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Yahoo Launches oneSearch SMS In India

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.

Google Takes On Indian Parliament

The recommendation of an Indian parliamentary committee threatens to change the wording in proposed legislation that would hold Google and other service providers accountable for content traversing their system.

YouTube Intends To Invade India
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The timing’s a little vague, but according to one of the company’s executives, an official YouTube.in site will go live within the next six months.

Google Search Available On SMS In India
As seen on ‘agencyfaqs!‘, Google has initiated an SMS-based search service in India. Now, mobile users can use Google SMS by searching the company’s short code, 54664.

Yahoo Hosts Open Hack Day In Bangalore

Yahoo’s intent on expanding its market share in India, and the company is also interested in finding useful new odds and ends.  In an effort to do both at once, Yahoo hosted Open Hack Day in Bangalore this past weekend.

Bank Of India Site Co-Opted By Malware

Although Alex Eckelberry of Sunbelt Software believes fully patched IE and Firefox systems should be safe from the corrupted Bank of India website, it’s probably best to avoid the site until a massive malware problem has been corrected.

Orkut Called “Youth Icon”

I’ve found that, in the U.S., I’m likely to hear “or-what?” after uttering the word “Orkut.”  Google’s social network is quite popular overseas, however, and this status was recently confirmed when Orkut was chosen as the Youth Icon of 2007 in a contest sponsored by MTV India and Pepsi.

Google Gives India Semi-Functional Gifts

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.

Google Celebrates India’s 60th

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.

Marketing Jobs Now Outsourced to India & China

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 India’s Managing Director To Depart

Yahoo India will soon be deprived of its managing director – reports indicate that George Zacharias has put in his “four-to-six week notice.”  After concluding his career with Yahoo, Zacharias intends “to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests.”

Google Forges Alliance With Airtel

India’s population long ago passed the one billion mark, and Bharti Airtel Broadband & Telephone Services is that country’s largest private broadband and telephone service provider.  Thanks to a new deal, the gigantic corporation is also Google’s partner.

New Yahoo India Advertising Is A Familiar Face

In yet another country-specific step, Yahoo has announced the launch of Yahoo India Advertising.  The site’s getting some mixed reviews, however; it’s pretty professional, yet it’s also nearly identical to the original Yahoo Advertising.

Google Bonds With Band Of Angels

At WebProNews, we write about Google acquiring other companies on what seems like a daily basis.  We may soon get to write about Google funding them, as well – the search engine giant has joined the Band of Angels, and will invest in young Indian companies.

Yahoo Buys Significant Stake In Tyroo Ad Agency

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, Yahoo Interest In Rediff Dismissed

A rumor reported at the Hindustan Times about India’s Rediff portal being a takeover target appears to be more of a leap of faith than a hot tip.

iShare Could Challenge Orkut, YouTube

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.

Google Library Project Gets Japanese Partner

For a while there, Google was gaining partners for its Books Library Project on what seemed like a daily basis.  That rush (appears to have) stopped, but now one more school has signed up: Japan’s Keio University.

Google Takes Another Shot At Transliteration
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Translating something from Spanish to English is a neat trick, but both languages use the same alphabet.  Google’s looking at something tougher – transliteration – to bridge the gaps between America and several different markets.

J.K. Rowling, eBay India Mix It Up

J.K. Rowling has made millions of readers happy, but she’s also made eBay India kinda mad.  Hurt, actually, in a sort of whiny-little-kid-with-a-lawyer sense.  The company objects to the way in which Rowling portrayed a court case.

Orkut Causes Outrage In India
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When you hear about vigilantes, your next thought isn’t likely to involve Orkut, Google’s semi-popular social network.  Nonetheless, the contents of that site have spurred some Indian students to attack cybercafés.

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