Weekly Wrap-up: BSNL Sensational Offer, PepperTap Shutdown, Paytm Unicommerce Row & 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, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz!

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

In a clear cut case of violation of the ‘free market’ and interference by Government machinery in the working of privately incorporated companies, cabs of both Ola and Uber are being seized in Bangalore.

Dubbed ‘RTA m-wallet’, the application has been developed specifically for Telangana residents by Transport Department, for people to drive around without the need to have the necessary papers handy physically. Drivers can download digital documents from the website itself.

A US Jury has announced their verdict against TCS in trade secrets violation case; and the amount of fine which was announced has stunned everyone in the Indian IT sector: $940 million.

‘Lean’ is the latest buzzword doing rounds on the startup circuit. Though this thought has been there for a decade, but it’s only recently that it has started becoming popular in the mainstream business.

Uber has suspended Surge pricing in Delhi during the fortnight-long odd-even scheme, which had a first full working day on Monday.

Snapdeal, one of the largest eCommerce players in India, has announced partnership with IIT-Delhi enabling them to sell SmartCane on their platform. Priced at Rs. 3,500, Smartcanes are electronic walking aid devices for visually impaired.

Chillr, a leading Indian mobile payment app, in a bid to improve its services and allow easier disbursements, has launched a new payment service called ‘Mass Pay’. The new service works on IMPS platforms and allows users to make bulk payments to vendors without any manual interventions.

Ninety percent of all startups fail..How about learning from other people’s failures? That would save you tons of money and time. Here are the 5 deadly mistakes that could kill a startup even before launch?

Who would would have thought it would come to this – but according to a circular released by District Magistrate of Kupwara district, all Whatsapp admins of News groups have been publicly notified that if they will have to register their group with Kupwara District magistrate.

CREO Mark 1 is available on CREO’s own website as well as Flipkart. Top 2000 buyers on CREO’s website will be rewarded with an option.

Zoho, the SaaS based software product company from India has decided to delve into mobile & gamification mode. They have launched 4 new products within their eco-system, which will challenge Microsoft and Google’s dominance in this niche.

ixigo, one of the leading travel search engine, today announced launch of ixigo 1-Tap Cab Booking feature on ixigo Cabs app. The app has first-of-its-kind feature that allows users to books cabs from the app even if they do not have internet or GPS available.

Pulse, the tiny hard-boiled candy from DS Group has set the pulse of FMCG sector racing as it equaled the mighty Coke Zero’s record in terms of sales. Pulse has now churned out Rs 100 crore sale within 8 months; a record which none of the candies available in India has ever achieved.

Indian unskilled and skilled workers will soon experience one of the biggest labour reforms ever finalized. In a big relief to all contractual employees, minimum wage has been increased by more than 50% to Rs 10,000 per month or Rs 333 per day.

Google’s own ‘Safe Browsing’ tool claims that Google.com is ‘partially dangerous’. The tool has been a benchmark in the industry for safe-marking websites to browse.

Entrepreneurs are no longer seen as the outlaws in the Indian society. In fact, nearly half the Indians are considering to start their own business while every 3 in 4 Indians believe that anyone can be trained to be an entrepreneur.

After their unveiling in September last year, Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio have now been launched in India. Both these dongles are currently available on Google India website and carry a price tag of Rs. 3,399 each.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has announced that the much anticipated e-toll facility would be made live effective April 25th, across India. 275 toll plazas have been equipped with Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, which will directly debit the toll charges from the passing vehicles.

In one of the sensational offers ever launched, BSNL has been rumoured to offer 20 GB 3G data for only Rs 50. And this 20 GB can be shared among 5 users, all over India. However, it seems that the offer was an hoax

Paytm run by One97 Communication has accused Snapdeal owned Unicommerce for having accessed confidential business data on Paytm’s commerce platform. Unicommerce, an online multi channel order fulfillment platform that was founded in 2012 and helps e-commerce merchants to sell efficiently.

Amazon India was titled as the most attractive employer in E-commerce industry and Samsung India for consumer electronics. Google India was awarded as the ‘most attractive employer’ in India, followed by Mercedes-Benz India

Arvind Kejriwal wants complete ban on surge pricing, even after odd-even rule ends. It seems that Delhi Govt. wants a fixed price band, within which these taxi apps can charge their customers pertaining to demand-supply rule.

Facebook messenger has now added a free group-calling feature, with which you could add a whooping number of 50 friends. The feature would be available to users in a day’s time on both iOS and Android as stated by Messenger chief David Marcus.

There is a cartel of four-five telecom companies having billion subscribers, who are making Rs 250 crore a day from outgoing calls. They have stupendous growth but they are making minimum investment on their network to improve the quality of service on their network to curb call drops

Sachin & Binny Bansal, Priyanka Chopra, Sania Mirza, Raghuram Rajan, Sundar Pichai Feature In Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list of 2016

Facebook has updated its News Feed algorithm under its Feed Quality Program to weed out low quality and click bait-y links, and this latest development in Facebook News Room looks very promising as they have included time viewed by user after clicking the article as one parameter

Peppertap, one of the most promising and rising players of online groceries & hyperlocal delivery niche, has shut down its operations. They have decided to return back exclusively to reverse logistics business, which was their foundation all this while.

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