Online News Roundup: Indian Government To Investigate Monopoly Complaints On Google, Harvard To Launch Online Clinical Research Course From October

Indian Government to investigate alleged monopoly complaints on Google India

Indian Government is investigating whether online search engine giant Google has adopted anti-competitive and discriminatory practices in India, where its offerings are used by more than 100 million users. The investigation is being carried out by Competition Commission of India (CCI) based on the complaints triggered by Consumers Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), which claimed that Google was abusing its monopoly position. [source]

In addition to CUTS allegations for discrimination, in February matrimonial site Bharatmatrimony  had filed a complaint against Google alleging the online giant of abusing its dominance in the search-engine market by manipulating its AdWords platform. Citing an example of Google’s manipulation CUTS pointed out if anyone searches for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Google, the first five results appear on Google Plus pages. Zuckerberg’s Facebook page would be the 8th result on the search page.

Harvard to launch online clinical research course from October
Now Indian medical professionals (especially physicians) can study clinical research online offered by the prestigious Harvard School of Public Health from October this year. The course is an online adaptation of material from the Harvard School of Public Health’s classes in epidemiology and biostatistics. The initiative set to bridge the glaring gap of research curriculum in Indian medical training landscape and also has focus to overcome rigorous admission process. The online version of course is a result of recent collaboration between Harvard University and MIT called EdX.

Interpublic Group to buy Interactive Avenues

New York based Interpublic Group is close to buy Interactive Avenues, a digital marketing agency for an undisclosed amount. The deal aims to strengthen the presence of IPG in digital space in India.

Earlier, in 2010, Mediabrands the media holding company within Interpublic Group, made 51:49 JV with Interactive Avenues, named Reprise Media. Interactive Avenues’ acquisition is also slated to be a part of Mediabrands. According to the report Publicis and Dentsu were also interested in acquiring Interactive Avenues. Launched in 2006 Interactive Avenues is a digital marketing agency facilitating online media buying, planning, creative work, search analytics and mobile marketing.

Timex Group launches its online store


Watch manufacturer Timex Group has launched its online store, dedicated to its brand Helix watches. Currently, the website offers Helix watches for both sexes, and it can be further filtered by one’s preferred style and price range. Users can register on the website with their email id or via Facebook accounts.

The website claims to offer free shipping on all of its products and it supports plastic card based payment options such as credit/debit card and net banking, however, it does not support Cash on delivery (COD) as a payment option.

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