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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google goes local with mobile location-based news

Google News website screenshot

Photo by Spencer E Holtaway (flickr.com/photos/spencereholtaway) some rights reserved

The regular requests for my location have so far been the most annoying feature of Google’s otherwise useful iPhone app.

Now this hitherto unexplained – and constant – request starts to make (a little) sense as Google pushes into local, location-based news for mobiles.

News Near You is a new feature on Google’s mobile app that analyses both the content of a story and the location of the source to find news about particular cities and their surrounding area. Read the rest of this entry »

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