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BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 18, 2018
The long-pending merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India had received a go-ahead from the DoT on July 10. The department says the dues demanded are just fine, and both these companies need to pay up at the earliest.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 13, 2018
1. Telecom Commission approves Net Neutrality rules for IndiaThe Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making authority under the Ministry of Telecom approved the net neutrality rules earlier this week. These rules mandate that internet service providers cannot diferentiate between web content, ensuring the Indian contiue to get non-discriminatory and unrestricted Internet access. However, mission critical services like autonomous cars and remote access surgery, which need high-speed internet lanes have been kept out of the ambit of net neutrality.2. WhatsApp issues circular to protect users against fake newsAs a part of its digital literacy initiatives, WhatsApp released a 10-point circular to help users to identify false information. These 10 points take cognisanceof loopholes usually exploited by fake news generators. The circular asks WhatsApp users to look for telltale signs to identfiy fake news. It also warns WhatsApp users to never take information they get on the instant messaging platform on its face value.3. JioPhone gets Google Maps supportGoogle Maps extended support to KaiOS, the feature-phone operating system running on JioPhone and Jiophone. The new update has alrady found its way to JioPhone. Users need to update their operating system to its latrst version following which they can find Google Maps on the Jio Store. After this, they cam intall and use the application.4. Oppo Find X launched in India at Rs 59,990Oppo Find X, the all-screen, no-notch flagship smartphone by the company has been launched in India at Rs 55,990. The device comes with a flagship spec-list - Snapdragon 845, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. What sets it apart is the screen which dominates the entire front, amounting to a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent. The front camera, other sensors and the rear dual cameras have been mounted on a motorised slider that pops out of the top.5. New Apple MacBook Pro laptops launched with better processorsApple unveiled new 13-inch and 15-inch models of Macbook Pro with faster performance, more memoory and enhanced security. The new 15-inch Macbook Pro performs 70 per cent faster than its predecessor, whereas the 13-inch Macbook Pro boasts a 100 per cent boost in performance. The new Macbook Pro laptops also come with Apple's virtual assistant Siri. With Apple's T2 chip, not only can these laptops access Siri, but also offer more secure interface.6. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to be launched on July 19Xiaomi confirmed that it will launch the Mi Max 3 on July 19. In a poster released by the company on its Weibo account, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi Max 3 will come with a larger screen and a bigger battery. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is likely to come with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. A higher-specced Mi Max 3 Pro with the Snapdragon 710 is also expected.7. Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 launched in IndiaMotorola launched its budget offerings, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus, in India at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. Both devices are Amazon exclusives and are available for purchase as of now. The Moto E5 is powered by Snapdragon 425 along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, whereas the Moto E5 Plus comes with the Snapdragon 430, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The USP of the Moto E5 Plus is its humongous 5000mAh battery. In the optics department, the Moto E5 Plus comes a 12MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera. The Moto E5 comes with a 13MP rear camera, albeit with lesser features and the same 8MP front snapper as the Moto E5 Plus.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 12, 2018
Oppo Find X launched in India launched at Rs 19,990; Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to launch on July 19; KaiOS beats iOS to achieve third spot in Indian market share and Telecom Commission approves net neutrality recommendations from TRAI. Watch more in this episode of Daily Tech Wrap with Danny D'Cruze.


