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Hit game PUBG Mobile returns to India with scores of questions

Krafton, which filed for an IPO earlier this week, has built a gigantic gaming empire. If the firm is able to raise the target $5 billion from the IPO it will be the largest public offering in its home country, South Korea. The firm has something to celebrate elsewhere in the world, too. On Thursday, it pulled off another feat that no other firm has been able to achieve: Its sleeper hit title, PUBG Mobile, has made a return to India, which banned the title more than nine months ago. The world’s ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gaming, Apps, Asia, South Korea, China, Ipo, India, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, Mobile Gaming, New Delhi, South Asia


10 things in tech: Zuck's no longer a top CEO, Google salaries, Apple health clinics

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Let's get started.1. Companies like Amazon, Twitter, and Goldman Sachs are pursuing vastly different post-pandemic office policies. Some are embracing an all-remote workforce, while others are encouraging employees to return to their office desks. Here's what some of the world's biggest companies have planned.2. Mark Zuckerberg has fallen off Glassdoor's t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Texas, India, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Goldman Sachs, Zuckerberg, Glassdoor, Zuck


Broadening our COVID-19 support in India

As the pandemic has unfolded in India, it’s been humbling and inspiring to see individuals, communities, institutions, and governments work together to manage the impact of a crisis on a scale we haven’t experienced before. Technology has played a critical role, and our focus at Google has been on making sure people have the information and tools they need to stay informed, connected, and safe.  We have worked to surface timely and reliable health information, amplify public health campaigns, an...
Tags: Google, India, Sanjay Gupta, Google in Asia, COVID-19, GiveIndia


BrowserStack valued at $4 billion in $200 million BOND-led funding

Yet another SaaS startup, which began its journey in India, has attained the much coveted unicorn status. BrowserStack, a startup that operates a giant software testing platform, said on Wednesday it has raised $200 million in a new financing round that valued the 10-year-old firm at $4 billion. BOND led the Dublin and San Francisco-headquartered startup’s Series B financing round, while Insight Partners and existing investor Accel participated in it. BrowserStack, which for the first six years ...
Tags: Google, TC, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Browserstack, SaaS, PERCY, Dublin, Mumbai, Bond, Mary Meeker, Cto, Accel, Jay Simons


My year helping India - and honoring a family legacy

GoogleServe is our annual company-wide volunteering campaign that takes place every June. In the spirit of celebrating our Googlers that dedicate time to volunteer, this month, we will feature inspiring stories from Googlers across the world as they share how they are helping their local communities. This week, we shine a spotlight on Suresh Vedula who has been volunteering for the last six months as a Google.org Fellow. Most Googlers are driven by a sense of purpose — it’s one of the things we ...
Tags: Google, India, Asia Pacific, Google.org, Wadhwani, Google in Asia, COVID-19, Suresh Vedula, India Wadhwani AI


Apna raises $70 million to help workers in India secure jobs

Indian cities are home to hundreds of millions of low-skilled workers who hail from villages in search of work. Many of them have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic that has slowed several economic activities in the world’s second largest internet market. Apna, a startup by an Apple alum, is helping millions of such blue and gray collar workers upskill themselves, find communities and land jobs. On Wednesday it announced its acceptance by the market has helped it raise $70 million in ...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Shadowfax, Parikh, Griffin Schroeder, Nikhil Sachdev, Apna, Parikh Apna, Nirmit Parikh


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


Apple Music Spatial Audio Coming Soon to India

Apple Music Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and ‌Apple Music‌ Lossless quality started rolling out to ‌Apple Music‌ users last week, but customers in India have noticed that the two new features are not yet available. On Twitter, ‌Apple Music‌ users in India have been questioning why Spatial Audio is not available and when it might be launching, especially because the feature has been coming and going for some users. Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio has not yet officially launched in India, but ...
Tags: Apple, India, Apple Music, Dolby Atmos


