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    1. Government blocks Jihadology, an academic site on source material from Jihadis

      Government blocks Jihadology, an academic site on source material from Jihadis

      The government of India has blocked, Jihadology.net, an online academic repository run by researcher Aaron Y Zelin which curates new primary source material from global jihadis. (hat tip Praveen Swami).

      The website keeps tabs on how jihad groups are organizing in countries which were part of the Arab Spring. Zelin also researches primary source materials from Western jihadists and networks, including documents in Arabic.

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    2. 28% of mobile internet users in Dec’15 came from rural India: IAMAI

      28% of mobile internet users in Dec’15 came from rural India: IAMAI

      A report titled ‘Mobile Internet in India 2015’ from the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) states that there are going to be 371 million mobile internet users in India by June 2016. It adds that the country had 306 million mobile internet users in December 2015, of which 219 million were from urban India and registered a 71% growth year over year and 87 million were from rural India, up by 93% year over year.

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    3. Microsoft acquires keyboard app SwiftKey for $250 million

      Microsoft acquires keyboard app SwiftKey for $250 million

      Microsoft has acquired popular keyboard app SwiftKey for $250 million, reports FT. Post acquisition, SwiftKey will continue to be available on Android and iOS for free. Note that the app isn’t available on Windows Phones.

      Big news today! SwiftKey is being acquired by @Microsoft and we are very excited. Read more on our blog: https://t.co/Cf1PhMIgM7

      — SwiftKey (@SwiftKey) February 3, 2016

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    4. NDTV’s digital biz still accounts for 20% of total revenues in Q3 FY16

      NDTV’s digital biz still accounts for 20% of total revenues in Q3 FY16

      NDTV’s ecommerce business has reported revenues of Rs 4 crore for the quarter ended December 31,2015 (Q3 FY16). The segment had posted revenues of Rs 6 crore in the same period last year, showing a degrowth of 33.33% year-on-year. On a sequential basis, ecommerce revenues were flat from Rs 4 crore.

      The ecommerce segment reported a loss of Rs 10 crore in the quarter against a loss of Rs 7 crore in the same period last year. Losses for the segment stood at Rs 13 crore in the preceding quarter.

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    5. Now sign up through Government portal NCS to drive a Uber cab

      Now sign up through Government portal NCS to drive a Uber cab

      The Union Labour Ministry of India has partnered with online cab aggregator Uber to let those people who want to sign up as drivers on the platform access the National Careers Service to do so. The Government had launched the NCS portal in December to provide employment services and career counselling. At that time, it claimed to have a content repository with information on career options in more than 52 industry sectors and across 3,700 occupations.

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      Mentions: Msme NCS MoUs
    6. Driving metrics platform Zendrive raises $13.5 million

      Driving metrics platform Zendrive raises $13.5 million

      Bangalore & San Francisco-based Zendrive has raised $13.5 million in a Series A round of funding led by Sherpa Capital, reports WSJ. With this investment, co-founder of Sherpa Capital Shervin Pishevar will join the company’s board.

      We’re psyched to have you and @sherpa on our side! https://t.co/3uGHPIg5bL

      — Zendrive (@zendrive) February 4, 2016

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    7. Zomato hits profitability in its high priority markets, India included

      Zomato hits profitability in its high priority markets, India included

      Online food ordering and restaurant guide Zomato has announced that it is now profitable in its high priority markets: India, Philippines, Indonesia and UAE, Lebanon and Qatar in the Middle East. In a press statement, Deepinder Goyal, founder & CEO of Zomato, said, “.. We have more than doubled our revenue year-on-year for the last few years, and we are going to post some great growth numbers this year as well,” echoing the sentiments of Sanjeev Bikhchandani from InfoEdge’s analysts call in December.

      India operations broke even in 2013 Note that the company had broken even in India in July 2013 ...

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    8. Internet Digest: Google, Freecharge, BSE accelerator and The Viral Fever

      Internet Digest: Google, Freecharge, BSE accelerator and The Viral Fever

      Freecharge virtual cards hit half a million activations

      Payments platform Freecharge says that it has hit 500,000 activations of  Freecharge Go, the company’s virtual cards launched with Yes Bank and Mastercard. The company launched the product 10 days ago. Freecharge Go is linked with the Freecharge wallet and will be accepted at offline stores in the coming months. Users can log into their FreeCharge accounts and generate the Go card, add money to it and use it for all online transactions.

