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FamPay, a fintech aimed at teens in India, raises $38 million

How big is the market in India for a neobank aimed at teenagers? Scores of high-profile investors are backing a startup to find out. Bangalore-based FamPay said on Wednesday it has raised $38 million in its Series A round led by Elevation Capital. General Catalyst, Rocketship VC, Greenoaks Capital and existing investors Sequoia Capital India, Y Combinator, Global Founders Capital and Venture Highway also participated in the new round, which brings FamPay’s to-date raise to $42.7 million. TechCru...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, Instagram, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Netflix, General Catalyst, Global Founders Capital, Bangalore, Greenoaks Capital, Jain


The 9 best yoga mats of 2021, according to yoga teachers

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Practicing yoga on the same mat creates a familiar, relaxing space anywhere we set it down. As a yoga teacher, I find the best yoga mats offer stability, non-slip grip, and joint cushioning. Our top pick, the Rumi Earth Sun, is eco-friendly, well-cushioned, durable, and absorbs sweat. If you're looking to try out yoga, you'll need a mat. But if you're wanting to cultivate a regular practice, it's important to think very carefully about which yo...
Tags: Reviews, Health, Amazon, Utah, Instagram, Fitness, California, India, Trends, Best, Features, Yoga, Buying Guide, Ashtanga, Mumbai, Cork


The One Club and 3% Movement Open Call For Global Next Creative Leaders 2021

The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement have opened the call for entries for their jointly run Next Creative Leaders 2021, a free competition recognizing women and non-binary creatives on the rise.Now in its seventh year, Next Creative Leaders is a free portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates and gives a global platform to talented women and non-binary creatives who are making their mark on the world with both their work and a unique point of view on creative leadership that’...
Tags: New York, Featured, Instagram, India, Advertising, Atlanta, Nike, Art and design, Amsterdam, Ncl, Wieden Kennedy, Bianca Guimaraes, Kevin Swanepoel, Elma Karabegovic, One Club, O Positive Films


Why India is asking Twitter and Facebook to remove posts mentioning an ‘Indian variant’

The Indian government has asked social media companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to remove all posts that refer to one of the new coronavirus strains as the “Indian variant.” In a notice issued on Friday, the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) said that posts mentioning “Indian variant” count as false news. The ministry reasoned that the strain is officially known as B.1.617, so there’s no need for attaching a geographical tag to it. The ministry ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, India, Twitter Facebook


The 29-year-old founder whose brand is backed by Meghan Markle explains how she tailored her company to what next-gen coffee drinkers want

Hannah Mendoza Courtesy of Hannah Mendoza Hannah Mendoza, 29, is the cofounder of the instant latte company Clevr Blends. The brand counts Meghan Markle as an investor, and Oprah as a fan. To Insider, Mendoza talks about her entrepreneurial beginnings and launching her company. See more stories on Insider's business page. When Hannah Mendoza was nine years old, she had an idea: a smoothie bar for kids. She set up shop in her home economics class and organized a group of classmates t...
Tags: Japan, London, Instagram, California, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Brooklyn, Emma Watson, Oprah, Fortune, Mendoza, Markle, MEGHAN MARKLE


Top 20 Digital Marketing Blogs to Follow in 2021

Here’s a quick, comprehensive list of top digital marketing blogs that you can consider for this year! MOZ Nurtured by Rand Fishkin and Gillian Muessig, Moz has grown up to be the best resort for all our SEO issues. It is a ray of hope for many novices and trained professionals as one can always learn. Moz has launched many SEO tools, of which some of them are accessible to everyone. It has changed the outlook towards not so talked about SEO genre of digital marketing. The founders of Mo...
Tags: Google, Business, Instagram, Ebay, India, Marketing, Blogs, CMO, Ppc, United States, House Of Representatives, United Nations, Cmi, Digital Marketing, Rand Fishkin, Neil


TikTok launches a Green Screen Duet feature, tests dedicated ‘Topics’ feeds

As competition with tech giants heats up, TikTok is rolling out a series of new features to help keep its short-form video app ahead of rivals. The company today announced the launch of a new Green Screen Duet feature, which combines two of TikTok’s most popular editing tools to allow creators to use another video from TikTok as the background in their new video. It also confirmed the test of a new way to discover videos called “Topics.” These are dedicated interest-based feeds featuring the top...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, India, Tech, Walmart, Snapchat, Facebook YouTube, Tiktok, Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, Green Screen Duet, Today Duet, Left Right React


Introducing Six New (in)courage Contributors!

