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    1. Hungama to offer free PRO subscription to Aircel subscribers

      Hungama to offer free PRO subscription to Aircel subscribers

      Hungama has tied-up with Aircel to offer its ad-free PRO service free for two months to Aircel subscribers. The PRO service, which was launched in June this year, is normally available for a subscription fee of Rs 110 per month through Google Wallet, after a 30 day free trial period. The company also offers daily, weekly and monthly plans using operator billing.

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    2. IIT Kanpur developing its own MOOC platform MOOKIT

      IIT Kanpur is developing its own platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) called MOOKIT, reports the Economic Times. Under MOOKIT, the institution will develop MOOCs around verticals like agriculture and computer science among others.

      The first two trial courses to run on this platform include Arch4Cloud, an online course on building cloud based applications, and Mooc on Moocs, a course about key concepts, methods and practices in MOOC programs.

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    3. Google’s Chromecast finally launches in India; Is it worth buying?

      Google’s Chromecast finally launches in India; Is it worth buying?

      Google has finally launched its media streaming device Chromecast in India, about 18 months after its global debut. The device is priced at Rs 2,999 and will be available on Google Play, Snapdeal and select Airtel stores across India.

      Airtel Inferno? The Airtel partnership is interesting considering that the telco was piloting a Chromecast clone Inferno in Gurgaon few months back.

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    4. Indian Govt advises banning online taxi service providers across India

      The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised all state governments & union territories to ensure that operations of online taxi services like Uber, Olacabs and TaxiForSure among others are stopped until they register themselves with state administrations, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha.

      Interestingly, since transport is a state subject under the India constitution all state governments don’t necessarily have to follow the Ministry’s advise.

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    5. Yahoo India 2014 trends: Most searched personalities, financial events, cricketers, movies & more

      Yahoo India 2014 trends: Most searched personalities, financial events, cricketers, movies & more

      Yahoo India has released its annual ‘Year In Review’, which lists the biggest trends the company witnessed in 2014. According to Yahoo, the lists are based on its user’s daily search habits and what they read, recommend or share on its network. The trends:

      Most searched personalities of 2014

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    6. What TaxiForSure, Ola & Uber told about driver verification, training & addressing driver issues

      What TaxiForSure, Ola & Uber told about driver verification, training & addressing driver issues

      First TaxiForSure and now Uber: within the space of a few weeks, two of the leading online taxi service providers in India have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. It seems like a consumer had a similar harrowing experience with Olacabs Delhi as well.

      These taxi booking services initially became popular in the country due to the efficiency of service & consumer safety. What many of us hadn’t pondered much about is that both of these parameters are directly connected to the cab driver.

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    7. Hotel distribution platform RezNext raises $5 million from NEA

      Online distribution platform for hotels & channel managers RezNext Global Solutions has raised $5 million funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The funds will be used to accelerate the company’s growth.

      Founded in 2012, RezNext offers technology for  mid-scale hotels in a real-time environment and helps them automate the current complex hotel distribution landscape.

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    8. On the responsibility, accountability and liability of platforms, marketplaces and aggregators

      The recent Uber case, and the issue that we chased a few months ago about warranties on goods sold online, means that we need to zoom out a little and look at the role of platforms, marketplaces and aggregators, and what they are responsible, accountable and liable for. It’s an area that we’ve struggled to figure out from a consumer protection perspective, but it’s also hard to ignore the positive impact that aggregators have had from a competition perspective. Three key points:

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    9. Karnataka Govt’s m-governance platform M-One goes live

      Karnataka Govt’s m-governance platform M-One goes live

      Karnataka government’s m-governance platform M-One or Mobile One is reportedly now live. Apparently, the Mobile One app has also been released for Android and iOS devices, however when we checked the Google Play Store and the Apple Store we couldn’t find the app. We did find an app called the Karnataka Mobile One Grievance, which allows citizens to file complaints against state of street lights, roads, and sanitation among others.

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    10. Dear Delhi Govt, Banning Uber is not the solution for consumer safety

      In what appears to be a knee jerk reaction to the Uber’s safety concerns emerging in the recent case of alleged rape by a Uber driver in Delhi, the Delhi Government has banned the online cab booking service in the city, reports The Economic Times. Sathish Mathur, the special commissioner at Delhi Transport Department, told the publication that Uber’s services have been blacklisted, since it was “misleading consumers” by plying taxis with All India permits which is not allowed while offering point-to-point travel services in the city.

      We’re not sure of how this could have been implemented ...

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    11. Gruner+Jahr exits India after selling Maxposure stake back to founders

      The Johari family has bought back its stake in publishing house MaXposure Media group from Gruner+Jahr for an undisclosed amount. With this deal, it marks the exit of the European publishing arm of the media conglomerate Bertelsmann from the Indian market. Gruner + Jahr had acquired a majority stake of 78.75% in MaXposure back in 2011.The remaining 21.25% is still controlled by MaxPosure’s co-founder Prakash Johari.

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    12. E-commerce roundup: Paytm, Snapdeal, Cleartrip and Walmart India

      Paytm adds Kids and Automotive categories

      Online utility payments company Paytm has launched two new categories, Kids and Automotive, on its platform. The company had previously launched mobile phones and cameras as verticals, in May this year.

      The automotive category includes various vehicle accessories, tool, helmets, audio etc., from over 250 sellers, for cars and bikes, while the kids category will host over 5000 styles of clothing from brands like Gini & Jony, Disney etc,including ethnic wear, caps, sweatshirts, innerwear, jackets dresses and other clothing. Other than these two categories, Paytm offers various products in electronics, footwear, fashion accessories, apparels ...

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    13. DoT selects mjunction Services Limited to conduct spectrum auction

      The department of telecommunications has selected Kolkata-based mjunction Services Limited as the agency to conduct auction of spectrum in various bands. Earlier in October,  The DoT had issued a Request for Proposal for the selection of an agency to conduct e-auctions for spectrum in 22 telecom service areas (TSAs).The DoT is scheduled to hold auctions for spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands shortly.

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    14. India Post (Karnataka) generates Rs 50 Cr revenue on the back of e-commerce deliveries

      India Post (Karnataka) generates Rs 50 Cr revenue on the back of e-commerce deliveries

      India Post (Karnataka Circle) has generated Rs 50 crore revenue in the current financial year, on the back of e-commerce deliveries for Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Myntra, Homeshop18, and Global Shiksha among others, reports The Times of India.

      India Post (Karnataka Circle) chief postmaster general MS Ramanujan told the publication that they currently take up both Speed Post & Cash on Delivery (CoD) orders.

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    15. Why Delhi Govt is right in considering legal action against Uber

      Why Delhi Govt is right in considering legal action against Uber

      (By Shashidhar KJ & Vikas SN) Delhi Government is considering cancelling the permission of Uber and scrutinise the permits of all private taxi services, a senior transport department official has told Indian Express.

      It has also sent a notice to Uber under the section 161 of CrPC and is considering legal action against the company for failing to run background checks on drivers before onboarding them, reports Reuters.

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