BusinessToday.in
New Delhi, July 10, 2018
China agrees to cut tariffs on Indian cancer drugsChina said on Monday it had reached an agreement with India to reduce tariffs and increase imports of Indian medicines, particularly anti-cancer drugs. The decision was part of its efforts to broaden trade relations amid its on-going spat with the United States. Both India and China slashed import tariffs of a range of products starting July 1, following the fourth round of negotiations under the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), which also includes Bangladesh, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka.Income Tax dept sells Cairn Energy shares in Vedanta for $216 millionCairn Energy said it would write down the value of its investment in Vedanta Ltd after Indian tax authorities sold $216 million worth of its shares in the Indian mining company to recover a part of Rs 10,247-crore demanded as retrospective tax. The UK company said it still holds about 3 per cent in Vedanta Ltd after the sale, while warning that it was possible that the Indian tax department might make further sales.Department of Telecom conditionally approves Idea-Vodafone merger dealThe Department of Telecom (DoT) gave its nod to the Vodafone India-Idea Cellular deal to form the biggest telecom entity in India, but with some riders. An official told PTI that DoT has cleared the Vodafone-Idea merger. They will have to meet conditions for final approval. Earlier, it was reported the DoT was looking to raise a fresh demand of around Rs 4,700 crore ahead of the merger deal between Vodafone India and Idea Cellular over one-time spectrum charges on Vodafone.Mark Zuckerberg overtakes Warren Buffet to emerge world's third-richest man with $81.6 bn net worthFacebook's stock has not only recovered from the hammering it took in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal earlier this year, but spiked 2.4 per cent to hit an all-time high on Friday. And in the bargain, it has propelled its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg into the Top 3 list of billionaires. He is now the world's third-richest man after Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Berhad outbids TPG-Manipal in the battle for Fortis: ReportIn its second round of bidding, cash-strapped Fortis Healthcare received only two binding bids, from Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Berhad and TPG-backed Manipal Health Enterprises Ltd. And the buzz is that the former has an edge over FHL's earliest suitor. According to Mint, IHH is likely to acquire control of India's second-largest private hospital chain with a binding offer for a stake of at least 51 per cent for Rs 4,700-5,400 crore.Yahoo Japan buys back $2 billion of shares in three-way deal with SoftBank, AltabaYahoo Japan Corp is buying back around $2 billion worth of its shares from SoftBank Group Corp as part of a three-way deal with its top shareholders, U.S. investment firm Altaba Inc and SoftBank.The deal will see Altaba, which was formerly the internet giant Yahoo! Inc, sell down its stake in Yahoo Japan by around $2 billion and SoftBank raise its stake slightly in Yahoo Japan to around 48 percent.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 9, 2018
The DoT nod is significant as reports suggest the process of the proposed deal is being closely watched by the PMO. Being one of the biggest merger deals in telecom makes it even more interesting for foreign investment companies looking for future deals in India.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 9, 2018
The benefits provided by Airtel vary according to the duration of subscription; viz. a subscriber can save up to 15% on a 6 month subscription, while up to 20% on a 1 year plan.


Mail Today Bureau
July 6, 2018
Mukesh Ambani said at the oil-to-telecom giant's 41st annual general meeting that the company will begin registrations for its fibre-to-home service JioGigaFiber from August 15.


Manu Kaushik
July 3, 2018
Operators like Reliance Jio, for obvious reasons, have raised concerns over the bid process.


BusinessToday.In
June 27, 2018
After merger, Vodafone Idea Ltd will become India's largest telecom company with a market share of around 35 per cent. The move is being seen as a way to counter the highly competitive Indian telecom market.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, June 24, 2018
The demand will be raised from Vodafone India before its merger with Idea Cellular. This is more than likely to keep the mega-merger of the two telecom operators from being completed by the intended deadline of June 30.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, June 22, 2018
To take on Jio, rivalsincluding Airtel and Vodafone have renewed their old plans to provide more data.Vodafone has now refurbished two of its postpaid plans and will offer moredata.


PTI
June 12, 2018



Manu Kaushik
New Delhi, June 11, 2018
The scale of value destruction in the telecom sector has been huge. Only sensible policies and practices can save it now.


PTI
May 31, 2018



Ajita Shashidhar
New Delhi, May 28, 2018
With e-commerce poised for exponential growth in India, the country is fast emerging as the new battleground for global retail giants. Can local players withstand the onslaught?


PTI
May 25, 2018



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May 24, 2018



PTI
May 22, 2018



BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, May 22, 2018
India and Estonia have already signed memorandums of understanding in the field of ICT.


PTI
May 17, 2018



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