Weekly Wrap-up: Free Basics Ban, IRCTC Chaayos, Oyo Buys Zo Rooms & 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 last week, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz!

Weekly Wrap-up: Ola Corporate, BookMyShow Financials, Paytm Sound Pay & More…

Videocon D2H and Tata Sky are some of the DTH players who are going to come packed with smarter features like internet browsing and interacting with certain applications on your existing TV.

Deepinder Goyal led startup has announced that Zomato has turned profitable in India and five other regions. The other countries are Philippines, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Qatar.

A 32 year old techie from Hyderabad has alleged that a guy she met via dating app Tinder has raped her. In her complaint, she has stated that 28 year old software engineer from Hyderabad, whom she was in contact using WhatsApp has raped her after giving her soft drink mixed with whiskey.

To make the launch and expansion fast, Paytm has allocated a budget of Rs 400 crore to promote this bank, and has planned to hire 3000 highly skilled people for this task.

In an surprise move, Amazon India have decided not to give refunds to mobile phone purchases made on their site. They are now only offering 10 day replacement if the product is damaged or has issues!

In a landmark decision by TRAI, every type of discriminatory data pricing has been banned in India. In fact, defaulters who wish to offer such differential pricing would be fined anywhere from Rs 50,000 to Rs. 50,00,00 per day.

PepperTap has decided to exit strong markets such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai along with Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Chandigarh with immediate effect. Around 400 employees would be laid off, which mainly includes delivery men across these 6 cities.

IRCTC has announced their tie-up with Chaayos to provide freshly made tea and snacks to customers at major train stations in India. The execution will first start for all trains from New Delhi railway station and will simultaneously be rolled out to other stations in Delhi and Mumbai.

Last year, several Axis Bank account holders from Mysore and nearby areas complained to police regarding huge amounts of money being stolen from their accounts. When the case was transferred to cyber crime department, they discovered that Axis bank employees were the culprit.

With the launch of the ‘Start-Up India Campaign’ and a lot of focus on encouraging start-ups, curiosity has been built around what the budget will offer. How well the government will adopt and accommodate start-up friendly policies and initiatives.

According to a recent report ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’ published by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indicus Analytic, state of Maharashtra has been declared as the most Internet Ready state in India.

Auto Expo, the biennial extravaganza conducted at Delhi, returned with even more noise, more excitement and more cars this year. Here are the 5 most sizzling, hot cars which raised the temperature at Auto Expo this year:

Modi government has reached out to the prominent banks in India to fund Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Rural Development Minister Birender Singh confirmed the same about the government requesting helps in the matter of building more toilets for the poor as a part of Clean India Mission.

Tagmmer is that innovative cloud based storage and bookmarking platform, that combines features of Dropbox and Pinterest on one Single platform. With Tagmmer, storage of videos, bookmarking of weblinks, images, pdfs, ebooks and every type of media file becomes much easier, and entertaining.

In 2015, at total 1622 new mobile phone handsets were launched – at an average nearly 5 new phones every single day. 91mobiles, a leading gadget research and comparison site, published these findings in their “Mobile phone landscape: India 2015” report.

Amazon has decided to infuse fresh funds of $300 million to optimize their Indian operations. Besides improving their logistics and products portfolio, Amazon India will provide loans to thousands of SMEs and entrepreneurs in order to help them expand their businesses.

Vodafone has launched its high speed services in Mumbai in select areas for now. It was high time Vodafone launched its 4G services, which had been scheduled to be launched in December 2015. Vodafone 4G is already now available in Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, Mumbai, Kerala and Kolkata.

Bus travelers in Karnataka will be extremely happy to hear this – The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will soon offer Free Wi-Fi facility in 144 major bus stations. Some of the Bus Stations to have this facility include Bengaluru, Hassan, Mandya, Mysuru, Madikeri, Dharmasthala, Mangaluru, Kundapur, Davangere, Tumakuru, Kolar among others.

Marc Andreessen, the hot shot American venture capitalist and a Board Member in Facebook, tweeted last week about colonialism and Free Basics upsetting millions of Indians. Even Mark Zuckerberg distanced himself and expressed deep regrets about the whole episode.

Zo rooms, the online budget hotel accommodation startup which promised to become a formidable player in this niche has been finally acquired by Oyo Rooms. This acquisition has been confirmed by SoftBank as they shared their earnings report yesterday.

The direction in which ecommerce is going in India, it is a matter of time that some of the startups may hang up their boots and day to the investors ‘Honey, I multiplied my losses…”

During the just concluded India Digital Summit Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma gave a passionate, interesting and mind-blowing presentation on the ‘Technology Giving Leap To Financial Inclusion’ topic, and in that, he shared the amount of cashback which Paytm rolled out last year.

On the Chromium Blog, Google has shared an exciting piece of news that Chrome for Android will now get support for Eddystone, the cross-platform interaction medium introduced to allow interaction between bluetooth enabled devices.

PM Modi is all set to change this as 40 crore workers under unorganized sector will soon receive a special smart card, which will enable their financial and social inclusion into mainstream economy.

Telecom Operators plan to kill Net Neutrality with new armor and new design. One interesting strategy which is being talked about includes creating an ecosystem of their own apps/services which doesn’t require using Internet as we know it.

In one of the major #DigitalIndia decisions, Indian Govt. has launched official website of ‘India Handloom Brand’, wherein both consumers and producers can directly buy and sell products.

Vodafone is finally done with its first phase of 4G operations in India by covering five major areas, Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi-NCR and Mumbai. Having launched the services this week in Mumbai, Vodafone 4G is now live in Bengaluru.

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