Weekly Wrap-up: Twitter Acquires Zipdial, Den Snapdeal TV Shop & More…


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As is customary, here is the weekly wrap-up of all the posts we published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for some reason, it is a good way to catch with everything that happened in Tech-web-mob space.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

ShopClues has raised their Series C funding of $100 million from leading ecommerce investor in India, Tiger Global. This funding round pegs their valuation at $350 million.

Here is a look at what Indian readers liked in 2014 – Colaba Conspiracy was most popular book among all and on the other hand Chetan Bhagat’s popularity seems to have dipped quite a bit

Sanjiv Goenka led Spencer’s Retail is now looking at entering the ECommerce arena soon, joining the likes like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal.

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ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, today announced the launch of banking services on Twitter. Christened, ‘icicibankpay’, the first-of-its kind service in India enables ICICI Bank customers to transfer money to anyone in the country who has a Twitter account.

So the rumours (read our previous report below) were true. In an official blog post published by Twitter today, they have conformed acquisition of Bangalore based ZipDial. Here is the Tweet posted by both the companies.

Richest 1 percent people on this planet head towards owning more wealth than the rest of the world by 2016, as per the findings of Oxfam International, an Oxford based charity group.

Amazon studio that has made a mark in the television industry is now venturing into production of films, and prime instant videos, which will have some real original stuff.

The 50:50 joint venture between Snapdeal parent company Jasper Infotech and cable TV distribution network Den Networks Ltd. has launched a TV Shopping channel “Den-Snapdeal TV Shop” and it has gone live

Have you ever wondered if and how Facebook has impacted the economies world over? The apps that have built over it, the exposure it provides to businesses, Facebook services that are offered etc all contribute to the economy indirectly by creating jobs and creating revenue for it’s users.

CCAvenue, one of the most popular Indian payment gateway is now available in 8 Indian and 10 international languages. This is probably a first for any Indian payment gateway as most of them are available for English language only.

In pleasant move, Tamil Nadu Government has consented to setting up of “exclusive entrepreneurial zone” for startups to flourish under NASSCOM’s guidance.

As per a recent salary comparison research conducted by Monster India, it has been revealed that education industry pays the minimum salaries at Rs 186.5/hour, whereas salaries in IT sector have fallen by nearly 1.3% compared to last year

Indian Visa on Arrival policy change has been well received by tourists, as 421.6% more visas were issued in the month of December, compared to last year.

Keeping in mind the health hazards posed due to constant exposure to mobile device radiations, a Mumbai based company has come up with a unique chip which, according to them, can help cut down the radiations emitted by our devices.

Did you think offline shopping did not have any tech? Think again. Infact, offline shopping is going Hi-tech too with gadgets and gizmos like Smart Mirrors and talking mannequins

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has signed a MoU with Alibaba.com to connect Indian and Chinese Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and to facilitate greater economic engagement between them.

Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected by Bharti Airtel to build the country’s first 4G network on 1800 MHz band. The deal is pegged at a price of $200 million (INR 1,240 cr).

WhatsApp has upgraded their uber popular WhatsApp messenger to support conversations over the web. WhatsApp web using Google’s Chrome browser to mirror your conversations and messages from mobile device

Various discussions happening at ministerial level in Maharashtra government gives indications that they may considering a total ban on Ecommerce portals!

Fast Food chains also known as QSR (Quick Service Restaurants) are estimated to grow at 30% CAGR by 2015 as compared to 10% growth estimated for food service sector in India. And they are changing our eating out habits drastically

If you have incorporated a new company, you need to ensure that these 7 compliances are done. If they are not done, it could attract heavy fines and penalties!

PM Modi’s ambitious plan to include all Indians under banking system: Jan Dhan Yojana, has been featured in Guinness Book Of World Records. A new world record has been created as Indian

Uber is back – and have started their operations as a licensed Radio Taxi cab operator. This is a very different business model (atleast on paper) than what Uber normally operates on.

The social media giants, like Google, Facebook, Twitter are summoned by the Indian Government to set up their servers in India. Currently most of these social media sites operate with servers set up in the U.S. The reason behind this is the rise in access to online malicious content.

According to rankings by ECA International, Bengaluru is the most liveable Indian city for Asian expats followed by Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and New Delhi

Indian Government has announced that free WiFi would be rolled out in 2500 cities across India, and a special fund of Rs 7000 crore has been created for this mega project.

And, here are some of the good, some of the bad and many of the ugly facts about fast food chains in India

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