Tips for Taking Your Small Business Brand Global 

“We are working to build a global brand.” A sentence heard often in marketing circles, and it’s easy to see why.  Having a solid global branding strategy that takes into account geographical and cultural differences will help you save on costs and eliminate the need to retool everytime you enter a new market. Done right, it can also have huge payoffs in brand recognition and customer trust. However, creating a brand that can scale across continents and cultures takes careful planning. Hav...
Tags: Apple, Business, Microsoft, Australia, Singapore, India, US, America, Sales & Marketing, Jack, Burger King, Right Now, McDonald, Shayne, Shayne Tilley


Edge computing startup Macrometa gets $20M Series A led by Pelion Venture Partners

Macrometa, the edge computing cloud and global data network for app developers, announced today it has raised a $20 million Series A. The round was led by Pelion Venture Partners, with participation from returning investors DNX Ventures (the Japan and US-focused enterprise fund that led Macrometa’s seed round), Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), Partech Partners, Fusion Fund, Sway Ventures and Shasta Ventures. The startup, which is headquartered in Palo Alto with operations in Bulgaria and India, p...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Japan, India, US, Tech, Palo Alto, Argentina, Bulgaria, Cloudflare, Shasta Ventures, App Developers, Cloud Infrastructure, Chris Cooper, Apache Kafka


The Internet Has Saved a Lot of Dogs

What has happened to information in the last 20 years is a quantum leap forward unimaginable even 20 years ago, and unprecedented in human evolution. If you want more information on some obscure point, you can get it by simply going to Google and posting a simple query. What is particularly amazing is that this technology is not not captive to a few rich people in a few well-placed countries. Easter Island now has three Internet cafes, and spam email from Nigeria and Ghana ar...
Tags: Google, Pets, India, Nigeria, America, Ghana, Easter Island, PBurns, Terrierman, Kennel Clubs


What does Uber and birth control have in common?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our morning coffee chat with you that is all about the weekend, what to expect this week, and some funding rounds you may have missed. I’m subbing in for Alex Wilhelm today, who is deservedly out on vacation. You can find me on Twitter @nmasc_, and Equity on Twitter (turn on those notifications!) @equitypod.  Biden and world leaders are cong...
Tags: Apple, TC, Uber, Space, Elon Musk, India, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Nato, Ubs, Jeff Bezos, Biden, Equity, Edtech, Health Tech


Chinese Hackers Believed to be Behind Second Cyberattack on Air India

Even as a massive data breach affecting Air India came to light the previous month, India's flag carrier airline appears to have suffered a separate cyber assault that lasted for a period of at least two months and 26 days, new research has revealed, which attributed the incident with moderate confidence to a Chinese nation-state threat actor called APT41. Group-IB dubbed the campaign "ColunmTK" [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: India, Tech, Air India, IB, Ravie Lakshmanan


HomePod Now Sold Out on Apple's US Online Store

Apple's warehouse stock of the original discontinued HomePod appears to have been exhausted in the United States. As of Monday morning, the delivery option for the full-sized ‌HomePod‌ on Apple's online store is listed as "sold out" in both black and white. Up until recently, the black model was sold out in the U.S. but the white color was available for delivery "while stocks last." That's currently no longer the case, and though Apple's white ‌HomePod‌ listing still allows customers to chec...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Australia, India, US, United States, Canada Apple, HomePod, Apple Online Store Apple Retail Stores, HomePod Don, HomePod HomeKit CarPlay Home Auto Technology, France Germany China Hong Kong, US Online Store


HomePod Sold Out on Apple's US Online Store

Apple's warehouse stock of the original discontinued HomePod appears to have been exhausted in the United States. As of Monday morning, the delivery option for the full-sized ‌HomePod‌ on Apple's online store is listed as "sold out" in both black and white. Up until recently, the black model was sold out in the U.S. but the white color was available for delivery "while stocks last." That's currently no longer the case, and though Apple's white ‌HomePod‌ listing still allows customers to chec...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Australia, India, US, United States, Canada Apple, HomePod, Apple Online Store Apple Retail Stores, HomePod Don, HomePod HomeKit CarPlay Home Auto Technology, France Germany China Hong Kong, US Online Store


Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws hit with £5.5m bill in Amazon India tax dispute

