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Jio adds 27.8M subscribers, now at 280M at the end of Q3FY19

Reliance Industries Limited’s digital services business brought in revenues of Rs 12,302 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2018 (Q3FY19), up 51.2% YOY from Rs 8,136 crore in Q3FY18, and up 12.4% from Rs 10,942 in the previous quarter. At an EBIT margin of 19.2%, the EBIT was Rs 2362 crore, up... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Cable, Internet, Broadband, Telecom, Earnings, Reliance, EBIT, Jio, RIL, Fibre, Ajio, Reliance Industries Limited, Earnings Dec-18


WhatsApp bugs delete users’ messages, leak previous owners’ info

WhatsApp has been hit by two bugs: users losing their older messages, and the other one leaking chats of the previous owner of the number, reports The Hindustan Times. MediaNama has reached out to WhatsApp seeking more information, and will update the story when we hear from them. WhatsApp sent us... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Privacy, Internet, Data, Whatsapp, Data Breach, Encryption, Privacy Breach, Data Security, The Hindustan Times MediaNama


Facebook to launch a political ads library in India next month

Facebook will put all political ads on its platform in India in a searchable online library starting next month. This library will contain contact information of the ad buyers and their official regulatory certificates, which have to match their government-issued documents, reports Reuters.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Political Ads, Fake News, Election Integrity, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Oyo’s data sharing system with govts: Issues with real-time data sharing

Aditya Ghosh, India and South Asia head of Oyo said at a CII event that the company would be sharing information of guests staying at their hotels on a real-time basis, reports Business Standard. Oyo confirmed to MediaNama that a pilot is operational in Jaipur, and talks are ongoing with Telangana... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, Hotels, Online, Data Protection, South Asia, Jaipur, CII, Oyo, Aditya Ghosh India, Business Standard Oyo


Intermediary Liabilty: Amul sends legal notice to Google and Godaddy over fake campaigns

The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), which owns the Amul brand has issued a legal notice to Google India and Godaddy.com for fraudulent practices on their platform by individuals and organizations. This was reported by Business Line. Dated January 10, the notice to Google... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Legal, News, Internet, Godaddy, Safe Harbor, Intermediary Liability, Google India, IT Act, Amul, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd


Former US Ambassador Ted Osius to head Google’s APAC public policy

Ted Osius, a US diplomat and the former US Ambassador to Vietnam (2014-17), is joining Google as its VP of public policy and government relations for APAC from next month, reports Public Affairs Asia. Osius has 30 years of government and private sector experience, including being an associate... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Internet, US, Vietnam, APAC, Industry Moves, Ted Osius, Public Affairs Asia Osius


HT Media’s digital revenue rises 14% YoY to Rs 17 cr in Q3FY19

HT Media Ltd. reported a consolidated total income of Rs 665 crore in the quarter ended December 31, 2018 (Q3FY19). This is slightly lower than the total income of Rs 681 crore reported in the corresponding quarter last year, and 17% higher than from Rs 566 crore reported in the preceding quarter... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Newspapers, Hindustan Times, HT Media, Shine.com, Earnings December 18, HT Media Ltd


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


ZEE5’s monthly users up by 36% to 56.3 million in Q3FY19

Zee Entertainment Ltd (ZEEL) reported consolidated revenues of Rs 2167 crore, up 18% from the same quarter last year. The company said that this growth was driven by ‘strong performance of our broadcast business.’ EBITDA stood at Rs 754 crore, reporting an increase of 27% YoY and Profit... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Television, News, Internet, Content, Ott, EBITDA, Zeel, Zee Entertainment, OTT Services, Zee5, Earnings Dec-19, Zee Entertainment Ltd


IAMAI to release a code of self regulation for OTT platforms; our take

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has drafted a code of self-regulation for video streaming OTT platforms, reports The Economic Times. IAMAI officials confirmed the existence of the draft to MediaNama, and said that it would be released tomorrow, 17 January. MediaNama has not... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Censorship, Regulation, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Ott, IAMAI, Mobile Association of India IAMAI, Freedom Of Expression, Medianama, Web Censorship, Delhi HC, MeitY, OTT platform


