WhatsApp Wants To Be A Business Platform

Allowing video calls on WhatsApp, which is otherwise a simple messaging app owned by Facebook, was the last big feature launched before it starts making money.

How Google Changed Itself For India In A ‘Mission To Connect The World’

Alphabet Inc’s Google is ready to spend billions to get millions of Indians online– through a slew of India-specific products and initiatives – to stay relevant in the world’s fastest-growing internet economy.

Head Of Twitter India Quits, More Exits To Follow Him

Rishi Jaitly, Head of Twitter India, resigned and that was not surprising for most employees, who knew that the domestic market will also get effected by the micro-blogging site’s global restructuring programme, as the company failed to get new users and generate higher advertising revenue, giving way to Facebook, Google and Snapchat.

Ankur Warikoo Working On A New Script For Nearbuy

An old lady runs through the narrow corridors of a slum, chasing two thieves, who had apparently robbed her bag. Twenty seconds into the chase, the old lady grabs them and hits them on to the ground. The video ends with a message – “Karate classes for just Rs 149.” This was the advertisement of Groupon India, the Indian subsidiary of US-based ecommerce marketplace Groupon Inc, in 2013.

Exits Continue As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Wants More Ad Revenue From India

The exits in Twitter’s senior management who helped build the India business over years, signal the company’s co-founder and new CEO, Jack Dorsey’s, inclination to make significant changes in the way the domestic business is handled.

Twitter India Head Quits, More Exits To Follow In Major Shake-Up

Rishi Jaitly’s resignation was not surprising for most Twitter India employees, who knew that the domestic market will be impacted by the micro-blogging site’s global restructuring programme, as the company failed to get new users and generate higher advertising revenue, giving way to Facebook, Google and Snapchat.

Twitter’s India Head Steps Down Amid Slowing Revenues, Job Cuts

Amid a global slowdown in revenue growth and job cuts, head of Twitter’s India business, Rishi Jaitly, announced his exit from the company after a four-year stint.

Twitter Shuts Down Development Centre In Bengaluru

Amidst increasing scrutiny from investors because of falling revenue growth, micro-blogging platform Twitter has shut its Bengaluru development centre.

80 Million People Use Facebook Groups Every Month In India

Facebook Inc. announced on Wednesday that over 80 million people in India use Facebook Groups each month to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends. Globally, more than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups every month and the product has grown since it was launched in 2010.

How Hike Is Shaping Up To Be More Than Instant Messaging

From starting off as a chatting app, Hike, with its $175 million funding is now metamorphosing into a digital hub that can offer everything from discount coupons to news, as it seeks its next 100 million users.

Lifestage: Is Facebook Facing An Identity Crisis?

Is Facebook Inc. facing an identity crisis? What else could explain why the social networking company launched a stand-alone app for teenagers which does not require a Facebook account. The app called Lifestage is for those under 21, created by a 19-year-old product manager.

Google Continues To Ride High On Advertising In June Quarter

Advertising powered Internet giant Alphabet Inc.’s revenue growth in the second quarter, as it has for years now. Revenue at Alphabet—Google’s parent firm, formed in 2015—rose 21% to $21.5 billion in April-June from a year ago. Advertising revenue reached $19.14 billion, a 19% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase.

Facebook Results Deliver More Bad News For Newspapers

Sure, Facebook increasing its quarterly profit to over $2 billion in the three months ended 30 June, a mere six months after it hit $1 billion is significant, but there’s something even more important in the numbers presented by the company’s founder-chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday. And that’s an inflection point that highlights even more troubled days for print media companies.

Verizon Inks Deal To Acquire Yahoo For $4.83 bn

by Yahoo! Inc. has agreed to sell its core operations to US telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.83 billion in a transaction that marks the end of the Internet pioneer as an independent company after a two-decade-long journey.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo For $4.8 billion In All-Cash Deal

Yahoo, one of the biggest Internet services companies of yesteryears, has been acquired by US telecom major Verizon for $4.83 billion in an all-cash deal. While the acquisition is being seen by many analysts as the end of the road for the Internet pioneer, users and fans are hoping for a magical revival of its glorious past.

Verizon Buys Yahoo, Puts It In Competition With Facebook, Microsoft And Google: Analyst

Yahoo, that has been restructuring its business for year now, finally sold out to Verizon. Verizon sealed the deal for $4.83 billion, all in cash. This acquisition gives Verizon access to Yahoo’s advertising technology tools such as BrightRoll and Flurry, assets such as Search, Mail, Messenger as well as real estate, among others. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2017.

Verizon Acquires Yahoo, Aspires To Compete With Google & Facebook

On 25 July 2016, Verizon Communications confirmed its plans of acquiring Yahoo’s operating business for USD 4.83 billion.

The sale includes Yahoo’s content offerings in News, Sports, Finance, Yahoo Mail, Brightroll (programmatic advertising technology), Flurry (mobile application analytics solution) and Gemini (search and native advertising solution) among others.

Google, FB And Battle For Offline Internet In India

It is a Monday afternoon in early July. Kumar and his friends, who work at an eating joint in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park area, have just finished their afternoon chores. Kumar’s friends huddle around him, though the centre of their attraction, Kumar’s mobile phone, is not connected to the internet at the moment. Turns out Kumar is playing a video he had downloaded the previous night from YouTube, Google’s video sharing and streaming service.

