Infibeam.com Partners with FutureBazaar Books Store

Infibeam.com announced today that it has entered into an agreement to provide e-commerce technology to power Online Books Store on FutureBazaar.com. The companies announced that customers will be able to order from a selection of thousands of books on FutureBazaar.com and get it delivered anywhere in India.

The agreement allows Infibeam.com to power e-commerce services such as online store technology & fulfillment services for Books Store on FutureBazaar.com.

“FutureBazaar.com has experienced tremendous growth in the past twenty four months and we believe this new Books Store powered by Infibeam.com provides another opportunity to expand our business,”said Sankarson Banerjee, CEO of Futurebazaar.com. “We are excited to be working with Infibeam.com and believe this alliance will further strengthen our brand as a store to find the best selection at lowest prices and deepen our relationships with our customers”, he further added.

“We’re always looking to expand our relations with online and offline retailers, and this strategic partnership with a leading retailer like Futurebazaar.com which is part of Future group hits the bull’s-eye,” said Vishal Mehta, founder and CEO of Infibeam.com.

Infibeam will provide its e-commerce technology services and order fulfillment for Futurebazaar’s current online properties. All of these online properties will continue to be owned by Futurebazaar. Under this strategic alliance, Infibeam will receive annual fixed fees and per unit fees.

Dhruva’s Casual Games Label GameTantra Launches PC Casual Game, Conga Bugs

GameTantra, a new Publishing and Distribution Company spun out of Dhruva Interactive, India’s oldest games company, is excited to announce the worldwide release of Conga Bugs, a brand new downloadable PC casual game.

Conga Bugs has just gone live on Big Fish Games (www.bigfishgames.com), one of the world’s leading online destinations for casual entertainment, and is slated to be released across other major international portals.

Conga Bugs is a matching-action-puzzle game starring some of the cutest and the most colorful characters of the bug world! Ever ready to party, these bugs emerge from their hideout dancing the Conga as soon as the music starts playing. Shoot bugs from your launcher to make matches of 3 or more bugs of the same color. Match them all before they make their way back to their underground hideout to win! Conga Bugs is certain to be a highly addictive game that offers a top-tier gameplay experience with rich 3D visuals, tons of gameplay variety, and tremendous replay value.

Speaking during the launch of the game, Rajesh Rao, Founder of GameTantra, said: “GameTantra is all about delivering innovative, high quality game experiences to Indian and international audiences.  Our focus is on fun and enjoyable gameplay, targeted at mass market consumers.  Conga Bugs is our first casual game offering and we ask our audience to stay tuned for more amazing new stuff in the works!”

Visit www.congabugs.com for more information and media on Conga Bugs.

Tata Communications Completes Successful ‘Real World’ Technical And Commercial GSMA IP Exchange Trial

TELUS and Telekom Austria Participate to Set Standards for Telecommunications Industry

Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, announced today that it has successfully completed trials of its wireless IP interconnection technology, part of the international GSM Association’s program to develop the next generation of wireless services. The Tata Communications trial verified its IP eXchange framework can interconnect wireless networks over IP, which is more efficient and flexible than the traditional Time-Division Multiplexing technology. (more…)

MTNL Deploys One Voice’s Mobile Email

“We are pleased to provide our shareholders with the following important information.

“In the telecom sector the government owned phone company in India, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), will launch our MobileVoice Email service this month. MobileVoice Email allows both wireless and landline subscribers to read and send email from their existing phones and supports most of the popular email service providers. During this week representatives from One Voice and our local technology and sales partner in India Mantec Consultants will meet with MTNL officials to oversee a smooth successful launch of MobileVoice to MTNL subscribers.

“MTNL has over 7 million subscribers both landline and mobile to which One Voice’s MobileVoice service will be offered to all MTNL subscribers beginning this month. We see tremendous opportunity in launching an email reader providing MTNL subscribers the ability to read and send email messages from their Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Gmail, Hotmail or corporate accounts, all from their existing landline or mobile phone. MTNL estimates in the next 12-months that over 300,000 MTNL subscribers will subscribe to our MobileVoice service. MobileVoice gives these subscribers immediate access to email, anytime, anywhere and from any phone.”

