Manish Singh

Manish Singh covers India for TechCrunch. He previously wrote for VentureBeat, CNBC, The Outline, CNET, Mashable and NDTV. You can reach out to him at m(@)

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Byju’s expects minimal or no fine from India’s forex rule violation allegation

Byju’s said on Wednesday that recent accusations by India’s crime-fighting agency regarding a breach of the nation’s foreign exchange rule are “solely technical” in natur

Prosus slashes valuation of India’s Byju’s below $3 billion

Investment giant Prosus has written down the valuation of edtech giant Byju’s to below $3 billion, marking a steep drop from the $22 billion valuation the Indian startup hit just early last year

Apple partner Foxconn to invest $1.5 billion in India

Foxconn plans to invest $1.54 billion in India, the latest in its growing expansion plan, following a surge in revenues in the South Asian market. Foxconn said in a stock exchange filing that the inve

Byju’s taps Jiny Thattil as CTO following departure of Anil Goel

Anil Goel, the CTO of Byju’s, is leaving the edtech giant, he informed some colleagues amid a broader restructuring at the Bengaluru-headquartered startup as it looks to pare down costs and unif

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway exits Paytm at a 40% loss

Berkshire Hathaway exited Paytm-parent firm One97 Communications Friday at a loss of about 40% on the high-profile investment it made more than five years ago. The Warren Buffett firm invested about $

India seeks to regulate deepfakes amid ethical concerns

India is drafting rules to detect and limit the spread of deepfake content and other harmful AI media, a senior lawmaker said Thursday, following reports of proliferation of such content on social med

India’s Pocket FM closes in on $80 million funding after revenue tops $160 million

Audio entertainment startup Pocket FM has topped $160 million in annualized revenue runrate and is inching closer to raising over $80 million in a new funding round, three sources familiar with the ma

Sam Altman to return as OpenAI CEO

Sam Altman is returning to OpenAI as its chief executive, the high-profile AI startup said Wednesday, a dramatic reversal that caps an intense five days of discussions, debates and convincing followin

Starlink-rival OneWeb scores approval to launch satellite broadband services in India

OneWeb India, the local subsidiary of low-earth orbit operator Eutelsat OneWeb, has received the necessary approval from the country’s newly created space regulatory body to launch its commercia

India accuses edtech giant Byju’s of $1.1 billion forex violations

India’s Enforcement Directorate, its crime-fighting agency, has issued a show-cause notice to Byju’s, accusing it of violating the nation’s foreign exchange rules. The ED’s all

Microsoft hires ex-OpenAI leaders Altman and Brockman to lead new AI group

Microsoft has hired OpenAI co-founders Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to head up a “new advanced AI research team,” the software conglomerate’s chief Satya Nadella said Monday, capping

Disney’s Hotstar draws 59 million concurrent viewers, setting new record

In India, few events garner as much attention as a cricket game. And there’s no match for a World Cup final. The Sunday game topped 59 million concurrent viewers, shattering the 53 million miles

Greg Brockman quits OpenAI after abrupt firing of Sam Altman

OpenAI co-founder and president Greg Brockman has quit the firm, he said Friday, hours after the Microsoft-backed giant abruptly fired its chief executive Sam Altman and assured that Brockman would re

Indian central bank tightening consumer loans curb to impact startups

India’s central bank has enforced several measures to cool down high growth in consumer credit in a move that will impact consumer spending and many startups in the South Asian market, industr

Apple to finally bring RCS to iPhones

Apple plans to add support for the RCS standard on iOS next year, the iPhone-maker said Thursday in a major reversal that would resolve the widespread issue of compatibility in text messaging between

Disney’s Hotstar tops 50 million concurrent viewers in India-New Zealand cricket clash

A crucial knock-out cricket game between India and New Zealand shattered all previous on-demand video streaming records Wednesday, sending over 53 million concurrent viewers to Disney’s Hotstar.

Former YC Continuity head targets $350 million growth-stage fund

Anu Hariharan, who led YC Continuity before the storied accelerator scrapped the program, has partnered with two of her former colleagues and former Brex executive Lucas Fox to launch a new fund that

Popular video chat service Omegle shuts down

Omegle, a popular online chat service that allowed individuals to connect and talk with strangers, has shut down after more than 14 years citing growing misuse of the platform, including in committing

Bob Iger says Disney would like to stay in India, looking to strengthen hand

Bob Iger said Wednesday that Disney “would like to stay” in India and is considering its options in the world’s most populous country where its TV business continues to pull profit b

Apple says it ‘expects to make’ App Store policy changes due to EU DMA

Apple has bowed to the inevitable and said it “expects to make” App Store policy changes to comply with EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). The pan-EU DMA came into application across th
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