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    1. WeChat parent Tencent launches VoIP calling apps Dianhua & Lightalk

      WeChat parent Tencent launches VoIP calling apps Dianhua & Lightalk
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      Instant messaging service WeChat’s parent company Tencent has released dedicated VoIP calling apps Dianhua & Lightalk for Chinese and international users respectively, reports TechCrunch. This service is not yet available in India.

      WeChat already allows users to make voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls over Wi-Fi or the phone’s network connection. Now Tencent has built on this feature and developed independent voice calling apps.

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      Mentions: Tencent Holdings
    2. WoNoBo parent Genesys net profit dips by 93.7% to Rs 0.29 Cr in Q2-FY15

      Street-view portal WoNoBo’s parent company Genesys International Corporation has reported a 93.73% decline in its profits to Rs 0.29 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, from Rs 4.57 crore profit in the same quarter last year. It had posted a net profit of Rs 1.75 crore in the preceding quarter.

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    3. WhatsApp starts encrypting messages on Android via TextSecure

      Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out end-to-end encryption in the most recent update of its Android app.

      This essentially means that only the sender and receiver will have access to the messages and WhatsApp won’t be able to decrypt any user text messages even if it’s directed to do so by law enforcement agencies/governments.

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    4. Rightster to manage Lehren’s YouTube channels

      Bollywood-focused media network Lehren Networks has partnered with cloud-based video distribution and monetization network Rightster, which will see Rightster manage Lehren’s portfolio of YouTube channels. The companies had earlier signed an agreement under which Rightster syndicates Lehren’s video content across Rightster’s publisher network.

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    5. SysCloud secures $2.5M from Inventus Capital Partners & Kae Capital

      SysCloud secures $2.5M from Inventus Capital Partners & Kae Capital
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      Chennai & US-based SysCloud that provides data backup and security for enterprises using Google Apps, has raised $2.5 million series A funding from Inventus Capital Partners and existing investor KAE Capital.

      SysCloud CEO Vijay Krishna mentions that the new round of  funding will be used to expand to other cloud-based collaboration tools including Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Dropbox and Box.

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    6. Sony Music launches art & craft-focused YouTube channel MadStuffWithRob

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      Sony Music has launched an art & craft-focused online channel for children called MadStuffWithRob on YouTube, reports The Times of India. The videos will feature Rob, who also hosts a similar show on Pogo called M.A.D.

      Rob will teach kids easy way to draw complicated objects & make DIY stuff, give them art tips & tricks, show them interesting ways to recycle and upcycle, and host workshops. The videos are expected to be 3-5 minutes long tutorials, with separate videos for art and craft.

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    7. Tikona Digital secures $45 million led by IFC

      Internet service provider Tikona Digital has raised $45 million investment from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and existing investors.

      Of this, IFC has invested $25 million into Tikona while the remaining $20 million is from existing investors like Goldman Sachs, Oak Investment Partners, Everstone Capital Advisors and L&T Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd.

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    8. UIDAI claims to have issued 6 crore Aadhaar cards in UP already

      UIDAI claims to have issued 6 crore Aadhaar cards in UP already

      The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has claimed over 6 crore Aadhaar numbers have been assigned to citizens in Uttar Pradesh, out of a total population of 19.98 crore. UP was among the four new states UIDAI had undertaken Aadhaar enrollments in, after receiving approval for Phase 5 earlier this year.

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    9. You can now book autos from Ola in Bangalore

      You can now book autos from Ola in Bangalore

      Online cab booking service Ola (previously Olacabs) has started piloting an on-demand autorickshaw service on its mobile app in Bangalore, allowing users to book auto rickshaw rides in the city.

      Quite similar to its cab booking service, users can view autos nearest to their location on the app and make the booking. The fare payable is the regular meter fare plus Rs 10 as convenience fee. Interestingly, one has to enter the drop-off point before an auto driver accepts the booking.

