Weekly Wrap-Up: BlackBerry Acquisition, SMS Usage, Startup Myths, Housing.com Domain & More…


Last week we had some posts that were talked about a lot. Here is a quick wrap-up of posts published on trak.in last week!

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Media, Movies and even some gyan gurus have encouraged the fallacy that only younger entrepreneurs can be successful. Most investors shy away from startups founded by older or middle aged entrepreneurs.

Mr. Thomas is a recently launched online home Improvement store,which offers hardware tools and machines you will not ordinarily find on other online sites in India.

India’s Broadband Penetration is dismal according to Broadband Commission report. She ranks 122nd In World for broadband penetration, and 106th for mobile broadband penetration!

The BIG news of last week – Fairfax Financials has Offered to acquire BlackBerry USD 4.7 Billion. BlackBerry has 6 weeks of due-diligence period during which time they can find an alternative buyer!

And here is The Trak.in Toon dedicated to Fairfax Acquisition of BlackBerry!

Sygic has made their offline 3d navigation app completely free for Indian Android users. The app has comprehensive set of features. Here is our user review.

Microsoft has got host of products, and they are successful at that, however their current complete focus on mobile space may prove to be very costly for them

Here are 11 startup Myths Demystified if you are just entering the world of entrepreneurship and startups!

ICICI has launched a Facebook Payment App called “Pockets” that allows ICICI bank users to do money transfer, mobile recharge and even book movie tickets from their Facebook pages!

Chandigarh based AuthorSTREAM, second largest online platform for PowerPoint sharing has announced launch of authorSTREAM Templates Marketplace, that offers professionally designed templates and diagrams to content creators.

TRAI has taken tough measures to end reign of Spam SMSes and Pesky Callers. They have now give 7 major banks 7 days to get their act together or face permanent disconnection of their Telecom resources!

Google now encrypts all the keyword searches made on them, and with it, they have now changed the entire SEO forever! Here is what a marketer needs to concentrate on!

Here is a book review of ‘Smart Phones Dumb People?’ by Parthajeet Sarma. It talks about Using 21st century tools to address 19th century issues!

Grabmore.in has priced iPhone 5S quite competitively in India. You can buy a 16GB version of iPhone 5S at Rs. 54,999, 32GB version at Rs. 61,999 and 64GB version at Rs. 68,999!

Indian startup Housing.co.in has spent whooping USD 1 million on a .COM Domain Name & Easy To Remember National Number!

TRAI recently came out with recommendations for Pan-India Mobile Number Portability, and with it they will put an end to Indian Telecom Operator’s cash cow called “Roaming Charges“.

Amazon has added yet another category to their catalogue – Home and Kitchen. eBay has agreed to acquire Braintree to strengthen their Mobile Payment business & FDI in ecommerce may soon arrive!

Hyundai has launched an Android and iOS based mobile app that takes an  integrated approach to solve all consumer issues and problems. Other Auto companies are joining the bandwagon as well!

Govt has announced a pilot scheme for unlisted Indian companies who want to raise capital abroad via IPO route, but are not listed on any of the Indian bourses!

Chat Messaging clients like Whatsapp and Nimbuzz are putting SMS usage to the ground. According to latest reports, Indians are sending at an average of 2 SMS per day!

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