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February 10, 2016 - Net neutrality: Activists laud Trai's 'strongest, clearest ruling on zero-rating in world

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As this article argues, the common wisdom is that targeting intent is better than targeting demography when it comes to spending digital ad dollars. For example, your ad money is better used targeting Mr Sharma as he is searching for new cars on Google, as opposed to targeting Mr Verma who (fits the car buyer profile and) is going through vacation pictures on Facebook. However, what about creating the need to buy a car itself! Brands believe this is better done offline, through expensive TV commercials and print. This is not entirely true. In a world where consumers (especially millenials) are simply spending more and more time online, you have to target them there for both branding and lead generation - Comment


Digital
Net neutrality: Activists laud Trai's 'strongest, clearest ruling on zero-rating in world
Net neutrality: Activists laud  Trai's 'strongest, clearest ruling on zero-rating in world - News
"The world's largest democracy ruling in favour of net neutrality is going to reverberate across the world," says Nikhil Pahwa, one of the activists.


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Digital
Startups may get tax benefit in Budget for brand building
Startups may get tax benefit in  Budget for brand building
According to experts, the government could allow startups and to appropriate initial brand building expenses over several years for accounting benefits.


Digital
Focus now on key concerns at core of net neutrality debate, says Trai chairman RS Sharma
Focus now on key concerns at  core of net neutrality debate, says Trai chairman RS Sharma
“With Digital India, we are seeking to empower the people of India by the use of technology to create a knowledge economy,” Prasad told ET.


Digital
Exclusive: Ratan Tata may back mobile advertising platform InMobi
Tata Sons’ chairman emeritus Ratan Tata is likely to invest an undisclosed amount in the Bangalore- and San Francisco-based mobile advertising platform InMobi, a source aware of the deal told Techcircle.in. The investment would add ad-tech space to his diverse startup portfolio.


Digital
Why 2016 will be the best of times and the worst of times for India’s startupsPepperTap today became the latest startup to join the “we’re scaling back” club, in a reminder that India’s booming ecosystem is in for some major adjustments this year.

 


Retail
Amazon invests Rs 1980 crore more in its Indian unit to beef up services
Amazon India has now received Rs7,679 crore since July 2014, when CEO Jeff Bezos promised to invest $2 billion in India

Retail
Walmart to sign 3 pacts with Telangana government to expand presence
Walmart to sign  3 pacts with Telangana government to expand presence - Economic Times
American retail giant Walmart will soon sign three pacts with the Telangana government to expand its footprint in the state.

Retail
Apple should not be too excited over India
Financial Times
Financial TimesRecent visitors to Mumbai's domestic airport can hardly have failed to notice the extra love Apple is lavishing on India. A huge, sleek ... Finding good locations for new retail outlets, and navigating the bureaucracy needed to open them, will not be ...

Retail
Government mulling 100% FDI in market place model of ecommerce
Government mulling 100% FDI in  market place model of ecommerce - Economic Times
The government is considering permitting 100 per cent FDI in the market place format of e-commerce retailing with a view to attract more foreign investments.


Telecom
TRAI ruling: Debate over Net Neutrality sealed for the time being
TRAI ruling: Debate over Net  Neutrality sealed for the time being - Daily News Analysis
TRAI ruling: Debate over Net Neutrality sealed for the time being - TRAI’s order reiterates the concept of an open and fair Internet. Telecom companies or content providers cannot function as discriminatory gatekeepers


Telecom
India's market dynamics impacting digital business implementation: Gartner Inc
India's market  dynamics impacting digital business implementation: Gartner Inc - ETTelecom.com
In the same time, the telecom industry will reach nearly 50 per cent of its revenue through data, demanding a change in the network management approac..


Telecom
'India's urban children spend 4 hours on mobile internet per day'
'India's urban  children spend 4 hours on mobile internet per day' - Hindustan Times
Children in urban India within the age group of nine to seventeen spend about 4 hours a day on internet mostly through mobile phones, a survey today said.


