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Android N is sweet on Nougat

Google has announced that “Nougat” will be the official name of Android N, the latest version of its Android mobile operating system. Android revealed the name on its Twitter and Snapchat handle. Nougat, a confection made from sugar/honey, dried nuts, and eggs, has Spanish-Middle East origins. A...

1 July, 2016 | More »

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How Indian is Ola’s ownership structure?

The battle for market dominance between ride-hailing companies Ola and Uber has taken a nationalistic overtone after the Bangalore-based company accused the US-based rival of disrespecting Indian law. In a submission to the Karnataka High Court earlier this week, Ola had alleged that Uber was a “f...

30 June, 2016 | More »

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Not foreign vs local, it’s about abiding by the law, says Ola COO

In a response to Uber’s blog post that said it is as foreign as its competitors, cab aggregator Ola has said the debate is not about nationalist versus foreign, instead it is about abiding by the law of the land. In a blog post authored by COO Pranay Jivrajka, Ola has hit out at rival […]...

30 June, 2016 | More »

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Exclusive: Grocery delivery startup GrocShop folds as pain spreads

Mumbai-based online grocery delivery firm GrocShop has shut down, joining the growing list of startups that failed to find a profitable growth model in a segment which until recently was attracting investors in droves but is now feeling the pinch of a slowdown in funding. GrocShop co-founder Ayush G...

30 June, 2016 | More »

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“Mobile advertising needs to get more creative & less intrusive”

Advertising spends on mobile phones are expected to touch $100 billion globally in 2016 and account for 51% of the total digital ad market but a majority of this is likely to go to large multinational players such as Google and Facebook. Even as that is a matter of concern for local ad-tech startups...

30 June, 2016 | More »

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Customisation key for products aimed at female consumers, say panellists at News Corp VCCircle summit

Customisation, functionality and relevance are critical for success of products targeted largely at female consumers, said panellists at News Corp VCCircle Mobile Forum 2016. “For a product to have an impact, it should be relevant. For example, if someone is getting married, it makes sense to push...

30 June, 2016 | More »

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Repeat customers key to mobile monetisation, say panellists at VCCircle Mobile Forum

A good user experience, reliable digital payment processes and value-added services can ensure what cashbacks and discounts have not been able to achieve: loyal customers who keep coming back for more, thus opening the route to mobile monetisation. At a session titled “Monetising Mobile: What Clic...

30 June, 2016 | More »

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Brand Capital invests $25 mn in Meru Cabs

Mumbai-based radio taxi firm Meru Cab Company Pvt. Ltd has raised $25 million (Rs 150 crore) from Brand Capital, the ad-for-equity investment arm of Bennett Coleman and Co (BCCL). The company will use the capital to strengthen its foothold in the Indian market, reports PTI. “With the ongoing t...

29 June, 2016 | More »

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We are as foreign as Ola, says Uber’s Bhavik Rathod

A day after online cab aggregator Ola submitted a 15-page-long affidavit levelling a handful of allegations against rival Uber, the San-Francisco-based outfit responded by saying it is a global company with local roots and is as foreign as Ola. In a blogpost authored by its general manager, operatio...

29 June, 2016 | More »

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Grofers lays off staff, revokes campus offers

Tiger Global-backed grocery delivery firm Grofers has let go some employees and revoked campus job offers as part of a restructuring of operations, indicating the growing pains Indian startups are facing as the funding crunch deepens. “In the past couple of months, we have been making some necessa...

29 June, 2016 | More »