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HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B

HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Fund, TD Ameritrade, and QBE. HyperScience launched out of stealth in 2016 with a suite of enterprise products focused on the healthcare, insurance, finance and g...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Government, Artificial Intelligence, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Felicis Ventures, QBE, Stripes Group, Hyperscience, Peter Brodsky


Truecaller stores all Indian user data – including payments data – locally

Truecaller today announced that it stores all of its Indian user data locally, including payments data, “to ensure that the data of its Indian users remains secured and to provide faster and more reliable services”. According to the company this is aimed at safeguarding personal data.... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Data, Data Protection, Truecaller, Digital Payments, Truecaller Pay, Data Protection Bill, Srikrishna committee, Data Localisation


Shashi Tharoor introduces bill to regulate the online gambling; what about regulating promotions?

Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor, introduced a private member bill, The Sports (Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud) Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha, with an aim to “establish an effective regime to maintain the integrity of sports in India by preventing and penalizing sports fraud, regulation of... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Congress, Government, India, Policy, Online Gambling, Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha, Massively Multiplayer Online Game, Sports Online Gaming and Prevention of Fraud Bill


Union govt proposes drone corridors, service providers in Drone Regulations 2.0

The Union Government has suggested establishing a corridor for flying drones and setting up a regime for licensing and authorizing flying of drones. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha announced the updated policy for drone operations at the Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai yesterday.... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, Drones, Mumbai, Uav, Jayant Sinha, Ministry of Civil Aviation


Amazon and Flipkart seek extension to comply with new FDI policy

Amazon and Flipkart have asked the government for an extension on the 1 February deadline to comply with the new FDI policy for e-commerce, reports the Economic Times. Amazon has asked for time until 1 June, while Flipkart has asked for an extension of 6 months, to 1 August. MediaNama has reached... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, Marketplaces, Flipkart, Fdi, Medianama, Economic Times Amazon


TRAI: Viewers can avail 100 pay and free to air SD channels for Rs 130

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has clarified (pdf) that the consumers have the option to choose a-la-carte free to air channels OR Pay channels OR bouquet of pay channels or any combination within the desired 100 SD channels, within the network capacity fee of maximum Rs 130. The... ...
Tags: Travel, TV, Television, News, Cable, Government, Policy, Regulation, Trai, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI, DTH


SC issues notice to the Centre for order that allows monitoring of all computers

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre over its December 20th, 2018 order where the Ministry of Home Affairs allowed 10 agencies to monitor, intercept and collect data from all computers, under Section 69 of the Information and Technology Act, reports Hindustan Times. The SC has given... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, Hindustan Times, Ministry of Home Affairs, IT Act


Germany’s anti-trust body to order FB to stop gathering unspecified user data

Germany’s anti-trust regulator plans to order Facebook to stop gathering some user data (unspecified), reports Reuters. The regulator, Federal Cartel Office, will tell Facebook in a ruling as to what action it would have to take in the next few weeks. The Federal Cartel Office has been... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Germany, Social Media, Data, Regulation, Antitrust, Data Protection, Reuters, Federal Cartel Office


AIOVA to appeal CCI’s Flipkart ruling regarding unfair and discriminatory pricing

The All India Online Vendor’s Association will appeal against the Competition Commission of India’s ruling favouring the Walmart-owned Flipkart, reports Reuters. AIOVA, which represents more than 3,500 online sellers, will appeal to the National Company Law Appelate Tribunal (NCLAT).... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Walmart, More, Policy, Marketplaces, Flipkart, CCI, Competition Commission of India, Aditya Birla, AIOVA


Updated: Tripura govt extends 2-day internet ban by 48 hours

Update on January 11: The Tripura government yesterday extended the state-wide internet shutdown by another 48 hours, reports the Tripura Times. The ban was extended in an attempt to stop unauthenticated information, visuals and photographs, after police forces reportedly fired at civilians in the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Tripura, Internet Freedom, Internet shutdowns, Tripura Times