News follows disclosure of competition case brought by small traders against US tech giant and family-run Indian joint venture CloudtailA joint venture between Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws and the internet retailing giant Amazon is in a multimillion-pound dispute with the Indian tax authorities, a Guardian investigation has found.The disclosure adds to the list of legal battles currently involving the joint venture, following news on Friday that India’s competition commission has been given...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Politics, Technology, Internet, India, US, UK News, World news, Regulators, E-commerce, South and Central Asia, Amazon India, Amazon Continue, Rishi Sunak


Pakistan Province May Block SIM Cards of Citizens Who Didn't Get Covid-19 Vaccines

The government in Pakistan's largest province, Punjab, has decided to block SIM cards of unvaccinated citizens, reports the Hindustan Times (one of the largest newspapers in India), citing reports from news agency ANI. Dr. Rashid, the provincial health minister in Pakistan's Punjab, said that there has been a "considerable decrease" in Covid-19 cases in the province due to mass vaccinations. However, a report compiled by the Punjab primary health department shows that the province still failed...
Tags: India, Tech, Pakistan, Hindustan Times, Punjab, Rashid


UBS investment makes Byju’s the most valuable startup in India

Edtech giant Byju’s has become the most valuable startup in India after raising about $350 million in a new tranche of investment from UBS Group and Zoom founder Eric Yuan, Blackstone and others that valued the Bangalore-based firm at $16.5 billion (post-money). In a new filing, Byju’s revealed that scores of investors including Abu Dhabi government fund ADQ and Phoenix Rising had together invested about $350 million in the startup. The new valuation helps Byju’s surpass Paytm, which was last va...
Tags: Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Ubs, Abu Dhabi, Bangalore, Paytm, UBS Group, Byju, Phoenix Rising, B Capital Group, Byju's, Eric Yuan Blackstone


Amazon fails to quash investigation into its Indian selling practices

Inquiry will include company’s £1bn a year joint venture with Rishi Sunak’s father-in-lawThe Indian competition commission is to relaunch an investigation into Amazon’s selling practices, which will examine the company’s £1bn a year joint venture with UK chancellor Rishi Sunak’s billionaire father-in-law.The investigation, originally announced in January 2020, will proceed after an Indian court on Friday dismissed pleas by Amazon and its rival – the Walmart-owned Flipkart – to quash its investig...
Tags: Amazon, Business, UK, Technology, India, US, Walmart, World news, Flipkart, Rishi Sunak


4 Creative Side Hustles You Can Try in 2021

Many aspiring entrepreneurs believe that going “all in” and quitting their jobs is the only way to build a successful business. But what if I told you the web presents ample opportunities to earn handsome cash on the side — you just need to find one that fits your skill sets. With a mostly “online” 2021 in stores for us, I’ve got four content-based, creative side hustles that can help you earn some nice income on top of your day job. Let’s first answer a common question about starting side busin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Steve Jobs, Youtube, India, Startup, Netflix, Harvard University, Right Now, Host, Scott Young, Steve Wozniak, Dave Gerhardt


Temasek and General Atlantic in talks to back Indian neobank Open

Bangalore-based neobank Open is in advanced stages of talks to raise about $100 million, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Temasek, the Singaporean government’s sovereign wealth fund, and General Atlantic are positioning to co-lead the Series C financing round, which values the Indian startup at pre-money $600 million, the sources told TechCrunch, requesting anonymity as the matter is private. Open was valued at about $150 million in its Series B funding round two years ago. Exi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Bank Of America, Paypal, Atlantic, Tiger Global, Fintech, General Atlantic, Temasek, Open, Economic Times, HDFC Bank


Tiger Global in talks to invest in Classplus at over $250 million valuation

Tiger Global is in talks to lead a $30 million round in Indian edtech startup Classplus, according to sources familiar with the matter. The new round, which includes both primary investment and secondary transactions, values the five-year-old Indian startup at over $250 million, two sources told TechCrunch. The new round follows another ~$30 million investment that was led by GSV recently, one of the sources said. The round hasn’t closed, so terms may change. Classplus — which has built a Shop...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Tiger Global, Blume, AWI, Sourav Ganguly, GSV, Falcon Edge, RTP Global, Classplus, Mukul Rustagi, Rustagi


