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…

Indian short video sharing app Josh raises more than 100 million in funding round

An Indian short-video sharing app, Josh, has raised more than $100 million from investors including Microsoft, and Google, in a growing space that further eats into TikTok’s market share. Josh is one of several short video platforms have cropped up after India blocked the Chinese consumer data harvesting app in June. Josh has drawn global…

India takes resolute trade action to defend consumer data from harvesting Chinese apps

With India taking legal resolute measures to fight China’s harvesting of consumer data through apps and promptly banning those which do not comply to its security standards, China is starting to feel the pinch of loss of business and has opposed New Delhi’s move. The development comes in the wake of China making belligerent claims…

WhatsApp approved for launching digital payment services in India

In a significant development that sees Facebook gaining entry into India’s booming digital payment space, WhatsApp has been granted approval to role its payments service in India. WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, its biggest market, will compete with Alphabet Inc’s Google Pay, Softbank- and Alibaba-backed Paytm and Walmart’s PhonePe. Menlo Park,…