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    1. Ixigo launches cab aggregator app for metros, cities and towns; inter city rides coming

      Ixigo launches cab aggregator app for metros, cities and towns; inter city rides coming

      Don’t want to download a million standalone cab company apps? No issues. Ixigo just fixed that. The travel search engine has launched an Android app called ixigo Cabs which will aggregate cab info from places near the users, reports VCCircle. The company said that they have tied up with major taxi aggregator apps and curated a list of reliable taxi operators in major towns. They’re also planning to expand to inter-city rides in the future.

      Online and offline cab aggregation

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    2. Dual-SIM phones are 3.6 times cheaper than their single SIM counterparts: Study

      Dual-SIM phones are 3.6 times cheaper than their single SIM counterparts: Study

      More than 78% of Indians use dual-SIM mobile phones, a recent study by price comparison service Pricebaba.com has found. For the study , Pricebaba had tracked a total of 1126 mobile devices  in the country. The Android operating system has emerged as the most popular operating system and out of the total products tracked by, 855 run on Android. The study found  695 dual-SIM phones run on the Android OS representing 81.3 of the total number of devices on Android.

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    3. Ola confirms raising $400M led by DST Global; $100M earmarked for TaxiForSure expansion

      Online cab and auto booking service provider Ola (formerly Olacabs) has confirmed that it raised $400 million in a Series E round of funding led by DST Global, with participation from GIC, Falcon Edge Capital and existing investors SoftBank Group, Tiger Global, Steadview Capital and Accel Partners US. The Bangalore-based company had reported $315 million of this funding in a filing with the Registrar of Companies, earlier this month.

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    4. Section 66A may be back again, with a different name and packaging

      It looks like the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is seriously considering bringing back Section 66A of the IT Act, 2008 albeit in a slightly different avatar, barely 3 weeks after the Supreme Court scrapped it for being unconstitutional, reports PTI. The report mentions that the home ministry has set up a committee to look into how national security concerns can be accommodated in the IT Act, now that Section 66A is no longer available.

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    5. IAMAI pro net neutrality; asks TRAI to curb excessive regulations

      While Flipkart pulled out of Airtel’s anti net neutrality marketing platform Airtel Zero, more players are joining in the fight to keep India’s internet free, open and equal. In a response to the TRAI’s “Consultation paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-Top (OTT) services” (shorter version here) the non profit body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said that internet industry could use lesser regulation, so that tech entrepreneurship and app development were not crippled.

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    6. Blow to Internet.org as it loses Cleartrip, Times Internet, NDTV and NewsHunt

      Amid growing support for net neutrality in India, several Internet companies have pulled out of Facebook and Reliance Communications’ zero-rating platform Internet.org. Cleartrip, Times Internet, NDTV and NewsHunt, who had signed on as partners with Facebook’s initiative, have announced their support for net neutrality and appealed to other Internet companies to do the same.

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    7. Net Neutrality: Telcos are NOT Losing Money To Data Services – Deepak Shenoy

      Net Neutrality: Telcos are NOT Losing Money To Data Services – Deepak Shenoy

      By Deepak Shenoy

      The arguments by Telecom Operators against “Net Neutrality” – or their desire to not just charge users but also website and application owners for allowing users to access that content – is also financial. They say a lot of things about their revenue being cannibalized, that they have to make spectrum investments and so on. Let’s meet their financial fears head on.

      The basis of this article is to state that:

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    8. 851M Active Mobile Connections In India in February 2015; BSNL Loses 2.55M Connections

      851M Active Mobile Connections In India in February 2015; BSNL Loses 2.55M Connections

      According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, India added 9.58 million “active” mobile connections during the month of February 2015.

      The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats:

      – There were 851.93 million active connection in the month of February. – Strangely, Idea apparently has 102.06% of connections active on its network – the highest among all telcos.

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    9. Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.58B; Looking at sale of HERE business

      Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.58B; Looking at sale of HERE business

      Network equipment maker Nokia has bought French telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion or $16.58 billion in an all share deal. Through a public exchange offer in France and the US, the Finnish company will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2016.

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    10. PepperTap raises $10 million; to focus on grocery delivery

      PepperTap raises $10 million; to focus on grocery delivery

      Gurgaon-based hyperlocal grocery service PepperTap has raised Series A funding worth $10 million from SAIF Partners and Sequoia Capital, reports TechCrunch. The funding will be used towards expansion to more cities including Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad by the end of this year.

      Total funding worth $11.2 million so far

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    11. Citrus Pay ties up with Milaap to enable donations through Citrus Cash app

      Citrus Pay has tied up with Bangalore based social fundraising platform Milaap to introduce a new feature called ‘Lend a Hand’. The feature, which allows users to lend money to individuals in rural India, is part of the new version of the Citrus Cash app. The updated app is available for both Android and iOS.