Telecom
Telcos dispute call drop test results, Trai rejects objections
Telcos dispute call drop test  results, Trai rejects objections - Times of India
The Indian telecom watchdog is likely to carry out another test drive in April to access the random call quality in various parts of the country, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R.S. Sharma said in New Delhi on Tuesday.



Finance
Top business houses in India looking to invest in startups
Top business houses in India  looking to invest in startups - Economic Times
A wave of Indian family offices are lining up to invest in domestic startups, highlighting the growing attractiveness of the new economy ventures.


Finance
Bad loans push three govt banks into red
Bad loans push three govt banks  into red - Times of India
Bottomline dented by jump in bad loan provisioning


Finance
Govt asks banks to pitch in to make India open defecation free
Govt asks banks to pitch in to  make India open defecation free - Economic Times
Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said to achieve universal coverage, there is need for easy financing by banks and other financial institutions.


Finance
Forging a new currency order
Forging a new currency order -  Livemint
A good foreign exchange rate arrangement is one that offers both guidance to the market and flexibility




Software
How TRAI’s stance against differential pricing may affect Facebook’s plans in other countries?
How TRAI’s stance against  differential pricing may affect Facebook’s plans in other countries? - Firstpost
India's decision to effectively ban Facebook's pared-back free Internet service is a major blow to the social network's plans, and may prompt other regulators to demand equal online access for their users.


Software
Indians willing to buy services rather than spending on newer smartphones, says Accenture survey
Indians willing to buy services  rather than spending on newer smartphones, says Accenture survey
According to a survey that markets for smartphones may be reaching a saturation point as most of the people are not looking to upgrade their phones in next 12 months.


Software
IT stocks fall up to 5% on Cognizant's weak guidance
IT stocks fall up to 5% on  Cognizant's weak guidance - Business Standard
IT stocks came under selling pressure today, falling by up to 5 per cent, after Cognizant gave a lower revenue guidance for 2016. Shares of Tech Mahindra fell by 4.89 per cent and HCL Technologies was down 4.52 per cent on the BSE. Among


Software
Indian BPO industry aiming to change perception of the sector : Will hold convention in US
Indian BPO industry aiming to  change perception of the sector : Will hold convention in US - Economic Times
No one is expecting large deals, but companies believe it will help change the perception of the sector as a voice-dominated business.



Ecommerce
Major fire breaks out at Jabong's largest warehouse in Pataudi; Jabong will continue to conduct business normally, subject to some temporary delays
Major fire breaks out at  Jabong's largest warehouse in Pataudi; Jabong will continue to conduct business normally, subject to some temporary delays - Economic Times
Sources said about 20 fire vans and water tankers were pressed into service to douse the flames in the warehouse located in Pataudi outside of Gurgaon.

Ecommerce
Amazon plans to offer loans to key vendors selling on its portal in an effort to keep them from shifting loyalties to rivals
Amazon plans to offer loans to  key vendors selling on its portal in an effort to keep them from shifting loyalties to rivals - Economic Times
When Business Insider's Julie Bort talked recently to some big companies that were shutting down their own data centers and switching 100% to hosted c..

Ecommerce
E-commerce may be keeping up the pace but India is slowing due to mining, real estate woes
E-commerce may be keeping up the  pace but India is slowing due to mining, real estate woes - Firstpost
Mid-speed economy constituting real estate and mining sector seems to be heading for a pronounced slowdown

Ecommerce


Franchise
Franchisee Journey: From store manager of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels fresh out of high school to Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchisee
Franchisee Journey: From store  manager of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels fresh out of high school to Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchisee - Entrepreneur
Eleazar Puente, an Auntie Anne's franchisee, answers questions on motivation, challenges of franchising and more.