Can Christmas in April be a thing? Because today sure feels like it. We are like giddy sisters jumping out of our skin in excitement to share with you the gift of six new (in)courage writers! (Cue poppers and twinkle lights!) For quite a while, we’ve felt like it was time to widen the circle and ask more women to pile into the (in)courage living room. We picture this virtual living room full of couches, overstuffed chairs, comfy floor pillows — a place where we can always scooch over to make mor...
Tags: New York, Texas, Instagram, California, Massachusetts, India, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Chicago, United States, Food Network, Middle East, Community, Manhattan, Silicon Valley, Jesus


India Cracks Down on Social Media Posts Criticizing Its Pandemic Response Amid Brutal Second Wave

India’s government reportedly ordered Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to censor dozens of posts criticizing the administration’s response to the pandemic, arguing that they were misleading or could hinder emergency response efforts. The crackdown comes amid an unprecedented surge in covid-19 cases and deaths in India…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Instagram, India, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Trumpism, Facebook Instagram and Twitter, South of Market San Francisco, Universal Windows Platform Apps


3D Print 18,000 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More

To recent news stories about 3D printed guns, prosthetics, and homes, you can add Scan the World’s push to create “an ecosystem of 3D printable objects of cultural significance.” Items that took the ancients untold hours to sculpt from marble and stone can be reproduced in considerably less time, provided you’ve got the technology and the know-how to use it. Since we last wrote about this free, open source initiative in 2017, Scan the World has added Google Arts and Culture to the many cult...
Tags: Google, Art, Photography, Technology, College, China, India, History, World, David, Austria, Vienna, Paris, Beethoven, Rodin, Facebook Twitter


60 percent of the world’s population is now online

The new Digital 2021 April Global Statshot Report – published in partnership between Hootsuite and We Are Social – reveals that more than 6 in 10 people on Earth now use the internet. Internet users have grown by more than 330 million over the past year, reaching a total of more than 4.7 billion at the start of April 2021. That’s not the only big story in this quarter’s report though; we also cover: a huge new milestone for social media growth; fascinating insights into the world...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Internet, Youtube, Mexico, China, Russia, Southeast Asia, India


Delhi Woman Revives Grandma’s ‘Secret’ Parsi Spice Mixes; Exports Across The Globe

Shelley Subawalla in Delhi is taking generations of Parsi family masalas and chutneys recipes to the world through ‘Zarin’s Secrets’ – named after her grandmother. There remain few things that invoke the same sense of joy, nostalgia and unparalleled taste the way a grandmother’s cooking does. For me, it was my nani’s aloo parathe and pudina chutney, the taste of which I have spent years trying to find and recreate. For Shelley Subawalla, it was her grandmother’s Parsi-style kadhi-chawal and ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Life, India, US, Delhi, New Delhi, Bahrain, Maharashtra, Indira, SHELLEY, Parsi, Food And Beverage, Better India, Gurugram, Zarin


Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger are working after a 'technical issue' caused a brief outage across Facebook's suite of apps

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging services in the world, with over 1.2 billion users. mirtmirt/ShutterStock WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger went down for more than an hour on Friday. DownDetector reported crashes beginning around 1:30 p.m. Facebook resolved a "technical issue" that caused the issues, a spokesperson told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger apps are back up after being do...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Mexico, India, Trends, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Tech Insider, Downdetector, Facebook Gaming, DownDetector Facebook, Allana Akhtar


Thousands of users are reporting issues with Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook apps

