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    1. Facebook’s Government Requests Report Shows That India Leads In Terms Of Content Censorship

      Facebook’s Government Requests Report Shows That India Leads In Terms Of Content Censorship

      Facebook released its second Government Requests Report today and it shows that the Indian Government has been making a significant amount of requests for blocking content on the website. The report has data from two separate time period: July to December, 2013 and January to June, 2013.

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    2. TwopCharts Report Suggests That 44% Of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent A Tweet

      TwopCharts Report Suggests That 44% Of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent A Tweet

      Twitter might be actually struggling when it comes user engagement in terms of actual tweeting. The one time social media phenomenon is currently facing somewhat of a plateau. While it is true that Twitter is the best website to discover real time news, trending topics and other happenings around the globe, it probably might not be seeing the level of engagement that Facebook has with its users.

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    3. Google Expands Android Security With Update To Verify Apps Feature

      Google Expands Android Security With Update To Verify Apps Feature

      Google has announced that it is adding another security layer to Android which will verify apps installed on OS continuously. Apps are the new playground for malicious individuals and Android has had instances of vulnerability due to the sheer number of Android apps that were popping up till last year because of the somewhat lax nature of Google’s app verification process after a developers sends in an app for inclusion on the Play store.

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    4. Facebook Has Updated Its Newsfeed In Order To Clean Up Low Quality Posts

      Facebook Has Updated Its Newsfeed In Order To Clean Up Low Quality Posts

      The Facebook newsfeed is central to the Facebook experience. Over the years, Facebook has been tweaking its algorithms to deliver relevant content to users. However, there have been repeated instances of poor quality and irrelevant content that makes it there. The reason this happens is unfortunately, because of the users themselves. Some Facebook pages use multiple techniques to drive up engagement and then subject those who clicked to poor quality content.

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    5. Dropbox Brings Mailbox To Android And Launches Carousel

      Dropbox Brings Mailbox To Android And Launches Carousel

      Dropbox has finally launched its popular email app Mailbox on Android. Mailbox which debuted on iOS last year was widely praised for improving our current state of email overload and getting users to reach the previously mythical state of Inbox Zero. Dropbox has told users that an Android app was in the works and today’s launch shows how committed Dropbox is towards building digital products instead of just being a cloud storage platform.

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    6. Facebook Will Remove In-App Chat For Both iOS And Android Apps

      Facebook Will Remove In-App Chat For Both iOS And Android Apps

      Facebook has announced that it will be removing the messaging feature from its main mobile app on both iOS and Android. The company is going this to get people to use Facebook Messenger on these platforms. When you think of it, the messages feature on the main Facebook app was pretty redundant.. when the company released Messenger. Removing this redundancy is good and moreover, Facebook Messenger is far superior product when it comes to messaging.

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    7. Heartbleed Bug May Have Made Most Of The Internet Vulnerable For The Last 2 Years

      Heartbleed Bug May Have Made Most Of The Internet Vulnerable For The Last 2 Years

      Day before yesterday, it was revealed that a critical flaw has existed in the OpenSSL protocol for the last two years and no one knew anything about it. The existence of the bug, called Heartbleed, has made many security analysts and users very concerned. Since this bug was first introduced into the OpenSSL implementation in 2011, the protocol has been used by most major Internet websites to encrypt communication, transactions and other sensitive details.

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    8. Rocket Internet’s PricePanda Expands To India

      Rocket Internet’s PricePanda Expands To India

      PricePanda is another of Rocket Internet’s portfolio companies. After being launched in 2012, the company rapidly expanded to cover markets such as Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Phillipines, Singapore and Thailand. The company now has entered Indian soil. PricePanda is a price comparison service and aims to be create price transparency across product segments, especially those being sold online.

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    9. BrownTape Raises Funding From Seedfund And Ganesh Krishnan To Expand Operations

      BrownTape Raises Funding From Seedfund And Ganesh Krishnan To Expand Operations

      Seedfund and Growth Story’s Ganesh Krishnan have made an investment in Browntape eCommerce Pvt. Ltd. The investment amount has not been disclosed. Browntape runs a SaaS based service which is targeted towards the growing breed of online sellers in India who are taking advantage of the framework provided by online marketplaces such as Ebay India, ShopClues and Snapdeal to establish their online retail businesses.

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    10. Techgig Is Organizing Code Gladiators, An India Wide Contest For Professionals

      In an era where the ability to wrangle code can create a significant difference in your career trajectory, many companies have realized that encouraging more people to code could help talented people find more jobs and importantly solve some big problems. There is a whole ‘coding movement’ going on in the west and by the looks of it, this movement is just washing onto the shores of India.

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    11. NewsHunt Finds Traction In Singular Magazine Editions As e–Subscriptions

      NewsHunt Finds Traction In Singular Magazine Editions As e–Subscriptions

      NewsHunt has attempted to offer singular magazine editions as eBooks and appears to be gaining traction.

      One of the well performing Reading Apps from India, NewsHunt has tied–up with Delhi Press to launch popular magazines like Manohar Kahaniyan, Saras Salil The Caravan, etc., explained NewsHunt, “We are now working with Delhi Press to offer content from all the group’s 37 magazines on our app”.  These magazines are immensely popular in Physical Print.

