Opera Software offered $1.2 billion takeover bid by Chinese consortium including Qihoo 360

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Opera Software offered $1.2 billion takeover bid by Chinese consortium including Qihoo 360

Opera Software has today announced that it has been made a takeover bid by a Chinese consortium. The offer values the browser maker at $1.2 billion, and the group includes Chinese tech companies like Qihoo 360, Kunlun Tech and unlisted Chinese firms like Golden Brick and Yonglian Investment. The offer is to acquire 100 percent of the company, and it represents over 50 percent premium on the company's current trading price. More →
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HTC One M10 aka Perfume to feature a 5.2-inch WQHD display: Report

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HTC One M10 aka Perfume to feature a 5.2-inch WQHD display: Report

While Samsung and LG have already announced their plans of launching their next-gen flagship smartphones at the MWC 2016, HTC hasn’t confirmed anything as yet. But that doesn’t stop the leaks surrounding the One M10 aka Perfume from pouring in. Just a couple of days back, we came across leaked photo of the smartphone’s front panel and today’s rumor sheds some light on the screen’s display size and resolution. More →
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When Marc Andreessen offended Indians with just one tweet

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When Marc Andreessen offended Indians with just one tweet

Renowned investor and technologist, Marc Andreessen has drawn ire for his tweets against India’s telecom regulator ruling that banned zero rating initiatives such as Facebook’s Free Basics. While he was amused why the country blocked free partial Internet to poor, Andreessen went on to invoke colonialism, stating India’s ‘anti-colonialism’ stance has been counterproductive. Andreessen is a director on Facebook's board. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge will be waterproof, could be made in India

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Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge will be waterproof, could be made in India

With just two weeks to go for Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 21 ahead of MWC 2016, more details about the highly anticipated Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have started to surface. The latest leak gives credibility to the earlier rumors that pointed to both smartphones having waterproofing capabilities. India’s import-export database Zauba has a list of spare parts for the Galaxy S7 carrying model number SM-G930F. These include SIM tray, mic, HRM (heart rate monitor) and octa components, all having the keyword “waterproof.” More →
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Government considering allowing 100% FDI in ‘marketplace model of e-commerce’

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Government considering allowing 100% FDI in ‘marketplace model of e-commerce’

The government is considering permitting 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the marketplace format of e-commerce retailing with a view to attract more foreign investments. The norms on FDI in the sectors of e-commerce, and IT and ITeS are expected to be part of detailed guidelines, which would be rolled out soon by the government, sources said. Last week, a group of senior officials from departments of DIPP, corporate affairs and economic affairs, among others, discussed these matters in great detail. More →
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Ravi Shankar Prasad applauds TRAI’s decision to ban Free Basics, says ‘Internet should not be monopoly of few’

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Ravi Shankar Prasad applauds TRAI’s decision to ban Free Basics, says ‘Internet should not be monopoly of few’

Lauding the telecom watchdog's decision on discriminatory pricing, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said Internet is one of the finest creations of the human mind and it should not become the monopoly of a few. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in a much-awaited regulatory order on Monday had said that no service provider would be allowed to charge "discriminatory tariffs" for data services on the basis of content. More →
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TRAI warns of stricter action on telecom operators opting for discriminatory prices on data services

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TRAI warns of stricter action on telecom operators opting for discriminatory prices on data services

Having barred discriminatory pricing of data services, TRAI on Tuesday warned of much stricter action against errant telecom operators if the existing penalty provision fails to tame them. "It's not like that, that you can violate and continue paying penalty," TRAI chairman R S Sharma said. Becoming the first telecom regulator globally to ban zero rating plans like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday backed net neutrality while issuing a new set of norms barring discriminatory prices for data services. More →
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Panasonic P66 Mega with support for 21 Indian languages launched for Rs 7,990: Specifications and features

By on February 9, 2016 at 7:51 PM.

Panasonic P66 Mega with support for 21 Indian languages launched for Rs 7,990: Specifications and features

Panasonic has launched a new smartphone, P66 Mega, in India. Priced at Rs 7,990, one of the talking points of the P66 Mega is its support for 21 Indian languages. With support for vernacular languages, users can type and text in their native language. More →
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TRAI likely to conduct next test of call quality by April

By on February 9, 2016 at 7:33 PM.

TRAI likely to conduct next test of call quality by April

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 on Tuesday. Asked about some telecom service providers' (TSP) opposition to the test drives carried out by TRAI, Sharma said: “Road tests are regularly done by TRAI. From the last time, telecom companies have started raising objections saying you (TRAI) don't consult us about the roads you are using.” More →
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Internet activists welcome TRAI ruling against discriminatory pricing, gear up for new challenges

By on February 9, 2016 at 7:17 PM.

Internet activists welcome TRAI ruling against discriminatory pricing, gear up for new challenges

On Monday afternoon, India's telecom regulator finally put to rest the fiery net neutrality debate in India -- by ruling against zero rating and differential tariffs. Zero rating lets Airtel users use Facebook, for instance, free of data levies, while charging for access to other services or websites. This violates net neutrality, which says there should be no differential pricing -- free data for one service, but priced for another -- based on the content or websites.  More →
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