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Twitter blocks tweets criticizing India’s covid response following gov’t order – TechCrunch

Twitter blocks tweets criticizing India’s covid response following gov’t order – TechCrunch

Twitter has taken down dozens of tweets in India, some of which were critical of New Delhi’s handling of the coronavirus, to comply with an emergency order from the Indian government at a time when South Asian nation is grappling with a globally unprecedented surge in Covid cases.New Delhi made an emergency order to Twitter to censor over 50 tweets in the country, Twitter disclosed on Lumen database, a Harvard University project. The social network has complied with the request, and withheld those tweets from users in India.TechCrunch has learned that Twitter is not the only platform...

April 24, 2021
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Twitter blocks tweets criticizing India’s covid response following gov’t order – TechCrunch

Twitter blocks tweets criticizing India’s covid response following gov’t order – TechCrunch

Twitter has taken down dozens of tweets in India, some of which were critical of New Delhi’s handling of the coronavirus, to comply with an emergency order from the Indian government at a time when South Asian nation is grappling with a globally unprecedented surge in Covid cases.New Delhi made an emergency order to Twitter to censor over 50 tweets in the country, Twitter disclosed on Lumen database, a Harvard University project. The social network has complied with the request, and withheld those tweets from users in India.TechCrunch has learned that Twitter is not the only platform...

April 24, 2021
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Pakistan temporarily blocks social media – TechCrunch

Pakistan temporarily blocks social media – TechCrunch

Pakistan has temporarily blocked several social media services in the South Asian nation, according to users and a government-issued notice reviewed by TechCrunch.In an order titled “Complete Blocking of Social Media Platforms,” the Pakistani government ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Telegram from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time (06.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. GMT) Friday.The move comes as Pakistan looks to crack down against a violent terrorist group and prevent troublemakers from disrupting Friday...

April 16, 2021
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MobiKwik investigating data breach after 100M user records found online – TechCrunch

MobiKwik investigating data breach after 100M user records found online – TechCrunch

MobiKwik said on Tuesday it was investigating claims of data breach after a website claimed to have exposed private information of nearly 100 million users of the Indian .Over the weekend, a site on the dark web claimed it had 8.2 terabytes of MobiKwik user data. The data included phone numbers, email addresses, scrambled passwords, transactions logs and partial payment card numbers.The website also claimed that it had “know your customer” (KYC) documents (government-issued Aadhaar card or PAN ID) of 3.5 million users, and each visit to the website displayed four random images from the data...

March 30, 2021
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Edtech giant Byju’s in talks to raise at $15 billion valuation – TechCrunch

Edtech giant Byju’s in talks to raise at $15 billion valuation – TechCrunch

Indian edtech giant Byju’s, which raised over a billion dollars last year as the pandemic accelerated the adoption of online learning services in India, is about to begin a new fundraising spree.Byju’s is in talks to raise over $600 million in a new financing round that values the Indian startup at $15 billion, , and $5.75 billion in July 2019, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.Byju Raveendran, the co-founder and chief executive of the eponymous startup, informed some existing investors last month that he would be raising a sizeable round this month, a person familiar with...

March 25, 2021
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India antitrust body orders investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes – TechCrunch

India antitrust body orders investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes – TechCrunch

WhatsApp’s planned policy changes aren’t sailing smoothly in India, the instant messaging service’s biggest market by users. Indian antitrust body, Competition Commission of India, on Wednesday  (PDF) an investigation into WhatsApp’s privacy policy changes, saying that Facebook-owned service breached local antitrust laws in the guise of a policy update.WhatsApp didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Indian watchdog has ordered nation’s Director General (DG) to investigate WhatsApp’s new policy to “ascertain the full extent, scope and impact of data sharing through...

March 24, 2021
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Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year – TechCrunch

Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year – TechCrunch

Google will lower its Play commissions globally for developers that sell in-app digital goods and services on its marquee store, the company said, following a late last year.The Android-maker said on Tuesday that starting July 1, it is reducing the service fee for Google Play to 15% — down from 30% — for the first $1 million of revenue developers earn using Play billing system each year. The company will levy a 30% cut on every dollar developers generate through Google Play beyond the first $1 million in a year, it said.Citing its own estimates, Google said 99% of developers that sell goods...

March 16, 2021
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India’s Paytm turns Android smartphones into POS machines in merchants push – TechCrunch

India’s Paytm turns Android smartphones into POS machines in merchants push – TechCrunch

Paytm said on Tuesday it is turning NFC-enabled Android smartphones into point-of-sale machines, as it looks to win more merchants in one of the world’s largest mobile payments markets.A Paytm merchant partner will now be able to enable card acceptance feature on their NFC-enabled smartphone from the Paytm Business app, the Indian startup said. Once activated, they will be able to process a transaction by tapping a plastic card to their phone.Paytm Smart POS supports Visa, Mastercard, and Rupay, the startup said, whereas the amount limit on a single transaction is set to 5000 Indian rupees,...

March 9, 2021
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Indian trader group calls for ban on Amazon following damning report – TechCrunch

Indian trader group calls for ban on Amazon following damning report – TechCrunch

An influential India trader group that represents tens of millions of brick-and-mortar retailers called New Delhi to ban Amazon in the country after a report claimed that the American e-commerce group had given preferential treatment to a small group of sellers in India, publicly misrepresented its ties with those sellers and used them to circumvent foreign investment rules in the country.The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Wednesday “demanded” serious action from the Indian government against Amazon following . “For years, CAIT has been maintaining that Amazon has been...

February 17, 2021
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a16z plans $500 million investment in Indian startups

a16z plans $500 million investment in Indian startups

Andreessen Horowitz, which made its maiden India investment last year, is looking to get aggressive in the world’s second largest internet market. The Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm has earmarked about $500 million to back Indian startups, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The firm, which led a funding round in the Bengaluru-based cryptocurrency exchange , is also looking to hire for several investment roles in the country, people familiar with the matter said. A number of partners at the firm including Seema Amble and Sumeet Singh have engaged with several...

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