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MobiKwik names former CRISIL exec Bikram Bir Singh as business head

Digital wallet firm MobiKwik has appointed former CRISIL executive Bikram Bir Singh as business head, it said in a statement. Singh will be heading government, corporate, travel and biller verticals at MobiKwik. He will focus on accelerating MobiKwik’s growth in various geographies. He will also d...

27 January, 2017 | More »

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Facebook introduces security keys for enhanced account protection

Social networking giant Facebook Inc., on Thursday introduced an additional option for account protection. Users can now register a USB-based physical key to their accounts, thus allowing them to login via a small hardware, Brad Hill, a security engineer at Facebook said in a blog post. Most users a...

27 January, 2017 | More »

In U-turn, NPCI tells PhonePe to adhere to UPI norms

FreeCharge rolls out Google Play recharge codes on app, website

Mobile wallet firm FreeCharge said on Wednesday that users can now purchase Google Play recharge codes on its app and website. The codes can then be redeemed on the Google Play Store to buy digital content like movies, games, e-books, