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Weekly Wrap-Up: Meru Carpooling, Kindle Unlimited, Smartphone Malware, BSNL Broadband & More…

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It’s yet another Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason last week, our wrap-up is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz in last 7 days.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

India’s most controversial Reality TV show is roping in one of the most talked about personalities of this year – Rahul Yadav. So why would Big Boss want someone like Rahul Yadav?

As per reports, Youtube may introduce full fledged subscription services for music and exclusive videos by the end of 2015. This can have major implications on Youtube’s earning potential, and how you watch videos on Youtube.

Internet entrepreneurs have been now constantly hitting out at Google’s growing power, as the company has been unfairly squeezing out rivals. CCI has now charged Google India for rigging search results and Ad placement positions.

As per new updates, both Idea and Airtel has increased 3G data charges for their post-paid customers by 20%. The new increased tariffs have been rolled out selected circles across India.

After having introduced a 5-kg LPG cylinder back in 2013, the Govt is now planning to launch 2-kg bottles at local kirana stores, for making things just more convenient. Also, consumers can now book new LPG connections online

Droom, which claims to be India’s largest market place for second hand automobiles is now offering renting or buying of Private Jet and and Helicopters

Here are some Ashley Madison facts about its usage by Indians – 5236 Indians Spent over Rs 2.4 Cr Between 2008 And 2015 on Ashley Madison site, while Mumbai Emerged As The Biggest Spender!

Delhi Police launched a trial version of their official app: “Delhi Police …One Touch Away” on Google Playstore. Basically, this app consolidates other official apps from Delhi Police under one roof, and offers all citizens a common platform.

Taxi hailing service Meru Cabs has launched a ‘CarPool’ service for customers across the country. The feature built in the mobile app offers the ‘personal car’ ride sharing option for people travelling in the same direction or area.

Google has updated their logo, which is being hailed as their biggest branding related update in the last 17 years of their existence. The new logo sports a sans-serif typeface, but is still a wordmark with the same set of colors.

As per a recent security research conducted by Wegilant using their flagship product Appvigil, it was found 98% of the top 50 mobile apps of Indian ecommerce companies are vulnerable to security attacks.

According to latest TRAI report for June 2015, India has reached a total telecom subscriber base of 1006.96, out of which 980.81 million are mobile subscribers and 26.15 million are wireline subscribers.

In a post on its “Webmaster Central” blog, Google announced that it’s going to give purveyors of interstitial app install  ads a black mark on its “Mobile-Friendly Test”.

Google has teamed up with six other tech giants including Microsoft, Amazon, and Mozilla, to form the Alliance for Open Media. The alliance’s main goal is to work together to create new open source formats and codecs for online video, audio, and other streaming media

Book Lovers in India rejoice – Amazon India has launched Kindle Unlimited, which let users have their way on the store in the form of an unlimited access to books and audiobooks with a nominal monthly fee.

Earlier in the year, a 27-year-old Indian woman had sued Uber in the U.S. alleging being raped by a driver from the taxi-hailing company in India. Now according to a court filing on Tuesday, she has voluntarily withdrawn her lawsuit.

PM Modi’s grand vision: ‘Make in India’ has now enchanted automobile major Toyota, communication technology company Ericsson and Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo as they are looking for starting and expanding their domestic manufacturing units.

Now you can ‘record, transfer, carry’ with new Tata Sky+ Transfer to allow customers to view their favourite content on their smartphones without any data usage.

A path breaking transportation company named skyTran, whose sole Indian co-founder is Ankur Bhatnagar, has received Series A funding from Eric Schmidt, one of the founders of Internet giant Google.

After Vodafone, Airtel too has jumped into the bandwagon to reduce the clutter and decongest their cellular network. It has now launched an application called Hangouts to help the company improve its services.

Government is ushering a green movement and according to various reports will be asking e-commerce portals like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and the likes to promote solar powered products.

Twitter finally opened up their advertisement platform for small businesses across the globe, without any minimum budget requirement. This means that the small mom-and-pop store across the street can fairly compete against the global MNC on Twitter, without any major financial gamble.

Gdata has found some specific smartphone models from Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei had pre-installed malwares in them, which had pre-authenticated permissions and access to play havoc with your smartphone.

Mumbai-based local discovery and delivery service called Scootsy has now signed an exclusive partnership with India Book Distributors (IBD) to deliver books in 60 minutes to major parts of Mumbai city.

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum announced on Facebook that WhatsApp has now reached 900 million monthly active users (MAU) mark. It was just less than five months ago that the company had reached the 800 million mark.

A customer from Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh fought a lonely battle for 12 years against $232 billion worth Samsung; all for mere 1.8 inches of TV. He lost the case, but the consumer rights movement in India won.

12 crore customers of BSNL all over India have something to cheer for, finally. In a move which can redefine the very definition of broadband, BSNL will now guarantee minimum of 2Mbps speed for every plan which mentions broadband Internet.

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