Weekly Wrap-Up: Flipkart Funding, OnePlus Ban, Xiaomi Relief & More…


We are now into the last full week of 2014 and it is start of Christmas week! Before we move forward, let us do a quick wrap-up of the buzzing stories we published on trak.in last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Twitter and Bing have already shared their 2014 wrap-up in previous weeks. Facebook too has shared the top stories and topics which dominated their platform for 2014!

Mobile Shopping is growing at break neck speed in India. It has more than doubled over a year. According to Opera, Sundays is Mobile shoppers favorite day, while Friday is the least!

Google is in news for 2 reasons in India – They have now enabled Google Adsense in Hindi language and on the other hand their maps are facing legal action due to inaccurate maps display.

Oil Prices have fallen drastically around the world, however, it has not stopped state run IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) to log their highest revenue and topping Fortune Indian 500 list

Microsoft, has teamed up with Amazon India to sell their hardware, software and games. This is Microsoft’s first such exclusive store in India and has some really great deals and discounts.

Body language is one of the most powerful influencer tools we will ever have – Here are 7 Secrets Of Body Language That Every Entrepreneur Should Know.

Steadview, Hong Kong based alternate asset management has announced that they are investing $180  $700 million in Flipkart which brings their new valuation to $11 billion or roughly Rs 69,000 crore. [We are updating this articles as we get updates].

A latest directive issued by Minister for Women and Child Development will make it obligatory for all matrimonial sites in India to authenticate the profiles of those listed across them using an Aadhaar card by early 2015

Google also released their top searched topics and stories in India for the year 2014, and the results may surprise you. IRCTC, Flipkart, SBI Online, Snapdeal & PNR Status Are Google’s Top Search Words For 2014.

In a major relief for Xiaomi, Delhi High Court has allowed import and selling of Qualcomm based handsets till January 8th, as a temporary measure.

Popular Amazon App has been taken down by Google Play Store as they have violated the terms. They had included “Apps and games” as a category in last update, which did not go down well with Google

After Xiaomi & Uber, OnePlus has become the latest entrant to Ban Club. Delhi High Court has banned OnePlus from selling it’s handsets in India!

As the government of India is renewing its pledge to take up the issue of black money and upping its ante against the same, the report has stated that nearly $440 billion has flowed out of our country in the last ten years.

It’s again that time of the year that we take time to celebrate the leadership skill of the women reining the Indian Business Scenario. Here are the Top 8 Business Women Of India In 2014.

Lok Sabha has cleared the Companies Act (Amendment) 2013 bill, thereby removing some of the draconian and totally unreasonable laws (Like Jail time if Returns not filed) which were hurting the business sentiments on the nation.

Skype is paying a lot more attention to India. They have announced a new promotion plan which allows free calling to any landline or mobile in the U.S. or Canada totally free of cost till March 1.

Facebook now has 112 million users in India, and gets 52 million daily active users (DAUs) and 99 million monthly active users (MAUs) from India alone.

Micromax Yureka (yes, it is not YU but YUREKA) has been launched and surprisingly the phone is priced below what most would have expected. At Rs. 8999/- the phone probably has one of the highest “Value For Money” quotient!

Combining Solar Photovoltaics (PV); Solar thermal and a heat exchanger, Desolenator provides a unique water purifier which desalinates undrinkable water and makes it ready to be consumed

According to eBay Census 2014, Delhi has retained it’s position as the #1 ecommerce hub as it witnessed maximum transactions; but the real winner is Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, which accounted for more online business than all metros combined.

2014 witnessed some of the biggest IPOs that the world has ever seen – Here are The Top 5 IPOs That Rocked The Global Stock Markets In 2014

The tech giant Google has already started working on an Android version which would be built directly into the cars in future, enabling the drivers of those vehicles to stay connected to the internet without plugging in their smartphones.

Zomato has now made their 5th acquisition in as many months – They have now acquired Italy’s popular restaurant search service Cibando.

Tata and Singapore Airlines owned Vistara Airlines is all set to take on the Indian skies from January 9th 2015 on Mumbai-Delhi Route. On the other hand, Spicejet remains on Ventilator.

Microsoft today announced that they have become the first global smartphone platform to enable carrier billing for app purchases in India with Idea Cellular.

According to MySmartPrice study, only about 46% of Online product purchases get warranty and rest of them are denied. And yet, it is advisable to make purchases online due to their pricing factor.

Microsoft CityNext has partnered with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to develop Surat as a smart city with advanced urban planning and citizen empowerment processes never heard in India.

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