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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


OpenTable points can now be used to whittle down cost of a hotel stay

Have some OpenTable Dining Points built up? Now those points can also be used to make your own hotel discounts. OpenTable is teaming up with Kayak to use points as discounts on participating hotels. The post OpenTable points can now be used to whittle down cost of a hotel stay appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Business, News, Trends, Opentable, Kayak, Hotel Reservations


OpenTable points can now be used to shave off the cost of a hotel stay

Have some OpenTable Dining Points built up? Now those points can also be used to make your own hotel discounts. OpenTable is teaming up with Kayak to use points as discounts on participating hotels. The post OpenTable points can now be used to shave off the cost of a hotel stay appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Business, News, Trends, Opentable, Kayak, Hotel Reservations


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


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


U.S. will reportedly seek criminal case against Huawei for stealing tech secrets

According to a , U.S. federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal indictment against Huawei stealing trade secrets. The report, which cites sources with knowledge of the indictment, specifically mentions Huawei’s actions surrounding a T-Mobile smartphone testing tool known as “Tappy.” The report notes that the current investigation is far enough along that an indictment may come soon. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Tappy. In 2014, T-Mobile sued Huawei for allegedly gaining access to a com...
Tags: Travel, Apple, TC, Mobile, Business, Samsung, Smartphone, Canada, T-mobile, The Wall Street Journal, Seattle, Huawei, Mobile Device, Meng, Tappy, Trump Administration


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


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


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


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


Doogee is launching a rugged modular smartphone

The week following CES is probably as good a time as any to launch a Kickstarter campaign for your strange new smartphone. After all, a company like Doogee is going to have difficulty rising above the din during a CES or MWC, even with an idea as interesting as the rugged, modular S90. The Chinese manufacturer has no shortage of interesting concepts, of course. And while the S90 appears to be a bit of a niche, it’s already surpassed its (admittedly modest) goal several times over. The pr...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Motorola, Hardware, Smartphones, Kickstarter, Doogee


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


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


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


Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S10 February 20 in San Francisco

CES has never been much of a mobile show for Samsung — not with Mobile World Congress a little over a month away. But the company did use its big platform this week to announce the announcement of its next flagship smartphone. Turns out the Samsung’s not unveiling the Galaxy S10 in Barcelona, either. In fact, the handset will actually make its debut a week before Barcelona’s big mobile show at a standalone Unpacked event in San Francisco. So thanks, Samsung, for those extra frequent flier mi...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, San Francisco, Barcelona, Huawei, CES 2019, Galaxy S10


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


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


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


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


FOMO killer: Developments at Zomato, Hotstar, Uber and more

Real estate Elara Technologies, which owns property sites Housing, Makaan, and PropTiger, has partnered with Amazon Alexa to offer content and news on real estate on the assistant. Content from the sites’ blog sections – called Housing News, PropGuide, and MakaanIQ – will now be... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Uber, Real Estate, News, Internet, Housing, Xiaomi, Food Delivery, Content, Zomato, Ola, App Annie, Swiggy, Amazon Alexa, Online Cab booking


India had 1.0217 billion active mobile connections in October 2018: TRAI

India added 8.5 million active mobile connections in October 2018, with Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio accounting for 94% of total active mobile connections in India, according to data released by the TRAI. The active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, India, Telecom, Charts, Trai, Reliance Jio, Telecom Operators, India Telecom Data, Airtel Vodafone



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