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Intermediary Liability Amendment: Civil society Counter Comments on ‘Unlawful Content’

Earlier this year MEITY released a draft of an Amendment to the Intermediary Guidelines for public consultation. The consultation included a counter-comment period, where a number of civil society organisations and researchers have made arguments with specific reference to Rule 3, which details the... ...
Tags: News, Government, India, Intermediary Liability, Internet, MeitY, Mobile, Policy, Safe Harbor, Safe harbour


WeChat may launch UPI-based WeChat Pay in India by May-June: report

WeChat is planning to launch a UPI app, likely called WeChat Pay, by the end of May-June. It is in the process of obtaining a payments license, reports Entrackr. The report adds that the Chinese parent of WeChat, Tencent, has partnered with Axis Bank, HDFC and ICICI, and would like to create its... ...
Tags: News, Digital Payments, Internet, Messaging, Mobile, Tencent, UPI, Wallets, WeChat


European Commission slaps Google with €1.49 billion for violating EU anti-trust rules

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion, or 1.29% of Google’s turnover in 2018, for breaching EU antitrust rules. The commission said that Google abused its market dominance by placing restrictions on third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing ads... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Eu, European Commission, Anti-trust


A finger in too many pies – India’s draft ecommerce policy barely scrapes the surface of any of the issues it raises

By Divij Joshi The Draft National E-Commerce Policy is an ambitious document – in the course of 42 pages, it aims to guide not only the future of India’s e-commerce sector, but the entirety of its digital economy. Unfortunately, this ambition is also its downfall – the policy’s articulation of... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, MeitY, Divij Joshi


Ola raises $300M from Hyundai and Kia, to work on fleet mobility and EV infrastructure

Ola has raised $300 million from South Korean car makers Hyundai Motor Group and Kia, it said in a statement. Ola has also signed partnerships with Hyundai and Kia where the three will work on becoming a “Smart Mobility Solutions Provider”, develop fleet and mobility solutions and work on... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Investments, Connected Devices, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Connected Cars, Hyundai, Kia, Ola, Hyundai Motor Group, Online Cab booking


Pine Labs acquires Amazon-backed Qwikcilver for $110 million

Pine Labs, a merchant platform based in Singapore, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Bengaluru-based gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver – which counts Amazon among its investors – for $110 million (approx Rs758 crore). It claims to manage an annualised gross transaction... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Singapore, India, E-commerce, Mergers & Acquisitions, Digital Payments, Qwikcilver, Pine Labs, Mergers And Acquisition


“It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Australian PM calls for global tech scrutiny

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a global crackdown on social media after the New Zealand mosque shooting was live-streamed on Facebook last week. “It is unacceptable to treat the internet as an ungoverned space,” Morrison wrote in a letter to Japan’s prime... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, Technology, News, Internet, Australia, Youtube, Social Media, Regulation, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit


Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News


Xiaomi launches Mi Pay as a UPI app on Indian Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi has launched Mi Pay, its UPI payment app, for Xiaomi smartphone users in India. MIUI users can install Mi Pay from the Mi Store. Users can login with their Mi account or use another account. With Mi Pay, users can also pay utility bills (water, electricity, gas, phone recharges) across 120... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, India, Policy, Regulation, Xiaomi, UPI, RBI, Digital Payments, Data Localisation


Enforcement Directorate probing Flipkart and Amazon for forex violations

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating Flipkart and Amazon for alleged violation of foreign exchange law, it has informed the Delhi High Court, per Business Standard. A case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) has been registered against the two companies, the ED told the court,... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Fema, Flipkart, Enforcement Directorate


Google testing UPI to onboard offline retailers on Google Pay: report

Google Pay is testing UPI based transactions with unspecified point-of-sale (POS) providers to onboard retail merchants, reports the Economic Times. Currently, Google is running small scale pilots with retail stores, to rollout over the next few months, and gain momentum in this market, the report... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, Commerce, Retail, UPI, Digital Payments, Offline Stores, Digitisation, Google Pay, Economic Times Currently Google


