Weekly Wrap-Up: Android One, Offline Youtube, Amazon Tax Troubles & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of posts published on Trak.in last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Indian Taxi fare wars have begun. Ola recently slashed their fares to Rs. 10 per kilometer, while SFO based Uber has introduced there affordable segment in 3 more cities of Pune, Mumbai and Chennai!

Google in an event last week announced 3 Android One phones – Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle and Spice Dream UNO Mi-498 all priced at Rs. 6399.

Apart from the launch of Android One Smartphones, one significant announcement was made by Google today – Youtube will be available to users in India in offline mode.

Amazon India has got into big trouble due to the way they are operating their storage and logistics of products sold on their site. Karnataka Government has issued notices to over 100 third-party merchants who sell on Amazon platform.

However, common sense prevailed as Karnataka Govt has asked it’s tax authorities to go easy on the Amazon sellers until such time that an amicable solution was arrived on various points that are in contention.

According to a report, India has remained the most popular offshoring destination in the world by a a fair margin. Infact, they have gained a further lead on second placed China and third placed Malaysia.

We are close to launch of next version of Windows Operating System and next in line if Windows 9. While Microsoft has not officially announced it as yet, it seems that technical preview of Windows 9 will happen on Sept 30th in San Francisco.

In this article we discuss whether Single phone per category or multiple phones per category, which of this is a better business strategy adopted by mobile handset manufacturers.

According to Google Transparency report, during the first half of this year, Indian Government made 5002 users/account requests, more than anytime previously in a six month period

Google has now enabled Paid content subscription for Indians on their Newsstand app. Indians can now read free and well as paid new and magazine content from over 1900 publications worldwide including their 30 Indian partners

Leading online classifieds site Quikr has raised $60 million (around Rs. 365 Cr) funding in their latest round of funding led by Tiger Global Management. With this round of funding Quikr’s valuation has now ballooned to around $300 million

Facebook has launched Facebook Media and place which will help digital publishers, celebrities, and brands to reach more audience and drive more traffic to their blog or website, Facebook Media has been launched.

MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra has launched an Android app that provides solutions to budding entrepreneurs and existing MSME entrepreneurs of different dimensions like marketing, finance, training and capacity building, different government schemes and opportunities. ?

When startups are formed, vision statements are just words forced out of your mouth to sit in your company’s Memorandum of Association. Two months into the business, no one even knows that there is a vision statement.

Flipkart now seem to be showing up a new badge on their product buy pages – Called “Flipkart Advantage”, it is exactly same as “Fulfilled by Amazon”, where Flipkart offers stocking and shipping service to the merchants selling their products on Flipkart

Notion Ink have come up with a Hybrid Windows 8.1 Tablet-Laptop 2-in1 combo called “Notion Ink Cain”, which, from the looks of it, seems to be quite a decent offering targeted at mobile professionals.

Grabmore, an eCommerce site that operates in India as well as USA has now listed iPhone 6 and 6 plus on their site for a price of Rs. 54,999 and Rs. 59,999. These prices are available for 16GB version.

Information and Broadcasting ministry has launched free All India Radio (AIR) News SMS service in five Indian languages Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali.

Television has been a strong front runner for almost three decades now, but it might soon pass on it’s baton soon to the fast growing Internet advertising industry according to PWC Advertising & media outlook report for 2014.

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