News Roundup: Loop Telecom to exit business

Loop Telecom has become the third mobile operator to shut shop after a Supreme Court verdict in February cancelled 122 licences including Loop’s. According to sources, the operator has asked all its GSM customers in its 13 circles of operation to port out latest by April 30 as it plans to completely stop operations by May 15.[source]

No secrets on BlackBerry: Govt gets its way on tapping popular messenger service

The government took a call in the matter more than 18 months ago. Now, it has deciphered the mechanics of enabling security agencies to police the one million-strong exclusive preserve of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users in India. Consequently, BlackBerry smartphone owners – who were interception-secure all these days – will have to brace for an invasion of their privacy. Their messenger service can be lawfully tapped citing security concerns. [source]

Google Art Project launches with Museums in Delhiartproject

This launch allows users across the world to view artwork collection supported by 2 museums in New Delhi – National Gallery of Modern Art and National Museum, from the comfort of their homes at www.googleartproject.com.

The platform gives you a fun and unique way to interact with art and we hope this inspires you to visit the real thing. Users all over the world can now interact with art in a way that was never possible before – brush level strokes of paintings, virtual tour of the museums and a feature that allows you to create your own collection to share with your friends and family.[blog]

Sony Pictures Television acquires 30% stake in AP’s MAA TV

The strategic alliance would enable SPT or any of its affiliates to acquire 30% equity stake in MAA Television Network Limited on signing the Definitive Agreement and subject to obtaining necessary approvals from the concerned statutory authorities. The majority shareholders of MAA Television Network and SPT have signed a Letter of Interest (LoI) to this effect.[source]