Weekly Wrap-Up: Plastic Notes, India Post, Reliance Jio Internet & More…


Here is our customary wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you have been offline last week, this will give you a great overview of what happened in Tech, online and mobile world last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

From today, Paytm will be the ONLY option available for making Uber payments! They have done away with Credit cards to comply with Indian regulations.

Here are the top 10 biggest acquisitions that have happened in the the internet and mobile tech space in India. Year 2014 have seen maximum acquisition deals!

Michelin plans to reinvent the wheel this time with it’s flagship product Tweel. The biggest advantage of Tweel is that it can never be flat: its airless, puncture proof hence it cannot burst or leak pressure.

Government is all set to introduce one billion plastic notes of Rs 10 denomination on a trial basis in 5 Indian cities: Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneswar.

Bing has released their Search Trends and here is a look at what Indians searched for on Bing in year 2014. We do not agree with quite a few rankings.

The humble India Post is turning out to be the saviour of Indian Ecommerce portals for rural areas. In last one year they have collected over Rs. 280 crore from consumers for Cash on Delivery Orders

According to some estimates, Micromax has beaten Samsung in Smartphone market. Here are some stats that show why Micromax has been so successful in India

Indian Railways is all set to introduce WiFi across 400 railway stations all over the country, and in some select trains (Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto Category).

Two much talked about Smartphones went for sale in India – The OnePlus One and Redmi Note. Here are the details about their availability and pricing.

Flipkart Founders, Sachin and Binny Bansal have invested $1 Million in Ather, an electric vehicle startup who are developing high speed electric 2 wheelers focused on Indian Markets.

A Reliance Jio Infocomm preview website which was live for sometime before being taken down by the company suggested that users might be able to surf the internet at unbelievable high speeds of upto 100Mbps

According to Transparency International’s corruption perception Index, there is some good news for India as we have improved our ranking by two places.

Every Indian TV channel has their mobile app. Every DTH provider also have their mobile apps. All videos are available on Youtube. With this TV Channel Mobile Apps seems to be the future!

According to recent IDC report, Indian smartphone market has shown highest growth in Asia Pacific region logging 27 percent quarter on quarter growth

After growing Flipkart from a humble online book store to a $10 billion mammoth ecommerce portal, Flipkart Founders are now funding and mentoring other tech startups in India.

Here are the top 5 Trends To Watch Out For In Indian ecommerce space in 2015. While 2014 brought in lot of investments in ecommerce space, 2015 will be the year of consolidation in our view.

Google has completely redefined reCAPTCHA and has bought no CAPTCHA, which essentially does away with those distorted, ungainly text recognition verification to fight spam and bots.

Indian Music Streaming service Saavn has now partnered with Twitter, an arrangement which will allow its users to request a song via a personalized tweet to @SaavnRadio.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee has stirred a hornet’s nest this time by releasing new book: “The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years” exclusively online on Amazon

Apple is planning on huge push for their devices now in India– they are planning to open 500 iOS stores across length and breadth of India.

Four of  IIT Kanpur students have spurned fat pay offers of upto Rs 1 crore a year. Two of them have settled for much lower salaries ‘in order to work for profiles which they found to be more suitable for themselves’ while two opted to go in for higher studies instead of taking up any job offers at all.

Two major undersea cables belonging to Reliance Communications were hacked by General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence company, sometime between 2009 and 2011.

According to Internet Freedom report, India has been ranked #42 this year, up from #47 last year, which is the biggest improvement any country has witnessed.

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