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Weekly Wrap-Up: Google Facts, Mobile Ad Spends, Funding Updates & More…

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Before we start the new week, Lets do a quick wrap-up of posts that we published on trak.in last week.Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

TheHotStart has launched a new CrowdFunding Platform for creative Indians who often cannot successfully launch their own projects due to the lack of funds.

We published 3 new chapters in our #ProductivityHacks for Entrepreneur series, here they are:

Micromax has launched a the new Canvas MAd android phone with unique offering. They will be offering incentives to users for watching ads on the phone. Do you think you will go for it?

Researchers at Georgia Tech have analyzed various successful and failed projects on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and have cracked the phrases that attract most attention and money.

Dell has become the latest company to launch Tablets in India. They have launched consumer targeted Venue 7 and Enterprise Targeted Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 pro. The tablets are priced Rs. 10,990 and above!

All set to improve its logistics and back-end infrastructure, the crux of any ecommerce chain, Amazon has announced plans to open its second Fulfillment Center in India near Bangalore. All within 7th month of opening operations in India.

Indian skies have been in the midst of intense fare wars, which is slowly engulfing all airlines. Last week, you could book domestic air tickets at 50% discount, for three days! Mum-Delhi was Available for 2830, While Mum-Bangalore only for 1902!

According to Gartner forecast, Mobile Ad spends will grow to $18 billion in 2014, from estimated $13.1 billion in 2013, a rise of about 37.5 percent year on year.

Google has made its first acquisition in Indian startup ecosystem, as it has acquired Bangalore based Impermium for $9 million. Impermium is a three year startup based in Bangalore and California.

In its latest iteration for Android OS, UC browser has focused on providing best performance for individual devices rather than going with a single app for all devices.

MySmartPrice.com, the leading Indian price comparison site has raised Rs. 6 Crore (about $1 Million) from their existing investors Accel Partners and Helion Ventures. Though the announcement was made today, they had raised this round in December of last year.

Facebook has announced that they are making yet another change to their News Feed algorithms. As per their announcement, the latest update will do a better job of differentiating between the status updates by friends as compared to status updates by Facebook pages.

Uniken has announced that it has raised $4.85 million funding from Nexus Venture Partners. This is the second round of funding for Uniken, a leading digital  security technology company is based out of Pune, India and Odessa, Florida.

Metis Learning, an educational startup has launched Eddy, which is an Android based educational tablet targeted especially for kids between 2 years and 10 years.

According to a detailed Mobile Phone Landscape report released by 91mobiles, 957 new mobile handsets were launched in 2013 by 68 brands. Even more interesting is the fact that out of those 68 brands, 48 were homegrown brands

After ‘Namma Metro’ meaning ‘Our Metro’, Bangalore is all set to get something we all are dreaming of but never got – free Wifi, the first such service in the country, branded as ‘Namma Wifi’.

South Korea has announced that by 2020, they want to upgrade their network for 5G capabilities. South Korea is committing $1.5 billion to this.

Here are 6 fascinating facts about Google that you may not know of, and probably few of the reasons why Google is such a cool company to work for!

Micromax has finally gone global – They have entered Russian markets by launching 2 smartphones,  Canvas Beat A114R and Canvas social A94. Both these phones have done well in India

RBI has officially announced (read update as well) in a press release yesterday that after March 31, 2014, they will completely withdraw from circulation all banknotes of all denominations issued prior to 2005.

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