Weekly Wrap-Up: Moto X On Flipkart, Google CCI Fine, Quikr $90M Funding More..


Here is a quick wrap-up of some of the buzzing posts that we published on trak.in last week.Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Google Now is adding yet another category that will make millions of Cricket Fans across the world quite pleased – Cricket Cards on Google Now.

Microsoft has released their second Law Enforcement Request Report, according to which Indian Government made total of 416 requests to Microsoft that required details of 683 user accounts. These requests were made in a period of 6 months between July and December 2013.

An unnamed Google executive based in Dublin, Ireland has leaked some insider information on a major reshuffle related to Nexus series. As per reports coming in, Google is all set to retire Nexus 7 tablets and launch Nexus 8 with Intel microprocessor in the month of July, 2014.

A new research by Centre for Media Studies have revealed that Indian politicians are expected to spend around $5 billion or Rs 30,500 crore for campaigning during this year’s elections. This huge amount is second only to 2012 US Presidential elections expenditure.

In what is being termed as Indian telecom industry’s first such tariff rates, Uninor has introduced low cost service based Internet plans starting from 0.50 paisa per hour called ‘Sabse Sasta Facebook’ and ‘Sabse Sasta Whatsapp’.

According to a report released by Indian Cellular Association, the handset production in India has dropped alarmingly over last 2 years. In 2012, India manufactured 180 million units; the same number fell to 125 million in 2013.

Linux Foundation understood the problem of users’ learning curve with their OS and have thereby decided to make their course in Basic Linux completely free to anyone with a decent internet connection.

2 Indian techies have come up with something that is not only innovative but a little surprising as well. They have developed LeChal World’s first interactive haptic based footwear.

As per reports coming in from various sources, it has been revealed that Flipkart may soon launch their own branded smartphones, which would be exclusively sold on their ecommerce portal. However, the rumours were also squashed by some, saying that there is absolutely not truth in it!

Online and mobile classified platform Quikr.com has raised a huge USD 90 million (roughly Rs. 550 crore) round of funding from a clutch of investors. This deal, which was signed last week brings Quikr valuation to over USD 250 million (approx Rs. 1530 crore).

A quick snapshot of the year that went by tells us that smartphone sales in India grew approximately 105% (year-on-year) in 2013 to reach 41 to 43 million units i.e. 4.1 to 4.3 crores. Also, for the first time in Q4 i.e. Jan-Mar, monthly sales crossed 4 million units i.e. 40 lakh units.

Google can be charged $5 billion or Rs 31000 crore as penalty by Competition Commission of India (CCI) for abusing its dominant position in the online search and advertisement market. CCI has been investigating an antitrust case against Google for the past 2 years, and if found guilty, Google will have to pay this fine.

Apple is pulling up its socks again and changing its strategy with specific reference to India – it is coming up with small, neighbourhood shops in big cities and tier II markets, in a bid to get closer to potential buyers as it pushes ahead with an India-specific strategy aimed at trying to grab market share from dominant rival Samsung.

The 3G prices have been falling consistently for some time now. When the network first began, the prices of 3G were around 6-7 times of the prices of a 2G network. But now there is hardly any difference in their prices and they will soon converge.

To mark this 25th anniversary of WWW, it’s founder Tim Berners-Lee initiated an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit.com, which incidentally is known as the “Front Page of the Internet”. Here are some of his interesting answers

With Moto’s success with G, they are now going ahead with Moto X exclusive launch on Flipkart as well. Flipkart announced on it’s twitter timeline that they will soon be exclusively launching Moto X in India with some launch day offers exactly the way they did it for Moto G!

In Jan 2014, India added 7.02 million new mobile subscribers, highest addition in over 18 months. It also looks like 2014 will be much better year for Indian telecom operators as compared to 2013.

Nandan Nilekani seems to have resigned from his position as UIDAI chief. “I am resigning as of today, the government will decide who will hold the position next” said Nandan in an email reply to ET.

State Bank of India, which is India’s largest bank has launched it’s own payment gateway – SBIePay – which will help merchants, customers and various government departments use the internet to facilitate electronic transactions.

in a move that could be termed as ironic, Select Citywalk mall may themselves enter e-commerce space.  The company is currently in the process of coming up with their strategy, for which they have tied up with Technopak Advisors and another Bangalore based Tech company.

Facebook has just confirmed that starting today, Facebook video advertisements will start rolling on their platform. They have chosen a ‘select group of advertisers’ to test this new advertisement format but in the coming months, it would be rolled out to every user, all over the world.

If you are in Mumbai or Delhi, you can now avail this Amazon’s newly launched pickup store facility. During the shipping process, just choose “Amazon Pickup” service and search for pickup location nearest to you.

Ransomware is very dangerous, and this tragic incidence underscores that fact! A Romanian man killed himself and his son because of a Ransomware which had infected his computer.

‘It’s Geek 2 Me’ is written by ‘Francis Cleetus’ and is a collection of comic strips. Most of the strips are 3 or 4 column long. The base is technology and the background is of an office. Here the review for the same

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