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Weekly Wrap-Up: New ITR, Rahul Yadav Firing, #DigitalIndiaWeek, NMNP & More…

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It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of posts published on trak.in last week. If, for any reason, you were offline last week, our weekly wrap-up is a great way to catch up with everything that happened in tech-mob space!

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

As per a ranking methodology formulated by acclaimed Economist and bestselling author Daniel Altman, India has been ranked world’s number 1 investment destination, overtaking economic superpowers US and China.

Indian Android OS users are spending 47% of their time on messenger apps which provides free chat and voice; and among these, WhatsApp is the most preferred choice as 98% of the respondents used WhatsApp atleast once in a month.

Delhi colleges, including Delhi University and 300 villages spread around the city will get free Wi-Fi services by the year end. Rs 50 crore will be spent to make sure that this project is accomplished by the end of 2015.

Here is a detailed first hand user review of Android’s most popular file manager app – ES File Explorer File Manager. It is not just a file explorer, but has loads of some very useful features packed into it.

Here are 7 major changes that Government has bought about in the way you file tax returns in 2015. Do ensure that you read and understand the changes before you start filing your taxes.

According to Comscore data for May 2015, Amazon has marginally beaten monthly unique visitor traffic of Flipkart and forged much ahead of Snapdeal – and all this in less than 2 years…

ET has reported citing 2 sources that Quikr may acquire Housing and the deal can be in the range of Rs 1100 crore, which depends on the cash and stock split. After their last funding round in November, Housing.com was valued at $250 million or Rs 1580 crore at the time of writing.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro and HCL has maintained their respective positions from last year, and have been ranked as #1, #2 and #3 in the ranking of India’s most Influential brands on LinkedIn.

Amazon has earlier offered loans to its sellers in countries like U.S. and Japan, but it now plans to expand this service to select sellers across India, China, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, U.K., and Spain.

Is it possible for small businesses to increase their footfalls using the latest technology at the most affordable rates? We present 5 strategies to develop a robust marketing plan that gives the maximum returns on investment.

Under Digital India initiative, the Government has launched a platform called eBasta that will provide digital and eBook versions of school books and other study material to school students through-out India.

Airtel has surpassed China Unicom to become World’s 3rd largest telecom company in the world, as per total number of subscribers & revenues. Compared to China Unicom’s 299.09 million users, Airtel has now 303 million customers.

PM Modi inaugurated Digital India Week in Delhi, wherein Government’s Digital India vision was showcased infront of 400 dignitaries. As per the IT Ministry, Rs 2 lakh crore of fresh investments is expected during the next 7 days.

Flipkart has announced a brand new Maternity Benefits program that offers generous perks for employees who are expectant mothers. In the process, they have also set a benchmark for other successful startups and even large companies to do the same!

Finally, the Rahul Yadav & Housing Saga has come to a close! Online and offline media have been buzzing with Rahul Yadav antics for over 4 months now and finally those antics have led to his ouster.

Probably, for the first time in the nascent Indian startup field, a co-founder of a startup was publicly fired by his VCs. The relations between Rahul and the VCs had certainly deteriorated at this point of time, Here are 3 lessons to be learned foe entrepreneurs.

Uber has announced today that they will start operating in 7 new cities in India that include Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Visakhapatnam.

The list of cities which now support Google Maps live traffic updates are Kolkata, Lucknow, Surat, Coimbatore, Indore, Nagpur, Ludhiana, Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam, Madurai, Kochi, and Bhopal.

Airtel and Vodafone have announced launch of National Mobile number portability, allowing all of their mobile customers to retain their mobile numbers even if they have moved to any state.

OnePlus has announced launch of their Virtual Reality headset in India and it is priced at Rs. 99 only. While it is made of cardboard, it is smaller than Google cardboard and yet more durable

Paytm, a leading mobile wallet and ecommerce company in India is now readying itself to launch an Online Travel Agency or commonly known as OTA. The company is said to have been in talks with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to raise $600 million.

Here is a roundup of 10 digital initiatives launched by Government of India during #DigitalIndiaWeek. The services include National Scholarship Portal, e-Sign, Digital Locker, e-Hospital, Digitise India, MyGov Mobile App, Swachh Bharat Mission App, Bharatnet and More

Virtual Financial marketplace, BankBazaar.com raised Rs.375 cr in it’s third round with Amazon, Fidelity Growth Partners and Mousse Partners funding it. With this stake acquisition, Amazon plans to enter lucrative online financials market in India

As was announced, Apple launched its Apple Music service in India on July 1st – And they have priced the service quite competitively at Rs. 120 for individual and Rs. 190 for family. They can surely disrupt the Music streaming space in India

Cabinet has given nod to India’s first National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, which aims to streamline 70+ skill development programs currently being run, across 21 ministries.

MobiKwik has partnered with WHSmith to facilitate mobile wallet payments for your offline purchases! In this new development, over 17 million MobiKwik users can now use their MobiKwik wallet to pay for purchases made at brick and mortar stores or “MobiKwick node”

The 6 member standing committee, which was formed by the Government to look into the raging Net Neutrality issue may finally announce their consensus soon. As per reports, they have received recommendations from Department of Telecom, and they are in the final stages now.

Cashkaro.com, India’s leading cashback and coupon site has come out with some interesting statistics that bring out the uniqueness of Indian women and men shoppers.

MasterCard now has a new way of authenticating your credentials without leaving a scope of any cyber-attacks. Now every time you purchase something, all you got to do is click a selfie!

BSNL has launched a new mobile wallet, SpeedPay, which has one very interesting USP: It can be loaded with money even if the user doesn’t have any bank account.

If we leave aside the product aspect, then Gionee is certainly doing what no other mobile phone company in India can even think of: Ditching online commerce, and sticking with offline retailers.

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