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Sources say that Amazon.com is developing a website for India called Junglee.com. According to the source, the page isn’t operational as of yet, but it is reportedly still in the developmental stages. Amazon.com is already preparing to launch a marketplace with many Indian e-commerce ventures and only moderate transactions. It has been reported that Amazon.com is not yet permitted to …
Google’s Android has blown onto the scene in India. Since the behemoth growth of Android in India in 2011, the country has exploded to the forefront in terms of shipment. A Nielsen Informate panel discovered Android users in India spent greater than 40% of their time on smartphones using data. 25% of of the time, the panel found, was spent …
Late last week we brought you news that the government of India had sanctioned prosecution of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others for their refusal to remove objectionable content from search and social networking sites. The High Court of India refused requests from the companies to stay the proceedings, and threatened that the sites could be blocked in India just as …
The Indian government has initiated legal proceedings against a number of search, social networking, and technology companies. The government found sufficient cause to pursue prosecution of the companies for refusing to regulate offensive content. Ten of the 21 companies are based outside India. These include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and YouTube. The companies are required to present themselves to the …
Last week we brought you news that by Indian minister of telecommunications Kapil Sibal had been meeting with executives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo and asking them to pre-screen and remove content that his office regarded as offensive or inappropriate. The news, which was initially reported by the New York Times, created a massive controversy across the internet. Google …
Yesterday we brought you news that Indian telecommunications minister Kapil Sibal was planning to meet with representatives of Google, Facebook, and others to ask that they screen content his office deemed objectionable, so that it could not be posted to the companies’ sites. He cited a page critical of a major government figure as an example of the kind of …
Groupon is launching in India, Israel, and South Africa as it has acquired similar deals sites in each of those countries – SoSata, Grouper, and Twangoo respectively.
"Collective buying is in its infancy in India, Israel and South Africa and we see strong potential," said Rob Solomon, president and COO of Groupon. "Groupon is shaping the way local merchants market themselves in every corner of the world."
India’s the second-most populous country in the world, and it looks like Google’s getting increasingly serious about acquiring customers there. Today, Google opened a call center in Hyderabad designed to deal with local small and medium-sized businesses in any of four languages.
If they weren’t already doing so, Google’s lawyers should start paying attention to the BlackBerry encryption proceedings. It turns out that India’s government intends to target Google (and Skype) once it’s finished trying to gain access to messages sent courtesy of RIM.
A good drive can be one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. But a bad one is, of course, no fun at all, and poor directions are often responsible for making things take a turn for the worse. So Google appears to be overhauling the way in which it tells people to get from one point to another.
The H1N1 flu virus has hit Google India, and although things aren’t as bad as they might have been, it’s having some rather significant effects: around 100 people have gone to a hospital for swine flu tests, and a Hyderabad office will remain closed for two full days.
After a long period of focusing on American content, it looks like Hulu’s going global. One fresh deal has netted the site shows from the UK, while another partnership will result in the sharing of Bollywood films. Plus, movement in the opposite direction – Hulu allowing access overseas – is being discussed.
India’s 15th general election is fast approaching, and Google’s determined to help anyone wanting to either participate in or monitor the event. The search giant launched the Google India Elections Centre in both English and Hindi to facilitate the spread of information.
Google India has introduced a Firefox extension in Google Labs called Google Noticeboard, which is designed to help people access and share info over the Internet via public digital noticeboards.
The application is aimed at communities with access to shared computers. They can use the noticeboards to exchange messages related to community announcements, social interactions, etc.
Messages on noticeboards are publicly accessible. They can consist of text, or can be voice-based.
Today, Google launched an initiative called the Internet Bus Project, designed to show off all the Internet has to offer to cities in Tamil Nadu, India. The purpose is to introduce people that are not familiar with the Internet to the education, information, communication, and entertainment it has to offer.
Reports have been surfacing since last night’s election that while overall, India seems to have embraced the election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States, there have been some worries among the country’s people due to Obama’s position on outsourcing.
Google sites received the majority of searches conducted in India according to a study of the online search market from comScore.
Google sites in India had more than 1 billion searches conducted in June, representing 81 percent of the market. Yahoo sites ranked a distant second with 117 million searches accounting for 9.4 percent. Ask Network landed in the third spot with 24 million searches representing 1.9 percent of the market.
Anyone who’s ever found traditional search results to be a little one-dimensional should be glad to hear that Yahoo’s addressing the issue. Something called Glue Pages Beta slaps together normal search results, Google Blog Search results, Yahoo Answers results, HowStuffWorks articles, Wikipedia entries, Flickr images, and YouTube videos all in one place.
YouTube has launched a localized version of its site in India.
The India YouTube will feature regional and localized content with a search hompage that focuses on videos and links related to India. The content uploaded by users in India would appear as top favorite videos and recommended content on the site.
"We are very excited to bring a local version of YouTube to India considering the passion of users here for music and entertainment." said Steve Chen, CTO and co-founder of YouTube.
Its current designation – we won’t call it a name – lacks imagination, to say the least. But Google.org, the Soros Economic Development Fund, and Omidyar Network have created an entity that should be of great help to small- to medium-sized Indian businesses.
