Weekly Wrap-Up: Telecom Auction, MWC 2015, Ola Acquires TaxiForSure & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of posts published on Trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with everything that happened!

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Google has now updated their SafeBrowsing service to protect users from malicious content and viruses. As per the new update, Google Chrome users will now receive a warning before entering a website which may contain harmful malwares and viruses.

Presenting a full budget for the first time after coming into power, FM Arun Jaitley seems to have presented a hopeful, directional and growth oriented budget. Out came many rules and proposals, let’s see if our Vyapari sector is happy with the Union Budget 15-16.

Ola has today officially confirmed that it has acquired TaxiForSure for $200 million or close to Rs. 1200 Crore. Ola is already a leading cab aggregation and rental company and with acquisition of TaxiForSure, they have now moved far ahead of the competition.

After it’s failed partnership with Yebhi couple of years back, IRCTC has now forged a partnership with Amazon to monetize the millions of people who visit the every month.

Mobile World Congress 2015 was conducted at Barcelona and the event witnesses some stunning phone launches. The much awaited Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S6 was launched. Large 5.5-inch Gionee Elife S7 and Lenovo A7000 were announced. HTC also announced their next flagship phone, the HTC One M9.

The nascent Indian taxi aggregation industry witnessed it’s first major consolidation last week when Ola Cabs acquired Taxi For Sure by paying $200 million (Rs 1200 crore) in cash and stock. Here is what it Means To The Cab Aggregation Market

As announced last year, Google and MyGov have got together and now have announced a contest for mobile app developers to build a comprehensive PMO mobile app. The content will go live today at 5pm on MyGov.in

Indian Railways passengers will finally be heard! To improve services of Indian Railways, Suresh Prabhu, India’s Railway minister has launched an online portal as well as an Android app to provide customers with a platform that will allow registering of their complaints and suggestions.

MobiKwik, one of India’s leading mobile wallet with over 15 million users has forged a partnership with leading retail chain of coffee outlets, Café Coffee Day (CCD). MobiKwik is the second mobile wallet to have partnered with CCD, first one being Oxigen wallet who did it last year in November.

Here are the top 5 brilliantly made TV commercials especially created for supporting Indian cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2015. A must watch, even if you have seen them already!

For the first time ever the world has seen over a Billion smartphones sold in a calendar year. Also, according to latest Gartner report, Samsung has lost the top smartphone vendor position to Apple!

Good news for those Indians who are into web science research for some time. India’s first ever Web Observatory was launched recently at International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B).

Jet Airways has announced a new #JetInstant service, through which passengers can get flight status, and also know the lowest airfares by just tweeting. A hashtag tweet, which gets quick responses from Jet’s twitter team, allows the customer to even book the flight at a click.

Among various other announcements made during the Union Budget 2015-16, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made a very crucial decision of increasing service tax from 12.36% to 14%. Check out how it impacts you!

Reserve Bank of India has decided to reintroduce Rupee One currency note after a gap of 20 years. The last Re 1 currency note was printed in 1994, but after that, they were replaced by coins and owning to higher costs of maintenance and replacement, the printing was stopped

This is great news for upcoming startups in India – Microsoft Ventures, who already have been running their traditional accelerator program for past 2 years, have announced launch of Accelerator Plus and Scale UP programmes for startups in India.

Hailed as India’s biggest and fiercest Telecom battle, auction for telecom spectrum for both 2G and 3G airwaves have started as on March 4th, 2015. Against the reserve price of Rs 49,000 crore, Government already received commitment of Rs 60,000 crore from the qualified telecom companies who are part of this auction.

MasterCard Online Shopping Survey 2014 affirms that purchases made through mobile phones in India have grown by more than 100 percent over the past two years indicating a steep upward trend in e-commerce propelled by expediency.

The controversial BBC documentary called “India’s Daughter” in regards to infamous 2012 Delhi gang-rape case went live on Youtube and it was swiftly brought down by Indian Government

In the recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, telecom firms Vodafone and Airtel have slammed Facebook for spreading free Internet through internet.org

Tech giant Apple Inc has been assessing Indian research and development processes, and plans to set up it’s own development centre in India, once again.

Samsung and Sony have announced their plans of setting up their manufacturing base in India, which is a major endorsement of the Make in India initiative.

In an initiative to protect the caller’s identity, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been asked by an Intelligence Agency to block the use of WePhone app.

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