NASSCOM, Indian Private Equity, TiE and others ask govt to abolish angel tax

Industry bodies NASSCOM, TiE Global, Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (IVCA), Chennai Angels, India Angel Network and Rajasthan Angels have jointly written to the Union government asking it to abolish the ‘angel tax’. Addressed to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Government, Arun Jaitley, Startup, Tax, Regulation, Digital India, CBDT, Indian Startups, NASSCOM, Startup India Standup India, Angel Tax, Rajasthan Angels


The Accidental Prime Minister Case: SC refuses to grant an urgent hearing

The Supreme Court has refused to grant an urgent hearing to the plea seeking a ban on the trailer of and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. This means that the trailer will remain as is on YouTube and the movie will be released on its scheduled release date of January 11, 2019. The Supreme... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Supreme Court, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


Cinematograph Act amendments blunt, disproportionate, and stifle fair dealing – SpicyIP

By Divij Joshi, Analyst, SpicyIP The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting recently published a draft amendment to the Indian Cinematograph Act of 1952, with the stated aim of countering film piracy. The draft amendment, to Section 7(4) of the Cinematograph Act reads – “Notwithstanding any law... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Media, Film, Government, Policy, Piracy, Broadcasting, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Divij Joshi


MeitY extends the deadline for comments on Intermediary Guidelines to January 31

The Ministry of IT and Electronics (MeitY) has now extended the deadline for submission of comments and suggestions from 15 January to 31 January. MeitY will publish the comments on its website on February 4, after which it will invites counter-comments until February 14. Comments to MeitY can be... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, Regulation, Intermediary Liability, Platforms, IT Act, Ministry of IT and Electronics MeitY, Information Technology Rules 2011


Aadhaar-CSCs need to be restored: IT Parliamentary Standing Committee head

Anurag Singh Thakur, the head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, has asked Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, to restart Aadhaar services across Common Services Centre (CSCs), reports The Economic Times. There are over 3... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Policy, Information Technology, Economic Times, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Aadhaar, UIDAI, MeitY, Aadhaar Act, IT Parliamentary Standing Committee, Anurag Singh Thakur, Common Services Centre CSCs


Prescription drug Suhagra cause for Snapdeal and seller prosecution in Karnataka

The Karnataka drugs controller will begin prosecution against executives of online marketplace Snapdeal, and an owner and staffer of Ludhiana-based retailer Herbal Health Care for selling prescription drug Suhagra-100, reports the Economic Times. The order named Snapdeal CEO Kumar Bahl, and COO... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Policy, Regulation, SnapDeal, Intermediary Liability, Karnataka, Economic Times, Ludhiana, Drugs Controller General of India, Herbal Health Care


Tripura bans internet and SMS for 2 days amidst the North-East bandh

The Tripura government banned mobile internet services and SMS for 48 hours in the state yesterday, amidst a bandh in the Northeast in which there were protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2018. The Tripura State Additional Secretary confirmed the ban to MediaNama, and said that it... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, Policy, North East, Tripura, Internet Freedom, Medianama, Internet shutdowns


Updated: Case dismissed – Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Update 2, 2pm: The matter was earlier listed to be heard by the bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Sanjeev Narula, but was transferred to the bench headed by Chief Justice Menon this morning. During the hearing, the producers of the film, represented by Advocate Sangram Patnaik, objected to... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Justice, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Menon, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Muralidhar


Nandan Nilekani to head a new RBI committee on digital payments

Former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani will head a new RBI committee to push digital payments and enhance financial inclusion in India. While Nilekani is the chairman, the committee consists of 4 members: H.R. Khan, former deputy governor, Reserve Bank of India Kishore Sansi, former managing... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Financial inclusion, RBI, Reserve Bank of India, Nandan Nilekani, Nilekani, H R Khan, Digital Payments, Industry Moves, UIDAI


Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi based designer, has filed a fresh PIL in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the release of the trailer and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Mahajan had initially filed a writ petition seeking a ban on the trailer from YouTube and Google and not the film. However,... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Delhi, Delhi High Court, CBFC, Mahajan, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


Bus, auto and taxis on a two day national strike; other trade unions also in

Transport workers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata have gone on a two day strike demanding social security and minimum wages of Rs 24,000, reports LiveMint. Uber’s Bengaluru Union told MediaNama that Uber drivers are not participating in the strike, while an Ola drivers’ union... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Policy, Regulation, Transport, Telecom, Kolkata, Public Transport, Medianama, Online Cab booking, Driver strike, Delhi Mumbai Bengaluru, LiveMint Uber s Bengaluru Union


The Accidental PM: Delhi HC dismisses ban on trailer, directs petitioners to file PIL

The petition seeking a ban on the trailer of the upcoming film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court. Instead, the Delhi High Court has directed the petitioners to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the matter. The petition was filed by Pooja... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Freedom Of Expression, CBFC, Public Interest Litigation PIL, Delhi High Court Instead the Delhi High Court


SC to Centre: Why the continued use of the dead Section 66A of the IT Act?