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging services in the world, with over 1.2 billion users. mirtmirt/ShutterStock WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger went down on Friday. DownDetector reported crashes beginning around 1:30 p.m. ET. Facebook was not immediately available for additional comment. See more stories on Insider's business page. Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger apps crashed on Friday.The Facebook-owned sites and Messenger went down aro...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Mexico, India, Trends, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram WhatsApp, Downdetector, ET Facebook, DownDetector Facebook, Allana Akhtar


Instagram and WhatsApp hit by outage

Instagram and WhatsApp are currently experiencing an apparent outage. It began around 1:40 pm ET. At the time of writing, Instagram was showing a 500 message, suggesting a back-end server error. WhatsApp meanwhile was unable to connect to the server, and messages are not being delivered. It’s not clear if the issue also affects Facebook Messenger, which last year rolled out new functionality to allow cross-platform messaging between Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. Instagram’s error page. (Ima...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, La, India, Nigeria, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Instagram, TechCrunch WhatsApp, Future Africa


Young Parsi comics share their insights on the community one joke at a time

Young Parsi comics, who are laughing at themselves and the innate behaviour that makes Parsis, Parsis, are taking over a corner of the Internet Pardiwalla believes that Bollywood stereotyping spoiled it for Parsis, and his portrayal of the community is closer to the truth Article by Aastha Atray Banan | An actor serious about theatre, Shreyas Pardiwalla, would cringe at the thought of being on TikTok. But, he succumbed to its charms during the Coronavirus induced lockdown. “As an artiste, ...
Tags: News, Instagram, Life, India, Pakistan, Mumbai, Bollywood, Barry, Kolkata, Shirin, Parsi, Colaba, Delhi University, Lionel Ritchie, Yaariyan, Parsis


Russia is trying to throttle Twitter

In its latest strike against online content it doesn’t control Russia is throttling Twitter. State agency Roskomnadzor said today it was taking the action in response to the social media not removing banned content, claiming it had identified more than 3,000 unlawful posts that have not been taken down — and warning it could implement a total block on the service. However the action by the comms regulator to slow down all Twitter’s mobile traffic and 50% of desktop users in Russia appeared to ha...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Putin, Government, Russia, Berlin, India, Censorship, Tech, Alexei Navalny, Bild, Wie, Alexey Navalny, Roskomnadzor


Facebook targets emerging markets with the launch of Instagram Lite, an Android app that takes up just 2MB, in 170 countries

Growth for Facebook is coming from the developing world, and so the social network today made another key move to cater better to consumers in those countries. After nearly three years in the planning, Facebook is taking the plunge today and officially launching Instagram Lite, a less data- and storage-intensive Android-only version of one of its popular photo and video app, which will take up just 2MB on a phone and is going live in 170 countries, with a focus on emerging markets, today. Instag...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, New York, Instagram, India, Tel Aviv, Tech, North America, Facebook Lite, Lightspeed, Lite, Facebook Instagram, Nick Brown


Instagram Lite is rolling out in 170 countries — no Reels support for now

Starting today, Instagram is launching its 2MB lite app in 170 countries across the world. The app, built by Facebook’s Tel Aviv-based team, is another addition to the company’s “Lite” apps, which cater to phones with limited specs and regions with low connectivity. The company launched Instagram Lite initially in India last December. Last month, it introduced support for Reels to the app. However, sadly, this support is just limited to users in India, and the global version won’t have that feat...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, India, Tel Aviv, Instagram Lite, Plugged


Facebook Begins Testing the Sharing of Instagram Reels in News Feed

Is Facebook about to "borrow" the feature that its Instagram division "borrowed" from TikTok? A "small number of creators" in India are currently part of a test in which they can share Instagram Reels in Facebook's News Feed, Naomi Nix of Bloomberg reported. Facebook will also add a Reels on Facebook short-form video feature to...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, India, Advertising, Bloomberg, Platforms, Social Pro Daily, Naomi Nix


Facebook is now testing Reels…because how else will it beat TikTok?

