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Fintech startup Intellect Design Arena and ecommerce major Infibeam have won the bid for government emarketplace (GeM). Both have reportedly emerged as the lowest bidders to run the online platform. For a five year contract, Intellect will procure goods while Infibeam will manage the ecommerce services of the GeM. Tata Communications, on the other hand, […]

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Well, Microsoft invested in Flipkart and in turn, Flipkart had to switch to Azure.
Microsoft plans to do the same with Ola. News report suggests that Microsoft will invest $100mn in Ola and in turn, Ola will have to switch to Azure.

“The talks with Ola are in very early stages. More than the money, it is more about Nadella’s vision of partnering with more and more large technology companies in India and establish Azure as service of preference. Microsoft is likely to invest in Ola but a term sheet is yet to be issued,” (via)

This comes 2 years after Microsoft invested $137mn in Uber !

Microsoft : Brilliant Strategy Playbook

Leaving aside the merits of Azure, Microsoft is surely winning Cloud War.


Microsoft is clocking close to $20Bn in enterprise-cloud revenue in its new fiscal year.

What’s particularly striking about Microsoft’s rapid ascension in the enterprise cloud—its annualized cloud revenue run rate is now $18.9 billion—is that it’s occurring even as its closest competitors, Amazon and Salesforce, are themselves performing brilliantly.

The difference is that the brilliance of both Salesforce and Amazon (tie for #2 in the Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings) is isolated within only one or two of the cloud’s three layers—SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS—whereas #1 Microsoft’s cloud services and capabilities are finding booming customer acceptance across all three layers. (read this interesting analysis).

For Microsoft, winning India is an important game and instead of bottom-up sales structure, the company is grabbing the top customers and moving them away from AWS.

Which is also why the Microsoft accelerator program too moved away from early stage to mid-stage startups – i.e. a more integrated approach.

Is this the right approach? Don’t you ‘earn’ customers and not ‘push’ them to use your platform? Well, for Microsoft the approach is working and the revenue number is a big indicator.

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What if you have pair jeans which could easily shrug off water, resist stains and refuses to smell anything but fresh – EVEN after weeks of wear?

That sounds like an ideal thing to have, right?

Meet TurmsWear, Bangalore based startup which is using advanced hydrophobic nanotechnology and is building fabrics that you can wear for a longer duration of time and still look cool !

:rocket:Get it
:satellite: Bangalore.

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“We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs” – says Nitin Gadkari, transport and highways minister.

There is demand for 22 lakh commercial drivers in India at present, he said, for which the government has planned to open 100 driver training institutes across the country. “Five lakh people will get jobs over the next five years,” Gadkari claimed (via)

Qn: Do we even have the infrastructure / discipline to think of driverless cars?

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When the Startup India Virtual Hub launched on June 19, 2017, it provided more impetus to PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious Startup Indian Action Plan. While the government received all the applause, there lies a team which developed this platform right from the scratch – digital technology startup TO THE NEW. TO THE NEW,  launched in […]

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The real-estate market has witnessed a lot of ambiguity and uncertainty post demonetization and the buyers have been in severe dilemma regarding their investments. One startup that has been working towards fixing the ambiguity and uncertainty is is India’s first unique online Real Estate advisory portal, where the team’s primary focus is to not only help Home Buyers to buy their dream Home, but also help Home-Buyers access information and details of the Projects they are interested in. Their experts have the sole responsibility of shortlisting right Properties that best suit the Buyers’ Requirement, considering all the criteria


put forth by them and get them in touch with the right Project Experts & Developers for an optimized Home Buying experience.

Founded by Mr. Adesh Agarwal, Mr. Akash Agarwal and Mr. Vaibhav Gupta in the year 2016 and based out of Pune, has now come out as one of the leading consultants for the home buyers. They have conferred best of their knowledge which has resulted into this exclusive venture. is backed up by a team of experienced professionals whose pro-activeness has been the milestone behind the company’s existence. Their team is dedicated to improve the developers’ business across Pune, is best known for its exclusive approach, effective search and quick response. The FourrWalls design is featured with top-grade research, unique project descriptions and a number of cutting-edge additions that have always been the prime lookouts of the users. has so far sold 10 million USD worth of residential space in its first year. When it comes to clients’ satisfaction, their service is second to none. The company’s management is backed by well-trained professionals committed to utilizing their finest knowledge of the real estate industry.

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Microsoft is killing MS Paint in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Frankly, I am quite surprised with this decision.

I moved from Mac to Windows and one of the features I have always loved about Windows is the MS Paint – a handy tool, easy to edit images and was way better than other alternatives (very light on memory).

For many, it still remains as an entry point to the world of computers.

What’s your take? If you are on Windows, have you used MS Paint? Are you going to miss it?

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Glipkart Gran Gadget Sale

Flipkart is back again with their grand sale, and this time it’s all about gadgets. The Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale has some of the breathtaking offers and deals, with heavy discounts on a wide range of gadgets.