Apple announces its 2021 Apple Design Award winners

Apple incorporated the announcement of this year’s Apple Design Award winners into its virtual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) online event, instead of waiting until the event had wrapped, like last year. Ahead of WWDC, Apple previewed the finalists, whose apps and games showcased a combination of technical achievement, design and ingenuity. This evening, Apple announced the winners across six new award categories. In each category, Apple selected one app and one game as the winner. In the...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Gaming, Apps, Games, India, Awards, Tech, Companies, United States, Computing, Belgium, Belarus, Denmark, Apple Watch


Zee5 launches in the US to deliver a big dose of Bollywood to America

Indian streaming platform Zee5 is set to enter the US market later this month on June 22. It’s launching a subscription-only service, and aims to attract a large share of 5.4 million South Asians living in the country. The firm is pricing the service at $49.99 per year as an introductory offer, and aims to change it to $84 at an unspecified time. The launch price is close to what some other services such as Apple TV+ ($4.99 per month) charge. But if you and your family are fans of south asian co...
Tags: Apple, Startups, India, US, America


Atomic-backed Jumpcut uses data to advance diversity in film

Jumpcut founder Kartik Hosanagar is a professor at the Wharton School, but about ten years ago, he spent his summer in an unlikely way: he wrote a screenplay. Set in India, his script garnered some interest from producers, but no one took the plunge to fund a film by a first-time Indian director. Now, films featuring diverse casts are gaining traction – this year, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color, and only the second woman ever, to win the Academy Award for Best Director. At the previo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Chuck, Hollywood, Media, Buzzfeed, Youtube, India, Funding, Disney, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Netflix, Asia Pacific, Sony, Cbs


India: Apple's Privacy Update: An Indian Antitrust Perspective - S&R Associates

In this article, we analyse the implications of the Privacy Update under the Competition Act, 2002
Tags: Apple, News, India, R Associates


Whatfix founder, Khadim on Finding Product Market Fit and Building a Global SAAS Business from India.

Whatfix cofounder and CEO, Khadim shares the product-market-fit journey of WhatFix and how the company went about scaling globally. Catch The Ashish Sinha show on your fav podcast app: Spotify | Google | Anchor ..and everywhere. The post Whatfix founder, Khadim on Finding Product Market Fit and Building a Global SAAS Business from India. appeared first on nextbigwhat.
Tags: Google, Business, India, Product Management, Ashish Sinha, Khadim


Tata Digital to acquire majority stake in online pharmacy 1mg

Tata Digital, the subsidiary of Tata Sons, said on Thursday it is acquiring a majority stake in digital health startup 1mg, the latest in a series of investments as the salt-to-steel Indian conglomerate enters the digital consumer space. The firms didn’t share the financial details of the deal, but earlier local media reports suggest that Tata Digital was planning to invest between $100 million to $110 million in the six-year-old Indian startup for 65% stake. A spokesperson for Tata Digital decl...
Tags: TC, India, Tech, BigBasket, Tata, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, HDFC Bank, India Tata, Tata Sons, 1mg, Prashant Tandon, Sequoia Capital India, Prosus Ventures, Tata Digital, Tracxn 1mg, Joekels


BukuWarung, a fintech for Indonesian MSMEs, scores $60M Series A led by Valar and Goodwater

BukuWarung, a fintech focused on Indonesia’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), announced today it has raised a $60 million Series A. The oversubscribed round was led by Valar Ventures, marking the firm’s first investment in Indonesia, and Goodwater Capital. The Jakarta-based startup claims this is the largest Series A round ever raised by a startup focused on services for MSMEs. BukuWarung did not disclose its valuation, but sources tell TechCrunch it is estimated to be between $225 m...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Finance, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Tech, E-commerce, Jakarta, Valar Ventures, Indonesia Singapore, Gokul Rajaram


Biden Administration To Buy 500 Million Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Doses To Donate To the World

The Biden administration is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine to donate to the world, as the United States dramatically increases its efforts to help vaccinate the global population, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the plans. From the report: President Biden is slated to announce the plan at the G-7 meeting in Britain this week amid growing calls for the United States and other rich countries to play a more substantial role in boos...
Tags: Europe, Washington Post, White House, India, Tech, World, Britain, United States, Pfizer, Biden, Covax the World Health Organization



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