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    12. Pune’s SoftTech Raises Funding From Jaipur Based Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund

      Pune’s SoftTech Raises Funding From Jaipur Based Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund

      Pune based software company SoftTech, has raised funding from Jaipur based Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund (RVCF).

      The investment by RVCF was part of its SME Tech Fund, launched in 2008-09 to invest in high growth sectors. However, neither of the party has divulged the exact amount. Still, SoftTech plans to use the funds to increase overseas sales, boost marketing efforts and also invest in new product development.

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    13. Apple And Samsung Return To Court For The Second Time Over Longstanding Patent Dispute

      Apple And Samsung Return To Court For The Second Time Over Longstanding Patent Dispute

      Apple and Samsung have been going at each other over the alleged misuse of Apple’s patents by Samsung. Two years ago, the US court granted Apple victory but now both the companies are back again in court arguing over a fresh round of patents and the phones that Samsung has sold in the mean time.

      Here’s is the look at the stands that both companies are taking for this legal battle.

      1. Apple:

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    14. ThoughtBuzz Launches New Product Omni G To Offer Multi–Platform Social Media Analytics

      ThoughtBuzz Launches New Product Omni G To Offer Multi–Platform Social Media Analytics

      ThoughtBuzz today announced the launch of its new analytics platform – Omnio G.

      The product is designed to help organizations listen, discover, measure and engage with today’s social and mobile first consumers.

      What does Omnio G offer? Omnio G is not the first product from ThoughtBuzz; however, it is the first to offer multi–platform support.

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    15. Online Visits To Mobile Phone Websites Grew By 247% On Yearly Basis: IAMAI Report

      Online Visits To Mobile Phone Websites Grew By 247% On Yearly Basis: IAMAI Report

      According to the latest Internet Economy Watch report, published jointly by the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and “Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB), the online user visit to various websites to look for mobile phones has gone up from 5.41 Million in February 2013 to 18.77 Million in February 2014 registering a YoY growth of 247%.

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      Mentions: Alap Naik Desai
    16. BBM Will Come To Windows Phone In Q2 2014

      BBM Will Come To Windows Phone In Q2 2014

      Blackberry, which is betting big on BBM, has plans of bringing the messaging service to Windows Phone soon. With this, BBM will be effectively cross-platform and will have a presence on all the important mobile operating systems.

      Blackberry CEO John Chen has announced that BBM for Windows Phone will be out in the period between April and June. BBM could also come preloaded on Nokia Lumia phones in the same way that BBM for Android comes preloaded on the Nokia X.

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      Mentions: Nokia BBM WhatsApp
    17. Microsoft’s Bangalore Startup Accelerator Kick Starts Applications For Fifth Batch

      Microsoft’s Bangalore Startup Accelerator Kick Starts Applications For Fifth Batch

      Microsoft India has announced that it is accepting applications for its fifth Ventures Accelerator batch in Bangalore, India. The software and technology company will start receiving online applications from start-ups from April 1 till June 10. This time Microsoft is eyeing for a mixture of Indian startups and international companies (interested in Asian markets) to participate. The four month acceleration program is scheduled to start in July and will end with a demo day in November.

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    18. Twitter Grabs SecondSync and Mesagraph To Strengthen Social TV Offerings

      Twitter Grabs SecondSync and Mesagraph To Strengthen Social TV Offerings

      Twitter acquired two independent companies; SecondSync and Mesagraph.

      Micro blogging network Twitter has bought two individual companies in separate procurement process in an apparent effort to strengthen its Social TV offerings.  One of the bought companies is France based SecondSync and the other one is UK based Mesagraph. The companies have revised their respective landing pages to confirm the acquisition. However, the exact amount has not been disclosed.

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    19. Wipro Turns To Colleges For Educating Youth About Data Analytics As Demand Surges

      Wipro Turns To Colleges For Educating Youth About Data Analytics As Demand Surges

      Wipro Technologies is in active talks with engineering colleges to introduce courses in Data Analytics as part of their curriculum.

      Understanding the increasing demand of qualified engineers especially in the field of Data Analytics and Big Data in general, Wipro appears to have spearheaded a campaign that might eventually see the addition of a new subject or maybe even a new stream to existing curriculum.

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    20. Whatsapp Has Hit A New Message Handling Record

      Whatsapp Has Hit A New Message Handling Record

      Whatsapp is seeing its highest message volume ever! The company announced today that it has hit a new record as far as daily messaging volume is concerned.

      According to a tweet by the company, the service was used to send 20 billion messages and receive 44 billion messages in a single day. This means that the service handled a total volume of 64 billion messages in 24 hours. The disparity in the sent and received numbers is due to messages being sent to groups.

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    21. App Prices Are Set To Increase On The iTunes App Store For India

      App Prices Are Set To Increase On The iTunes App Store For India

      Apple has announced that it will be increasing the pricing of apps and other related content on in its iTunes App Store in India and other markets like Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa etc. This is being done because of the price fluctuation in currencies in these markets. These changes are going to be effective immediately and will probably show up today.

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