New Launches: BigAdda’s InstantMessenger, Y!’s oneSearch, ClearTrip’s travel guide..and more

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BigAdda to launch InstantMessaging client?
IM client is in making and will see the light in the next 6 weeks!
Users can make an original video using a handycam, digicam or mobile or write a script and upload it on the BigAdda site. These would have to be uploaded on the ‘Direct a movie’ adda and would be judged by Mr Bhandarkar. The maker of the best video or script would get a chance to work with him.

My take: Well, looks like BigAdda will end up building a India version of Google/Yahoo’s suite of products (minus innovation)

Yahoo! India launches oneSearch SMS in India
With the launch of oneSearch SMS in India, Yahoo! is enabling all mobile users to search for almost any content through its 58242 short code. For example:

  • SMS to 58242 with the city name (e.g. Mumbai) returns back the weather
  • SMS to 58242 with the company name (e.g. Infosys) returns back the stock quote
  • SMS to 58242 with a business name or category and a location (e.g. Pubs Mumbai) returns back the name, address, and phone number of the local business. Up to 3 business listings are provided for each search query with the ability to ask for more by sending an “m”. Local business listings are currently available across the 4 big metros of Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Bangalore.
  • SMS to 58242 with a news topic (e.g. Eklavya in Oscars) returns back a news article

The service is SMS-based and of course independent of operator/handset.

Cleartrip Now Helps Travelers Explore India
Cleartrip.com announced the launch of the Discover India Travel Guide – a travel guide produced in association with Lonely Planet and Jet Airways to be given out exclusively to customers booking Jet Airways flights on Cleartrip.com.

The Discover India Travel Guide is a pocket guide that provides customers interesting information on 15 key destinations across India. The destinations that have been covered in the guide are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa Guwhati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Port Blair, Pune and Trivandrum.

[See our complete coverage of Indian Travel Industry]

Handygo to enable video clips with incoming calls
Mobile value-added services company Handygo has launched a new application, ‘video caller’. This application will enable incoming calls to a mobile phone to be accompanied by an audio-video clip. The user would be provided one default video-clip, and he has the option to download more video-clips of his choice.

Handygo is gearing to launch this application soon with major service operators in India and overseas.

SkillIndia.com launched to facilitate low-end employment
The department of science and technology, government of India, has launched Skillindia.com to provide an online repository of information for vocational course and trades that have potential for both wage and self-employment. The portal also offers a virtual employment exchange where registered trainees can get access to low-end jobs in the market.
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