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Google Hangouts Gets Improved Call Quality With Peer-to-Peer Connections

Google Hangouts can now utilise peer-to-peer connections for communication. In a new update to its messaging and voice and video calling app, Google rolled out the feature to Android, iOS, and the Web. The addition of peer-to-peer protocol for communications is aimed at improving the voice calling experience. The search giant recently started to notify users on their phone about ... Read More »

Pay for Petrol With Paytm at Indian Oil Pumps

On Friday, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma announced via a Facebook post that customers at Indian Oil petrol pumps can pay for fuel using the mobile wallet. The company is enabling this one pump at a time, so for now, only a few pumps accept payments via Paytm. This continues the path for mobile wallets to become a viable alternative ... Read More »

Adblock Plus, Scourge of Websites, Seeks Industry Deal

For its users, Adblock Plus stands as a bulwark against intrusive advertising. But websites dependent on advertising revenue to remain free-of-charge see the open source software as a scourge. Now the German firm behind Adblock Plus is taking a more conciliatory tack, reaching out to its adversaries to find an “acceptable” level and form of advertising on the net. Adblock ... Read More »

Zomato Breaks Even at Home, in Key Markets Abroad

Indian restaurant search and food delivery service Zomato, one of only a handful of Indian start-ups to succeed abroad, said on Monday it had broken even in key markets including India and is on track to make a profit as early as June next year. The result comes as Zomato seeks $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,356 crores) in funding, a ... Read More »

VR Firm Wevr Raises $25 Million From Samsung, HTC, and Others

Virtual reality company Wevr raised $25 million (roughly Rs. 170 crores) from investors including HTCCorp and Samsung Ventures to fund the launch of a new platform for VR creators to distribute content, executives said on Friday. The platform, called Wevr Transport, is available now to a limited number of users in a test phase. It is designed to run on ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: A Personalised Insurance Seller, Enterprise IoT Player, and More

Our latest roundup mostly sees seed funding activity centred around sectors like online insurance, learning kits, and co-working spaces, with a couple of Series A rounds in areas like Industrial IoT and driver analytics. Turtlemint Personalised insurance platform Turtlemint has raised an undisclosed sum in an investment round led by Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from Blume Ventures. The Mumbai-based ... Read More »

Snapdeal to End Contract With Brand Ambassador Aamir Khan: Report

Snapdeal will reportedly be ending its association with brand ambassador Aamir Khan, with his contract signed March 2015 set to expire soon. According to a recent news report, which cites unnamed sources, the company decided not to renew the contract as it is looking to reduce its advertising spend and focus on its products instead. Speaking to NDTV, the actor’s ... Read More »

250,000 E-Commerce Jobs Likely in 2016: Assocham

E-commerce is likely to generate during 2016 nearly 2.5 lakh jobs in India’s online retail, including temporary employees, supply chain, logistics and ancillary units, an apex trade association has said. According to estimates, released on Friday by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), 2.5 million people will be required to work within the e-commerce industry by ... Read More »

Chinese Turn to Carpooling Apps to Get Ride Home for Holidays

The hundreds of millions of Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a relatively new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners to share costs in what is a novel concept for most Chinese. The apps give an alternative to pricey airfares and hard-to-score train tickets. Software developer Li Jin in Shanghai used one after he ... Read More »

FreeCharge Says It Has Issued 500,000 Go Cards in 10 Days

Mobile wallet and digital payments platform FreeCharge announced that over half a million ‘FreeCharge Go’ virtual cards have been created and issued in just ten days since its customer rollout. The company also said that its wallet now has over 20 million users with over a million transactions a day. The ‘FreeCharge Go’ card was launched in partnership with Yes ... Read More »