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Fintech startups raised $34B in 2019

Financial services startups raised less money in 2019 than they did in 2018 as VC firms looked to back late stage firms and focused on developing markets, a new report has revealed. According to research firm CB Insights’ annual report published this week, fintech startups across the world raised $33.9 billion* in total last year across 1,912 deals*, down from $40.8 billion they picked up by participating in 2,049 deals the year before. It’s a comprehensive report, which we recommend you read...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Asia, Europe, Money, Finance, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Payments, Fintech, Paytm, Cb Insights, Lemonade, Online Lending


A Google manager was arrested, then released, as part of a murder investigation after his wife was found dead in Hawaii

Google product manager Sonam Saxena was arrested and then released as police continue their investigation into the disappearance and death of his wife, Smriti Saxena. Smriti, who was a Microsoft business program manager, was reported missing by Sonam on Tuesday while the Seattle couple was vacationing in Hawaii. Smriti's body was discovered on a beach on Wednesday, and Sonam was arrested on a count of second-degree murder, then released the following day as police said an investigation was ong...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, NFL, Trends, Hawaii, Seattle, Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, Sonam, Jiang, West Hawaii Today, Saxena, Smriti, Skykick, Irene Jiang


Investors in LatAm get bitten by the hotel investment bug as Ayenda raises $8.7 million

Some of Latin America’s leading venture capital investors are now backing hotel chains. In fact, Ayenda, the largest hotel chain in Colombia, has raised $8.7 million in a new round of funding, according to the company. Led by Kaszek Ventures, the round will support the continued expansion of Ayenda’s chain of hotels in Colombia and beyond. The hotel operator already has 150 hotels operating under its flag in Colombia and has recently expanded to Peru, according to a statement. Financi...
Tags: Startups, TC, India, Tech, Colombia, New York Times, Tencent, Peru, Nyt, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, North America, Latin America, Kaszek Ventures, Oyo Rooms, Sequoia China


Vu Premium 32-inch HD and 43-inch Full HD Android Smart TVs launched starting at Rs. 10999

VU Technologies has launched Vu Premium TV series of 32-inch HD and 43-inch Full HD Android 9.0 Smart TVs with built-in Chromecast, support for Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, YouTube and Google Play with hot keys on the remote. These have 7 picture modes, including Cricket mode, has Dolby audio and DTS, Bluetooth 5.0 that lets you connect Bluetooth devices such as headphones and gamepad and features matte black bezel. Vu Premium TV (32" and 43) specifications 32-inch (1366 × 768 pixels) ...
Tags: Google, News, India, Blogging, IR, Chromecast, Netflix, VU Technologies, Dolby Digital, Dual Core GPU, Vu Premium, Vu Premium 32" TV, Vu Premium 43" TV, Vu Premium TV


A Google manager has been arrested and charged with murder after his wife was reported missing in Hawaii

Google product manager Sonam Saxena has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Smriti Saxena. Smriti, who was a Microsoft business program manager, was reported missing by Sonam on Tuesday while the Seattle couple was vacationing in Hawaii. A body that could be Smriti's was discovered on a beach on Wednesday, and Sonam was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Authorities have not positively identified the body or determined the cause of death. A former cowor...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, Trends, Hawaii, Seattle, Martin Luther King Jr, Hawaii Island, Georgetown, West Hawaii, Sonam, Jiang, West Hawaii Today, Smriti, Skykick, Irene Jiang


Google Manager Arrested After Wife’s Body Found on Hawaii Beach

On Wednesday, distraught Google product manager Sonam Saxena spoke to a local Hawaii newspaper, pleading for help in finding his missing wife.The couple from Washington state, who had two young daughters, were on their annual family vacation to Hawaii when Smriti Saxena disappeared at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Sonam said he’d left his wife on a secluded beach south of Anaehoomalu Bay to take a 20-minute walk back to their Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort room to retrieve Smriti’s asthma inhaler. ...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Washington, India, Hawaii, Seattle, Big Island, Waikoloa, Sonam, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, South Kohala, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Beach, Lava Lava Beach Club, Anaehoomalu Bay


TECNO CAMON 15 and CAMON 15 Pro with Android 10, 48MP AI Quad rear cameras launched starting at Rs. 9999

Tecno, a budget smartphone brand has launched two new phones as part of its Camon series of photography focused phones called the 15 and 15 Pro. Differentiating between the two phones, the 15 Pro has a 32MP Pop-Up Selfie camera while the Camon 15 uses 16MP dot-in selfie Camera. Tecno Camon 15 specifications: 6.55-inch HD+ Dot-in display, 90% screen-to-body ratio 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, Expandable up to 256GB Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD) HiOS V6.0.1 based on Android 10 48MP r...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, DSP, Handsets, Tecno Camon, Camon, Tecno, Tecno Camon 15, Tecno Camon 15 Pro, Camera Tecno Camon, Ultra Night Lens


