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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Kanye West to acquire ‘uncancelable’ social media platform Parler

Kanye West, the rapper who also goes by the name Ye, has reached an agreement to buy “uncancelable free speech platform” Parler, the two said in a statement Monday, in a move they said wil

Indian edtech giant Byju’s raises $250 million in fresh funding

Byju’s said Monday it has raised $250 million in new funding from existing backers as the Indian edtech giant looks to navigate the market downturn that has forced the firm to postpone its initial p

Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart launches metaverse shopping experience

Flipkart has launched a metaverse offering for consumers to more interactively discover and shop new products, the latest bet from the Indian e-commerce giant as it experiments with web3 offerings to

India launches 75 digital banking units across rural areas in financial inclusion push

India on Sunday launched 75 digital banking units in villages and small towns across the country in a move that it said will help bring financial services and literacy to more citizens. The digital ba

Uniswap Labs valued at $1.66 billion in $165 million new funding

Uniswap Labs has raised $165 million in a new funding round as the parent firm of the world’s largest decentralized exchange looks to broaden its offerings. The Series B funding was led by Polyc

Vedantu acquires majority stake in Deeksha for $40 million in offline push

Indian edtech Vedantu has acquired a majority stake in education chain Deeksha for $40 million, the latest in local online learning platforms’ growing attempts at tapping opportunities in the offlin

Indian edtech giant Byju’s cuts 2,500 jobs

Indian edtech giant Byju’s said on Wednesday it will eliminate 5% of its workforce, or about 2,500 roles, across multiple departments and is cutting its marketing budgets as it looks to improve

Uber scales back in Pakistan

Uber is scaling back its operations in Pakistan, the latest in a series of efforts from the ride-hailing firm as it looks to improve its financial performance. The company says its marquee app is ceas

Meta and news outlet’s spar deepens India’s trust deficit

Tech giants and news organizations sparring over news reporting isn’t new. Companies often complain to journalists about getting nuances wrong and usually air their dismay “off the record.

Funding in Indian startups shrinks by more than half

We are getting a more realistic update on the startup funding landscape in India, and as is true elsewhere, all the figures are in red in the South Asian market. Indian startups raised $3 billion in t

Brands are spamming WhatsApp users in India, Facebook’s largest market

As Meta makes deeper inroads with businesses on WhatsApp, its biggest bet to monetize the instant messaging app with over 2 billion users, we are getting an early glimpse at how user experience might

Pakistan revokes YC-backed Tag’s fintech services, orders to pull apps

Pakistan’s central bank on Friday revoked the in-principle and pilot operations approval of Tag to operate as an electronic money institution in a move that poses existential threat to the firm. Sta

Microsoft explores investment in Indian gaming platform Zupee

Microsoft has held conversations to invest in the Indian play-to-earn gaming platform Zupee in recent weeks and proposed to potentially lead a funding round of over $100 million, two people familiar w

Do Kwon set to lose South Korean passport amid active Interpol red notice

South Korea has ordered Do Kwon to surrender his passport, or risk getting it revoked, as the East Asian nation escalates actions against the crypto entrepreneur whose blockchain collapse earlier this

VLC-developer VideoLAN sends legal notice to Indian ministries over ban

VideoLAN, the developer and operator of popular media player VLC, has filed a legal notice to India’s IT and Telecom ministries, alleging that the Indian bodies failed to notify the software develop

GIC backs Indian EV startup Euler Motors in $60 million funding

Euler Motors, an Indian startup that designs and builds commercial electric vehicles, has raised $60 million in a new funding round as it works to ramp up its production capacity and broaden its offer

Prosus cancels $4.7 billion acquisition of India’s BillDesk

Prosus has scrapped the $4.7 billion acquisition of BillDesk it announced last year, once stated to be the European technology giant’s largest, saying “certain conditions” were unful

Telegram cuts subscription fee by more than half in India

Telegram has cut the monthly subscription fee for its premium tier by more than half in India, just months after introducing the offering as it attempts to aggressively cash in on a large user base in

Web3 banking platform Juno raises $18 million, launches tokenized loyalty program

Juno, a startup that provides checking accounts to crypto enthusiasts and allows them to take their paychecks in digital tokens, has raised a new funding round as it expands its offerings to include a

Indian market regulator tightens IPO disclosure norms

India’s market regulator has tightened disclosure norms for firms looking to file for an initial public offering after lackluster performance of more than half a dozen tech startups in the past year
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