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    1. Vicky.in launches online DIY tool for bike & car spare parts info

      Vicky.in launches online DIY tool for bike & car spare parts info

      Online auto classifieds service and vehicle accessories store Vicky.in has introduced a DIY tool for car and bike maintenance/troubleshooting. Vicky.in claims that this car and bike tool is useful for users looking to replace spare parts in their vehicles. It is meant to be a guide for buying parts and accessories like tyres, headlights, fog lamps, synthetic/mineral engine oils, batteries etc.

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    2. Micromax invests in analytics firm as it readies to enter services business

      Micromax invests in analytics firm as it readies to enter services business

      Micromax has invested in a local analytics company for a ‘significant minority stake’ and is close to investing in a Silicon Valley based startup, which operates in the online price comparison space, reports ET Tech.

      Micromax did not provide further details of the deal such as the company it purchased the stake in, the amount invested or other terms of the deal.

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    3. Budget Expectations 2015: Online Service Tax Relief, GST, Startup Fund & More

      Budget Expectations 2015: Online Service Tax Relief, GST, Startup Fund & More

      Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to present the NDA government’s second Union Budget on February 28, 2015. Here are the budget wishlists of digital companies across sectors.

      On Tax Relief, Online Service Tax and MAT:

      Rishi Gupta, MD and CEO, FINO PayTech: “Incentives and tax relief support to financial inclusion enabling entities will help companies innovate and develop a robust technology-based banking infrastructure across the country.

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    4. Railway Budget 2015: Mutli-lingual ticketing portal, SMS alerts, On-board entertainment

      Today Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is presenting the NDA government’s first full Railway Budget. The Minister mentioned that the Railways Ministry received over 20,000 suggestions through social media and some of them have been incorporated into the budget.

      Is @sureshpprabhu first rail minister to admit he incorporated suggestions he got from social media? #RailBudget2015

      — sunetra choudhury (@sunetrac) February 26, 2015

      The Indian Railways plan to introduce:

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      Mentions: Suresh Prabhu NDA
    5. Snapdeal to sell products from Dharavi on its platform

      Snapdeal to sell products from Dharavi on its platform

      Online marketplace Snapdeal.com has launched a variety of products from the manufacturers at Dharavi for sale on its website. The company mentions it has tied up with DharaviMarket.com for the same.

      As a part of this initiative, Snapdeal will start listing Dharavi artisans and SMBs and create an exclusive store for them called ‘Dharavi – Snapdeal store’.

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    6. Hyperlocal grocery service PepperTap raises seed funding from Sequoia Capital

      Hyperlocal grocery service PepperTap raises seed funding from Sequoia Capital

      Gurgoan-based hyperlocal grovery service PepperTap has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from Sequoia Capital and the company said that the funding is being directed towards building a resilient foundation for the company and expanding its orbit across Delhi NCR. It will also  be used to scale up the operations and build a highly-skilled team of 100+ employees across all verticals by the end of the year.

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    7. Flipkart vs Amazon, HP vs Lenovo – what is it about Twitter that has brands behaving like impulsive kids? – Karthik Srinivasan

      Flipkart vs Amazon, HP vs Lenovo – what is it about Twitter that has brands behaving like impulsive kids? – Karthik Srinivasan

      So the good guys at Reddit found that someone from Flipkart ordered from Amazon and posted a pic.

      Even @Flipkart Orders from @Amazon! http://t.co/pAvATFF9P8 pic.twitter.com/wqOISAg1ia

      — Reddit India (@redditindia) February 20, 2015

      Some over-enthusiastic person at Flipkart, manning their Twitter handle couldn’t let go of the opportunity and offered this retort.

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      Mentions: Infosys Cisco Intel
    8. Delhi govt mulling blocking Uber’s IP address to shut down operations: Report

      Delhi govt mulling blocking Uber’s IP address to shut down operations: Report

      The Delhi government transport department has started a consultation with the Centre to block the IP address of Uber and shut down its operations in the country if it does not get a radio taxi licence to ply, reports the Economic Times.

      Uber and other online taxi booking services were banned in Delhi following the rape of a passenger by one of Uber’s drivers in December 2014.

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    9. Zoomcar adds 50 Tata Nanos to its fleet in Pune & Bangalore

      Zoomcar adds 50 Tata Nanos to its fleet in Pune & Bangalore

      Bangalore based self-driving car rental service Zoomcar has partnered with Tata Motors to add 50 Nano cars to its existing fleet of 700. The company said that the Nano cars will be split between Pune and Bangalore. It currently offers cars like the Ford Ecosport, Tata Safari, Mercedes GLA and Honda City among others which lets customers rent them across Bangalore, Pune and the Delhi-NCR region.

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    10. Google’s Blogger to ban explicit content & nudity starting March 23

      Google’s Blogger to ban explicit content & nudity starting March 23

      Google’s blogging platform Blogger has finally decided to take a stand against sexually explicit content and/or graphic nudity. The company has mentioned that starting March 23, 2015 users will not be able to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity” on the blogging platform. However, nudity will be allowed “if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.”

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      Mentions: Google
    11. Conflict between YouTube & creators over ads leads to ban of sponsor slates in videos

      Conflict between YouTube & creators over ads leads to ban of sponsor slates in videos

      YouTube has banned the use graphical title cards, which includes the use of sponsor logos and product branding in videos, unless the sponsor pays Google to advertise on a particular channel, according to a revised FAQ document. The move is likely to hit multi-channel networks and YouTube Stars as their sponsors will now have to pay Google a cut directly for the use of their logos in video overlays.

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    12. FIPB launches new secure website to bring in painless and faster FDI

      FIPB launches new secure website to bring in painless and faster FDI

      The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) launched a sleek new website last week for secure e-filing of applications which need government approval for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India. With the introduction of the new website, applicants will have to submit only a single copy of the application for records with the FIPB Secretariat instead of 15-18 copies which needed to be filed earlier.

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    13. No evidence of VoIP cannibalization of Voice – Airtel India CEO Gopal Vittal

      No evidence of VoIP cannibalization of Voice – Airtel India CEO Gopal Vittal

      “There is still no evidence that suggests that there is cannibalization,” Gopal Vittal, Joint MD and CEO (India & South Asia), for Bharti Airtel said on the companys earnings conference call, when asked about whether data (Mobile Internet) is cannibalizing their voice business. Vittal pointed towards cannibalization on SMS (by messaging apps), but mentioned that the contribution of Internet Telephony (VOIP) “at this point in time is very, very tiny.

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