We’re still waiting to hear what caused damage to several underwater Internet cables; it’s likely to be either especially interesting (in an apocalyptic, WWIII sense) or completely mundane (think rusty old anchors). But either way, affected nations are getting their access back.
Webmasters who target Indian, Egyptian, and/or Middle Eastern users may see a considerable drop in traffic from those countries over the next week and a half to two weeks. An undersea cable network was somehow cut, causing massive Internet blackouts in the area.
Reuters reports that what severed the underwater cables is yet unknown, but as much as 70 percent of Egypt’s network was affected, and a 50-60 percent drop in bandwidth in India.
The U.S. search market appears to be pretty much wrapped up. Neither Yahoo nor Google is especially strong in mobile matters, though, and the fight becomes even more of a tossup in India, where mobile services are expected to assume “a high growth trajectory.”
Social security numbers, employee numbers, phone numbers, savings accounts, checking accounts – there are far too many digits we’re all supposed to remember. Still, if Yahoo fans in India can remember five more, they’ll be able to use the new oneSearch SMS service.
Earlier this week, Google promised India a birthday present (the country is celebrating its 60th year of independence). Now two new gadgets have surfaced in Google India Labs, and while they may or not be the gift in question, they’re definitely worth a look.
Time zones aside, India achieved its independence exactly 60 years ago, and the country is now in the midst of numerous celebrations. So is Google, for that matter; Orkut, YouTube, and various branches of the central company have all given their congratulations to India.
There’s a disturbing side-effect that’s coming from the increased use of internet marketing – it can be done cheaper in China and India.
While advertising continues to bring us greater efficiencies and cheaper costs, it’s also driving our need for faster turnaround and rapid deployment. When you can test 100 ads online within a week, you need a solution that can keep up with that pace, without breaking the bank.
Yahoo and Google both appear dedicated to growing their presence in the Indian market, and to this end, Yahoo recently announced that it had bought a stake in Tyroo Media. Call this one a “significant investment” (as Yahoo does) – it’s equal to about 35% of the company’s value.
Google’s Orkut is extremely popular in some countries, while YouTube has been successful just about everywhere. And now iShare, a service from Rediff, intends to compete with both services, which begs the question of whether both – or neither – of them should be concerned in any market.
Ghent University is located in Ghent, which is a city in Flanders, which is a region in Belgium. You probably recognized at least one or two of those names, but you’re sure to know this next one: Google. And Google has just partnered with Ghent University.
The term “Google killer” is bandied about every so often, but let’s face it: no one company is going to kill Google anytime soon. But a company could “stump” the search engine giant – particularly in a foreign market – and Guruji intends to do exactly that.
Seven countries in one day – whew, Yahoo oneSearch must be tired. All right, that was a little silly, but the service has been through a lot of launches in recent days, and it’s now freshly available in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
It’s a mixed bag of good news, bad news, and just plain “news” news for Google in India this week. One piece from the region describes the company’s expansion in glowing terms; another reports that its site ranked low in terms of usability. Lastly, there’s a new man in place to deal with all this: Shailesh Rao was appointed managing director of sales and operations for Google India.
Never mind the bat signal – cops in India have been equipped with a sort of “red phone” e-mail address at Google. The search engine giant, according to various Indian sources, wants to help put a stop to hate speech and other objectionable content that’s been showing up on Orkut.
Almost two months ago, Yahoo India was accused of redistributing a woman’s recipes without her permission. Now the company is apologizing (in a corporate-speak kind of way). Yahoo is also blaming the incident on another business.
For those of you that have not heard yet, yesterday (February 24th) was the big kick-off for Entrepreneurship Week USA.
I had not really heard about this event before, but it has been brought up on a number of blogs that I read, so I thought I’d go check it out. As a passionate, but introverted advocate of entrepreneurship, I thought I’d look into the event and what it means.
Yahoo Research is preparing to establish a research lab in Bangalore; it is also going to begin a string of lectures in India called the “Big Thinker Series.” And while that rather silly name may not demand respect, the series should focus on serious and relevant issues within the fields of “science, technology, and the internet.”
In Jaipur at the Alsisar Haveli, I met a young puppetmaster and his ten year old brother. Together they performed puppet shows outside the main restaurant at the Haveli, with the older brother expertly controlling the puppets with every finger of both hands behind a curtained backdrop, and the younger brother playing the dholak in accompaniment.
Google is reputedly a great employer: at the Googleplex in Mountain View, workers are treated to recreation facilities, “snack rooms,” and bring-your-dog-to-work privileges, among other nice bonuses. Nonetheless, Google is having a hard time “recruiting talented locals in its South Asian operations.”
Orkut is becoming quite a problem child for Google. Now that things have finally begun to calm down from its legal battle in Brazil, similar issues are cropping up in India. This new issue involves hate speech, while the Brazilian dispute involved both hate speech and child pornography. Company execs still aren’t likely to label this as “progress,” though.
Indian small and medium businesses (SMBs) are set to dump a ton of cash into upgrading their Internet infrastructure this year, according to a study by New York-based AMI-Partners. The study predicts SMBs in the country will invest up to US $1.2 billion for this initiative, or about one-sixth of global IT spending at $7.7 billion.
Microsoft has announced that it will be installing 50,000 self-sustaining IT kiosks in rural India as part of an initiative called Saksham, to provide services like: