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This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler

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: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Food, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Twitter, Spotify, Europe, Real Estate, London


Google backs India’s Dunzo in $40 million funding round

Google is writing check to another startup in India. The Android-maker, which last year unveiled a $10 billion fund to invest in the world’s second largest internet market, said on Tuesday that it is participating in a $40 million investment round of hyperlocal delivery startup Dunzo, a Bangalore-based firm that it has also previously backed. Five-year-old Dunzo said Google, Lightbox, Evolvence, Hana Financial Investment, LGT Lightstone Aspada, and Alteria among others participated in its Series...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Walmart, Zomato, Flipkart, Bangalore, Lightbox, Swiggy, Chennai, Economic Times, Biswas


Flipkart doubles down on rewards program, partners with 5,000 retail outlets in India

Flipkart on Monday launched SuperCoin Pay that its customers will be able to use across thousands of retail stores across the country as Walmart-owned e-commerce giant bets on its loyalty program to win and sustain its user base in the world’s second largest internet market. The Bangalore-headquartered e-commerce giant said it had partnered with over 5,000 retail outlets including TimesPoints, Peter England, Cafe Coffee Day and Flying Machine across India to give its customers a “greater value a...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, Customers, Flipkart, Bangalore, Prakash Sikaria, SuperCoins Flipkart, Urban Company Domino


Tesla edges closer to launching sales in India by registering a company in the country

Elon Musk speaking at the Satellite Conference and Exhibition in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2020. AP Photo/Susan Walsh Tesla has registered a company in India as it prepares to launch operations there in "early 2021," according to the country's transport minister. India is pushing for a boost in electric vehicle sales as it focuses on cutting emissions. It has the world's fifth biggest car market – but Toyota and Ford have been scaling back operations in the country. Visit Business Insid...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Washington, China, India, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Toyota, Delhi, Harley Davidson


Byju’s is reportedly buying Indian brick-and-mortar institute Aakash for $1 billion

We may finally have an answer to why Byju’s, the , spent the last year raising hundreds of millions of dollars. Bloomberg reports that the Bangalore-based startup has agreed to buy Aakash Educational Services, which owns and operates more than 200 physical tutoring centres across the country aimed at students preparing to qualify for top engineering and medical colleges. According to the publication, Byju’s will pay $1 billion to buy Aakash Educational Services, which serves more than 250,000 s...
Tags: Asia, Education, India, Tech, Bloomberg, New Delhi, Edtech, Bangalore, Byju, Byju Raveendran, Byju's, Unacademy, Aakash Educational Services, Mary Meeker Bond


How the Parsis Shaped Theatre in Colonial Bombay

Flops, frauds or community disapproval did not prove obstacles to the growth of the theatre enterprise. Elphinstone Circle in Bombay in the 1870s. Photo: Lee-Warner Collection/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA When one thinks of Horniman Circle – the ring of elegant old buildings in south Mumbai – today, several associations spring to mind: the glossy storefronts of Starbucks and Hermes – the temples of neoliberal globalism; men snoozing on the garden’s shaded benches – a respite from...
Tags: Life, China, Wikipedia, India, Turkey, Iran, Starbucks, Victoria, Theater, Hermès, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Madras, Town Hall


BukuKas raises $10 million led by Sequoia Capital India to build a “end-to-end software stack” for Indonesian SMEs

The backbone of Indonesia’s economy are small- to medium-sized businesses, which account for 60% of its gross domestic product. Many still rely on manual bookkeeping, but the impact of COVID-19 has driven small businesses to digitize more of their operations. BukuKas, one of several startups helping SMEs go online, announced today it has raised a $10 million Series A led by Sequoia Capital India. BukuKas launched in December 2019 as a digital bookkeeping app, but is growing its range of servi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, Bangalore, Jakarta, Menon, SMEs, Sequoia Capital India, Lorenzo Peracchione, Krishnan Menon


Bootstrapping to $80M ARR

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Click here if you want it in your inbox every Saturday morning. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. So much for a quiet start to the year. Any hopes of 2021 giving us respite from the turbulent waters of 2020 went splat, as the first week of the New Year was busy with venture cap...
Tags: TC, Ipo, Tech, USV, SoFi, Bustle, Bangalore, SPAC, Atlanta Georgia, ARR, SalesLoft, OKR, AUM, Deshpande, Roblox, The Exchange


Jumbotail raises $14.2 million for its wholesale marketplace in India

Jumbotail, an online wholesale marketplace for grocery and food items, said on Friday it has raised an additional $14.2 million as the Bangalore-based startup chases the opportunity to digitize neighborhood stores in the world’s second largest internet market. The five-year-old startup said the new tranche of its Series B financing round was led by VII Ventures, with participation from Nutresa, Veronorte, Jumbofund, Klinkert Investment Trust, Peter Crosby Trust, Nexus Venture Partners, and Di...
Tags: Food, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, Ebay, India, Funding, Tech, Goldman Sachs, New Delhi, Nexus Venture Partners, Bangalore, Nps, Reliance, South India, Reliance Retail


Indian B2B e-commerce startup Udaan raises $280 million

Business-to-business marketplace Udaan has raised $280 million from new and existing investors as the Indian startup builds a war-chest to accelerate its growth and fend off rivals. The new capital is not part of a new financing round but is an extension of Series D. The Bangalore-based startup, which secured $585 million prior to the new capital as part of its Series D round and overall $1.15 billion to date, is now valued at over $3.1 billion, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrun...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Funding, US, Tech, Bank Of America, Goldman Sachs, Payments, Flipkart, Bangalore, Lightspeed, Reliance, Coca Cola PepsiCo


India’s CRED buys back shares worth $1.2 million from employees

Bangalore-based CRED is kickstarting the new year on a high note. The two-year-old startup, led by high-profile entrepreneur Kunal Shah, said on Monday it has raised $81 million in a new financing round and bought shares worth $1.2 million (about 90 million Indian rupees) from employees. The Series C financing round, as first reported by TechCrunch in late November, was led by DST Global. Existing investors Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, Tiger Global, and General Catalyst also participated ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Asia, Finance, China, India, Funding, Starbucks, Payments, Sequoia Capital, DST Global, UPI, Bangalore, Satyan Gajwani, Shah


India’s CRED raises $81 million, buys back shares worth $1.2 million from employees

Bangalore-based CRED is kickstarting the new year on a high note. The two-year-old startup, led by high-profile entrepreneur Kunal Shah, said on Monday it has raised $81 million in a new financing round and bought shares worth $1.2 million (about 90 million Indian rupees) from employees. The Series C financing round, as first reported by TechCrunch in late November, was led by DST Global. Existing investors Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, Tiger Global, and General Catalyst also participated ...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Finance, China, India, Funding, Tech, Starbucks, Payments, Sequoia Capital, DST Global, UPI, Bangalore, Satyan Gajwani, Shah


Amazon eyes launching its computer science education program in India

Amazon is planning to extend its computer science program Future Engineer to India, demonstrating its growing interest in the education space in the world’s second largest internet market. In a job recruitment post, the company said that initial research for Amazon Future Engineer, through which it aims to bring computer science education to underserved and underrepresented children and young adults, in India is “currently underway” and the chosen candidate would be tasked with working with l...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Education, Microsoft, India, Tech, United States, Bangalore, Amazon India, Amazon Amazon, CBSE, NASSCOM, Central Board of Secondary Education CBSE, Unacademy


Mixed Vegetable Sagu

Most of the restaurants in Bangalore serve setdosa – mixed vegetable sagu or puri and sagu. This spicy, delicious, filled with vegetables sidedish makes a great side for so many dishes. My brother started making this and now my aayi makes this very often. When I tried this, it was a hit with my family. …The post Mixed Vegetable Sagu appeared first on Aayis Recipes.
Tags: Breakfast, Side Dishes, Anthropology, Carrots, Bangalore, Coconut, Breakfast or snacks, Aayisrecipes, Kannada recipe, Sagu


Apple Places Supplier Wistron on Probation Following Worker Unrest in India

Apple has placed supplier Wistron on probation following unrest at its plant in southern India (via Reuters). An audit conducted by Apple found that Wistron's Bangalore plant, which manufactures the iPhone SE, showed violations of its "Supplier Code of Conduct." According to Apple, Wistron failed to implement proper working hour management processes which "led to payment delays for some workers in October and November." Workers contracted by Wistron, angry over unpaid wages, destroyed proper...
Tags: Apple, India, Shanghai, Foxconn, Bangalore, Reuters, United Daily News, Zhengzhou, Pegatron, Wistron, Kunshan, Apple Wistron, Apple Places Supplier Wistron


Apple Places Supplier Wistron on Probation Following Worker Unrest in India [Updated]

Apple has placed supplier Wistron on probation following unrest at its plant in southern India (via Reuters). An audit conducted by Apple found that Wistron's Bangalore plant, which manufactures the iPhone SE, showed violations of its "Supplier Code of Conduct." According to Apple, Wistron failed to implement proper working hour management processes which "led to payment delays for some workers in October and November." Workers contracted by Wistron, angry over unpaid wages, destroyed proper...
Tags: Apple, India, Shanghai, Foxconn, Bangalore, Reuters, Economic Times, United Daily News, Zhengzhou, Pegatron, Wistron, Kunshan, Apple Wistron, Apple Places Supplier Wistron


Apple puts contract partner Wistron on probation after violence at India plant

Apple has placed its contract manufacturing partner Wistron on probation and won’t give the Taiwanese firm any new business until it takes “complete corrective actions” following lapses at its southern India plant earlier this month. The iPhone maker said on Saturday that its employees and independent auditors hired by the company to investigate the issues at Wistron’s Narasapura facility found that Apple’s ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ was violated at the facility and Wistron failed to implemen...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Asia, Cook, China, India, Tech, Bloomberg, Foxconn, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Karnataka, Wistron, Tim Culpan


Indian food delivery giant Zomato secures $660 million

Zomato has raised $660 million in a financing round that it kicked off last year as the Indian food delivery startup prepares to go public next year. The Indian startup said Tiger Global, Kora, Luxor, Fidelity (FMR), D1 Capital, Baillie Gifford, Mirae, and Steadview participated in the round — a Series J –which gives Zomato a post-money valuation of $3.9 billion. Zomato had previously disclosed fundraise of about $212 million as part of Series J round from Ant Financial, Tiger Global, Baillie...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Ant Financial, Zomato, Tiger Global, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Baillie Gifford, Bernstein, Swiggy, Goyal


From India’s richest man to Amazon and 100s of startups: The great rush to win neighborhood stores

After spending more than a decade disrupting the neighborhood stores in the U.S. and several other markets, Amazon and Walmart are employing an unusual strategy in India to face off this competitor: Friending them. Walmart and Amazon, both of which face restrictions from New Delhi on what all they could do in India, have partnered with tens of thousands of neighborhood stores in the world’s second-largest internet market this year to leverage the vast presence of these mom and pop stores. ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Food, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Tech, Walmart, Whatsapp, Payments, Jeff Bezos, Mumbai


Hundreds Riot, Thousands Protest at iPhone Factory in India (slashdot)

The international news agency AFP reports on "a violent rampage at a Taiwanese-run iPhone factory in southern India" leading to over 100 arrests. About 2,000 workers were involved in the protest, reports the Verge, citing the Indian Express newspaper. The workers are protesting over allegations of unpaid wages and exploitation, according to AFP. "Local media reported workers saying they had not been paid for up to four months and were being forced to do extra shifts..." Workers at the Taiwane...
Tags: News, India, Labour, Cctv, Bangalore, Afp, Indian Express, EditorDavid, Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing, Satyanand


Indian Workers Ransack Wistron iPhone Production Plant Over Unpaid Wages

Workers reportedly went on the rampage at an iPhone production plant in India on Sunday and caused widespread damage to the Wistron-run factory over claims of unpaid wages. Video posted on social media showed smashed CCTV cameras and glass panels, broken lights and upturned vehicles at Wistron's manufacturing facility in Bangalore. According to the Times of India, many of the 2,000 employees leaving at the end of their Friday-night shift were involved in the violence. Disgruntled staff cla...
Tags: India, Taiwan, Cctv, Times, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Karnataka, Afp, Times of India, Wistron, Wistron Corp, BBC News Apple, Narasapura, Joseph Mathew, Indian Workers Ransack Wistron


Hundreds Riot, Thousands Protest at iPhone Factory in India

The international news agency AFP reports on "a violent rampage at a Taiwanese-run iPhone factory in southern India" leading to over 100 arrests. About 2,000 workers were involved in the protest, reports the Verge, citing the Indian Express newspaper. The workers are protesting over allegations of unpaid wages and exploitation, according to AFP. "Local media reported workers saying they had not been paid for up to four months and were being forced to do extra shifts..." Workers at the Taiwane...
Tags: India, Tech, Labour, Cctv, Bangalore, Afp, Indian Express, Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing, Satyanand


Arrests as Indian workers ransack iPhone plant over wages

Workers at the Taiwanese-run factory near Bangalore said they had not been fully paid for months.
Tags: News, Bangalore


SAP latest enterprise software giant to offer low code workflow

Low code workflow has become all the rage among enterprise tech giants and SAP joined the group of companies offering simplified workflow creation today when it announced SAP Cloud Platform Workflow Management, but it didn’t stop there. It also announced SAP Ruum, a new departmental workflow tool and SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation, its entry into the RPA space. The company made the announcements at SAP TechEd, its annual educational conference that has gone virtual this year due t...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Okta, Einstein, Sap, Bangalore, RPA, Juergen Mueller, No Code Workflows, SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation, Einstein Workflow Automation, Okta Slack, Barcelona Las Vegas


A more inclusive global digital economy

Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from remarks delivered by Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, at the Singapore FinTech Festival today on the need and opportunity to build a more inclusive global digital economy.Thank you to the Monetary Authority of Singapore for the invitation to speak today—and for hosting this important event. While I hope we can have these big conversations in person again soon, I am grateful for all the ways that technology has kept us connected during the pa...
Tags: Google, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Philippines, Sundar Pichai, Bangalore, Temasek, Western Europe, Asia Pacific region, Asia Foundation, Indonesia Malaysia, Vijay, Bain Company, west coast of Africa


Building, Gradually, The National Ballet Of India

With the country having at least half a dozen thriving classical dance forms of its own, European-style ballet never caught on in a big way in India. Yet Yana Lewis, a veteran ballerina and teacher from England who settled in India in 1998, founded and runs the Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet in Bangalore, where she’s training dancers and, crucially, dance instructors who can understand and respect Indian social mores in a way that most foreign ballet masters don’t. – The New Indian Expres...
Tags: Art, England, India, Dance, Bangalore, 11.28.20, Yana Lewis, Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet


PhonePe raises $700 million, becomes a separate entity

PhonePe, the crown jewel in Flipkart’s acquisition by Walmart, is “partially” spinning off, the Bangalore-based financial services firm said on Thursday. To kick off its new journey, the firm said it has secured $700 million in a new financing round. This round, the name of which was not disclosed, was led by Walmart with participation from some existing investors, PhonePe said. The new round gave PhonePe, which was founded by three former Flipkart employees, a post-money valuation of $...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Walmart, Flipkart, UPI, Bangalore, Paytm, Sameer Nigam, Phonepe, Flipkart Group, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Google Pay


Remodelista Gift Guide 2020: Cookbooks to Give (and Cook From) This Winter

This year the holidays coincide with my moving to a place with an actual kitchen, and I’m looking forward to being able to enjoyably cook again—and spend Sunday afternoons baking, too, during the long winter of hunkering down ahead. Is it any coincidence that the cookbooks I want most out of this list are in fact baking books? Probably not. For those in your life in need of some old-fashioned comfort, for the home chef and the novice looking to take on winter culinary projects, and for lovers of...
Tags: Books, UK, Cook, London, Sweden, NYC, Robin Hood, US, San Francisco, Gifts, Beijing, Eritrea, Gift Guides, Holiday Gifts, Bangalore, Indian Ocean


India sets rules for commissions, surge pricing for Uber and Ola

Ride-hailing firms such as Ola and Uber can only draw a fee of up to 20% on ride fares in India, New Delhi said in guidelines on Friday, a new setback for the SoftBank-backed firms already struggling to improve their finances in the key overseas market. The guidelines, which for the first time bring modern-age app-based ride-hailing firms under a regulatory framework in the country, also put a cap on the so-called surge pricing, the fare Uber and Ola charge during hours when their services se...
Tags: Uber, Apps, Asia, Government, India, Softbank, Tech, Bangalore, Ola, India NEW DELHI, RedSeer, Ujjwal Chaudhry


Tiger Global invests in India’s Unacademy at $2 billion valuation

Unacademy, an online learning platform in India, has added two more marquee investors to its cap table. The Bangalore-based startup, which focuses on K-12 online education, said on Wednesday it has raised new funds from Tiger Global Management and Dragoneer Investment Group. The funding round, which is between $75 million to $100 million in size (according to a person familiar with the matter; Unacademy has not disclosed the figure), valued the four-and-a-half-year-old startup at $2 billion, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Edtech, Tiger Global Management, Bangalore, Shashi Tharoor, Scott Shleifer, Gaurav Munjal