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    12. PolicyBazaar raises $40M from PremjiInvest; focus on PaisaBazaar

      PolicyBazaar raises $40M from PremjiInvest; focus on PaisaBazaar

      Gurgaon based eTechAces Marketing and Consulting, the owner of the online policy aggregator PolicyBazaar, has raised $40 million in a Series D round of funding from PremjiInvest and a set of new and existing investors including Tiger Global and Ribbit Capital, reports Techcircle. Others participating in the round include Steadview Capital and ABG Capital.

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    13. Google is looking to set up a cache server in India, says report

      Google is looking to set up a cache server in India, says report

      Technology giant Google is looking at setting up a cache, or mirror, server in India which will enable quicker searches and stream YouTube videos faster, reports the Economic Times. According to the publication, Google is in initial discussions with  fibre manufacturer Sterlite Technologies to co-locate the servers wherever the latter’s fibre network is being created.

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    14. Grofers raises $35 million; expansion plans in the pipeline

      Grofers raises $35 million; expansion plans in the pipeline

      Hyperlocal delivery service provider Grofers has raised funding worth $35 million led by existing investor Tiger Global Management and participation from Sequoia Capital India, reports ET. Following this deal, Grofers is reportedly valued at $115 million. The funds will go towards expansion across categories and geographies.

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    15. Vserv ties-up with Talking Tom maker Outfit7 to offer mobile games monetization solutions

      Vserv ties-up with Talking Tom maker Outfit7 to offer mobile games monetization solutions

      Vserv has integrated Outfit7’s Android games monetization and user engagement platform Bee7 to its app monetization solution VMAX, to offer mobile game developers in the Indian and Southeast Asian markets better monetization options. Vserv’s head of data & supply partnerships Prashant Dixit told MediaNama that following this partnership, Bee7’s game wall tool has been integrated with VMAX, which will provide game developers an alternative monetization channel to in-app purchases and in-app advertisements.

      Bee7’s game wall tool offers incentives to users for playing a game, and not just downloading it. This increases the chances of user retention, thereby ...

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    16. Zomato acquires restaurant POS MaplePOS; One step closer to food delivery?

      Zomato acquires restaurant POS MaplePOS; One step closer to food delivery?

      Food aggregator Zomato has acquired cloud-based restaurant point-of-sale (POS) product MaplePOS for an undisclosed amount, the company announced. The company will work on integrating MaplePOS’s services with Zomato over the next few months, after which the service will be available to restaurant businesses from September. Zomato, which has a presence in 22 countries, has already renamed MaplePOS to Zomato Base.

      What Zomato Base does

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      Mentions: POS Varun Tangri
    17. Godrej Group’s Nature’s Basket to sell groceries on Amazon

      Godrej Group’s Nature’s Basket to sell groceries on Amazon

      Godrej’s Nature’s Basket has tied up with Amazon to deliver the former’s products via Amazon, reports ET. Currently, Nature’s Basket has added a range of gourmet products to sell on Amazon which it plans to expand in the coming months. Through this deal, Nature’s Basket will be able to reach over 19,000 pin codes in India. The multi-channel platform is also planning to introduce gifting options on Amazon.

      Nature’s Basket’s ekStop acquisition

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    18. Traffline’s Ridlr app looks to answer questions on traffic before you step out

      Traffline’s Ridlr app looks to answer questions on traffic before you step out

      Birds Eye Systems public transport information app Ridlr has launched in Delhi. The app will provide real time bus, metro and rapid metro schedules for the city. It will also help people locate the nearest bus stop or metro station and allow them to download time-tables to their phones for offline use.

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    19. HDFC Bank to launch a banking app for Apple Watch; Why?

      HDFC Bank to launch a banking app for Apple Watch; Why?

      HDFC Bank is set to launch its mobile banking app for the Apple Watch, reports Business Standard. The Apple Watch was expected to be made available in India only in June or later, however now it looks like Indian e-commerce platform Grabmore.in is accepting pre-orders for all versions of the Apple Watch, which is expected to go on sale globally on April 24.

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    20. Flipkart pulls out of Airtel Zero. Net neutrality in India gets a boost

      Flipkart pulls out of Airtel Zero. Net neutrality in India gets a boost

      Well give yourselves a pat on the back Internet, you deserve it. E-commerce major Flipkart has announced that it has pulled out from its deal with Airtel Zero and says that it is committed to the larger cause of Net Neutrality in India and will be internally discussing over the next few days, the details of actions we will take to support the cause.

      Here’s the official statement:

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