Social Media News From India And The World [29th January 2014]

by Prasant Naidu on January 29, 2022

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India News Headlines

1. Thums Up, Being Human, CNN-IBN and AIF launch ‘Campaign Veer’: Living up to its toofani message of unleashing the potential within, Thums Up has come together with brand ambassador Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation and CNN-IBN to launch Campaign Veer – Unleashing the Inner Potential of Persons with Disabilities. Read more here.

2. Now, Micromax pays you to watch ads: Lowe Lintas has created an extensive television campaign for the launch of MAd smartphone pre-loaded with a special app which enables a user to earn credits through watching ads during the call process. Read more here.

3. IPL Won’t Be On YouTube In 2014; STARSports Makes A Play: The Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be streamed online on YouTube this year: Times Internet has tied up with STAR India for digital distribution this time. Read more here.

4. Spuul Inks Deal With Disney UTV For Bollywood Content: Online video streaming service Spuul has inked a content deal with Disney UTV to strengthen its Bollywood movie catalogue. Read more here.

5. ISPs: Can’t ban child porn sites without court order: The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) told the Supreme Court that they were mere conduits for providing internet access to customers and could not ban websites featuring child pornography “without orders from the court or the government”. Read more here.

6. OnMobile reports net loss even as revenue rises 28% in Q3: The country’s largest mobile value added service (VAS) firm OnMobile Global saw further deterioration in its bottomline reporting net loss of Rs 8.37 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, as against net profit of Rs 20.6 crore in the year ago period. Read more here.

7. Supreme Court Goes Smart With Its Smartphone App: The Supreme Court of India has launched an Android App for users to access information regarding various operations of the court. Read more here.

8. Vserv.mobi announces SmartRewards- free top ups for watching ads: Mobile ad network, Vserv.mobi announced the introduction of SmartRewards ad format. With SmartRewards ad format, advertisers can engage and cultivate brand loyalty among users by rewarding them for desired actions. Read more here.

9. Kerala woman kills herself after obscene Facebook posts: A young woman in Kerala has committed suicide after her neighbour allegedly posted obscene posts about her on Facebook. Read more here.

10. Threaten me, but I will say what I feel: Vishal Dadlani defends tweet on Rahul Gandhi, Modi: Vishal Dadlani confronted vicious trolling on social media Tuesday over his tweet, apparently targeting Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, which has ignited a furious political debate online. Read more here.

11. YouTube removes Rahul Gandhi’s spoof video: A spoof video of Rahul Gandhi’s much talked-about speech delivered in the AICC meeting earlier this month was removed four days after it was uploaded on YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google. Read more here.

World News Headlines

1. Yahoo Is Shutting Down IntoNow, Nearly Three Years After Acquisition: IntoNow — the second-screen app that Yahoo bought in the spring of 2011, just 12 weeks after its launch — is being shut down by its parent company. Read more here.

2. Yahoo’s Tumblr-Based Tech And Food Sites Have Seen 10M Uniques Since Jan. 7 Launch: At CES this year Yahoo unveiled its new Tech and Food vertical news and information sites, which feature a visual-heavy redesign that resembles Flipboard somewhat but with more of an online news site vibe. Read more here.

3. Blogging Platform Medium Closes $25M Round Led By Greylock: According to a report by Recode, the popular blogging platform Medium has closed a $25 million round of funding led by Greylock, with participation from Google Ventures and several individual investors including Chris Sacca. Read more here.

4. Imgur Debuts An Analytics Platform For Pro Users And Advertisers: Bootstrapped and profitable image-sharing platform (and Yahoo acquisition target) Imgur is today introducing a new analytics platform that will allow both individual users and advertisers the ability to track where an image is shared online. Read more here.

5. Enterprise Messaging App Cotap Nabs $10M To Make ‘Every Worker A Knowledge Worker’: Some three months after launching its first app, on iOS, Coptap is today announcing a new $10 million round of funding to build out that vision further, extending the app to Android and desktop, and hiring talent to build more features into the product, including its first tier of paid services. Read more here.

6. Facebook says Open Compute Project helped it save $1.2B in infrastructure costs over past 3 years: Mark Zuckerberg made an appearance at the 2014 Open Compute Summit today to talk about how Facebook’s Open Compute Project has saved the company more than $1.2 billion in infrastructure costs over the past three years. Read more here.

7. Facebook now lets all advertisers target people who visited their site or used their mobile app: Facebook today launched new features to help marketers reach people across devices and encourage them to take action. Read more here.

8. Soundwave’s music discovery platform gets more social with new comments and hashtagging feature: Soundwave, the app for sharing your music taste with friends in real-time, has released an update for Android and iOS devices today which brings an oft-requested commenting feature to the platform for the first time. Read more here.

9. Social TV app tvtag provides a feed of TV moments for you to leave comments or even doodle: Following an announcement last week, social TV app GetGlue has officially rebranded today to tvtag as part of an acquisition by i.TV completed in November 2013. Read more here.

Prasant Naidu

Founder and Blogger at Lighthouse Insights. Loves to experiment in social media and believes social media is a game changer for SME's.

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