Shreedhar Manek

Staff Writer • India Edition

Based in Bangalore, Shreedhar is a Staff Writer for The Ken. He writes on technology, education, human resources and urban mobility. He has a BTech in Computer Science and an MS in Urban Sociology from IIIT Hyderabad.

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AlphaGrep and the shadowy world of high-frequency trading

Thanks, Rajiv. The servers are within NSE/BSE -- that's correct. In China, it depends if the stock exchanges there allow for 'co-location', the industry term for locating your servers with the premises of the stock exchange. The dark fibre was an optic fibre cable between NSE and BSE that only the specific stockbroker had access to. This was advantageous because 1) It was a direct line (shortest distance) 2) It was exclusive, hence faster.

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AlphaGrep and the shadowy world of high-frequency trading

Thanks, Sandeep. That's a very fair reading and your point's completely taken and valid. However, most HFT firms *are* quite shadowy in that they're secretive (prefer to stay in the shadows). Even a biggie such as Jump Trading has a website that gives little to no information about its work. And being shadowy is certainly not a problem. It works for the HFT firms and that's okay. But it also makes them all the more intriguing for both me as a writer and the general reader :)

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App store wars: A new hope or phantom menace?

Thanks, Rajiv. Currently, the fee is only for digital goods. The problem arises when the line is blurred. For example, Google won't take a fee on a physical gym subscription sold through an app, but it would if it's a remote gym subscription. Google has been allowing payments to go through outside its billings system until now, but the recent notification debars that. So while apps can sell subscriptions through their websites, they can't redirect customers from the app.

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Affle rides on conversions to beat the adtech IPO curse

Advertises have access to Affle's tools, as well as their own (such as Appsflyer) to figure out where a user is coming from. There are quite a few privacy concerns. Affle has cross-advertiser information, so they know who's a more likely customer for another advertiser. Apart from having a fair guess of a user's age-range, preferences, etc. But India doesn't have a privacy law yet. In EU, where GDPR is already in place, ad tech firms are navigating through a minefield. Affle, on the other hand, is in markets with little to no privacy legislation. https://www.complianceweek.com/data-privacy/app-firms-adtech-industry-in-firing-line-over-possible-gdpr-violations/28316.article https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/10/adtech-giant-criteo-is-being-investigated-by-frances-data-watchdog/

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Affle rides on conversions to beat the adtech IPO curse

Hi Yamuna, do tell me if there's something incorrect, and I can correct it in the article. Affle's stock liquidity is low, but that is not a reason for a 3X increase in the price. All it means is that a higher volatility can be expected in the stock prices. I've looked at affiliate, programmatic and OEM, even though I've tried my best to avoid using jargon. I understand if you feel the article doesn't add enough in value for someone within the industry. Thanks for your comment!

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