Weekly Wrap-Up: Net Neutrality Debate, Ola Funding, Snapdeal Premises Raided & More…


It is Monday morning, and time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. II f you were offline last week for some reason, this is great way to get a overview of what happened in Tech-Mob-Startup space last week.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

There has been a lot of debate over net neutrality and the proposed Airtel Zero. People are asking questions, how is something like Airtel Zero against net neutrality? Here is our view…

Airtel’s menacing plan to kill the neutrality of the Internet in India has prompted huge protests and agitation from all over the country. As per reports coming in, over 10 lakh emails have been sent to TRAI till now.

In one of the biggest moves by music industry in India, SaReGaMa has decided to offer 1.1 lakh songs from 14 languages for free, on their website. One of the oldest music company in India, SaReGaMa has rights to over 70% of all Bollywood music ever created. And this move by them can literally kill piracy.

Sachin Bansal, CEO of Flipkart has given an interview where he defends Airtel Zero while claiming to be supporting Net Neutrality. While doing so he makes a number of claims that do not sound genuine upon close scrutiny.

Just couple of days after first defending Airtel Zero, they have voluntarily pulled out of their talks with Airtel Zero and have pledged support for Net Neutrality and free Internet.

Finally, it seems that Xiaomi is all set to launch a new and cheaper variant of Mi 4. While there is no official confirmation, a Chinese website MyDrivers.com has spotted a smartphone named Xiaomi Mi 4i on Singapore’s Infocomm Development authority (IDA) database as well as GeekBench.

Fire Eye, a global cyber-security firm has revealed that a dedicated, systematic and targeted group of hackers have been carrying on cyber espionage in India and South Asian countries since 2005; and are continuing their operation as you are reading this…

OnePlus One Android Lollipop 5.0 based CM12S has been released and it will be available to Indian users as well. The official confirmation from Carl Pei’s tweet stated that the update is being rolled out since last week.

Online grocery business is probably the hottest sector in India right now. Now, Tata Group has got into the mix – Fiora Hypermarket Limited – A TATA Enterprise has launched My247market.com, an online grocery store that has wide variety of offerings.

A startup based in Portugal: Quarkson has successfully tested solar powered drones which can provide 80-100 times cheap Internet to less developed nations and far off locations where telecom companies have failed to penetrate.

A recent study by the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) stated that the smartphones could be a master device to detect the earthquake well before it strikes. Many researchers have been working to make it possible and they are now very close of proving it!

Zomato’s acquisition spree continues – They have acquired Payments platform MaplePOS, which will now be the backbone of their soon to be launched Zomato Base, a customizable cloud based Point of Sale (POS) system specifically targeted at restaurant businesses.

World Bank has shared their latest report on global remittances, and yet again Indians have topped the charts. NRIs sent $70.4 billion to India in 2014, which is 12% of global remittances which stood at $583 billion.

Opera Mini 8 for Android users has been launched. It gives a smoother interface and lightning speed browsing. With options like private browsing, compressing the web pages for saving data, speed dial and many more make it a perfect one to pick for your android devices.

Google has introduced a new program called ‘Designed for Families’, which is essentially a new classification for showcasing pre-approved, kids-safe apps on their Play Store. All Android developers are now required to submit their apps for review under this program.

Google is setting up a cache/mirror server in India which will be able to display the search results and play the videos quicker. The buffering time for the YouTube would be reduced by 80% if the cache servers are located in India.

In what could prove to be yet another major win for Net Neutrality in India, Cleartrip last week announced that it has taken a decision to walk out of Internet.org initiative that was launched with much fanfare couple of months back.

World’s third largest smartphone vendor Xiaomi from China and World’s 5th largest PC vendor ASUS, have decided to take each other head-on with both of them announcing big ticket Smartphone launch in New Delhi on April 23rd.

Ixigo, India’s leading travel search engine has come up with Ixigo Cabs aggregator app that allows you to find and collate information on all cabs from various cab companies and brings it on single easy to use screen.

After Cleartrip announced their withdrawal, World’s biggest English media house Times Group along with NDTV and NewsHunt have also announced that they are quitting Facebook’s discriminatory scheme: Internet.org.

As per Google’s latest research into this domain, it has been revealed that more than 84 lakh Indians will book their hotels using Internet, and collectively, $1.8 billion or Rs 11,000 crore worth of online hotel bookings would be done by 2016.

Ola officially announced last week that they have raised Series E round of funding of $400mn led by DST Global with participation from GIC, Falcon Edge Capital and existing investors SoftBank Group, Tiger Global, Steadview Capital and Accel Partners US.

It is true when they say, “People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition” Employee retention is one of the most important factors that determine the credibility of your company.

MoboMarket (formerly MoboRobo), the hugely popular smartphone management solution has been completely overhauled into new sleeker and user friendly avatar called MoboMarket (For PC). [Sponsored]

Want to create a successful Crowd-Funding Project from India? Here are 7 Steps To Successfully Execute Crowd-Funding Projects as told by someone who has already done it!

The live video streaming app based on Twitter, Meerkat is finally coming to android and beta testers can now sign up to access the public beta version released last week.

Google announced yesterday, that they have implemented a new feature in their search engine that should help netizens to find their smartphones when they are misplaced or lost.

After a nation-wide movement by Internet activists and users against telecom firms which are trying to curb the Freedom of Internet & Choice, a senior TRAI official has hinted that they may take action against these anti-net neutrality plans.

Google Research team has announced the launch of their new handwriting input app for Android devices, which enables users to directly scribble into their devices. It supports both stylus and fingers for input mode, and can quickly understand your words and capture your inputs into the screen.

The world’s first self-powered video camera has been unveiled by an Indian scientist, Shree Nayar at Columbia University. The device lets you take selfies or capture an image, record videos and store them forever.

If you have noticed, most successful and rich people sleep very little and work more than most. Here are the sleep and work patterns of the 10 famous people!

Mark Zuckerberg has written a letter, meant for all activists of Net Neutrality in India where he says Internet.org does not break Net Neutrality. Here we debunk all the 5 points he has made in his letter.

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) team in Mumbai raided Snapdeal’s Mumbai premises at Goregaon for allegedly selling illegal and restricted drugs which are meant to be sold only via prescription.

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