“Snapdeal is well-positioned to turn profitable in the next 2-3 years”- Kunal Bahl, CEO

Snapdeal recently expanded their e-commerce marketplace to include more service offerings through a ‘one-of-a-kind partnership’ with Zomato, Cleartrip, UrbanClap, and redBus. Now in a recent interview with Livemint, Kunal Bahl, CEO, Snapdeal, said that the company is now focusing on net revenue instead of gross merchandise value (GMV) and the new focus is part of another big change at the e-commerce marketplace.

Snapdeal May Die A Slow And Painful Death

On June 8, American e-commerce major Amazon announced an additional $3-billion investment in India, making clear its intention to win in the country. This throws up a massive challenge for all homegrown e-commerce companies, among which Snapdeal could be hurt the most.

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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft on Monday announced a $26.2 billion deal to acquire professional networking platform LinkedIn for $196 per share. The market gave a mixed reaction to the announcement. While shares of LinkedIn surged 47 percent to near $193, Microsoft’s stock was down 3.2 percent.

Will LinkedIn be another failed acquisition for Microsoft?

In its 41 years history, Microsoft has acquired several companies but the biggest success was none other than Hotmail, which was bought from Sabeer Bhatia for $500 million in 1997. However, a repeat of Hotmail is something that Microsoft hasn’t been able to achieve in the last 19 years despite making several deals worth over a billion dollar each.

What Does Microsoft Stand to Gain From its $26.2 Billion Acquisition of LinkedIn?

Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant’s largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site?

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Users will get to organise their information better

The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft will help the duo assist client companies, and even individuals in the personal lives, to organise information and orchestrate their functions better.

Microsoft To Acquire LinkedIn For $26.2 Bn

Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in a deal that will combine the world’s biggest software maker with the largest global online network of professionals.

Microsoft looking for new source of revenue

By acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft is looking at further strengthening its business from corporates in India and social networking play, an area in which it lags behind Facebook. Analysts feel that Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes as one of the three segments that could get a shot in the arm with the LinkedIn buy.

India Plays Hard To Get As Zuckerberg , Tim Cook, Jack Ma, Nadella Come Calling

Tim Cook started his India tour with an obeisance to Lord Ganesha, the favourite deity of those in trouble, at Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple. Cook did not put all his faith in religion alone, he also leaned on India’s other obsessions. The same day, he met the crew of Azhar, a movie loosely based on — talking of obsessions — the life of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.

LinkedIn sets sights on Indian start-ups

US-based social networking company LinkedIn is looking at buying Indian start-ups, has tweaked its India portal and with its new 800 seater office in Bengaluru, as it seeks to build on its India presence. India is currently the second biggest market for LinkedIn globally, with a user-base of 35 million. “This country is of great strategic importance and we are open for acquisitions that are strategic fits,” said Allen Blue, Co-founder, LinkedIn, a company which he co-founded with Reid Hoffman in 2002.

Is Microsoft truly changing under Satya Nadella?

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp, is landing in the country on Monday at a time when his company is “streamlining” its troubled global smartphone hardware business even as the growth of India’s smartphone business is accelerating.

Net neutrality debate enters final stages, deadlock continues

Telecom service providers and net neutrality activists stuck to their stands at an open session hosted by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on differential pricing on Thursday.

The debate has entered its final stage with Trai giving parties until Monday evening to send in additional comments.

PHD CCI to debate Net Neutrality and Free basics today

On a cold Thursday afternoon, arguments and counter arguments on Net Neutrality and Facebook’s ‘Free Basic’ could well heat up the Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium in the Capital. It is here that the telecom regulator’s open house is scheduled to discuss ‘differential prices for data services’, with telecom operators, the regulator and consumers in full attendance.

Developing mobile-first for a better customer experience

The new paradigm of user and customer experiences is to look at the simplest, smallest, and lowest powered platforms first, and those who are doing so are reaping the benefits of expanded markets and simpler tools.

MobileFirst is a customer interaction methodology and a development and software paradigm all at once. It’s both an overarching business strategy and a set of very different principles from one industry and company to the next. And as an SMB, it might be the best chance you have to compete on a wide stage.

Renewable Energy: It’s Not Just About Cost Savings

With enhanced technological advances and constantly depleting natural resources, there is an increasing need for companies to factor in alternative energy resources while not just devising new industry solutions, but also in planning organization’s sustainable future. Enterprises are now seeing the need to reduce carbon footprint and cut down energy costs to improve productivity and efficiency, but beyond that, it is essential for them to explore the opportunities in implementing renewable energy solutions.

India/Amazon si Google in India

Giganții de pe Internet Google și Amazon și-a exprimat interesul de a organiza centre de afaceri în India, motivați de creșterea masivă a numărului de useri de internet din India. Ambele companii plănuiesc să angajeze mii de indieni în următorii ani și să seteze un trend pe care alte companii de internet din SUA să le poată urma. 

Google Inc and Amazon.com, Inc. Expand In India

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are scaling up their operations in India to take advantage of the available opportunities. For this, both  companies chose Hyderabad, a city in the Southern part of India, to expand their presence. The government is encouraging digital communications and leading the way  moving towards it. The economy also provides sufficient room for the two companies to grow.