LinkedIn is a special networking website that helps over millions of professionals around the world connect with each other. Recently LinkedIn introduced a feature called “Company Pages” to help companies attract new customers by displaying their products, services and recommendations in a trusted environment. However, this feature was currently available to only 3 companies in India – Volkswagen India, Spear Logistics and Indus Net Technologies.
But now this feature – “Company Pages” has been made available to all Indian Companies irrespective of the company size and it’s business. This is a welcome move from LinkedIn as in today’s digital world, online showcasing and advertising surely helps companies to market their products better.
Hari V Krishnan, country manager for LinkedIn India said that LinkedIn has more plans about engaging with Indian Businesses in real time. He also said that LinkedIn will continue to invest in understanding the Indian consumer’s demands and concluded by saying that LinkedIn has seen almost 100 per cent growth in India this year.
In order to enable more and more common people or rather common investors to participate in the capital markets, the Government has decided to launch investor education Web sites in all regional languages. The govt. feels that with literacy levels being low in Indian society, making investor education Web sites available in regional languages will encourage more people to participate in the investment process and thus increase awareness among common people.
Dr Manmohan Singh – the prime minister of India will launch these investor education Web sites today (i.e., December 14) as a part of the India Corporate Week 2010′ which starts today. The Corporate Affairs Ministry of India has already been holding a lot of investor awareness programmes across the country with this year the number of programmes being a whopping 3,000 as compared to the last year count of only 300.
FashionAndYou.com is an online retail shop for luxury fashion goods in India where membership can be obtained only by invitation sent by the site or its existing members. The concept is a hit and has really caught up with Indian consumers. FashionAndYou.com has scaled up fast in a very little time thus making them eligible for a big ticket investment from Sequoia Capital.
FashionAndYou.com recently raised $8 million investment from Sequoia Capital India and now the company plans to use the funds to enhance its product offering, strengthen its enterprise technology and expand its distribution capacity. In India, Sequoia has invested in over 50 companies including Cafe Coffee Day, Dr Lal PathLabs, Idea Cellular, Just Dial and Shaadi.com.
In other internet news in India, RedBus.in – an website that started selling bus tickets in India for the first time , has been awarded the Best Internet Startup of the Year’ at India Digital Awards 2010 held along with the 5th India Digital Summit organised by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) in New Delhi on December 7-8, 2010
RedBus.in is a Bangalore based startup founded by three BITS Pilani graduates has come a long way in the business of online bus ticket vending. RedBus has over 250 bus operators as it’s partners with buses that ply on over 3600 routes throughout India.
eBay recently conducted the online India census 2010 and the results of this census point to only one direction – India Shining Online! Here is a summary of the results of the eBay India Census 2010 according to which, the most sought-after product purchased from rural areas on eBay are the entry-level mobile phones. eBay has 3,296 e-commerce hubs of which 1,054 are rural towns whereas this number was 747 last year.
Coming to sale comparision between metros and rural areas, users from metros mostly buy smart phones and feature-rich handsets whereas users from rural areas mostly buy entry-level mobile phones. Coming to computer peripherals, users from the metros are mostly interested in netbooks whereas rural consumers are buying desktops which they feel are robust.
The cities Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai and Bangalore as ranked as the top five e-commerce hubs on eBay in the eBay India Census 2010. South India alone accounts for 38 per cent of buyers on eBay. Buyers from West come second at 28 per cent. Coming to Kolkata, most dealers deal in technology and collectibles. 42 per cent of the total products shopped include technology, whereas 39percent account for collectibles as per the eBay census.
Bharti Airtel is all set to launch it’s IPTV (IP Television) service in Bangalore this week. Bharti has already launched Airtel IPTV in the Delhi NCR region and is being actively used by 40,000 users. IPTV is a digital television service where the channels are piped from the internet into TV sets of consumers through fibre optic cables.
Bharti’s Chief Marketing Officer Girish Mehta says that the company is looking at Bangalore as the 2nd Indian city to launch IPTV as the city is technology savvy and Bharti has over 1.8 lakh Airtel Broadband subscribers in the city. Airtel now plans to offer customers with a single customer service interface which takes into consideration voice, broadband and TV and video entertainment bills of the customers. The wired lines on the customer premises will be split using splitters to provide, telephony, broadband and IP TV services.
