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) Microsoft is joining the movement to encrypt traffic that flows across its networks, citing "serious concerns" about government surveillance. The move by Microsoft follows similar actions by Google and Yahoo in the wake of revelations of vast online surveillance programs led by the US National Security Agency. 2.) Amazon starts pilot project with India post to test cash-on-delivery model 3.) In the Indian answer to Google Glass, Bangalore-based Mistral Solutions has designed a wearable computing device that is bagging marquee clients including the Los Angeles Police Department. 4.) Mahindra & Mahindra, the country's largest utility vehicle maker, is developing the world's first hybrid technology that can be deployed in vehicles with manual transmission and enhance fuel efficiency by almost 20%. 5.) Two global handset makers - BlackBerry and Nokia - going through tectonic changes at a global level have seen their fortunes take divergent paths in recent months in India, the world's fastest growing handset market. 6.) Reliance Retail will shut 16 of its 20 exclusive Apple iStores as several of them don't comply with the global store design specified by the maker of iPhones and iPads, which could disrupt the US company's bid to intensify sales efforts in India, where its share of the smartphone market lags way behind leader Samsung.

7.) US healthcare IT company Allscripts expands in India US healthcare IT company Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc's Indian subsidiary Allscripts expands its Indian presence in Vadodara. 8.) Videocon Telecom to reduce roaming call rates by 50% Videocon Telecom Thursday slashed outgoing roaming rates to half its original price. Consumers can now make local outgoing calls at 50 paise... 9.) Titan announces launch of Fastrack Helmets Titan Company announced its foray into the Rs 400 crore organised helmet market under its Fastrack brand, priced between Rs 1,495 and Rs 3400 10.) Benetton pips Levis, emerges top intl fashion brand Italian brand Benetton posts 20 per cent rise in sales to post Rs 523 crore revenue while Levis saw a 35 per cent drop. 11.) Children's Place, the largest children's apparel retailer in the US, may partner Arvind for an India entry next year. The $2-billion retail chain's discussions with Sanjay Lalbhai spearheaded Arvind are fairly advanced as the brand looks to expand outside its core North American markets, people familiar with the matter said. Both companies would soon decide weather the partnership will involve an equity joint venture or a licensing and distribution deal, sources familiar with the matter told TO .. 12.) Notwithstanding its nearly Rs 12,000 crore tax dispute with the government, Vodafone plans to invest $ 3 billion in the next two years that will be deployed for network expansion in rural areas.