: Foyr, BigZop, Voxweb and more

      Foyr.com raises $1 million from Astrac Ventures

      Hyderabad-based interior design and home decor company Foyr has raised $i million from Astrac Ventures. Foyr.com started as Renderlogy, a B2B company which connected interior designers to customers and then pivoted to a B2C platform in July 2015. The company uses augmented reality and virtual reality solutions to help customers design living spaces. The company also claims that it can make 3D visualizations which is compatible with Oculus .

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    13. Gagan Arora quits Printvenue to found startup Randomalgo

      Gagan Arora quits Printvenue to found startup Randomalgo

      Gagan Arora, the cofounder and CEO of Printvenue has left the company, reports ET. Arora has quit to start up by founding Randomalgo (not yet live), which builds analytics products for ecommerce, using machine learning. According to the report, the startup is bootstrapped as of now, but is testing its product within and outside the Rocket Internet group.

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    14. Epic Channel & Culture Machine to launch history series Epified

      Epic Channel & Culture Machine to launch history series Epified

      YouTube Multi-Channel Network (MCN) Culture Machine has partnered with Epic Channel  to launch Epified, a history and mythology series reports afaqs.com. The details of the partnership have not been disclosed.

      The report says that Epified will be a collection of short format, non-fiction content, related to Indian history and mythology, including works inspired by the writings of mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik and others.

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    15. Privacy: Amobee user tracker found on some tests from Airtel users

      Privacy: Amobee user tracker found on some tests from Airtel users

      A report from human rights organization Access indicates that in some cases, Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel was inserting a “tracking header” in the connections of some users. While the data sample is clearly very small – only four tests from Airtel were confirmed as being tracked by Access over a six month period, it is also dependent on users testing their own connection on Access’ AmIBeingTracked.com tool.

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      Mentions: Airtel Singtel Infact
    16. Quikr launches vehicle comparison & marketplace QuikrCars

      Quikr launches vehicle comparison & marketplace QuikrCars

      Classifieds site Quikr has launched QuikrCars where users can search for and buy new and used cars, bikes and other vehicles like trucks by budget, last week. The vertical shows listings of sellers, popular cars near you, reviews and videos. The site is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarati.

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    17. AskMe picks up majority stake in MebelKart for $20 million

      AskMe picks up majority stake in MebelKart for $20 million

      Local search listing platform AskMe will be investing $20 million in online furniture marketplace MebelKart over the next three quarters, in return for a majority stake exceeding 75%, reports ET. The remaining stake would be held by promoters. The investment will help AskMe and MebelKart to acquire a share in the furniture marketplace category.

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    18. Roposo secures $15M in its second round this year

      Roposo secures $15M in its second round this year

      Fashion-focused social network Roposo.com has raised $15 million in a round of funding led by Tiger Global, reports iamwire. The platform will use the funding from building up its infrastructure, hiring and enhancing its product.

      Roposo had previously raised $5 million from Tiger Global, India Quotient and Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal in March this year.

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