1. Deepak Abbot joins Times Internet as Head of Mobile Strategy: Deepak Abbot, former AVP at mobile commerce company Paytm, has joined Times Internet as Head of Mobile Strategy. According to an internal mail sent within Times Internet, Abbot’s role will be across Times Internet’s businesses, to help define and strategise the growth plans for mobile. He will report to Times Internet CEO Satyan Gajwani. Read more here.
2. Ignitee bags NGO Breakthrough’s digital mandate: Ignitee has bagged the digital mandate of Breakthrough, a human rights organisation that aims to prevent violence and discrimination against women. The account was won following a multi-agency pitch. Read more here.
3. Gaana.com launches genre and artist specific mobile apps: Times Internet owned music streaming service Gaana.com has launched mobile apps which allow users to access categorised music according to language, artists and genres. Read more here.
4. Digital Video firm Culture Machine raises Series A funding from Zodius Capital for Asia expansion: Culture Machine, a digital video company founded by former Disney-UTV exec Sameer Pitalwalla and former YouTube exec Venkat Prasad has raised a Series A round of funding led by Zodius Capital. Read more here.
5. Affle acquires Appstudioz; sets up R&D centre in India: Affle, a mobile apps and ads company, has acquired Appstudioz, an India-based mobile technology company, for an undisclosed sum. Read more here.
6. Pulsar pulls off a ‘colourful’ stunt: The campaign, conceptualised by Mio, was first launched on the Facebook page of the brand, showcasing the stunning new looks of the Pulsar range. Read more here.
7. Digital India project could be a lifeline for MTNL, BSNL: The Digital India project, which aims at delivering the gamut of government services through cell phone applications, could provide a lifeline to struggling state-run telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) by way of a near Rs 92,000 crore annual revenue opportunity by 2020. Read more here.