Airtel’s IPTV supports Time Shift’ which allows users to view any TV programme from an earlier date in the last seven days from the server. Users will also be able to pause, fast forward or fast backward programmes (only Movies as of now). Existing Airtel broadband customers can get IPTV with a top up of Rs 249 per month. This package will contain 127 TV channels. Airtel will also offer a Video-On-Demand service to it’s IPTV customers.
Huawei is trying hard to convince the Indian government that its telecom gear does not pose a security threat to India. And as a part of it’s efforts in doing so, Huawei pans to establish a state-of-the-art cyber security centre in India where Indian law enforcement agencies and technical experts from the telecom department and home ministry can test their end-to-end core equipment, hardware and software solutions sold to local mobile phone companies.
Huawei also said that various national security agencies will also be allowed to look for malware, spyware, trapdoors and even assess to see if Huawei’s gear can be remotely managed. Huawei has recently set up a similar center in UK and feels this model could be replicated in India too.
According to a Huawei India spokesperson:
We have not discussed this yet with the Indian government as it is a very new initiative from Huawei to comprehensively address the security issue at an international level, which includes India. We will surely look at ways of trying to incorporate the positives from our new UK initiative and try to localise them for India.
Earlier today, the CBI website was hacked by Pakistani Cyber Army in retaliation against the hack by Indian Cyber Army on 35 Pakistani government websites. However, it looks like the CBI website is currently not functioning and has been taken down.
The Pakistani Cyber Army had intimated us through email about the CBI website being hacked along with 270 other smaller Indian websites. The CBI website was the only government website to be hacked and there were no other causalities.
It is not clear whether the CBI website was taken down intentionally or whether their servers had issues because of the heavy traffic they got because of the CBI website being hacked news.
We will keep you updated on how things progresses so stay tuned for it.
We have already told you about the RIM (Blackberry) – Govt. Of India episode where RIM was asked to allow Indian security agencies to access encrypted Blackberry messenger and e-mail data, to which RIM was constantly opposing the Govt.’s demand. Now it seems that other telecom players have already started feeling the heat.
Nokia announced on Thursday that it would install a mail and chat server in India which will enable law enforcement agencies to intercept email, messenger services and other data sent through Nokia devices. Nokia says that this move will keep it safe in the country as it has conformed with all requirements suggested by the law enforcement agencies, by allowing them access.
Well the strange part is on one hand the Indian Home Ministry is yet to receive a response from RIM (Blackberry) for a similar request and on the other hand Nokia has already taken the required steps without even being asked to. Here is an official statement from Nokia:
We have installed Nokia Messaging servers, which includes authentication and enterprise servers, in India on November 5. Nokia is fully committed to protecting its users’ privacy and maintaining their trust, while at the same time fulfilling its public responsibility and legal obligations.”
Apple has quietly started shipping it’s most celebrated tablet device – iPad to India. And if you still thought Apple iPad is yet to be available officially in India, better check again! Many Apple’s franchisees in India have just started selling iPads. However there is a catch to it – you have to buy the iPads in bulk.
The Economic Times did it’s own follow ups and found out that an Apple reseller at Delhi’s Connaught Place has already supplied bulk orders to corporates like HCL, IndiaBulls, Protiviti and Bajaj Hindustan. The price currently quoted is Rs 33,000 for a 16GB model and Rs 54,000 for a 64GB 3G model. This includes with warranty and the pay invoice. The dealer also said that they supplied 25 pieces to IndiaBulls. In order to place the bulk order, you have to give the dealer a two days notice period and an advance payment.
The fact that Apple resellers in India are currently selling the iPads to corporate customers and that too in bulk became more concrete when The Economic Times got in touch with another store at Noida’s Sector 18 which initially said that iPads haven’t been launched in India. But when the same store was approached later as a corporate customer the store said they will source the iPads from Hong Kong through an importer.
Although India may be a among the top countries where software piracy is on the rise but a recent Microsoft study has revealed that a majority of Indians buy genuine software. A global study conducted by software major Microsoft recently points us to the fact that more than 86 per cent of Indian customers purchase genuine software even though they retail at sky-high prices.
Microsoft had conducted this survey on over 38,000 people in 20 countries. According to the results of this survey, data loss and identity theft are the top-most concerns of the Indian consumers. Microsoft also said that more than 6000 Indian customers have reported incidents of pirated or illegal software to Microsoft India in the last two years.
Among other statistics, over 50 per cent consumers feel issues such as stolen password and lost data are more likely to happen with counterfeit software and as many as 75 per cent of Indian consumers feel that genuine software was more secure and stable.