“This is very impressive and convenient,” said Mr. K.C. Gupta, Executive Director of MTNL.

“I have used the MobileVoice Remote Email Service on my mobile… I am satisfied with the service of 1290 for Remote Email Service,” said Mr. Manoj Kumar, Deputy General Manager (Marketing) at MTNL.

“This service will provide cost effective convenience to millions of MTNL customers to read and send email messages from their phones anytime from anywhere,” said Arvinder Brara, Chairman and Managing Director of Mantec Consultants Pvt Ltd.

“The MobileVoice launch with MTNL in India is a major breakthrough and we look forward to a very successful 2009,” said Dean Weber, Chairman and CEO at One Voice.

About One Voice Technologies, Inc.

One Voice Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: ONEV) is the world’s first developer of 4th Generation voice solutions for the Telecom and Interactive Multimedia markets. Our Intelligent Voice(TM) solutions employ revolutionary, patented technology that allows people to send messages (E-mail, SMS, Instant Messaging and paging), purchase products, get information and control devices — all by using their voice. The company is headquartered in La Jolla, California. For more information, please visit http://www.onev.com

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Some of the statements made in this press release discuss future events and developments, including our future business strategy and our ability to generate revenue, income and cash flow, and should be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These “forward-looking” statements can generally be identified by words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” and similar expressions. These statements involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty that exists in the Company’s operations and business environment and are subject to change based on various factors that could cause actual Company results, performance, plans, goals and objectives to differ materially from those contemplated or implied in these forward-looking statements. Actual results may be different from anticipated results for a number of reasons, including the Company’s new and uncertain business model, uncertainty regarding acceptance of the Company’s products and services and the Company’s limited operating history.

MobileVoice is a trademark of One Voice Technologies, Inc. All other products and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

mChek Ties Up With Gemalto For Mobile Payment Markets in South Asia

Singapore – Feb 2, 2009 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced its partnership with India-based technology partner mChek, a leading provider of mobile security, banking and payment applications, to bolster the range and choice of secured mobile banking solutions available on Gemalto SIM cards to markets in South Asia.

Since September 2008, Gemalto and mChek have successfully deployed a broad range of mobile banking services with telecom operators in India and Sri Lanka on millions of SIM cards. This includes a mobile top-up service where its customers can recharge anywhere, anytime for themselves or others.

Tan Teck Lee, President of Gemalto Asia said: “mChek has demonstrated an exceptional platform that is flexible and scalable for a broad range of mobile banking and payment applications. By leveraging Gemalto’s worldwide partnership programme, we can partner with mChek to better serve our customers be they telecom operators or subscribers. Together we aim to bring new levels of security and convenience beyond India and Sri Lanka into markets such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.”

The Gemalto Partner Network consists of leading companies that develop products that are complementary to Gemalto products and solutions. Gemalto partners such as mChek have the benefit of exchanging information and getting access to technology and business support as the company looks at expanding its secured mobile banking solutions. This move reaffirms Gemalto’s commitment to the region and to bringing convenient, easy to use, secure-mobile solutions to subscribers.

Facilitating secured transactions on the mobile phone

The rapid adoption of mobile phones around the world, notably in emerging countries, provides an opportunity for the telecom and banking industries to leverage the uniqueness of the SIM card (i.e. a network-enabled personal security device) to provide a range of banking services. While some mobile operators have implemented Stored-Value Account (SVA) wallets, in most countries, banking regulations do not allow non-banks to accept deposits or limit the scope and value of operator managed SVA wallets.

The mChek platform addresses these two issues and provides a solution for telecom operators through Gemalto SIM cards. In a unified environment, mChek enables a broad range of services, including mobile banking, two-factor authentication, secure message delivery, cross-border and domestic money transfer and mobile payments using SVA wallets, direct debit and credit/debit card support.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

Indiagames launches Dev D Game

Mumbai, 2nd February ’09: Riding high on its successful series of mobile games based on movies Indiagames Ltd, India’s benchmark mobile and online games company and a leading global publisher of mobile games today announced the launch of a mobile game around the keenly anticipated Dev D movie. The movie has already received rave reviews amongst the youth with its music, composed by Amit Trivedi.

The mobile game of Dev D will be a reel-to-real life experience for the subscribers based on the protagonist Dev in the movie. Abhay Deol plays the role of Dev; movie is directed by Anurag Kashyap and stars new comers Mahi & Kalki as Paro & Chanda respectively.

The game was launched in the presence of the director Anurag Kashyap and the two new comers Mahi and Kalki.

“Youth forms the key audience for a movie like Dev D. It’s a new age film with which we have explored many new facets, gaming being one of them. While there were many episodes in the movie that lends itself into a game but this one was my personal favorite and the game around it looks brilliant. I’m sure it would be a big hit with the audiences as they get to live the Dev character”, says Anurag Kashyap, Director of the Movie.

“Bollywood based games have always been great hit with the Indian mobile gamers. This has given producers a tremendous opportunity to extend the experience of the film to a user’s mobile screen. After seeing stupendous success with latest games like Ghajini and CC2C we are very pleased to launch a game around Dev D, which is one of the most awaited movies. Dev D being a youth oriented movie has a perfect extension in Gaming by which the Indian youth is today captivated. With creativity, interactivity and a very story oriented game play we are sure Dev D will be a great hit with the audience” Vishal Gondal-CEO Indiagames

About the game:

The game is rooted around the character of Dev in the movie who is completely let down by love and by life. Boozed and battered, Dev searches love in acquaintances…searches for company. The game is based on an episode after Dev and Chanda have split after the ego rush that Dev had.

In the game, Dev is trying to forget his woes in a pub he meets women, flirts, talks….begs for company and even pays them for the same. As the game progresses, Dev thinks of Paro and what happened. And as he proceeds Chunni informs him of Chanda and that she is at the same Pub. The game is then a quest of how Dev reaches Chanda and the episode of him convincing her of his love.

Other missions: Dev plays quite a few pub and bar games for various reasons like dart games to earn money so as to bribe the security guards to get to Chanda’s room.

Another first from Tata Indicom—Hindi Website!

Empowers non-English speaking customers to make informed ‘mobile’ decisions

Tata Teleservices Limited, the youngest and fastest-growing pan-India telecom service provider in the country, has announced the launch of its Hindi website— www.tataindicom.com. This initiative is yet another Industry first from Tata Teleservices Limited, a concerted step aimed at building a stronger emotional connect with customers.

Tata Indicom subscribers would now be able to access detailed information about the company, its products and services, besides accessing i-choose (online retail store), Experience Centre (games and music centre), Tariff Comparison Module, Corporate Blog and the Consumer Forum. Furthermore, both the English and Hindi websites of the company are W3C-compliant—thereby enabling those who are visually-challenged the opportunity to independently know more about the company and its portfolio of differentiated products and services.

“This is a key initiative launched by TTSL to target customers who are sometimes deprived of unique services due to language barriers. This localized website will empower our customers to make informed decisions and know more about the company and its offerings in an organized fashion,” Mr Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Teleservices Limited, said. “Not just this, we have also taken a step further and made our website disabled-friendly. The overall objective is simple—step up all overtures to connect with our subscribers, and keep them informed about the best available services and practices in the industry,” he added.

The website, which spins around the emotional quotient in keeping with Tata Indicom’s Suno Dil Ki Awaaz brand campaign, is perfectly crafted to ensure customer trust in the services provided by the company.
Speaking at the launch of the Hindi website, Mr Oneel Verma, TTSL’s Chief Operating Officer for the Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh Circle, said: “We are very excited and optimistic as we are the first telecom operator to launch a Hindi version of our website. The Hindi subset of the Tata Indicom website has been created keeping in mind the huge volume of users who will be comfortable in accessing it in Hindi—our national language. This will enable and help

Tata Indicom connect beyond urban areas and reach out to the rural masses.”