Franchise
You’ve invested in a franchise, now what?
What to expect in the first 90 days of opening a franchise by Luke Baylis, Sumosalad



HR
India's jobs crisis: Here's a plan for creating 50 million quality jobs in the next decade
India's jobs crisis: Here's a  plan for creating 50 million quality jobs in the next decade - Economic Times (blog)
When a major emerging economy grows significantly you would expect job growth to follow closely. Sadly this is not the case for India. Between 2005 and 2012, India’s GDP growth was 54% but its net...


HR
13 jobs that are quickly disappearing thanks to robots
13 jobs that are quickly  disappearing thanks to robots - Businessinsider India
Christopher Furlong / Getty ImagesThanks in part to automated mail sorting systems, postal workers may be all but obsolete in the not-so-distant future.By


HR
Teachers demand implementation of pay commission
Teachers demand implementation  of pay commission - The Hindu
Teachers from All India Federation of University College Teachers Organisations on Tuesday launched a series of protests against what they termed as inaction of the Ministry of Human Resources Develop


HR
FTA to boost India's links with UAE and GCC
FTA to boost India's links with  UAE and GCC - Emirates 24|7
UAE is India’s largest GCC trade partner



Logistics
NHAI acts to improve environmental protection and successful conservation of wild life through road projects
NHAI acts to improve  environmental protection and successful conservation of wild life through road projects - indiatransportportal.com (press release)
NHAI: For successful conservation and protection of wild life all through road projects, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed to work with space technologies for planning and mo…


Logistics
New Highway projects in India, almost 6,000 km of road project will be allowed on the hybrid annuity model
New Highway projects in India,  almost 6,000 km of road project will be allowed on the hybrid annuity model - indiatransportportal.com (press release)
Highway projects in India: The government has lined highway projects worth at least Rs 60,000 crore to be up allowed on the recently created hybrid allowance design in the next financial year. This…


Logistics
Airport security: A safety check for better co-ordination CASF given a quiet burial while Central Industrial Security Force ( CISF) will take on the mantle
Airport security: A safety check  for better co-ordination CASF given a quiet burial while Central Industrial Security Force ( CISF) will take on the mantle - The Indian Express
After toying with the idea of the proposed Civil Aviation Security Force, the civil aviation ministry has come to the conclusion that airport security will remain with CISF — with a focus on improving communication with Airports Authority of India.


Logistics
Road safety campaign involving cars and drivers launched by Sachin Tendulkar
Road safety  campaign involving cars and drivers launched by Sachin Tendulkar - indiatransportportal.com (press release)
Road safety: Indian cricket idol Sachin Tendulkar yesterday launched a road safety campaign saying that involving people and the car drivers, a partnership is needed like batting at the center to m…



Construction
Flurry of certification courses for Real Estate brokers as market mature
Flurry of  certification courses for Real Estate brokers as market mature - ET Realty
While REDCO Haryana along with peer-to-peer real estate network PropKaro has started a two-day certification course starting February 9, 2016, realtor..


Construction
Tata Group to partner Telangana in double-bedroom house scheme
Tata Group to partner Telangana  in double-bedroom house scheme - ET Realty
A day after taking over the new municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) portfolio, IT minister K Taraka Rama Rao met Tata group cha..


Construction
Q3 net jumps fivefold for Ramco Cement
Q3 net jumps fivefold for Ramco  Cement - ET Realty
The firm had clocked a net profit of Rs 21.93 crore for the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal, the company said in a BSE filing


Construction
Infrastructure firms may get to consolidate tax payments
Infrastructure firms may get to  consolidate tax payments - ET Realty
Infrastructure companies would be able to consolidate profits and losses in all their subsidiaries and pay taxes as a single entity. Currently, these ..