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre in the application filed by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) about the continued use of Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act, reports PTI.  In its PIL, PUCL said that 48 separate FIR cases were registered under the... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Government, Censorship, Policy, Regulation, Freedom Of Speech, PTI, Supreme Court of India, Freedom Of Expression, IT Act, Section 66a, 66A, People s Union for Civil Liberties PUCL, PIL PUCL


Aadhaar and Driving License linking will be mandatory, unclear when

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government will soon bring in a law for the mandatory linking of Aadhaar and driving licenses, reports PTI. Prasad reasoned this linking to hit-and-run accident makers obtaining duplicate licenses after fleeing the scene and not being caught. He... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Government, Policy, Regulation, Transport, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Aadhaar, MeitY, Aadhaar Act, PTI Prasad


Last Hawaiian yellow-tipped tree snail dies.

 Achatinella apexfulva. Credit: DLNR The tree snails of O`ahu were both common and famous. So common that kids would walk into the hills above Honolulu and collect them to make leis. So famous that songs and legends referred to them. Today, habitat change, predatory snails, rats, chameleons and other threats have made all of the many species rare. And now, another one, Achatinella apexfulva, has become extinct. The last of his species, this guy was in captivity, ...
Tags: Travel, Government, Conservation, Evolution, Zoology, Botany, Genetic Engineering, Lonesome George, George, Honolulu, KFVE, Achatinella, Galapagos Island of Pinta Tortoise George, Snail Extinction Prevention Program Researchers


The Aadhaar Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha

By Namita Singh and Trisha Jalan The Aadhaar Amendment Bill is being moved in the Lok Sabha currently. Here are some of the main points raised: Live Updates: ceased 5:58 pm: The Aadhaar Amendment Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha through voice vote. Note that the Bill needs to be passed in... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Government, Policy, Regulation, Bill, Lok Sabha, Aadhaar, UIDAI, Aadhaar Act, Trisha Jalan, Namita Singh


MIB’s proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act addresses piracy

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952 to combat piracy and sought comments on the bill. It proposes inclusion of imprisonment of three years and a fine of upto Rs 10 lakhs for piracy attempts. The comments on the Draft Cinematograph Act... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Media, Film, Government, Policy, Piracy, Broadcasting, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry Of Information and Boradcasting


Mozilla calls proposed IT rule changes for intermediaries ‘blunt and disproportionate’

MeitY’s new proposed rules for intermediaries are “blunt and disproportionate solutions” to issues surrounding harmful online content, Mozilla Corporation said in a statement to MediaNama. Free speech vs regulation: a fine balance Content pulldown: Mozilla emphasizes that the new rules... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Regulation, Mozilla, Isp, Intermediary Liability, Mozilla Corporation, IT Act, IT Rules


Cable and DTH operators roll out individual channel pricing per TRAI regulation

In light of TRAI’s new framework for broadcasting and cable services, DTH operators such Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and cable service providers have put out pricing for individual TV channels, reports The Indian Express. This is according to the new framework where users will be able to... ...
Tags: Travel, TV, Television, News, Cable, Government, Policy, Regulation, Trai, DTH, Airtel Digital TV Dish TV


AITC argues for right to privacy, calls for withdrawal of surveillance circular

Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Member of Parliament from All India Trinamool Congress, has raised the issue of violation of privacy with respect to the circular and demanded its withdrawal, weeks after the Home Ministry of India notified that 10 central security and investigation agencies could intercept,... ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Surveillance, Policy, Regulation, AITC, IT Act, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, All India Trinamool Congress, Home Ministry of India



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