Weekly Wrap-up: Airtel Loop Deal, Burger King On EBay & More…


It’s Monday morning and if you were offline anytime last week, this will be a good wrap-up of posts we published on Trak.in last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Xiaomi’s security issues are snowballing into a major problem. Investigations against Xiaomi are currently on in Singapore and Taiwan besides India, and the issue is refusing to get buried.

At the INK conference, WhatsApp’s Business head Neeraj Arora announced that they have over 70 million users in India. This number is more than double the next best competitor

Project ARA, Google’s initiative to bring modularity to smartphones may soon be a reality. A new prototype video has been released and it will be displayed in Google I/O next year.

OFFTIME is a new android mobile app that effectively removes all the distractions from Smartphones. And not to worry, you won’t miss a thing as activity log will tell you about everything what happened when you were focused on other work.

Google has just launched “Indian Language Internet Alliance” with an aim to target 500 million+ Internet users from India by 2017. Under this alliance, Google will partner with regional languages content providers

Burger King is opening their first store at Select City Walk mall in Saket, New Delhi on November 9th. And to generate initial buzz around the launch they have taken an interesting route. They are selling promotional vouchers for their Whopper Burgers on ebay.in.

Flipkart has become the first online ecommerce site to launch a mobile shopping app that supports wearable devices through Android Wear. Users can get personalized notifications & create wish lists directly from their smartwatches.

Here is an awesome example of how HUL leveraged Social Media in a big way and increased their goodwill amongst their customers. Snapdeal and Flipkart need to take lessons from them!

Here is a interesting case where one of the well know brand has got so inspired by it’s competitors video, that they decided to completely copy it. I am talking about this Lenovo Ad being completely copied by HP #BendTheRules Ad!

Here is the big list of 50 online jobs that grew the fastest in second quarter of 2014. Pinterest and Google Plus related jobs grew the maximum, while eBay, SQL and other traditional programming jobs showed negative growth as per Freelancer report

Did you know that Microsoft makes 5 Times More Money From Android Phones Compared to their own Microsoft Device. The profits from Android are to the tune of whopping $8.8 Billion

Facebook has released it’s 3rd Transparency report and according to it, India leads all the countries for content restrictions. Over 4,960 pieces of content were blocked in first six months of 2014.

Mumbai is the number one city when it comes to number of Internet users in India. However, quite surprisingly Kolkata has more internet users than the silicon valley of India, Bangalore.

8 months into the Loop Acquisition announcement by Airtel, the deal has gone south and Airtel seems to called off its plans to acquire Loop Mobile, as the deal failed to secure regulatory approvals.

The ambitious Jan Dhan Yojana has received tremendous response from all quarters of the society, as more 7 crore new bank accounts have been opened so far, collecting deposits of more than Rs 5000 crore within 2 months.

61% Indians look for deals before they shop online. 55% look for discounts and 54% said they go online because they can shop whenever they want.

At an event organized for the launch of Google’s ‘Indian Language Internet Alliance’, Google Fellow and head of Google Search shared his and Google’s version of the future. Here it is.

WhatsApp has said that it will remain free for Indian users and have also updated their app to bring in new feature called read receipts. Even Voice Calling seems to be on its way!

Here is a comparison revenues and losses incurred by top 3 ecommerce players in India. Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. You will be amazed to see the numbers!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been listed among the 72 most powerful people on the planet By Forbes! Sonia Gandhi who listed in last year’s list is now out of it!

Nissan’s Datsun Go and Maruti’s popular Swift Hatchbacks have spectacularly failed the car crash test conducted by UN Road Safety Collaboration, a public safety watchdog in UK.

A 29 year old Doctor from Kerala has created an Android app called “Let Me Hear Again” that allows Deaf to have seamless communication with others. A classic example of how technology can help solve real world problems

Government has announced that every car sold in India will have to include basic safety measures such as airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), child restraint systems, seat belt reminders and reinforced body structures.

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