Weekly Wrap-up: Snapdeal Affiliate, Target Accelerator, GOSF, Bharat Phone & More…


Here is a quick wrap-up of the posts published on Trak.in last week.Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Adobe has now introduced their Photography Program for a price of Rs. 499 a month, where they will offer  Photoshop, Lightroom, Behance, 20 GB Cloud Space and Online training manuals for people who subscribe to this service.

State bank of India has come up with the [email protected] facility across the country from last week, that lets merchant shops act as Mini ATM counters.

Xbox One, the latest series of gaming console developed by Microsoft has created a new record in the Xbox history: Over 1 million units were sold within 24 hours

Google has patented an idea that will essentially bring automated social media management for everyone. Infact, it will take out humans from the picture, where the software will study your interaction patterns and automate your future messages accordingly

Its been a few days since Google released its Android KitKat 4.4 update. And without doubt, it is probably the best OS right now on mobile phones. Though not visible, KitKat has made lot of changes behind the scenes

Funding Digest: Google’s Rajan Anandan Invests in Online Food Delivery Service TravelKhana, Online Education Company InOpen Technologies Raises Series A From Benesse Holdings, Photo Sharing Mobile App Raises Angel Funding

Snapdeal has now joined Flipkart and Amazon to have its own affiliate program. Though Snapdeal had a affiliate program previously, they offered it through third party affiliate network like Tyroo and OMG.

Office Chat is a new private messenger built by MangoApps specifically focused on Businesses and Teams. It is completely secure and private, and allows communication & collaboration between teams.

RBI has come up with a mandate that all Indian banks should mandatorily use Aadhaar based biometric authentication with cards at point on sale, in addition to EMV chip and pin mechanism

TRAI has now put a ceiling on tariff for the charges that telecom service providers apply for USSD based mobile banking services provided. TRAI has put a limit of Rs. 1.50 per USSD based mobile banking session.

CraftsVilla.com, a nice online marketplace has probably become one of the first Indian ecommerce companies to turn profitable. They reported a PAT profitability of 1.2% on their 2nd quarter 2013 financial results.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has written to Ministry of Corporate Affairs to amend a particular clause which will allow India Inc. to keep them from revealing their Political donations during election campaigns.

Target, the American retail giant worth $48 billion with 1800 stores all over US and Canada has decided to start India Accelerator Program, which will incubate 2 to 3 ideas every year.

Google has last week announced global launch of Google Partners, including India, a platform that helps Web professionals and agencies to get more business online.

India may soon have a single national emergency number just like 911 available in the US. At present India has multiple hotlines 100,101, 102 etc for different emergency services, but with single number, all emergencies can be reported using one number

ISRO has now launched a new Android App called BhuvanPOI, and they are going the Google maps way. With this new app, they have crowdsourced mapping of “point of interest” location data to Smartphone users across India.

Google has introduced a new Chrome extension, which will let Chrome users to do voice search by saying “Ok Google”. It uses the same feature seen in the new Moto X and Nexus 5 Android phones which has been extended to Desktop.

It looks like Google will be conducting their Great Online Shopping Festival this year as well. Though the site GOSF.in has not come up as yet, many e-tailers have started showing their GOSF pages!

Funding Digest: Freshdesk Raises $7M, Experifun & Sudiksha Raise $75k, Aujas Raises INR 31Cr and Realty Compass raises seed funding

BookMyShow, India’s largest online movie/event ticket booking site, for selling 2014 ICC World Cup online tickets, which will take place in Bangladesh between 16th March and 6th April, 2014.  Interestingly, most tickets have been already sold out!

BSNL announced launch of range of ‘Bharat Phones’. The range includes a feature phone, a 5” smartphone, 6.5” phablet and 7” Voice-Calling tablet.

ZTE Corporation is all set to unleash 4G mobile phones in India, and is very bullish on this bet. They are targeting a revenue of Rs 4800 crore from Indian market by end of 2014.

Finally, in an interview with CNBC, Ratan Tata has revealed why Tata Nano, dubbed as people’s car failed. “Cheapest car” was synonymous with Tata Nano, and that tag was the reason why it failed!

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