The discounts include Cameras, Laptops, Tablets, Headphones, Gaming Accessories and many more. The sale will continue from today – July 24 till July 26.
From Apple MacBook Air to the new iPad Pro to Rs 20,000 off exchange offer on laptops, take a look at the best of deals you could grab at the Grand Gadgets Days Sale.



Flipkart is offering discounts on a wide range of laptops starting from budget segment devices to the high end laptops.

1. Up to Rs. 1000 off on Budget Laptops

You will get an additional discount of up to Rs. 1000 on Budget Laptops like

2. i3 Laptops and i5 Laptops with Extra Discount of up to Rs. 2000

The i3 core Laptops and i5 core Laptops will get an additional discount of Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 2,000 respectively.

3. Gaming Laptops – Up to Rs 20,000 off on Exchange

The best selling gaming laptops like – Acer Aspire Core i7 4th Gen, Asus ROG Core i5 7th Gen, Lenovo Y50-70 Core i7 4th Gen, HP Core i7 7th Gen and several other gaming laptops will be available for an exchange offer of up to Rs 20,000.

4. Up to Rs. 20,000 off on Exchange for Premium Thin and Light laptops

Some of the Premium Thin and Light Laptops will get an exchange offer of up to Rs 20,000.

5. Extra Rs. 2000 off on Apple MacBook Air Core i5 5th Gen.

6. Flat Rs. 3,000 off on all-in-one desktops



From pre-orders for the newly launched tablets to the best selling tablets, Flipkart has an offer for all.

1. Apple iPad Pro Pre Order

Both the iPad Pro 10.5 inch and iPad Pro 12.9 inch will be available for the pre-orders in all the available storage variants – 32GB, 64GB, 256GB and 512GB and in all the four colour variants – Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and Space Grey. All are now available for pre-orders on Flipkart.

2. Galaxy Tab S3

The latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is there (in both Black and Silver colour) for a price of Rs. 47,990.

3. Lenovo Yoga 3 Offer

The Lenovo Yoga 3 is available at a discounted price of Rs. 14,990.

4. Apple iPad 9.7 inch Offer

The Apple iPad 9.7-inch is available at a discounted price of Rs. 25,900 (32GB variant) and the 128GB variant is available at Rs. 35,900.

5. Micromax Canvas Tab P681 8 inch is getting a 26 per cent discount, and is available for Rs. 5,899.

6. Samsung Galaxy J Max 7 inch (8GB variant) is available for Rs. 11,900 (Original Price – Rs. 13,990)

7. Lenovo Tab 3 is available at a discounted price of Rs 8,999 (only black variant).

8. Lenovo Phab Pro 2 Offer

World’s first Project Tango Enabled Device Lenovo Phab 2 Pro (64GB) is available at a discounted price of Rs. 24,999 (original price – Rs. 30,000).



There are a number of interesting deals on Cameras.

1. Nikon D3300 is available at a discounted price of Rs. 35,999 (Original Price – Rs 44,950)

2. Canon EOS 700D is available at a discounted price of Rs. 39,499 (Original Price – Rs. 44,995)

Plus, you will get a pair of free Moto headphones worth Rs 6,999 with it.

Speakers and Headphones


From JBL to Skull candy, Flipkart is offering discounts on a wide range of audio products.

1. JBL Go Speakers will be available at a 25 per cent discount for Rs. 2,540 (Original Price – Rs. 3,490)

2. JBL T250SI Wired Headphones is available at a discounted price of Rs. 899 (Original Price – Rs. 2,499).
3. Up to 50 per cent off on SkullCandy Products

Skullcandy S5LHZ-J576 Anti Headphones is available at a discounted price of Rs. 999 (Original Price – Rs. 1,999) and Skullcandy S2 Pghw-521 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones is available at a discounted price of Rs. 3,899 (Original Price – Rs. 5,299).

Bank Offer

Additionally, you can avail an extra five per cent discount, if you are an Axis Bank Customer (Applicable for Netbanking, Debit and Credit Card Transactions) for a maximum of Rs. 1,500.

The Superphone Challenge (Full Cashback on Your Smartphone)

With the Sale, Flipkart also announced The Superphone Challenge where Flipkart has openly challenged, that there are no smartphones who can beat their 12 Pre-Listed Phones. Though if any user is able to find a smartphone, with at least four pre-mentioned features that are better than the ones listed by Flipkart, it promises to pay the full amount of the challenger smartphone as cashback. The challenge will go on till August 4.

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An interesting perspective on how one featured started the downward curve for SoundCloud.

In 2012, SoundCloud launched RePost feature that enabled anyone to repost. Label abused this feature and it soon became spammy.

It wasn’t the only public spam problem SoundCloud ignored. Services emerged allowing artists to buy thousands of fake listens, likes, or followers, often for as little as a few dollars. For years, SoundCloud’s help community has overflowed with users complaining about bots, and the company has made few efforts to address it.

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Gurugram-headquartered Yatra has acquired corporate travel service provider Air Travel Bureau (ATB) for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition strengthens Yatra’s presence in India’s burgeoning corporate travel sector. The deal, which has already received the approval of the Board of Directors of both companies, will take place through Yatra Online, Inc.’s subsidiary Yatra Online Pvt Ltd. […]

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