About Tata Teleservices Limited
Tata Teleservices Limited is one of India’s leading private telecom service providers, having a pan-India presence.
The company offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the Tata Indicom brand, and uses the latest technology platform(s) for its wireless network. Tata Teleservices Limited, along with Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, operates in more than 7,500 towns across all of the country’s 22 telecom Circles. In November 2008, Tata Teleservices entered into an agreement with Japanese telecom major NTT DOCOMO, as part of which the Japanese company acquired a 26% stake in TTSL for USD 2.7 billion. The transaction marks a key step in the strategic evolution of Tata Teleservices, as it moves towards a pan-India dual network presence. The company also recently announced a unique reverse equity swap strategic agreement between its fully-owned telecom tower subsidiary, Wireless TT Info-Services Limited, and Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Limited—with the combined entity kicking off operations with 18,000 towers, thereby becoming the largest independent entity in this space. Tata Teleservices’ bouquet of telephony services includes mobile services, wireless desktop phones, public booth telephony and Wireline services.

Nokia features “Zook” mobile search application

Zook, the innovative mobile search application that provides an answer to ANY query,will work across Nokia’s smart phones running Series 60 3rd Edition

Bangalore based Ziva Software, a mobile search start-up, incubated at IIM Bangalore, has announced that the mobile application version of its popular search engine Zook, has been launched by Nokia as the featured application in its application gallery ( http://www.nokia.com/link?cid=EDITORIAL_1201924 ). This application is available for download at www.zook.in/client and works across Nokia’s smart phones running Series 60 3rd edition.
Zook, launched in India in March 2008, is India’s No. 1 Mobile Fetch Engine, that gets exact answers to ANY query, across the whole of India. Apart from being available through the above Nokia application, the service is also accessible via mobile browsers (www.zook.in) or just by sending a SMS to 5757 5665. Zook is a free service, the operators’ SMS charges and data plan charges for GPRS service may apply.

Zook is an innovative mobile search application that always provides you an answer to any query in the quickest time. An ideal fit on a mobile phone, once you find the exact and relevant results, it lets you act on them immediately! Download the content. Book a table. Call a plumber. Found a movie? Then buy the ticket! Found a good deal? Or didn’t find one yet? Call the Deal expert. Need some suggestions? Involve your friends – Ask them for their opinions, share results (and your comments) with them, or ask the Zook community for inputs and feedback. Even better – set custom alerts so that you get periodic updates. Follow events at your favourite hangout and so on.

The Zook application featured by Nokia offers several other unique features like:

1. Phone book integration: Zook enables “search networking” by providing seamless access to your phone book. Short list a few results. Make the final decision by seeking inputs from your friends (or the Zook community). Or else, share comments/opinions with your friends and/or the whole community.
2. Location-aware search: Don’t just find a movie. Find the one closest to you that plays it. Even when your phone does not have GPS, Zook derives your approximate location and shows results around your location.
3. Proximity and Presence: Add your buddies and find out when they are online or close by. Searching for a good movie? Get feedback and recommendations from online friends. Anyone nearby? Ask them to join you for the movie! You can use this feature in several ways!
4. Custom alerts: Looking for that particular deal? Or movie releases in your favourite multiplex? Set personalized alerts and get free updates! View them in the application UI.

About Zook and Ziva Software
Zook allows users to access information available across the whole web (and more) – with or without data connectivity. Zook has the largest searchable index of mobile downloads (ringtones, wallpapers, ringback tones, picture messages, themes, etc.). The index also includes exact answers about local businesses, ATMs, restaurants, showtimes, weather information, bus routes and flight information, traffic status, etc., across India. Zook can also be used to access wikipedia, dictionary, etc. In short, just about ANY question/query that a user thinks needs answering on the phone.

Zook is Ziva Software’s flagship product. Ziva Software represents the new generation of Indian product companies that are using the huge and rapidly growing Indian mobile market to build and fine-tune unique products. These products can then be launched in other parts of the world. Ziva Software’s goal is to enable users to get access to the depth and breadth of information available on the world-wide web and within various social communities just by sending a SMS!

