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Smartphones are the new detergents

With the Android operating system designed to proliferate the handset and the tablet as a generic than as a brand, the industry is “commoditised” to a point where if you take out the newest patented features, an inspired manufacturer can go far in giving the average consumer good value for money.

For hardcore Nissan fans

Nissan wanted to make the Terrano more stylish, apart from differentiating it from the Duster. So it has new front, with more angular headlamps vis-a-vis the Duster.

The two sides of Facebook intimacy

Facebook has 1.2 billion users worldwide, growing at 20% a year. Facebook’s vice-president for Asia-Pacific says the company can target each individual while behaving like a huge media company. “We are onto one-on-one marketing at scale,” he says.

Micromax ropes in Hugh Jackman as brand ambassador

In a casting coup of sorts, Indian mobile phone maker Micromax has roped in Hollywood star Hugh Jackman as its brand ambassador with any eye of overseas markets.

DoT snubs Trai call on spectrum pricing

The government may not accept Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) recommendations to reduce the reserve price for cellular radiowaves (spectrum) by up to 46% in the auction slated for January.

Cross Polo: Bigger, but not necessarily better

The only two auto segments in demand in India right now are the compact sedan and the compact SUV. If you do not have a product ready for venturing into these segments, what does a company like Volkswagen do? Adopt the European concept of generate a "Cross" version of its existing small car.

CCEA gives nod for IDFs to take over bank loans

In a move that could boost the cash-starved infrastruc­ture sector, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday gave its clearance for infrastructure debt funds (IDFs) to take over existing bank loans.

ONGC to ramp up domestic output

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation said on Wednesday that it has intensified its efforts to increase domestic oil and gas production to offset the natural decline in output for the last five years that has set in its existing oil and gas fields including the prestigious Mumbai High.

Ukraine rejects $624 mn bid for Odessa plant

A disputed auction of a Ukrainian Black Sea chemical plant plunged into confusion on Tuesday with Ukraine's Nortima first being declared the winner and then being told its $624 million offer had been rejected.

Sensex ends up by 160 points; IT, pharma sectors lead rally

The benchmark Sensex on Tuesday rose by nearly 160 points amid a rise in global stocks, which were bolstered by two major acquisitions in the pharma and IT space in the US.

Govt positive towards Bharti-MTN deal: Pranab

The government today said it has a positive approach towards the proposed $23-billion deal between Bharti and South African MTN, even as the time for exclusive talks between the two companies ends on Wednesday.

Why IMF forecasts may not be right

The world is stepping out of the deepest recession since World War II within a year of being plunged into it, thanks to the largest coordinated bailout in history, writes Gaurav Choudhury.

IRDA seeks bank data on insurance deals

The insurance regulator has asked for information concerning payments made to banks by insurance companies to examine the impact of  “bancassurance” – the term used to describe sale of policies to banks.

‘India to grow at 6.3% in 2009-10’

India is expected to register a growth of 6.3 per cent or even more in the current fiscal, as projected, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.
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