Network18’s digital revenues drop 13% to Rs 49 Cr in Q3FY19

Network18 reported consolidated revenues of Rs 1538 crore in the quarter ended December 31, 2018. This is almost a 250% jump from the same quarter last year, when revenues were Rs 439 crore, and a 28% improvement over the preceding quarter from Rs 1200 crore. The company reported an increase of 25... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Earnings, Bookmyshow, FirstPost, VOOT, Network18, News18, TV18, Moneycontrol, Earnings December 18


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


On OTT regulation, relationship with telcos, substitutability and lawful interception issues: #NAMA discussion on OTT regulation

The relationship between telecom operators and OTT services has changed, since the TRAI’s first consultation on regulation of OTT services in March 2015. “It’s a symbiotic relationship,” a participant in MediaNama’s discussion on OTT services said, saying that the two are... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Policy, Regulation, Telecom, Trai, Consultation, Nama, NAMAOTT


Indonesian govt to collect data and charge tax on e-commerce players

Indonesia will now require e-commerce sellers to share data with authorities and pay VAT and income taxes, reports Reuters. Due to come into effect in April, the new rules passed by the finance ministry will require e-commerce platforms to give data on how much money each vendor has made while... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Indonesia, Policy, Regulation, Reuters, Lazada


Revenues digest: Myntra revenue down by 80%, Byjus’ shoots up by 97% in FY18

Myntra Flipkart-owned Myntra’s revenues fell sharply by 80% to Rs 427 crore in FY2018 from Rs 2,000 crore last year, reports the Economic Times. Myntra told ET that the data points are partial and do not give the entire picture of Myntra. The company’s losses were down by 76% to Rs 151... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Ecommerce, Fashion, News, Education, Internet, Earnings, Revenues, Jabong, Economic Times, Myntra, Byju


Maharashtra, AP and TN have the highest number of broadband connections in India

India had 481.7 million wireless and wireline broadband connections at the end of September 2018, an increase of 8% over a three month period starting from June 2018, according to data published by the telecom regulator TRAI. Note that there were 78.3 million narrowband connections in the country,... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, India, Broadband, Policy, Telecom, Trai, India Telecom Data, Research & Numbers, Narrowband, Maharashtra AP


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


Vulnerability in NASA’s Jira setting exposed details of a thousand users

Sensitive information such as internal user details, project details, employee names and mail IDs, was exposed through Jira, a web app that companies use for tracking tasks and issues, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration aka NASA. NCR based security researcher Avinash Jain, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, US, Nasa, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Policy, Jira, Cert, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, User data, Avinash Jain, NASA NCR


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


Facebook suspends Philippines media company’s accounts for scamming

Facebook has banned Twinmark Media Enterprises, a Philippines digital marketing group, because it was using fake accounts, leading users to ad farms, and selling access to their Facebook pages to increase distribution. “This organization has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and spam... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Policy, Philippines, Misinformation, Fake News, Election Integrity, Twinmark Media Enterprises


Videos from Amazon’s Ring security cameras were accessible to employees

Videos and information from Amazon’s tiny Ring security cameras could be accessed by Ring employees in Ukraine and the US at the least, reports The Intercept. Employees were also using video streams from within and outside the house to tag objects in order to train its poor object-recognising... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Security, News, Privacy, Internet, US, Ukraine, Surveillance, Cameras, Iot, Privacy Breach, Security Vulnerability


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


Ola raises $74 million from Steadview Capital: report

Ola has raised $74 million from Steadview Capital in a Series J round, reportedly valuing the company between $5.5-$6 billion, according to the Economic Times. As part of the investment, Steadview Capital has received 245,082 preference shares at Rs 21,250 per preference share, according to ROC... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Investments, Ola, Steadview Capital, Economic Times, Online Cab booking


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


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


Amazon India data breach exposes seller data to other sellers: report

Amazon India faced a data breach in which seller data from sellers’ merchant tax reports was exposed to other sellers yesterday, reported by CNBC-TV18. The breach came to light when sellers logged on to Amazon to download their monthly merchant tax reports, which they can download during the... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Ecommerce, News, Privacy, Internet, Data Breach, Cnbc, Amazon India


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



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