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    1. MobiKwik partners with Truecaller to add new users

      MobiKwik partners with Truecaller to add new users

      MobiKwik and Truecaller have partnered to let Truecaller users get an account on MobiKwik just by virtue of being on Truecaller. According to the company statement, the tie up is already accounting for 30% of daily signs ups on the MobiKwik app. MobiKwik claims to have digital payments at 100,000 merchants and 32 million users. The digital wallet is usable with Jugnoo for autorickshaw rides and Xiaomi for instant mobile and DTH recharges.

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    2. Practo users can get an Ola & Yatra users a Uber from their apps

      Practo users can get an Ola & Yatra users a Uber from their apps

      Now book an Ola cab via Practo’s apps

      Practo users can now book an Ola cab (Micro, Mini, Prime and Lux) from the Practo app. They will also get a reminder 1 hour before a scheduled appointment, and use Ola’s ‘Ride later’ feature to get an Ola cab. The Practo user’s destination will be pre-filled into the Ola driver’s app.

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      Mentions: Samsung Yatra Google
    3. Google launches standalone messaging app Allo; Lowdown

      Google launches standalone messaging app Allo; Lowdown

      Google has unveiled its AI-powered messenger app Google Allo with voice-call support today for iOS and Android users. The app is currently live in selected geographical regions including India, while the company said that it would be rolled out worldwide in the coming days. Allo is designed to sort of ‘auto-complete’ messages by predicting answers to questions in a conversation, or creating a standardized set of replies by learning user behavior.

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      Mentions: Google
    4. Xiaomi launches Air Purifier 2 and Mi Band 2 in India

      Xiaomi launches Air Purifier 2 and Mi Band 2 in India

      Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched its air purifier and Mi Band 2 in India at an event in Delhi, reports the Deccan Chronicle. The Mi Purifier 2 will be priced at Rs 9,999 while the Mi Band 2 will be available for Rs 1,999.

      The purifier is aimed at cleaning the air inside homes and offices, and claims to clean the air in a room size of 400-500 sqft in 10 minutes. The device sucks air from all sides, and blows out clean air from the top.

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      Mentions: Xiaomi Mi Band
    5. Flipkart joins Paytm and Hike in the 100 million user club

      Flipkart joins Paytm and Hike in the 100 million user club

      Flipkart claims that it has crossed 100 million registered users on the platform, 6 months after it crossed 75 million users. The company says that its user base now is 63% of India’s wireless and wireline broadband connections in India which, according to TRAI data is at 160 million. Flipkart obviously does not mention how many of these are active users.

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    6. 27 cities & towns added to Govt’s Smart Cities Mission

      27 cities & towns added to Govt’s Smart Cities Mission

      27 new cities and towns have been selected under the Government’s Smart Cities mission, reports the Economic Times. This is the 3rd list of Smart Cities to get funding from the Centre for initiating digital reforms.

      The cities include Agra, Ajmer, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Gwalior, Hubli-Dharwad, Jalandhar, Kalyan-Dombivali, Kanpur, Kohima, Kota, Madurai, Mangalore, Nagpur, Namchi, Nashik, Rourkela, Salem, Shivamogga, Thane, Thanjavur, Tirupati, Tumakuru, Ujjain, Vadodara, Varanasi and Vellore.

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    7. Delhi HC accepts intervention against a Right to be Forgotten case in India

      Delhi HC accepts intervention against a Right to be Forgotten case in India

      The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF)* has secured a legal intervention with consent from the Delhi HC for a case to determine whether India needs a “Right to be Forgotten” law. The court has subsequently issued a notice after IFF filed its arguments against the case; the intervention will be heard after IFF files its pleadings with the court. The next date of hearing in the case is on February 2, 2017.

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    8. Ad: 63 digital Jobs – Paytm, Rajshri, HiGrit, Ozonetel, Simform & More

      Ad: 63 digital Jobs – Paytm, Rajshri, HiGrit, Ozonetel, Simform & More

      View Job Openings at MediaNama Jobs, our Digital Job board. Post a Job – Subscribe to our Newsletter – Follow MediaNama on Twitter – Like our page on Facebook

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      – Social Media Marketing Executive – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Lehren Networks Private Limited – Website Content Writer – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Lehren Networks Private Limited – Content Writer/Producer – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Lehren Networks Private Limited – Manager / Asst Manager – Content Sales & Strategic Alliances – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Lehren Networks Private Limited – Product Manager – Noida, Uttar Pradesh – Ahoy Telecom Private Limited – Comms Specialist – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Comm Sutra – Digital Media Manager – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Rashmi Sharma Films – Social Media Manager – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Rashmi Sharma ...

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    9. LeEco’s electric car division gets over $1B in funding

      LeEco’s electric car division gets over $1B in funding

      LeEco’s electric car division LeSEE has raised over $1 billion (Rs 7,239 crore) in funding from Yingda Capital Management, Shenzhen Capital Group, Legend Holdings, China Minsheng Trust, Macrolink Group and Hongzhao Fund, reports Mint. It will use the funds for building a ‘global electric transportation ecosystem.’ According to this Guardian report, LeSEE has 600 employees.

