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News Roundup: 10 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week [10August – 15August]

News Roundup: 10 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week [10August – 15August]

Indian Native Sundar Pichai is the new Google CEO. Google is restructuring itself to slim down the company and renew its focus on innovations. Alphabet is the new company that has been spun off with the existing Google products and Larry Page will be heading Alphabet while Sundar takes over Google.

Co-Founder & MD of Foodpanda, Rohit Chadda Quits

Rohit had stepped down from his role as MD of the company to start new initiatives.  However, he continue to hold shares in the company. Has Reached Another Milestone

Company has now crossed 1 Mn verified property listings in the Rent and Resale sections, since its establishment.

Delhi High Court Reinforced The Ban On Cab Aggregator Ola

As a consequence of which diesel taxis will be barred from making point-to-point rides within the city.Vehicles moving to Gurgaon or Noida will be spared from the ban as it is outside Delhi city limits.

Cleartrip Enters Activities Space

A wide range of 150 themes – Culinary classes, Food walks, Segway tours, Luxury bike rentals, Yachting, Adventure, Go karting, Photography trails, Hiking, Kids, Day outings, Night treks, and more have been introduced for users to do without  leaving their city.

Shopclues Forays Into Hyperlocal Market

With the Launch Of  ‘Neighbourhood Market’, ShopClues will now connect local sellers with buyers near them across mobile and web platforms.

Paytm Has 100Mn Mobile Wallet Users

Users can load money to Paytm wallet using debit card, credit card, net banking and over 20,000 cash deposit points. Paytm is also partnering with various banks to help users to add money through bank branch and ATM machines.

Quikr Launches Its Automobile Vertical, Quikr Cars

This vertical will focus on all kinds of automobiles, i.e. cars, bikes and commercial vehicles. The company said that it is also going to formally launch its verticals in real estate, jobs and services in the next 4 weeks. To Fire Over 600 Employees

Employee’s layoff will take place in the next three months. This move seems to be aimed at controlling the cash burn and shift the focus to core technologies.

Flipkart Surpasses 150Mn Product Sales

According to the company, it has witnessed a 150% growth in the number of products sold as compared to 2014.

CarDekho Launches TruckDekho

The portal will address market of commercial vehicles by showcasing latest trucks information. It will allow customers to choose from best options around buying and owning a truck and other commercial vehicles.

Lets have a look at other developments of the week

NewsHunt Rebrands As DailyHunt

With this rebranding, Bangalore-based mobile news aggregation platform, NewsHunt, plans to enter into new verticals such as shopping and test preparation.

Xiaomi Sets Up Its First Manufacturing Unit In India

Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn to set up its first manufacturing unit in India at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The partnership has already started to bear fruit with the launch of  first ‘Made In India’ smartphone- Redmi 2 Prime, which is priced at INR 6,999.

CommonFloor Introduces ‘Locality Virtual Tours’

This feature offers a virtual walk through of a neighborhood of any locality selected by user.

Property buyer can get 360 degree view or a street view of the location mapped on google maps (along with geo-code) this eliminates the need to visit the location in person.

Sansui Goes Online-only In India

In an attempt to increase company sales, Sansui will sell its air-conditioners and certain models of televisions and refrigerators exclusively through Flipkart.

Ebay Teams Up With Capital Floats To Provide Collateral Free Loans For Its Sellers

Sellers on Ebay can now get loans upto Rs 1 crore without any collateral. Many other online marketplaces are trying to empower their sellers with such schemes.

Housing Appoints Jason Kothari As Its Chief Business Officer

Jason will be reporting to the Operating Committee and the Board. Prior to this, he was the co-founder & CEO of Valiant Entertainment.

Snapdeal Appoints Viraj Chatterjee As VP – Engineering

Viraj will lead the technology development solutions to enrich the seller’s experience. Prior to this, Viraj has worked with Adobe Systems for 16 years, where he most recently served as Director Engineering.

Aakash Institute introduces live online education with Aakash Live

Aakash, a coaching institute for Medical and Engineering entrance exams has leveraged WizIQ to introduce Online Academy Builder and Virtual Classroom technology utilized to simulate a live classroom experience for Engineering, Medical and Foundation courses aspirants.

TOLEXO Partners With Two Safety Goods Manufacturer Hillson and Udyogi

Udyogi’s association with Tolexo goes beyond safety shoes to all personal protective equipment, while Hillson is slated to launch its latest line of safety shoes, “Hillson Max”, exclusively for Tolexo customers. The partnership with both Hillson and Udyogi will offer Tolexo customers seamless access to premier safety equipment at matchless prices.

Yumist expands to Bangalore

Gurgaon based food delivery startup, Yumist, plans to cover most of the city within a matter of weeks. Yumist offers a dynamic menu of homely meals with prices as low as Rs 75 via its Android app.

News Republic partners with Cricbuzz

The partnership will allow News Republic app users to access the latest cricket news and scores of all  matches. The users can select the “cricket” topic and read the news and  score updates.

Treebo goes live with its operations in Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur from August15

With this launch, Treebo is now present in four of the country’s six largest travel destinations.

Company offers budget accommodation with 100% guaranteed quality to travellers, through online booking.  Earlier this year the group raised $6 million financing  from Matrix Partners India and SAIF Partners and will be utilising it for its nationwide expansion.

PayU India strengthens its leadership ranks with key appointment.

PayUIndia has appointed Raj Kamal and Sanjeev Sandhu as VP Strategy (PayU Global) and Business Head, Technology Solution Business respectively. The announcement  follows Prabhakar Tiwari’s recent appointment as CMO.

Vyomo Gained 53K Customers Within 45 Days

Based on the current locations, Vyomo helps its customers discover Salons and Spas, compare prices, read customer reviews and instantly book the service they want within a few taps. In just two months, Vyomo has registered more than 3000 salon and Spa service providers across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Vyomo launched its first mobile app in May 2015.

‘Ola Sainik’ to enroll 100,000 Ex-servicemen by 2020 as entrepreneurs on the Ola platform

This initiative would involve Ola investing in the re-skilling of such interested candidates, helping them embrace technology and empower them to grow as skilled micro-entrepreneurs on the Ola platform. Ola Sainik will also over a phased manner, make available larger benefits like training, education and insurance for the family members of Ex-servicemen on the Ola app. The first batch of ‘Sainiks’ are expected to join the platform in the coming week.