Ola and Uber to set up more kiosks at Delhi Metro stations: report

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has tied up with Ola and Uber to set up kiosks at multiple metro stations, reports the Times of India. The DMRC is looking to set up these kiosks at 218 of its 271 metro stations, in 400 identified spaces, which would be leased to these companies, the report... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Uber, News, Internet, Transport, Delhi, Ola, Delhi Government, Times of India, Delhi Metro, DMRC, Online Cab booking, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation DMRC


WhatsApp ties-up with Nasscom Foundation to hold workshops to fight fake news

WhatsApp has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to run workshops to fight misinformation. The workshops will encourage people to “be mindful about forwarding rumors”, and will train people in tools which can be used to verify a forward, and how users can report problematic content to... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Elections, News, Internet, Whatsapp, Misinformation, NASSCOM, Nasscom Foundation, Fake News, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


WhatsApp testing ‘search by image’ feature to combat fake news

WhatsApp is testing a new ‘search by image’ feature that could help tackle the spread of misinformation and fake news on its platform, according to a report on Wabetainfo. Also known as reverse image search, the new feature is undergoing internal testing and is not yet available publicly. It is not... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, India, Whatsapp, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Fake News


Updated: RBI says user needn’t pay handling fees for online movie ticketing: RTI

Update: BookMyShow told MediaNama that the handling charges are usually levied only on movie tickets and not on events seen in the Activities tab. Earlier today: The RBI has said that a user need not pay extra fees (usually the service’s handling charges) to book online movie tickets (specifically... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Entertainment, Internet, Ticketing, Bookmyshow, MDR, RTI, Digital Payments, Medianama, E-Ticketing, Card payments


51% of ad fraud came through e-commerce in 2018: TechARC digital report

TechARC’s report titled “India digital ad-fraud market” states that in 2018, ad fraud cost a total of $1.63 billion, contributing to 8.7% of the global fraud. Ecommerce contributed to over 51% of the total ad fraud in India, via customer acquisition, engagement and retention. Web platforms were... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, India, Advertising, Fraud


Updated: PayU India exposes multiple users’ card details: report

Update on January 19: In a statement, PayU India’s security and IT head M.Navaneethan said that the use of information on saved cards is encrypted and “all users have to mandatorily go through CVV and OTP authentication in order to complete every transaction”. In response to the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, India, Data Breach, Digital Payments, OTP, Payu, PayUmoney, M Navaneethan


PayU India exposes multiple users’ card details: report

Payments company PayU India is leaving users’ credit and debit card information exposed on its dashboard, reported Srikanth Lakshmanan on Twitter. Lakshmanan claims that he was able to get TRAI chairman RS Sharma’s masked credit card number by simply entering his email address. Although... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, India, Data Breach, Trai, Digital Payments, RS Sharma, Payu, Srikanth Lakshmanan, PayU India, Lakshmanan, PayUmoney


Proposed Intermediary Liability Rules threat to privacy and free speech, global coalition tells MeitY

“We respectfully call on you to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules in December. As published, the draft amendments would erode digital security and undermine the exercise of human rights globally.” A global coalition of 31 civil... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, India, Policy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, MeitY


ECI to talk to Google, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok India heads about taking down offending content

The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked to meet with Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok’s India heads to talk about taking down content which violates its guidelines during the upcoming elections, reports the Indian Express. It is interesting that the EC has now... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Content, EC, Google Facebook Twitter, Content Moderation


RBI says user needn’t pay handling fees for online movie ticketing: RTI

The RBI has said that a user need not pay extra fees (usually the service’s handling charges) to book online movie tickets (specifically on BookMyShow), in response to an RTI filed by Vijay Gopal, the founder and president of ‘Forum Against Corruption’, a Secunderabad based body, reports The News... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Entertainment, Internet, Ticketing, Bookmyshow, RBI, MDR, RTI, Digital Payments, E-Ticketing, Card payments, Vijay Gopal, ` Forum Against Corruption


