Weekly Wrap-up: Save The Internet, Zomato Food Delivery, Facebook Hello, TCS Sued & More…


It’s time to do a quick wrap-up of posts published on Trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this wrap-up will give you an overview of what happened in tech-mobile-startup space in India.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

IBM is trying to socialize email through its newly launched IBM Verse platform. It’s tagged – “a new way to work” – and it aims at redesigning the way we use email at work.

WhatsApp growth is not slowing down as many believe, in fact if anything it has online accelerated. WhatsApp numbers are astonishing to say the least. They have now crossed 800 million monthly Active users of which 100 million new users have been added in last 3 months alone.

Airtel leadership is clearly concerned and alarmed at the rate at which consumers are voicing their anger against their monopolistic scheme: Airtel Zero, especially after Flipkart pulled out from their Airtel Zero scheme and declared support for Net Neutrality.

ICICI Bank today announced launch of new innovative NFC (Near Field Communication) based contactless payment system in partnership with Tech Mahindra. Called “Tap n Pay”, it allows users to make over-the-counter payments without using any cash or card.

It seems that TRAI is now slowly but gradually waking up to the plight of Broadband in India, and in a major exception, they are even willing to incorporate changes for improvement.

Steven Heldt, an ex-TCS employee in USA has sued TCS by filing a case at the US District Court in San Francisco citing discrimination and impartiality (pay walled link) dealt out to him as he is a Caucasian American.

Internet, fueled by social media and adoption of Internet is the driving force behind Indian Media & Entertainment Industry, as the overall market has now crossed Rs 1 lakh crore, growing at a breakneck speed of 13.9% annually.

Although global ecommerce industry is relatively new, with few major players, this is something which no other major portal has ever done: Flipkart is going to shut down their desktop website in a year’s time and sell only via mobile apps.

Uber has emailed to all their customers about revised fares in respective cities, and this includes the extra burden of service tax. Addition of tax have obviously given rise to Uber fares

The downfall of the public broadcaster’s channels is seen since many years after the digitization of TV channels. They are now planning to let the Indians watch the TV channels on their smartphones without having the need internet or telecom broadband.

TCS created history by paying huge one time bonus to its employees. Here we look at the science and art behind how to pay bonuses and incentives effectively to your employees.

Be it a plumber, cook, electrician or an interior designer, it is now possible to hire a person of any profession on Freelancer.com. One of the most popular online freelancing job site, which has more than 15 million customers in 73,000 cities globally is now providing you a chance to hire the professionals from your local area.

Zomato has now officially announced the opening of online food delivery on their mobile app; which means that customers can now save more time.

Sistema Shyam, which is also known as MTS (Mobile TeleSystems), has tied up with Indian Railways to launch free Wi-Fi services at major stations in the country. The decision was taken as a part of the government’s initiative of Digital India.

Indian Railways has decided to launch a special mobile application, which will cater to the needs of those commuters who are travelling unreserved or in a suburban train.

An official from Income Tax department has stated that PAN Card will now be issued in 48 hours flat based on a new methodology would be soon adopted by the Govt

COAI or Cellular Operators Association of India has unleashed an ambiguous campaign, #SabkaInternet which seems targeted to confuse general public, and garner mass support by disguising information

Micromax is in no mood to slow down, and it’s amazing yet historical upswing continues to soar – According to Micromax CEO Vineet Taneja their revenue has crossed Rs. 10,000 Cr for 2014.

According to the Facebook’s blog post, it has updated its news feed algorithm with 3 major updates to maintain a perfect balance between the contents updated by friends and other pages.

Named as Pharma Jan Samadhan (PJS), this online platform will empower all citizens to directly report any unusual pricing or bad business practice prevalent in the pharmaceuticals industry

Twitter now enabled you to send Direct Messages to anyone around the world. Similarly, you can receive the messages too. This is a big change made by the leading social networking site. And this will bring an enormous change in how Twitter is being used, especially by brands!

Facebook has launched ‘Hello’, that offers more options than the popular called ID, TrueCaller. The Facebook Hello app not only allows you to block the unwanted calls but also lets you know who is calling (and even offers nifty details about callers) and allows you search for places around you.

Xiaomi last week unveiled a new Smartphone variant Mi 4i at a price of Rs. 12999, and based on the specifications and price on offer we can definitely say, this is yet another impressive value for money smartphone right up there with their flagship Mi3.

Taking advantage of the unlimited FDI provision for B2B segment in India, Amazon has launched their dedicated portal: AmazonBusiness.in for small business owners and traders in India.

Google is always looking to extend the boundaries of what is possible, and now they have announced Project Fi, which is probably the way forward on how we have communicate over regular wireless Network.

We attended both the launch events of Xiaomi Mi 4i as well as Zenfone 2 and as a marketer it was how successful the launch event was rather than the specs of the phone itself.

As per a recently released study into the global Skyscraper prime office rents, it has been found that Mumbai is expensive than Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.

It seems COAI has adopted this new mantra when it comes to Freedom of Internet in India. Unable to convince Indian citizens regarding the discriminatory plans and anti-net neutrality stand, they have officially launched SabKaInternet campaign last week.

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), a self-regulatory body for protection of consumer interests, has stated that Idea Cellular’s advertisement campaigns for promoting their Idea Internet Network (IIN) is misleading the public.

Also, if you are not aware we update our Indian Startup Funding and Investment Chart for 2015 on basis, check it out!

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