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    9. Quick Heal secures Rs 134 crore through anchor investors

      Quick Heal secures Rs 134 crore through anchor investors

      Software security firm Quick Heal has raised Rs 133.87 crore through anchor investors (AIs) as a part of its IPO. The firm raised this by selling 4.17 million equity shares to 10 anchor investors at Rs 321 per share.

      Earlier this month Quick Heal said that it was looking to raise Rs 450 crore through an initial public offering. The price band for the IPO has been set at Rs 311 to Rs 321. The issue opens today at the face value of Rs 10 per share.

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    10. Airtel and Robi Axiata to merge operations in Bangladesh

      Airtel and Robi Axiata to merge operations in Bangladesh

      Telecom operator Airtel and Robi Axiata have signed an agreement to merge their operations in Bangladesh, the company said in a notification in the Bombay Stock Exchange. According to the deal,  Axiata will hold 68.3% controlling stake in the combined entity, while Bharti will hold 25%. The remaining 6.7% will be held by the existing shareholder, NTT DOCOMO of Japan.

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    11. Reliance Jio Lyf phones start at Rs 15k; Where are the Rs 4k handsets?

      Reliance Jio Lyf phones start at Rs 15k; Where are the Rs 4k handsets?

      Reliance Jio has launched its 4G Lyf smartphones at Reliance Digital stores, reports NextBigWhat. The phones were first unveiled earlier this month, at which point only employees of the company could buy them. Jio had similarly launched its 4G services for employees last month, ahead of the planned consumer rollout by March this year.

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    12. Amazon net profit up 125% to $482 million on holiday and AWS sales

      Amazon net profit up 125% to $482 million on holiday and AWS sales

      Amazon reported a net profit of $482 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 (Q4 2015) showing a growth of 125% from $214 million in the same quarter last year. The company also posted revenues of $35.75 billion in the quarter, a growth of 21.88% from $29.33 billion in the same period last year. Though the company gave a lower revenue guidance of $23-26 billion for the following quarter citing weak macro-economic conditions and foreign exchange fluctuations.

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    13. Vu’s launches smart TVs with Netflix and YouTube buttons on remote

      Vu’s launches smart TVs with Netflix and YouTube buttons on remote

      Television manufacturer Vu has entered into an exclusive tie up with Flipkart to launch 7 new smart TVs ranging from Rs 20,000 for ‘Play’ smart TVs and Rs 120,000 for ‘Iconium’ smart TVs. Five of these TVs sport 4K screens and have a Netflix and YouTube button on the remote, while the other two have 1080p screens and are preloaded with apps like YouTube.

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    14. AIR launches radio streaming app for Android, iOS & Windows

      AIR launches radio streaming app for Android, iOS & Windows

      All India Radio (AIR) has launched an audio broadcast channel over free dish and the internet called RAAGAM. The channel is currently available as an app over Android, iOS and Windows. A Financial Express report mentions that the channel will also be beamed through one of Digital Terrestrial Channel (DTT) of Doordarshan.

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    15. TRAI’s reserve price for spectrum auctions could mean more 4G or none

      TRAI’s reserve price for spectrum auctions could mean more 4G or none

      The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a reserve price of Rs 11,485 crore per MHz for pan India airwaves for the next round of auctions, reports Mint. This includes the base spectrum pricing for 7 bands, including the 700 MHz spectrum which is being offered for the first time and supposedly offers high quality mobile broadband and 4G.

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    16. Facebook net profit soars 122% to $1.56B on the back of ads

      Facebook net profit soars 122% to $1.56B on the back of ads

      Facebook posted a net profit of $1.56 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Net profit was $701 million in the same quarter last year, a staggering growth of 122.82%. Facebook’s net profit was primarily boosted by its ad revenues which grew 57% y-o-y to $5.64 billion from $3.59 billion in the same period last year. Some takeaways from Facebook’s earnings and call with analysts.

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