National child rights commission seeks ‘action taken’ report from MeitY on PUBG: report

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought a report from MeitY on action taken on PUBG addiction among children in the country, reports The News Minute. Earlier in January, Hyderabad-based activist Vijay Gopal from Forum Against Corruption wrote to the NCPCR and MeitY... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Gaming, Games, News, Children, Internet, Child protection, Hyderabad, Gujarat, MeitY, PUBG, Vijay Gopal, Forum Against Corruption


Sony Corp may buy a 20-25% stake in ZEEL for Rs 13,000 crore: report

Sony Corp may buy a 20-25% stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) worth Rs 13,000 crore, reports Mint. Sony would want at least 25%, which would give it promoter rights, it added. Zee and Sony declined to comment on the matter to the publication. Group chairman Subhash Chandra is looking... ...
Tags: Travel, Publishing, News, Entertainment, Internet, Sony, Streaming, Group, Broadcasting, Zee, Sony Corp, Subhash Chandra, Zeel, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd


Facebook loses head of product Chris Cox and WhatsApp chief Chris Daniels

Two of Facebook’s top executives – head of product Chrix Co and WhatsApp chief Chris Daniels are leaving the company after disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg over the company’s future direction. Differences over new single integrated privacy focused platform: The departures... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Chris Cox, Chris Daniels, Industry Moves, Chrix Co


Facebook signs music licensing deals with T-Series, Zee Music and Yash Raj Films

Facebook has partnered with T-Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films to let its users share music through videos, messages and stories on Facebook and Instagram, reports Mint. Note that Facebook signed a ‘multi-year’ (unspecified) deal with Universal Music Group to license its recorded... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Music, News, Instagram, Internet, Streaming, Universal Music Group, Yash Raj Films, T Series Music Zee Music Company


Google removed 2.3B ads in 2018, 58.8M phishing ads; 143K election ads verified in US

Google took down 2.3 billion ads in 2018, which is much fewer than the 3.2 billion ads it removed in 2017, for violating its advertising policies. Google took down 207,000 ads for ticket resellers, 531,000 ads for bail bonds and approximately 58.8 million phishing ads. This year Google focused on... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, India, US, Advertisement, Google Adwords, Google Ads, Political Ads, Fake News, Google Bad Ads Report


Spotify’s India launch and the crucial legal battle on music copyright – SpicyIP

By Divij Joshi It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. Spotify, the Swedish music-streaming service, finally launched in India after months of speculation as to when and how the service would reach Indian consumers. Yet, an as yet unknown number of works in Spotify’s catalogue are in a precarious... ...
Tags: Travel, Spotify, Music, News, Internet, India, Streaming, Copyright Act, SpicyIP, Divij Joshi, Compulsory Licensing


Seven arrested in Rajkot for playing PUBG: report

The police of Rajkot city in Gujarat has arrested and jailed seven people for playing PUBG, a mobile game which has been banned in several areas in Gujarat, including Rajkot, for being harmful to children. Those arrested, however, were not children but adults aged between 19-26 years. An unlawful... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Gaming, News, Internet, Government, India, Gujarat, PUBG, Section 144


Times Internet’s lifestyle websites are offline in Europe due to GDPR non-compliance

Times Internet’s Lifestyle division websites – Indiatimes.com, MensXP, iDiva, WhatsHot – are currently unavailable in Europe. It is unclear since when the websites have been down. We have reached out to Times Internet about this and will update this when we hear from them. The... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Europe, News, Internet, Regulation, Content, Times Internet, Gdpr, iDiva, Indiatimes.com, Mensxp


Updated: Reddit blocked on multiple ISPs and mobile data connections

Reddit is being blocked by multiple CSPs including some circles of Jio, Vodafone, and ISPs like You Broadband, Jio Fiber. Both the CSPs and ISPs have not specified a reason for the block. Note that this block comes a week after we reported that Reddit was being blocked on Jio Fiber and Hathway for... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Censorship, Telecom, Reddit, Isp, Blocking, Hathway, Jio Vodafone



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