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    10. Tolexo partners with Arthashastra FinTech to offer credit buying to SMEs

      Tolexo partners with Arthashastra FinTech to offer credit buying to SMEs

      Tolexo, an online B2B marketplace for business goods, has tied up with credit facilitator Arthashastra FinTech to provide credit buying features. This will enable merchants to buy inventory and get  interest free credit for a period of 7-23 days.

      The payment solutions will also provide buyers with a one-click checkout and offer aggregated payment options to club multiple purchases and make a single payment.

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      Mentions: ICICI Bank MOU
    11. Pepperfry raises Rs 210 Cr from Goldman Sachs and existing investors

      Pepperfry raises Rs 210 Cr from Goldman Sachs and existing investors

      Online furniture marketplace Pepperfry has raised Rs 210 crore from existing investors Goldman Sachs, Norwest Venture Partners Bertelsmann India Investments and Zodius Technology Fund. This was first reported by the Economic Times while a spokesperson for the company confirmed the development to MediaNama. We will update once we hear further from them.

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    12. DoT receives 70 applications from companies for MVNO license: report

      DoT receives 70 applications from companies for MVNO license: report

      The Department of Telecommunication has received more than 70 applications from companies in the country for acquiring an MVNO license, reports Zee Business. Some of the companies which have applied include tablet device manufacturer DataWind and Kishore Biyani owned retail giant FutureGroup. MediaNama was not able to independently verify these claims.

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    13. Idea Cellular will launch games, chat, video and music apps in Q3 and Q4

      Idea Cellular will launch games, chat, video and music apps in Q3 and Q4

      Idea Cellular, the third largest telecom company in the country, said that it would be launching its mobile games app in the third quarter of this fiscal year. While chat, music and movie streaming apps would be launched in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, according to the company’s presentation to investors.

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    14. Hathway will consider demerging its broadband business in October

      Hathway will consider demerging its broadband business in October

      Hathway Cable said that its board would meet on October 15th to consider demerging its broadband business, the company informed in a BSE notification. The company had been mulling hiving off the business since October last year. But at the time, the definitive terms and conditions of the demerger were still being evaluated.

      The notification added that the demerger of the ISP Business from Hathway Cable could happen after payment of Rs 98.05 crore by Hathway Broadband to the parent company.

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    15. Telcos submit Rs 14,653 crore in ‘earnest money deposits’ & other fees for auctions

      Telcos submit Rs 14,653 crore in ‘earnest money deposits’ & other fees for auctions

      Idea Cellular, Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications, and Reliance Jio Infocomm have successfully ‘pre-qualified’ for the upcoming spectrum auctions, according to information filed on the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) website. The DoT had earlier issued a preliminary notice inviting applicants for prospective bidders and specified a tentative timeline for the auction process in August.

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    16. Amazon India launches private label fashion brand Symbol

      Amazon India launches private label fashion brand Symbol

      Amazon India has launched its first private label fashion brand in the country called Symbol, reports The Mint. The brand has been launch by Cloudtail India, Amazon’s largest seller, in anticipation of the upcoming festive season.

      As of now, Amazon lists a Symbol store with shirts, t-shirts, bottoms, innerwear and accessories. The website also lists nightwear as coming soon. The store currently has over 200 listed items like socks, handkerchiefs, trousers, boxers etc.

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    17. Citrus Pay to surrender its wallet and BBPS approvals following acquisition

      Citrus Pay to surrender its wallet and BBPS approvals following acquisition

      Citrus Pay, which was acquired for $130 million by payments company PayU this month, will be surrendering its semi-closed wallet licence and its approval to operate a Bharat Bill Payments Operting Unit (BBPOU), co-founder Jitendra Gupta told MediaNama.

      “We’re going to merge our licence into PayU’s licence and we will initiate the process of shifting our customers to PayU,” Gupta said.

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    18. Google Trip will help users to plan and organize travel

      Google Trip will help users to plan and organize travel

      Google has launched an Android & iOS app called Google Trip to help users plan and organize travel. As of now the app lists 200 cities across the world, and shows a variety of plans featuring daily itineraries of what to do at each location.

      The app requires  a Google account login, post which it automatically finds tickets booked in the user’s mail.

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      Mentions: Microsoft Ixigo Yatra
    19. Google, Bing, Yahoo to ‘auto-block’ pre-natal sex determination ads

      Google, Bing, Yahoo to ‘auto-block’ pre-natal sex determination ads

      Search engines of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft will soon “auto-block” all kinds of pre-natal sex determination ads and prevent users from viewing them. According to a Supreme Court Judgment reviewed by Bar & Bench, the three companies were ordered to develop a method to auto-block both existing ads and ads that might appear in the future.

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