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    10. Tata Docomo ties-up with NDMC to launch public Wi-Fi hotspots at Connaught Place

      Tata Docomo has tied-up with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to launch public Wi-Fi service in the Connaught Place area in Delhi. Wi-Fi service will be accessible at both the inner and outer circles of the CP area.

      To use the Wi-Fi service, users will first need to authenticate with a valid mobile number. They will be provided with a one-time password (OTP) to login and use the service free for up to 20 minutes.

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    11. Jabong net revenues up almost 3X to Rs 324.7 Cr in H1 2014

      Jabong net revenues up almost 3X to Rs 324.7 Cr in H1 2014

      Rocket Internet-backed online fashion store Jabong has reported net revenues of Rs 324.7 crore for the six month ended June 30, 2014 (H1 2014), registering an almost three-fold increase from Rs 113.3 crore revenues in the corresponding period last year.

      The operational loss also increased to Rs 163 crore for H1 2014, up 22.2% from Rs 133.4 crore in H1 2013 while the gross loss (net revenues minus sales cost) shot up to Rs 56.8 crore for H1 2014 from Rs 15.6 crore in H1 2013.

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      Mentions: Myntra
    12. 55 books by Kannada author Niranjana being digitized & released on Kannada Wikisource

      55 books by Kannada author Niranjana being digitized & released on Kannada Wikisource
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      Around 55 books written by the Indian author and activist Niranjana in Kannada will be digitized and made available on Kannada Wikisource, allowing Kannada speakers to access these books easily, informs Wikimedia (hat tip - CIS India).

      Wikimedia mentions that it has collaborated with CIS’s Access to Knowledge program to re-license around 55 books under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

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    13. Now you can create online rental agreements on Housing

      Now you can create online rental agreements on Housing

      Real estate portal Housing.com has introduced a new online rental agreement service that allows users to create a rental agreement online and get the physical copy delivered to their homes.

      How it works: Users can create a rental agreement by providing requisite information like landlord and tenant names, their permanent addresses and property details including address, property type, size of the property, payable rent and security deposit among others.

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    14. Airtel partners Nokia Networks to improve 3G coverage in Mumbai, WB and Bihar

      Airtel partners Nokia Networks to improve 3G coverage in Mumbai, WB and Bihar

      Bharti Airtel has signed a contract with data networking and telecom equipment company Nokia Networks, a subsidiary of Nokia Corporation, to enhance its 3G network in Mumbai, West Bengal and Bihar telecom circles.

      Nokia’s Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced platform will be utilized for this purpose. As part of the deal, a dual band, dual carrier 3G network will be set up at Mumbai, refarming 900 MHz to complement the city’s existing 3G network on 2100 MHz.

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    15. “E-Commerce allows us to launch products across the country on Day 1″ – Lenovo’s Sudhin Mathur

      “E-Commerce allows us to launch products across the country on Day 1″ – Lenovo’s Sudhin Mathur
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      E-commerce channel allows Lenovo India to launch its products across the country on Day 1, Sudhin Mathur, Director (Smartphones), Lenovo India told Medianama at the launch of its latest mid-range Android smartphone Lenovo Vibe X2. The phone is a Flipkart exclusive and is priced at Rs 19,999.

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    16. Rajshri launches video channel for kids called Peekaboo

      Rajshri launches video channel for kids called Peekaboo

      Rajshri Entertainment has launched an animated nursery rhymes video channel called Peekaboo on YouTube. The videos feature The Dubby Dubs, a set of animated characters that help interpret traditional nursery rhymes in new way. Peekaboo videos will also be available on Dailymotion, MSN, DigiVive and Vuclip. New videos will be uploaded on the YouTube channel every Friday.

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    17. Consumer consent mandatory for all services preloaded on SIM card, says TRAI

      Consumer consent mandatory for all services preloaded on SIM card, says TRAI

      The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has directed (pdf) all telecom service providers to ensure that all pay-per-use value added services (VAS) pre-loaded on SIM cards are activated only after obtaining explicit consumer consent. Telcos have till January 13, 2015 to comply with this directive.

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