Google to allow sharing of paid Android apps through Family Groups

Google will soon allow users to share their paid mobile apps purchased from the Android App store within a virtual family group, reports TechCrunch. According to Google’s documentation, ‘Family Library’ will be available by July 2, 2016, and all paid apps purchased after that date would become eligible for sharing with other members through the new feature. Developers can restrict their apps from being shared within a Family Groups; Google will provide an option for developers to turn off/ sharing feature one its launched. Family Library will also support sharing books, and streaming of music and videos among the members in a group.


Housing’s co-founder Advitiya Sharma launches new education startup

Housing’s co-founder Advitiya Sharma who left the company in March has now launched a new education startup named ‘Genius’, reports Livemint. Sharma’s new startup aims to offer neighborhood tutors with relevant resources in the form of content and software to help adapt teaching to each student’s learning abilities. The startup plans to reach 800 teachers and 8,000 students in 5 metros within the next six months. The startup is targeting schoolchildren from kindergarten to Class VIII, but initially the service will be rolled out for Classes III-V by offering lesson in mathematics, science and English. It plans to make money by charging a fee off a teachers’ income.


Shopmatic launches operations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Shopmatic, an e-commerce platform for sellers, has extended its business operations in Singapore and Hong Kong. The company provides fully managed online ecommerce platform for independent sellers, local entrepreneurs and other individuals. It helps sellers in developing their own web-store, listing on marketplaces and other social channels. Founded in December 2014, Shopmatic has offices in Gurgaon and Bangalore as well. The company also claims to have raised funds from unnamed angel investors, although we could not find any such media reports online.


Paytm adds over 1,000 brands on its eCommerce platform

Mobile payments company Paytm said that it has added more than 1,000 new brands including Puma, Smasung, Samsonite, Casio among others to its ecommerce platform, Economic Times reported. All brands on Paytm’s ecommerce platform will act as independent retailers wherein brands can control the sellers; manage inventory, pricing and promotions. They will also be able to run promotional campaigns and acquire products from their direct physical stores as well.


Aarambh Ventures floats new startup accelerator

Startup advisory firm Aarambh Ventures has launched Idea Labs, a startup accelerator center at IIT-Roorkee campus. The new accelerator will focus on startups in Technology/Mobile, Health, Agriculture, Clean Tech/Energy, IoT, AI, Big Data & Fin- Tech space. Idea Labs program will be supported by several VCs, entrepreneurs, and domain experts including Unitus Seed Fund, Omnivore Partners, IvyCap, LetsVenture, Design for Use, among others. Additionally, IIT Roorkee and Aarambh Ventures have also signed a MoU to promote of entrepreneurship among the students of IIT Roorkee.


Apprel rental startup Klozee shuts down operations

Online apparel rental startup Klozee has shut down operations after raising funding in August last year, reports Livemint. The company’s team of 12 members has reportedly moved to online fashion store company Voonik. While Klozee’s founders including Aman Haji, Pratik Moona and Prashant Jain have joined Livspace, the report added. The Bangalore based startup used to offer a catalogue of dresses from various brands and designers that can be rented.

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