Crypto change CrossTower enters India despite uncertainty

In a significant development U.S.-headquartered digital currency exchange CrossTower has set up a local unit in India and has launched a trading platform to increase its traction in the burgeoning domestic crypto market. The development comes at a time when the fate of cryptocurrency is still unclear in India. CrossTower India has hired 35 people…

India-focused messaging startup Gupshup raises $240M in Tiger Global Management led funding round

Ahead of its potential IPO in 2022, India-focussed Silicon Valley messaging startup Gupshup said, it had raised $240 million in a funding round that was led by Tiger Global Management and others. While investment from venture capitalists is typically used for hiring engineers or expanding sales and marketing, buy-back deals allow investors, in the startup,…

Tata Power in exploratory talks with Tesla to set up EV charging infrastructure in India

In a development that sets the groundwork for electric vehicles in India, one of the country’s biggest power generation and transmission company Tata Power said, it is exploring an arrangement with Tesla Inc to set up charging infrastructure in the country. Talks are in initial stages and agreements are yet to be signed, cautioned sources.…

ByteDance explores sale of TikTok’s Indian operations

In a report, Bloomberg News said, China’s ByteDance is exploring the sale of TikTok’s Indian operations to rival Glance, a unicorn. Negotiations, initiated by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, early, private, and complex, said the report citing sources people familiar with the matter at hand. InMobi’s short-video app Roposo has gained more market share in India after…

WhatsApp should withdraw privacy-invading policy update: India’s Ministry of Technology

In a statement on Tuesday, India’s Ministry of Technology said, it has told Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp to withdraw the recent changes in its privacy policy since it they take away choice from Indian users. “The proposed changes raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens,” said Ministry of Technology…

Italy’s data authority scrutinizes WhatsApp’s updated privacy disclaimer

In a statement Italy’s data protection authority said, Facebook Inc has not clearly communicated its new privacy policy for its messenger app WhatsApp to users. On January 4, 2021, in an update WhatsApp said it reserved the right to share some data, including location and phone numbers, with Facebook and its units including Messenger and…

Sony taps pandemic-driven boom in gaming consoles, to launch PS5 in India on February 2

On Friday, in a statement Sony Corp said it will launch its PlayStation 5 (PS5) console in India in coming weeks; the development marks Sony trying to capitalize the pandemic-driven boom in gaming. “We are happy to announce that PS5 shall be launched in India on 2nd of February 2021,” tweeted Sony. Preorders for the…