Xiaomi Mi Pad at 11k, Mi4 at 14k, Moto G at 10k — on Flipkart Big Sale today

It looks like Flipkart is very eager to get some of its exclusive items moving off its shelves, going by the kind of offers and discounts that the online retailer is offering today – the last day of its Big App Shopping Days. The best offers in the electronic segments are the following. Xiaomi Mi Pad, a very decent tablet, is on ofeer at Rs.10,999 today. In smartphones, the Moto G is available on Flipkart at Rs.9999, or a discount of Rs 3,000. The successor to the Moto G, or…

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Reliance Jio gets provisional pan-India cable TV license as MSO

Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, said it has received a provisional license from the government of India to conduct cable TV operations across India. The license will enable the company to launch its brand of Jio boxes, which work over LTE as well as over regular cable. Jio boxes will enable users to watch movies, songs and TV channels. For videos, Jio will rely on LTE or fibre broadband, and for broadcast channels, it could rely on cable TV. Jio could also now start buying smaller cable…

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DoT rule may keep spectrum swapping out of reach of certain operators

The Department of Telecom is unlikely to allow all telecom operators to conduct spectrum swapping, and permit only those players who hold only auctioned spectrum to do so. This move is likely to severely restrict the benefits and applicability of spectrum swapping as ‘subsidized spectrum’ allocated in earlier years is lying co-mingled with newer auctioned spectrum. To join auctioned spectrum together into large bands and use it for 4G, operators will have to get the old ‘subsidized spectrum’ out of the way by swapping. However, DoT fears that allowing old,…

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Tata Housing sells Rs 5.5-cr house online!

Tata Housing, one of the top real estate companies in India and a pioneer in experimenting with online selling of flats in India, has sold a villa worth Rs 5.5 cr through its ecommerce portal. The transaction is easily the biggest retail ecommerce sale in India. “The company has managed to sell more than 30 units with a price tag of over INR 1 crore, post introducing the concept in India,” it said. Tata pioneered this alternate sales channel more than a year ago in partnership with Snapdeal. “An NRI…

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Cisco announces $60 mln investment for India

Cisco announced new investments in India of up to USD 20 million over the next five years into the Cisco Networking Academy, with an additional USD 40 million for the next phase of expansion in India. NETWORKING ACADEMY The Cisco Networking Academy in India is one of the largest programs for Cisco worldwide. Across 198 academies nationwide an approximately 100,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception. The skills-development program is a cloud-delivered, scalable, high-quality program that helps students learn how to design, build, secure and maintain computer networks….

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Mobile app developers will be in high demand for enterprise – Gartner

By the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organization capacity to deliver them, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner forecasts mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps. Most mobile app developers today are making software targeted at retail customers. Retail apps, such as WhatsApp, have fetched huge payback for developers. Inspired by this, talented app…

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Mukesh Ambani – Rs 4,000 LTE Smartphones come by year-end

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani today made several key announcements about the launch of the company’s telecom, Internet and media services under its Reliance Jio brand. The details set forth in his speech give an idea of how Reliance Jio can totally disrupt the existing telecom and Internet scenario in the country. Here is a transcript of Ambani’s speech at Reliance Industries’ Annual General Meeting today (important points have been highlighted in bold): “In my address to you at last year’s AGM, I had promised you a significant update on…

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Infibeam to offer up to 80% discounts on ‘Big Bang Sale’

After Flipkart and Amazon, it’s the turn of Infibeam.com to offer its own ‘big bang’ sale, from Monday through Wednesday. “Various global electronics brands including Apple, Microsoft, LG, Samsung, HP, Philips along with several national brands such as Micromax, Intex and many others will be offering their products in the Big Bang Sale,” the company said. It is not clear what kind of discounts will be on offer, but online sellers sometimes give fantastic discounts during their ‘sales’, though stocks will often be limited. “The Big Bang Sale with discounts…

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NDTV to enter e-commerce sector

NDTV, one of India’s biggest TV groups, has signed term sheets with unnamed investors under which they would explore the possibility of supporting NDTV’s entry into the ecommerce sector, the company said. “The Company and NDTV Convergence Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, have signed preliminary, non-binding term sheets with certain potential investors for e-commerce ventures in the field of food, auto and gadgets,” it said. NDTV Gadgets is India’s No.1 gadgets news portal and currently has direct or indirect agreements with players such as Flipkart under which it redirects…

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Why Google’s ‘Open Internet’ is doomed, and future belongs to Facebook

One of the questions any investor in Internet stocks must come to terms with is the future of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), and how it will be impacted by the rise of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). Should you bet on the search giant or the social networking giant? Can Facebook ever be as good as Google in terms of monetization? Facebook’s latest move to mirror or move key websites like Nytimes.com and Nationalgeographic.com onto its own servers gives a clue about how the social networking giant could outmaneuver the long-reigning king of…

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Murdoch’s Star India against TRAI move to re-examine net neutrality

Rupert Murdoch-owned Start India – one of India’s biggest broadcasting companies – has come out strongly against the Indian telecom regulator’s move to let telecom operators side-step the so-called net neutrality principles in the country. Star India, formerly Start TV, wondered why the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had come out with the proposal seeking to officially permit companies to engage in what is largely described as “speeding up” and “slowing down” of Internet traffic. Under the traditional architecture of the Internet, all traffic, whether flowing from Indiatimes.com or Nytimes.com,…

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Why telco’s no-level-playing-field argument on net neutrality is wrong

The main argument put forward by telecom operators in the ongoing net neutrality consultation with regulator TRAI is that they are forced to pay a lot of levies, which the apps do not pay any of them. This, according to the service providers, creates a ‘non level playing field’ and therefore, the app providers, such as WhatsApp and Skype, must be subjected to the same levies such as spectrum charge, license fees etc.. Let us examine this argument in detail. According to Airtel, the following expenses are incurred by them,…

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Indian e-Commerce nearly quadrupled in five years – study

e-commerce in India is set to cross $16 billion in sales by the end of this year, according to an ASSOCHAM- Deloitte joint study released today. The digital commerce market in India has grown steadily from $4.4 billion in 2010 to $13.6 billion in 2014 and likely to touch $16 billion by the end of 2015 on the back of growing Internet population and increased online shoppers, ‘Future of e-Commerce: Uncovering Innovation’ found. e-commerce includes activities such as online retail, travel, tourism, food and beverages. “Online travel accounts for nearly…

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Snapdeal tries to offer deals in real estate with builder TDI Infracorp

In an attempt to bring its value-for-money proposition to the real estate sector, Snapdeal announced that TDI Infracorp ltd will sell 2 and 3 BHK flats from its Hi-rise apartments at its township LakeGrove in Kundli near Delhi through the online sales portal. The homes will be priced between Rs 34 lakh -65 Lakhs and are from Lakeside height and lakedrive properties. A few months ago, Tata Homes had opened booking for its value homes through Snapdeal as well. Kundli is about 15 minutes’ drive from Rohini in north Delhi….

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Amazon starts selling packaged software in India

Amazon.in has started selling packaged software in India. The company’s software store has over 1500 products across security software, office tools and educational software. “The store offers products from all leading international brands such as Microsoft, Kaspersky, Norton and McAfee as well as domestic players such as Quick Heal, Tally, S.Chand, iDaa and Practice Guru,” it said in a statement. “We are delighted to launch the Software store on Amazon.in. Customers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities have limited access to genuine software products and this is further aggravated by the…

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