India Blocks Facebook’s Free Basics, Other Zero-Rated Mobile Services Over Net Neutrality

 Facebook’s Free Basics — the company’s zero-rated mobile service — has been under fire in India over net neutrality violations for months, and now the country’s regulator has weighed in hard on the issue: FreeBasics and services like it have been… Continue Reading

ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Verizon, A16Z, More To Help Carriers Sell Tailored Data Services

 Mobile carriers are looking for ways to catch some of the growth in smartphone usage beyond their basic role as network providers, and that trend is having a knock-on effect on startups that help those carriers: ItsOn, a cloud-based platform founded by… Continue Reading

Paytm, India’s Largest Mobile Payments Platform, Acquires Local Services Startup Near.in for $2M

 Paytm, which claims to be India’s leading mobile payment platform, has acquired local services startup Near.in for $ 2 million to strengthen its online-to-offline commerce strategy. Founded in December 2014, Near.in’s website and app connects users in four cities (Delhi,… Continue Reading