Havells Carnesia-I intelligent fan with smart mode launched for Rs. 4500

Havells, a popular consumer electronics brand in India has launched their first smart ceiling fan in India called the Carnesia-I. It can intelligently sense the temperature and humidity in the room to adjust the fan speed accordingly and it can be controlled by an app or via a voice assistant. The fan can be operated in three modes; namely smart mode, sleep mode and breeze mode, the latter two useful for night comfort and to have natural breeze effects respectively. The fan can be turned on...
Tags: Google, News, India, Blogging, Alexa, Havells Carnesia, Havells Carnesia-I, Havells smart fan


Xiaomi opens crowdfunding for Mi Electric Toothbrush T300 in India for Rs. 1299

Xiaomi today opened crowd funding for its new Mi Electric Toothbrush T300 in India. It has Magnetic Levitation Sonic Motor, DuPont Tynex StaClean Antimicrobial bristles, EquiClean Auto Timer, IPX7 Water0Proof body and promises, 25 days Battery Life on a single charge. Xiaomi says that the brush-heads need to be replaced every 3-4 months and it will be sold separately on mi.com in the future. Features of Mi Electric Toothbrush T300 Powered by a superior magnetic levitation sonic motor, th...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Mi Electric Toothbrush T300, Mi Electric Toothbrush T300 India, Mi Electric Toothbrush T300 price India, Mi Electric Toothbrush, DuPont Tynex StaClean Antimicrobial, Features of Mi Electric Toothbrush, EquiClean Auto Timer


Codecademy has already outlived many rivals — is that enough?

Codecademy, the New York-based online interactive platform that offers coding classes in a wide variety of programming languages, is a little like background noise; it’s been operating reliably since founder Zach Sims created the company while still a Columbia University student in 2011. It’s a brand that people know and that millions have used, but because it has grown steadily, without headline-making funding rounds — or, conversely, newsworthy layoffs —  the 90-person company doesn’t routinel...
Tags: TC, New York, Codecademy, India, Tech, Brazil, Columbia University, Union Square Ventures, Naspers, Sims, Zach Sims, Coding Schools, Lambda School


Codeacademy has already outlived many rivals — is that enough?

Codeacademy, the New York-based online interactive platform that offers coding classes in a wide variety of programming languages, is a little like background noise; it’s been operating reliably since founder Zach Sims created the company while still a Columbia University student in 2011. It’s a brand that people know and that millions have used, but because it has grown steadily, without headline-making funding rounds — or, conversely, newsworthy layoffs —  the 90-person company doesn’t routine...
Tags: TC, New York, Codecademy, India, Tech, Brazil, Columbia University, Union Square Ventures, Naspers, Sims, Zach Sims, Codeacademy, Coding Schools, Lambda School


Indian Police Open Case Against Hundreds in Kashmir For Using VPN

Local authorities in India-controlled Kashmir have opened a case against hundreds of people who used virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent a social media ban in the disputed Himalayan region in a move that has been denounced by human rights and privacy activists. From a report: Tahir Ashraf, who heads the police cyber division in Srinagar, said on Tuesday that the authority had identified and was probing hundreds of suspected users who he alleged misused social media to promote "unlawful...
Tags: India, Tech, Kashmir, Flipkart, Amazon India, Srinagar, Facebook Twitter, Tahir Ashraf


India’s Swiggy raises $113M led by Prosus

Weeks after Zomato acquired Uber’s Eats business in India, its chief local rival is bulking up some ammunition of its own. Swiggy, India’s largest food delivery startup, announced on Wednesday it has raised $113 million as part of its Series I financing round. Prosus Ventures, the biggest venture capital for food delivery startups, led the round. Meituan Dianping and Wellington Management Company also participated. The new round values Swiggy at about $3.6 billion, only slightly above its $3....
Tags: Uber, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Zomato, Bangalore, Naspers, Swiggy, Meituan Dianping, Wellington Management Company, Larry Illg, Naspers Ventures, Swiggy India, Prosus, Prosus Ventures


Online learning marketplace Udemy raises $50M at a $2B valuation from Japanese publisher Benesse

The internet has, for better or worse, become the default platform for people seeking information, and today one of the companies leveraging that to deliver educational content has raised some funding to fuel its next stage of growth. Udemy, which provides a marketplace offering some 150,000 different online learning courses from business analytics through to ukulele lessons, has picked up $50 million from a single investor, Benesse Holdings, the Japan-based educational publisher that has been U...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Asia, Japan, Pinterest, Education, Microsoft, India, Articles, Linkedin, Tech, Cisco, Adidas, Ceo, Netflix, President


