24 Apr 2020

1. WhatsApp’s Struggles With Digital Payments Launch In India Could End Next Month Even the apex bank had also asked the NPCI to not allow WhatsApp Payments’ launch until it was fully compliant with the data localisation norm, last year. In November 2019, RBI had also informed the Supreme…

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23 Apr 2020

1. Google Shopping To Let Merchants List Products For Free In a big push for ecommerce amid Covid-19 restrictions, global tech giant Google on Tuesday said it is advancing its plans to make it free for merchants to sell on Google Shopping. The move will be in place by…

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13 Mar 2020
Flipkart asks employees to work from home

1. Airtel acquires stake in fitness startup Spectacom Global Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday said it has acquired a strategic stake in Spectacom Global under its Airtel Startup Accelerator Program that supports early-stage startups in India. The company, however, did not disclose the quantum of stake picked and…

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29 Feb 2020

1. Newlab and The Boston Globe team up to launch AI tools startup Applied XLabs Applied XLabs is a new startup building tools that can automate data-gathering for journalists — and eventually, for knowledge workers in other industries. The company is emerging from Brooklyn-based Newlab, with The Boston Globe…

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15 Feb 2020

1. Google in talks with publishers to pay for premium content: Sources Google is in discussions on deals to pay media organizations for content, a move aimed at blunting criticism that it unfairly profits from copyrighted news, according to people familiar with the talks. Negotiations between the internet giant…

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14 Feb 2020

1. Tesla plans to raise $2B in the stock offering Tesla Inc made an about-turn on Thursday by announcing plans to raise $2 billion in a stock offering as the electric-car maker taps into an astronomical jump in its share price in the past few months. Chief executive Elon…

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23 Jan 2020

1. Indian bike rental startup Bounce raises $105M Bounce, a Bangalore-based startup that operates over 15,000 electric and gasoline docked bikes in nearly three dozen cities in India, said today it has raised $105 million in a new funding round as it explores sustainable ways to expand within the…

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04 Jan 2020

1. Government approves 2,636 new charging stations in 62 cities: Prakash Javadekar The government has given sanction for setting up 2,636 charging stations in 62 cities across 24 states and union territories under the FAME India scheme which will encourage original equipment manufacturers to launch new electric vehicle models,…

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19 Dec 2019

1. Drone delivery startup Manna boosts seed funding ahead of launch in Ireland For Manna, a B2B drone delivery “as-a-service” company, today announced an additional funding round of $3 million, led by Dynamo VC, a logistics-focused fund. The move brings Manna’s total seed funding to $5.2 million. Manna pitches…

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18 Dec 2019

1. Why 2019 was a good year for startups The first half of 2019 saw $3.9 billion invested across 292 domestic investment deals, marking an increase of more than 44% over the same period in 2018. Emerging startups also benefited from the windfall. A recent Nasscom report, ‘Indian Tech…

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