Marketing
Havells case against ASCI brings regulator's role back in spotlight : Report
Havells case against ASCI brings  regulator's role back in spotlight : Report - Livemint
The court heard arguments by Havells questioning ASCI’s powers to issue orders regarding its advertisements and the manner in which it does so


Marketing
Facebook mulls reset of Free Basics after India ban : Report
Facebook mulls reset of Free  Basics after India ban : Report - Al Jazeera America
India's decision to ban Facebook's free but limited Internet service is the controversial program's biggest blow yet


Marketing
Ford India is going through brand transformation : says executive director, marketing, sales service, Anurag Mehrotra
Ford India is going through  brand transformation : says executive director, marketing, sales service, Anurag Mehrotra - Firstpost
Plans to introduce a virtual platform for the post sales experience - Firstpost



Politics
TERI Promoting RK Pachauri Sends A Chilling Message About Power And Sexual Harassment
TERI Promoting RK Pachauri Sends A Chilling Message About  Power And Sexual Harassment
My local newspaper has a heartwarming story about brave dog Tintin who saved a young girl from three stalkers. The girl had taken the dog out for a walk when she was attacked by three men, one of whom


Politics
26/11 Attack Accused Headley Says LeT Planned To Attack Indian Defence Scientists At Taj Hotel
26/11 Attack Accused Headley Says LeT Planned To Attack  Indian Defence Scientists At Taj Hotel
MUMBAI -- Testifying before a Mumbai court for the second day today, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley said LeT had planned to attack Indian defence scientists at the Taj Mahal Hotel


Politics
Rape-Accused Asaram Bapu's Followers Are Putting Up Anti-Valentine's Day Posters Across Delhi Metro
Rape-Accused Asaram Bapu's Followers Are Putting Up  Anti-Valentine's Day Posters Across Delhi Metro
This morning, when commuters boarded the Delhi Metro, they were greeted by Asaram Bapu's photos on several posters--asking them to celebrate 'Matri Pitri Pujan Diwas' on 14 February, instead of Valent


Politics
Arunachal crisis: SC pulls up Governor Rajkhowa, says he interfered with functioning of House
Arunachal crisis: SC pulls up Governor Rajkhowa,  says he interfered with functioning of House
The governor's powers are "limited" and should be exercised in a fair manner, the Supreme Court hearing pleas on Arunachal Pradesh crisis, said on Tuesday.



Sports
Ind vs SL, 1st T20I: Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets
Ind vs SL, 1st T20I: Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets
India batting collapsed against a rookie bowling line-up of Sri Lanka and failed to set a big target; Sri Lanka chase down 102 in 18 overs.


Sports
U-19 World Cup: Twitterati reacts on India’s emphatic win over Sri Lanka
U-19 World Cup: Twitterati reacts on India’s emphatic win  over Sri Lanka
India rode on Anmolpreet SIngh's fifty to seal final spot at the U19 World Cup.


Sports
Pakistan mulled pulling out of World T20 in ICC meet
Pakistan mulled pulling out of World T20 in ICC meet
Former ICC president Ehsan Mani feels it’s a genuine concern as the PCB can’t compromise on player safety.


Sports
What a shot! 29 amazing sports photos
What a shot! 29 amazing sports  photos
Take a look at 29 amazing sports photos from February 2 through February 8.



Entertainment
Top 10 Bollywood and Hollywood Movies to Watch this Valentine's Day
Top 10 Bollywood and Hollywood Movies to Watch this Valentine's  Day
Whether you enjoy a Bollywood musical or a Hollywood romantic comedy; there are millions of movies to choose from


Entertainment
Sylvetser Stallone considered boycotting Oscars over diversity row
Sylvetser Stallone considered boycotting Oscars over  diversity row
Sylvester Stallone thought of boycotting the February 28 Oscar ceremony due to the lack of diversity in this year's nominations.


Entertainment
Parineeti Chopra to star in Yash Raj Films’ next Meri Pyaari Bindu
Parineeti Chopra to star in Yash Raj Films’ next  Meri Pyaari Bindu
Actress Parineeti Chopra has finally announced her new project, "Meri Pyaari Bindu", after a year of no-show.


Entertainment
Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer on nose again
Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer on nose again
Hugh Jackman has once again been treated for skin cancer on his nose.






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