Facebook backs Indian education startup Unacademy

Unacademy, one of India’s fastest growing education startups, has just received the backing of a major technology giant: Facebook. The social juggernaut has participated in the four-year-old Indian startup’s Series E financing round, sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. General Atlantic is leading the round, the size of which is about $100 million, the sources said. It wasn’t immediately clear to us exactly how big of a check Facebook has cut, but a source said it was under $2...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, General Atlantic, Ggv Capital, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Facebook India, Gaurav Munjal


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Mark Zuckerberg struggled to curry favor with the EU this week, with skeptical lawmakers questioning Facebook's dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation. One MEP who met with Zuckerberg said Facebook undermined officials' ability to govern. Elon Musk criticized an artificial intelligence company he helped found — and said his confidence in the safety of its AI is 'not high.' OpenAI is racing to be the first to b...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, China, India, Trends, Eu, Greenpeace, Jeff Bezos, Delhi, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Steven Levy, Bezos


OnePlus 7T OxygenOS 10.3.1 update brings January Android security patch, Jio VoWiFi support and more

OnePlus has finally started rolling out OxygenOS 10.3.1 [India] / 10.0.8 [EU and Global] update for the OnePlus 7T users that brings January Android security patch, VoWiFi support for Jio users Shelf and lots more. This update was rolled out for OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 last week. The update is about 234MB in size. As usual, OnePlus said that the OTA will have a staged rollout to limited number of users today randomly and will have a broader rollout in a few days after ma...
Tags: Android, News, India, Eu, Blogging, Ram, Oneplus, Ota, Network India Only Integrated, Jio Sim Cloud Service, OnePlus 7T OxygenOS 10.3.1


Why Suburban American Homeowners Were Accused of Being a ‘Profit-Making Cartel’ in the 1970s

There’s a good deal of mythos around the idea that America is an “ownership society,” and an important part of maintaining that mythos is a politics that regards a request to build public housing to alleviate crowding as a communist plot yet considers the federal government greasing the sale of single-family houses as free-market forces at work. In the post-World War II period, as the nation confronted a housing shortage that was even more dramatic than today’s, federal programs also suppo...
Tags: Google, Books, News, India, Uncategorized, America, Britain, Moscow, Buckingham Palace, Barbie, Taj Mahal, University Of Southern California, Nixon, FHA, Richard Nixon, Conor Dougherty


Indian police open case against hundreds in Kashmir for using VPN

Local authorities in India-controlled Kashmir have opened a case against hundreds of people who used virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent a social media ban in the disputed Himalayan region in a move that has been denounced by human rights and privacy activists. Tahir Ashraf, who heads the police cyber division in Srinagar, said on Tuesday that the authority had identified and was probing hundreds of suspected users who he alleged misused social media to promote “unlawful activities and...
Tags: Asia, Government, India, Tech, New Delhi, Kashmir, Flipkart, Amazon India, Srinagar, Facebook Twitter, Jammu, Government of India, Amnesty International India, Avinash Kumar, Tahir Ashraf, Mishi Choudhary


We've Just Seen the First Use of Deepfakes In an Indian Election Campaign

The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has partnered with political communications firm The Ideaz Factory to create "positive campaigns" using deepfakes to reach different linguistic voter bases, reports Nilesh Christopher reports via Motherboard. It marks the debut of deepfakes in election campaigns in India. From the report: On February 7, a day ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections in Delhi, two videos of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Manoj Tiwari criticizing the incumbent ...
Tags: India, Tech, Delhi, NCR, Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal, Legislative Assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Tiwari, Bakshi, Manoj Tiwari, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Ideaz Factory, Nilesh Christopher, Neelkant Bakshi


Can Solar Power Compete With Coal? In India, It's Gaining Ground

Electricity from sunlight costs less, a hopeful sign for developing nations building out their power grids. From a report: In a dusty northwest India desert dotted with cows and the occasional camel, a solar-power plant is producing some of the world's cheapest energy. Built in 2018 by India's Acme Solar Holdings, it can generate 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power all the homes in a middle-size U.S. town. Acme sells the electricity to distributors for 2.44 rupees (3.4 cents) a kilowat...
Tags: China, India, Tech, Goldman Sachs Group, GIC, Acme Solar Holdings, Sandeep Kashyap Acme