Ozone Media makes it to OnMedia 100 global list

OnMedia 100 Award is a global recognition accorded to companies in advertising, publishing, marketing, branding and PR

Bangalore, January 23, 2009: Ozone Media, India’s leading online ad network today announced that it has been selected to the 2009 OnMedia 100 List Ozone Media in the category of “Online advertising and service providers”. The OnMedia 100 Award is given to private, emerging technology companies in the advertising, publishing, marketing, branding and public relations spaces. Ozone Media was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team based on demonstration of growth, market opportunity, quality of innovation and customer traction. Ozone Media and the other OnMedia 100 winners will be recognized at the OnMedia 100 Conference being held early February in New York. The conference co-presented by Forbes features presentations and high-level debates from CEOs, journalists, industry experts, investors and publishing and advertising executives.
“The 2009 OnMedia 100 companies have demonstrated their tenacity even in the toughest economic conditions that the technology world has ever encountered,” said Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn, adding,” We applaud their success in pushing the boundaries of innovation, creating market opportunities and transforming the industry even in the earlier stages of their businesses.”

A delighted Kiran Gopinath, Founder and CEO, Ozone Media, said, “The award is a validation of the pioneering practices adopted by us in the online advertising marketplace in India and our persistence that online advertising is relevant to India and needs to attain its rightful place in the marketing mix.”

The OnMedia 100 winners were selected from among hundreds of other technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2009 list. A full list of all the OnMedia 100 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website at http://alwayson.goingon.com/permalink/post/30893 .

About Ozone Media: Founded by online advertising industry veteran Kiran Gopinath in 2006, Ozone Media is India’s leading online ad network with offices in Mumbai and Bangalore. The company has some of the largest online publishers in India as partners. Using Ozone Media’s reach, advertisers can reach out to Indian as well as global audiences (including NRIs). With state of the art ad serving technology, Ozone Media strives to maximise ROIs on ad campaigns for advertisers and revenues for publishers. For further details visit www.ozonemedia.co.in

About Always On: AlwaysOn ignited the open-media revolution in early 2003 by being the first media brand to launch a global blog network. In 2004, AlwaysOn continued to lead the media industry in innovation by introducing a social network where members can connect and engage. AlwaysOn is also revolutionizing the media business by applying its open-media principles to its executive event series (Stanford Summit, AlwaysOn Hollywood, AlwaysOn Media and GoingGreen) and quarterly print “blogozine” by empowering its members to post and share their ideas and meet each other online. As our loyal readers know, AlwaysOn is committed to the free-market, merit-driven approach to reporting and event programming. No other media brand has dared to create such open interaction with its readers and event participants.

Hungryzone.com adds 2 new exciting features to their online portal

Bangalore, 28 January 2009: Hungryzone.com, Bangalore’s first online food ordering interface has just extended its horizons with the introduction of two interesting features- NoticeBoard and Q & A respectively on Hungryzone.com

With NoticeBoard, customers can now update and be updated on the latest events taking place in Bangalore; it provides users with the information such as exciting offers (free bucket of pints), latest restaurant opening amongst others. The Q&A section, allows users to ask queries related to restaurants, food, and health; and receive answers from the HungryBangalore experts and users.

The popular online food ordering site is also focusing on adding on new restaurants from every corner of Bangalore. HungryBangalore and Pan India Foods Group ( parent of Copper Chimney, Spaghetti Kitchen, etc) have recently joined hands and are kicking off by offering some very enticing offers to dedicated HungryBangaloreans.

About Hungry Zone:
Hungry Zone is a one stop shop for anything related to food. Users can access any restaurant in the city, by any mode of communication, be it online, through website, offline, through phone or mobile. The restaurant listing has been expanded to 10 other Indian cities but online ordering currently is available only in Bangalore. Currently, it has over 450 restaurants listed in Bangalore and many regular users.

Hungry Zone Bangalore was launched in July 2006 with 10 restaurants. The response was good in terms of user visits and the first order followed. The Hungry Zone site was overhauled and re-launched in May 2007, with a much improved and professionally designed user interface.
In August 2008, Hungry Zone received its first round of investment from IAN (Indian Angel Network).
For more information:
Visit: http://bangalore.hungryzone.com
Helpline number: 080 4350-4350

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