Wednesday, October 04, 2006

India IT News Capsule - Oct 2006, Issue 1

  • ExpressIndia Joins The Blog Movement: The Indian Express Group has launched Express Blogs. By doing so they are the 3rd newspaper group in India to launch blog services for their readers in addition to Indiatimes and NDTV. Employees of the Indian Express Group have kicked things off. Readers can also submit posts. User submitted posts will be moderated to avoid any frivolous posting. Podcasting and webcasting are in the works.
  • India to have indigenous CDMA phone manufacturer: Himachal Futuristic Communications (HFCL) plans to start manufacturing CDMA phones and other mobile devices in April next year. Following a licensing deal announced Monday with Qualcomm, the Delhi-based company plans to make 4 million units in the first year, of which about 3 million will be mobile phones and the rest fixed wireless phones and CDMA modules, such as PC cards for computers.
  • ABN-AMRO call centre to ramp up numbers: ABN Amro Central Enterprise Services (ACES), the BPO arm of ABN Amro Bank, is set to boost headcount to 5,000 by June 2007, across its three locations in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. ACES is also planning to set up centers at tier-II cities and State capitals. The Chennai centre has a 1,400-seat facility. In Mumbai, it operates out of two centers with 1,300 seats and plans to add 600-700 seats through a third facility. In Delhi, it has a 600-seat facility
  • World CyberGames held in India: Indiagames recently organized the Indian leg of the World Cyber Games 2006, with Samsung as its main sponsor. The semi-finals and finals were held in Mumbai on the 26th and 27th of September respectively. The games that participants had to deal with were - Counter Strike, Warcraft III, Need for Speed and Fifa Soccer 2006.
  • Yahoo launches Search Marketing in India: Yahoo! India has launched Yahoo! Search Marketing,a new search marketing solution for Indian marketers. This service is targeted at businesses and consumers, allowing them to connect to each other through an advertising model, called Sponsored Search. The Sponsored Search model allows businesses to bid for highly visible placement within the Web results that are served in response to the user’s search for a specific product or service. Yahoo! Search Marketing will also offer content match, allowing for listings on content sites, newsletters, blogs and online publications.

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