India’s Online Travel Market Has Its Success Rooted In Offering A Complete Package: CEO Expedia

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Though Expedia has made a late entry into India’s Online Travel scene, the company has set an ambitious target to capture a large market share, reveals the company’s CEO Dan Lynn. The company has confidence that owing to its various country-specific endeavors it can confidently grab a larger chunk in a shorter amount of time. At present, India’s online Travel industry is worth about US$ 22...
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LinkedIn Is Out With A New iPad Application: Planning To Woo The Professionals?

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LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network today announced the launch of the LinkedIn application for iPad. Taking into account the new and specific ways that professionals are using their mobile devices, this application aims at helping professionals to be better prepared and invested to make cleverer business decisions wherever they may be working.This is a smart move since the mobile...
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Exclusive Interview: The Roadmap Of Health Based E-Commerce Portals In India; 10 Questions Answered By Sameer Maheshwari and Prashant Tandon, Joint MDs, Healthkart.com

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So what did two graduates from Stanford Business School and Harvard Business School had in common when they decided they quit their lucrative jobs and start their own e-commerce portal in India? It’s simple. The need to tap into a unchartered market and create consumer awareness, apparently. But Prashant Tandon and Sameer Maheswari, have a vision which can be termed over ambitious or extremely clever,...
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BranchOut Gets US$ 25 Million In Funding; Tough Times For LinkedIn Ahead?

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A new breed of Social Professional start-up BranchOut has received a US$ 25 Million fund infusion from Mayfield and other investors.BranchOut is a professional network that operates as a Facebook application that lets users organize business connections, search for jobs, and view data about where their friends have previously worked. The funds will be utilized to improve infrastructure,  support...
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Youtube Needs To Assimilate More Social Media Features: Why Trying So Hard?

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Google has taken it upon themselves to enhance Social Media features in Youtube.After buying Youtube for US$ 1.65 Billion way back in 2006, it has mainly focused on adding features & content to the video-sharing website. However, Google seems to have neglected the social media implications of the website revealed Tom Pickett, Global content head for Youtube, “YouTube has been lacking...
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IDBI Rises To Become The Number One Bank On Indian Social Media

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Having a good Social Media Strategy is critical for a brand to develop its image as well as to increase its engagement, reach to its consumers.  Many consumer brands have got this spot on but how about banking companies?  It seems one Indian bank has managed to rise to the top of the social media game. IDBI is an Indian Public Sector banking institution which has a network of 933 branches, 621...
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Exclusive Feature: India And The World Of Online Classified; 10 Questions Answered By Pranay Chulet, CEO, Quikr.com

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Couple of years ago, we had reported that Pranay Chulet was to be appointed the New CEO of Quikr.com.  That was in the year 2009 and zoom forward 2012, Quikr.com and Pranay have witnessed a phase of transition together.  We caught up with him to get some answers. Especially on the topic which is intriguing many: Has online classified ads finally made a mark in India?1. Has the trend of online...
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United States Embassy Inviting People To Chat With Their Top Honcho Via Facebook: Power Of Facebook Truly Realized?

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We have just got word that Robert O. Blake, Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs is going to chat with everyone via US Embassy’s Facebook page tomorrow, 29th of March at 9.30 am onwards. This is what the mail looked like.                As you can see, the chat is organized by the US Embassy in India and will involve, Robert Blake...
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IT Dept. Relents; Returns $500 Million To Vodafone

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Indian Govt. has bowed down & returned US$ 500 Million (Rs. 2500 Crores) to Vodafone.Obeying Supreme Court’s orders, Indian Govt. had to release the amount it had withheld as deposit. The court stated that the tax department does not have jurisdiction to levy Rs. 11,000 Crores as tax on the USD 12 Billion overseas deal between Vodafone International Holdings and Hutchison Group. Why did the...
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Exclusive Conversation: Peyush Bansal, Founder, Valyoo Technologies

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Not so long ago, in 2011 to be precise, we had reported that Valyoo Technologies Pvt Ltd had received an initial funding of $4 million from IDG Ventures. Since then Valyoo Technologies has seen a lot of action and the most recent being in Feb when Peyush Bansal, Founder of Valyoo Technologies was awarded the ‘Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year’ award at Indian e-tail Awards by Franchise India in...
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