POCO X2 users not able to unlock Bootloader, Here’s Why

POCO made a comeback in the Indian market as an independent brand and introduced the POCO X2 (codename 'pheonixin'), its first mid-range smartphone in the new X series in India earlier this month. POCO F1, the very first device from the brand had great development support and as a result, we have tons of custom ROMs and mods available for the device. POCO India GM, C Manmohan, during the POCO X2 launch announced that the kernel sources for the device will be available on the launch day and th...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, MIUI, Poço, Manmohan, POCO India GM, POCO X2 86023, POCO X2 Bootloader Unlock, Xiaomi 86023


GGV Capital says mom-and-pop shops can boost e-commerce in emerging markets

Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce in India, Southeast Asia and other emerging markets, the vast majority of retail transactions there still happen offline in small stores that also serve as neighborhood hubs. The central role these stores play in their communities led GGV Capital to develop what the firm refers to as its mom-and-pop shop investment thesis. This means backing startups that help small retailers digitize operations, tap into better supply chains and serve as delivery points...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, United States, Vietnam, Latin America, Ggv Capital, Tung, India Southeast Asia, Hans Tung


Daily Crunch: HQ Trivia is dead

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through HQ Trivia is dead. On Valentine’s Day, the company laid off its full team of 25. The company had a deal in the works to be acquired, but the buyer pulled out and the investors aren’t willing to fund it any longer, according to a statement from CEO and c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Budget, Media, India, Samsung, Tech, Eu, Oyo, Google Station, Ben Tarnoff, HQ Trivia


Google’s free public WiFi Station to shut down this year

Google will shut down its Google Station — through which it installed free WiFi at over 400 Indian railway stations — this year, Caesar Sengupta, VP – Payments and Next Billion users, announced earlier today. The company cited low mobile data costs in India, amongst the lowest in the world, and its own inability to scale […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, India, Wifi, Public Wifi, Google Station


No more free WIFI in Railway platforms; Google starts winding down Google Station project

Google is winding down Google Station project, due to multiple factors. Apart from the fact that India has seen data penetration grow massively, there are many challenges of varying technical requirements and infrastructure, making it difficult for Station to scale and be sustainable, especially for our partners. The post No more free WIFI in Railway platforms; Google starts winding down Google Station project appeared first on NextBigWhat.
Tags: Google, Business, India, Digital India, Google Station


Google is shutting down Google Station Free Wi-Fi program in India and globally

Back in September 2016 Google introduced Google Stations, a new internet access platform as a partnership between Google, Indian Railways and Railtel to bring fast, free public Wi-Fi to over 400 of the busiest railway stations in India by mid-2020. Today Google has announced that it has decided to shut down Google Station program globally this year. Google says that getting online has become much simpler and cheaper compared to five years ago since mobile data plans have become more affordab...
Tags: Google, News, India, Blogging, Google Station, India Google, Google Station shut down, Google Station WiFi


Google ends its free Wi-Fi program Station

Google said on Monday that it is winding down its Station program, through which it rolled out free Wi-Fi in more than 400 railway stations in India and in several other public places around the globe. Caesar Sengupta, VP of Payments and Next Billion Users at Google, said the program, launched in 2015, helped millions of users connect to the internet everyday — many for the first time. But as mobile data prices become affordable in many markets, Google Station was no longer as necessary. Sengupt...
Tags: Google, TC, India, Tech, Gupta, Sengupta


Redmi 8 MIUI Software Update Tracker [Update: MIUI 11.0.6.0 Update with January Android security patch]

Xiaomi launched the Redmi 8 smartphone in India running MIUI 10.3 Global Stable on top of Android 9.0 (Pie). Xiaomi doesn’t follow any fixed update frequency for the MIUI Global Stable ROM but on average, the Global Stable ROM is updated once in a month. This post will help our readers in keeping track of MIUI updates for Redmi 8 (codename ‘olivein’), also check out our Redmi 8 content, Redmi 8 Unboxing and First Impressions Redmi 8 Review [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="305122,3...
Tags: India, Eu, Blogging, Xiaomi, Redmi, MIUI, Pie Xiaomi, Update Tracker, Redmi 8 Android 10, Redmi 8 MIUI 11, Redmi 8 MIUI updates, PCNINXM


Xiaomi launches Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker with water-resistant body, up to 20 hours battery life in India for Rs. 1399

Xiaomi just launched Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker in India, as expected. It has 5W output, comes with IPX5 ratings for water resistance, has Bluetooth 5.0 with one-key function to answer or end a call and offers up to 20 hours of battery life. Xiaomi says that the speaker has been exclusively made for India. Xiaomi Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker features and specifications 5W output for clear, rich and punchy bass Diaphragm with Canadian longer fiber film with a perfect damping system th...
Tags: Accessories, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, India Xiaomi, Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker, Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker price, Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker price India, Xiaomi Mi Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker



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