TC Roundup: Transport dept finds gaps in applications of Uber, Ola, TaxiForSure

30 Jan, 2015

Transport dept finds gaps in applications of Uber, Ola, TaxiForSure: The Delhi Transport Authority has found gaps in applications by Uber, OlaCabs, Taxi For Sure and NTL Call Cabs for a licence to operate in Delhi under an amended radio taxi scheme.

The department sent 'deficiency memos' to these firms on January 24. "It will take at least 10 days for companies to fill in all the gaps in the applications, which will then be reconsidered by the department," said a government official on the condition of anonymity. (Business Standard)

China to allow game console sales nationwide after Shanghai test: China will permit the manufacture and sale of game consoles nationwide, after a trial program in Shanghai's free-trade zone ended a 14-year ban last January.

Local governments must draft detailed rules to allow the business and submit them to Ministry of Commerce by Saturday, according to a statement from the State Council posted on the central government's website Thursday. The cabinet also let policies for some customs procedures and foreign-exchange settlement be adopted outside of the zone, according to the document, which was dated Dec. 21 (Bloomberg)

Facebook invades Yelp, Foursquare territory with geo-specific Place Tips for iPhone: Facebook knows that being able to target users with information about exactly where they are can be extremely lucrative. Today, it invaded the territory occupied by Yelp and Foursquare, launching a new feature for the Facebook iPhone app that delivers information about where its users are in real-time.

Known as Place Tips, the opt-out feature will show up at the top of users' News Feed, and is designed to show "a series of cards with info about the place you're at," Facebook said. "If you choose to view Place Tips, you'll find things like posts and photos your friends have shared with you about that place." (Venture Beat)

Snapchat outgrows the friend zone: Discover is Snapchat's big new play in the world of media. It's a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles and, of course, advertisements.

Brands can buy advertisements against these Discover "Editions," which play every three or four swipes. It's really not all that bad. It's what we've grown accustomed to. It feels like a magazine that you would read in the future. But with the launch of Discover, one small piece of the app disappeared. Best Friends is gone. (Tech Crunch)