Weekly Wrap-Up: Internet.Org Opened, Mobile Market Declines, Net Neutrality Updates & More


Here is a quick wrap-up of the posts published on Trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with happening in Tech-Online-Mob space in India.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

COAI’s Sabka Internet campaign got 40 Lakh people’s support. The real question to ask is – Whether these 40 lakh people who supported for SabkaInternet Campaign know what they have approved of in reality ?

It turns out that what they say is true — there is indeed an app for that. And employee engagement is no exception. In this article, We cover some of the recent tech trends employers are using to make employees happier and more engaged.

It seems Facebook has heard the cries of Net Neutrality campaigners – They have now opened up their much talked about Internet.org platform for all developers who can now bring their apps and websites to become part of the platform as long as they adhere to certain guidelines.

Uber is steadily expanding it’s wings in India – On the Maharashtra Day weekend, they have, for the first time, launched inter-city services. Called UberINTERCITY, the service has been launched for travel between Mumbai and Pune.

Within 24 hours of giving his resignation, it seems that Rahul Yadav has withdrawn his resignation. Housing.com CEO Rahul Yadav has put in his papers, and has sent a scornful resignation letter that calls Investors and board members not sensible enough to talk.

Kishore Biyani led Future Group has announced it’s merger with Bharti Retail, there by forming India’s largest retail chain in terms of revenues.

Syntel has already sacked several hundred employees from their offices located in Mumbai, Chennai and Pune without giving them the 30 day notice period which is mandatory as per labour laws.

Xiaomi has partnered with GadgetWood eServices, a web-based portal that offers repair and support services to smartphones and tablet devices. The partnership entails Xiaomi phone users one-day repair and doorstep delivery services for Mi Smartphones.

Next time you take a ride with OLA cabs, you may find a peculiar addition to your bill. Ola has quietly added something called as ride time charges to you total fare. No, these are not the “wait time” charges – these are “ride time” charges,

More than the product, and the services offered, Housing.com, off late has been in news for some other extreme reasons: Public conduct of Rahul Yadav, one of the co-founders of Housing.com.

In a major relief to India’s top ecommerce players, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rejected all allegations and charges of conducting unfair business practices against them.

For the first time ever, Delhi Government will monitor all TV news channels broadcasted at India’s national capital, and submit its report to Arvind Kejriwal. Media veterans have termed this as a direct assault on the freedom of media and information in the country.

All India Radio (AIR) announced their new Android application today that will allow users to listen various AIR channels on your smartphone through internet.

All the protests and agitations against discriminatory Internet plans by telecom companies are not going down the drain: The Government is listening; and committed to the cause of Net Neutrality. It may very well be included as one of the conditions for granting telecom licenses in India;

According to CMR’s India Monthly Mobile Handsets Market Review, total mobile handset market in India has fallen by as much as 15 percent compared to previous quarter.

Lok Sabha finally passed the much awaited Goods & Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has been pending since last 12 years. 352 MPs voted for the bill, whereas 37 voted against this bill, which has been hailed as India’s biggest tax reform since Independence.

Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman signed a 5 point agenda to promote Make in India campaign, and to increase bilateral trade between India and Japan.

What’s the reason that companies like Google and Zappos have to no more sell themselves to their customers? Why do customers love these two brands? The reason, they command excellent customer loyalty, go to great lengths to make the existing customers happy.

India’s second largest telecom company Vodafone India announced their new bill payment and mobile recharge Smartphone wallet app – M-Pesa.

Mobikwik, one of the leading mobile wallets in India today announced slew of travel related partnerships – they have partnered with 4 leading Indian travel portals that include MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Yatra and Goibibo.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued fresh notification, which mandates and instructs all banks to issue only EMV and Pin based debit and credit cards for their customers. The deadline for the implementation of this directive is September, 2015; and all new cards issued henceforth have to be under this new format.

As per real estate survey done by Propequity, Bengaluru and Pune are India’s top real estate markets. On the other hand, Mumbai has fallen from top to 8th place, and NCR at the bottom of the pile.

Move over Raspberry Pi because the C.H.I.P is here. A crowd funded startup named Next Thing Co. is creating world’s cheapest computer which will be priced just $9. Named as “C.H.I.P”, this is technically faster, smaller & cheaper than Raspberry Pi,

Exactly an year back Flipkart started offering Sexual Wellness products on its platform to the users. However, barely 12 months after the launch, they have decided to remove all products listed under Sexual wellness category, except condoms, which are still available.

After disrupting flight search and insurance market, Google has jumped into the $370 billion online food delivery market by introducing a feature in mobile search, wherein users can directly order food.

It’s astonishing how much your profession can change your habits to a large extent, Sometimes permanently.

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