Manorama Group Launches Daily Deals; Knowlarity Expands to Singapore & Other News

At a time when the interest in daily deals is waning, Kerala based publishing company The Manorama Group has launched a daily deal site. On Tuesday, the company’s Chief Editor Mammen Mathew inaugurated the website – in Kottayam.

Deals will be available in Kochi to being with. “Soon it will be available state wide,” the Malayalama Manorama newspaper reported. The daily deal site’s fist deal is with the Pizza Hut in Kochi.

The daily newspaper published by the Kottayam based group is one of the largest circulating language daily in the country with over 20 million readers.

Malayala Manorama's Daily Deal Site Entedeal
Malayala Manorama’s Daily Deal Site Entedeal

This comes at a time when the euphoria around online daily deals has subsided. The Times Group, which runs India’s largest circulating English daily also runs a deal site called TimesDeal. Users can claim deals for free on the site and pay at the merchant. Deals are cross advertised on the website as well as on the Times Group’s print publications.

US listed Groupon also runs deals in India. On Groupon, you have to pay online to claim a deal. In its current avatar, the Manorama Groups deal site requires you to buy deals online.

The Manorama Group, much like the Times Group is lauded for its business savvy. However, we aren’t sure if this is the right game for it. Or even the right time. The interest in daily deals is waning and it isn’t really working for most companies.

Recommended Read: *Deal Expired* : The death of daily deal sites in India and the road ahead

HT Media Acquires Webitude

BSE listed media house HT Media Limited has acquired Webitude, a social media company based in Gurgaon. The deal size was not disclosed. The company will be rebranded to Digital Quotient, said HT Media.

In a statement, the company said: HT Mobile has seen good results in the mobile solutions space over the last few years and will retain its Mobile-first approach. The company plans to combine its technical and business knowledge of the Mobile, Social and Multimedia ecosystem and offer powerful marketing solutions which are personalized as well as sharable.

to hit 500 headcount, Expands to Singapore

Cloud telephony company Knowlarity Communications has launched its services in Singapore. The Gurgaon based company will continue to work from its current base but will expand to other areas, the company said. Knowlarity is planning to increase the number of employees to 500 and therefore will increase its staff in India office.

The startup began raised funds from Emergic Venture Capital and Progressivist Investment Capital in 2011 and in 2013 Knowlarity raised $6.6 mn from Sequoia Capital.

Samsung Launches Galaxy S4 Zoom & Mini

Korean phone maker Samsung has launched the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and S4 Mini in India. the S4 Zoom sports a 10x optical zoom 16MP camera. It runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and has features similar to the Galaxy s4. The phone available in two colors (Black and White) is priced at Rs 29,900. The Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.2″ display and is 108g in weight. It’s processor is 1.7GHz dual core. The phone is priced at Rs 27,900. With these, Samsung now has a portfolio of 14 smart phones priced between Rs 5240 to Rs 40,300, the company said.

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