Weekly Wrap-up: Section 66A Scrapped, IRCTC One Ticket Policy, Ola-Uber Block & More…


It’s Monday morning, and as is customary we bring you a quick wrap-up of posts published on Trak.in last week.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India Group, last week announced that they have forged a strategic partnership with Uber that will facilitate Uber’s expansion in India.

Flipkart and Myntra, both have decided to embrace mobile app only interface as they have suspended their mobile websites and forcing visitors to install their application for doing shopping.

Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys has earmarked Rs, 750 crore  funds for startups from India, Israel and USA, along with investments in around 12-15 venture capital funds from all over the world.

Between April to December, 2014, public sector banks in India incurred losses to the tune of Rs 11,022 crore due to 2100 cases of frauds. These numbers were revealed in a report shared by Reserve Bank of India last week.

At a launch event in Delhi, Samsung launched their next flagship phones – The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Boasting impressive features, these high end phones are sure to appeal to Samsung fans, as long as they are ok with now-customary over-the-top pricing.

IRDA, the apex statutory body which regulates and monitors insurance policies and marketing in India has slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on Apollo Munich Health Insurance.

In a landmark decision made by Supreme Court last week, Section 66A of Information Technology Act, which was used to arrest people for sharing content online, has been scraped and termed as “unconstitutional” by the apex body.

US President Barrack Obama has declared that the US Government will bring huge reforms in the L-1B visa norms, which will benefit companies all over world; especially Indian IT firms.

The new IRCTC rule which came into effect from last week may hamper you from booking tickets for your entire family because IRCTC will now allow only one ticket per user in one login session. After the ticket is booked, the user will be logged out automatically.

Google is now working on a new concept which will drastically change the way consumers make the bill payments. Code named as Pony Express, this new service will now bring all your monthly bills into your Gmail inbox.

In another major Digital India push, Government of India has teamed up with Twitter to create a SMS alert service wherein Tweets by PM Modi and 16 other high level Govt. officials such as CMs would be directly shared with you via SMS alerts.

Amazon has launched their latest and the best Kindle in India – The Kindle Voyage, which promises better hardware and better screen on the uber popular e-reader. However, it is priced quite steeply at Rs. 16,499 which might appeal to only the most voracious of readers in India.

Taking a hard stand, Delhi Government has asked IT Ministry to immediately block access to Ola and Uber mobile applications, as they are still offering cab services despite a ban placed on them.

In Kerala the new saying is – You throw a stone and 90% of the time it’ll hit a startup entrepreneur. Having a startup is such a big hype now in Kerala it is literally killing Entrepreneurship in the region

Government of India under leadership of PM Narendra Modi will launch Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA Bank) for refinancing small and medium enterprises from India.

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has announced that in order to make New Delhi a smart city, they will soon start 3D mapping of all places includes buildings, trees, roads and sewers.

According to multiple media reports, Samsung will sell its smartphones in India, Vietnam and China based on Online-only model made popular by Xiaomi.

Amazon will soon be launching a new service that it calls an India-specific innovation built particularly for the local market, which is a by-India, for-India service. Called Kirana Now, this service will allow next-door mom and pop shops to become sellers on Amazon platform.

The much hyped and fiercely fought Indian Telecom Spectrum Auction ended last week after 19 days and 115 rounds of bidding. Government has accrued a total of Rs. 1,09.874 crore rupees from this auction, the largest till date.

According to a official blog post by Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate VP for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team, Microsoft Office will be Free for all users on devices that have smaller than 10.1-inch display.

Japanese Behemoth Softbank is currently in talks with India’s second largest Smartphone manufacturer Micromax to buy 20 percent stake for reportedly USD 1 Billion. Reuters has cited unnamed sources who are aware of the discussions.

Government of Indian Netted a cool 1.1 Lakh Crore rupees through Spectrum Auction, but that burden is going to come on consumers shoulders as your mobile bills are now expected to rise as much as 15 percent

Ford Motor has inaugurated their second Indian factory at Sanand, Gujarat which will be made at an expenditure of Rs 6000 crore ($1 billion). As part of Make in India vision, Ford has decided to triple their exports from India.

Amazon, who launched Cloud Drive back in 2011, seems to have scrapped their 5GB free storage plan and have now introduced paid-only unlimited plans to the users.

GottaGo, a new Android app, detects your location and helps you find a restroom where you can answer nature’s call. In alien places, or even in known ones, it gets difficult at times of emergency to hunt for a loo. That is when GottaGo comes to rescue

Vivo Xshot X710 is decent smartphone with front and back cameras that photo enthusiasts and Selfie freaks will absolutely love. Priced at around Rs. 27k, it is in the higher range that some camera lovers will find appealing

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