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Weekly Wrap-Up: UberPool, Facebook Free Basics, Moto Goes Offline & More…

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

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Google is doing it, Microsoft is doing it and now even Facebook wants to do it – they all want to offer low cost ( or even free) internet to Indians. Facebook is especially serious about bringing internet to nook and corner of India.

Ola has introduced a new safety feature for their customers: Number Masking. With this new initiative, Ola drivers would not be able to access their customer’s phone number, thereby enhancing privacy of all users.

Teaching basics of computer science to school children is a long gone thing now. The Kerala government has taken up an interesting project called ‘[email protected]’ to bestow computer knowledge and bring about nurture a “maker- culture” among students.

Indian Government is not yet satisfied with the efforts to stop the evil spread of child pornography in the country. In order to tackle this menace in a more focused manner, the Govt. has established a new cyber crime control hub called Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre or simply IC4.

The experts sitting at Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) have had come up with a draft encryption policy that should put some serious fear in your mind if you are a user of various messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and others. [Update: The policy was later retracted by the Government]

Uber’s car pooling program called UberPool is all set to pilot in Bangalore now. Uber must have probably chosen the IT hub as a pilot point because there are many travelling to same IT hubs from the same residential areas.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has revealed that they are creating a marketplace for entertainment tickets, which will additionally give deals and offers to customers on the ticket purchases.

Aircel, India’s fifth largest Telecom Operator has announced that they will be launching mass market 4G services by December of this year. Sameer Dave, CTO of Aircel said, “In terms of 4G mobility, we will be here sooner than later.

Google along with Tata Trust have tied up with US based renowned online education platform Udacity to provide certification for the online courses in India. The course offered is called Android Nanodegree

The class, known as Ultrabook, were seen worthy of clashing specs with the MacBook’s supremacy. Let’s skim over five top Ultrabooks that can stand against the MacBook in terms of performance.

As per a latest research conducted by Smaato, it was found that growth of advertisements served on mobile web has overtaken mobile apps in India. Mobile usage is continuing to soar, breaking all existing records and the mobile advertisement landscape is still dominated by apps; but the growth of mobile web has surprised all.

The Reserve Bank will soon issue new Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes with 3 additional features to aid the visually impaired in identification. Here are the details of these new features.

Flipkart Ltd., the parent company of India’s homegrown ecommerce portal Flipkart.com, which is based in Singapore, has bought back the shares of their logistics business from WS Retail. Business analysts are predicting that this move has been made keeping in mind their IPO launch.

Grofers, backed by Sequoia Capital and one of the fastest rising online grocery delivery startup, has decided to shift base to Singapore. They have created a new entity called Grofers International, which would be based in Singapore.

Since Motorola’s re-entry into India with Moto G, the brand has been sold exclusively on Flipkart portal. Moto phones were not available anywhere else. But now, Motorola has decided to spread it’s wings and give Indian buyers more channels to buy Moto phones.

In case any Indian Android user downloaded Plants vs Zombies, Candy Crush or Super Hero Adventure from Google Playstore between November 24-30, 2013 and on November 22, 2014; then there is upto 74% chance that their Android OS has been infected with a virus.

With assets worth $1.3 billion, Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal have become India’s first eCommerce billionaires. They have debuted at #86 on Forbes’s 100 Richest Persons list for the year 2015.

CommonFloor, one of the leading real-estate portals in India has launched a new app – CommonFloor Smart Guard – that would enable gated communities to record visitor information digitally would cut down the need to have a watchman’s register at building or society gates.

Just 3 days back, Ola announced launch of “Number Masking” feature to protect customer’s phone number from driver and today Uber has come up with a similar feature and it is called “Disguised Phone Numbers”!

A hacker group based in Middle East has extorted $10 million from two Indian companies. They scared these companies by threatening to disclose their secrets to the Indian Government.

As per an investigation by Michael Horowitz from Computer World, it was shockingly discovered that some refurbished laptops sold by Lenovo carry a folder called “Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64”.

Idea has already started converting around 1.5 million of their pre-paid customers to this new, per-second billing plan, which will be carried over in the next 30 days.

Facebook has renamed their controversial, anti net-neutrality app Internet.org to ‘Free Basics By Facebook’. The announcement comes 72 hours before PM Modi’s meeting with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at their headquarters in California, USA

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