When TikTok was banned in India last June, Instagram jumped on the short video bandwagon very quickly and launched Reels. The company rolled out the feature globally in August 2020. Now, its parent company Facebook is integrating Reels in the blue app. The firm is testing the feature in India by giving access to select creators to share Reels they created on Instagram to the Facebook app. If they share the short video, it’ll have their Instagram handle attached to it. Plus, these users will also...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, India, Tiktok, Plugged


India unveils more stringent rules for social media, streaming services

India announced sweeping changes to its guidelines for social media, on-demand video streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, joining several other nations in posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook and Google that count the nation as its biggest market by users. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deli...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp face tougher rules in India

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Netflix that count Asia’s third-largest economy as their key overseas market. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deliver a complete redres...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


India sets more stringent rules for social media, streaming services

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets, joining a handful of other nations in posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook and Google that count Asia’s third-largest economy as its biggest market by users. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deliver a compl...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


PR Trends That Will Shape Your 2021 After Pandemic

Edward Bernays conceptualized two-way communication between brands and the public in his book Crystallizing Public Opinion. Did he imagine how this concept would evolve to create a seismic stir in PR trends and marketing methods? With traditional channels like radio, TV, and print media, the audience had limited means to share their opinions. Brands communicated their messages without hearing the public. Then came a slight shift with the internet becoming a new touchpoint for the audience in the...
Tags: Google, Business, Pinterest, Instagram, India, Digital, Social Media, Sales & Marketing, Ikea, Right Now, Edison, Facebook YouTube, Edward Bernays, Bernays, Kristin Johnson, MichaelJayBerlin Shutterstock


Twitter explored buying India’s ShareChat and turning Moj into a global TikTok rival

Twitter recently held talks to acquire Indian social media startup ShareChat as the company explored ways to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market and build a global rival to TikTok, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The American firm, which is already an , offered to buy the Indian startup for $1.1 billion and had committed an additional investment of $900 million, two of the sources said. The talks are no longer ongoing, two sources said, requ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, India, Tech, Match, MoJ, Match Group, Blume Ventures, Appannie, Snap


This Week in Apps: Sneak peek at TikTok shopping, new iOS and Android betas, kids’ app Prodigy hit with FTC complaint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also   3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, Senate, China, India


Buell Making Big Moves in 2021

Buell Motorcycle Company has just announced plans for revival in 2021. The American-based company has said in a press release that they will be releasing 10 different motorcycles by 2024.  The Buell brand name and trademarks were acquired by EBR (Erik Buell Racing) Motorcycles in 2010. Buell Motorcycles will be under the leadership of CEO Bill Melvin with aggressive future plans for the American motorcycle brand.  If you’re confused already, worry not, we’ll break it down for you.  Erik Bue...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, News, Instagram, India, America, Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Ama, Daytona, Melvin, Grand Rapids Michigan, Keith Wandell, NHRA, Buell, Motorcycle News


YouTube will begin testing its answer to TikTok in the US starting next month

Noam Galai/Getty Images YouTube will begin testing Shorts in the US next month. The TikTok-rivaling feature lets users snap and upload videos of 15 seconds or less. Google has been beta testing the feature in India, where TikTok is currently banned. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. YouTube says it will begin testing Shorts, its TikTok-rivaling feature for shorter-length videos, in the US next month.The company announced on Wednesday that a beta of Shorts will appear...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, Youtube, India, US, Trends, Susan Wojcicki, Shorts, Alphabet, Trump, Tech Insider, Noam Galai, Getty Images YouTube, Bytedance


How reporter Rob Price got an inside look into Gaia and its world of conspiracy theories and alternative media

Samantha Lee/Business Insider Rob Price is an investigative reporter at Insider. Rob Price Insider is taking you behind the scenes of our best stories with our new series, The Inside Story. This week, Insider's Grace O'Connell-Joshua spoke with tech correspondent Rob Price about his recent investigation into Gaia, a streaming business with a wild catalog of conspiracy theories, new-age mysticism, and yoga. You can read Price's full story here. Insider correspondent Rob Price is k...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Instagram, India, Trends, Netflix, Investigative journalism, Streaming, Conspiracy Theories, Gaïa, Rob Price, Tech Insider, Inside Story, Connell Joshua, Samantha Lee Business Insider Rob Price



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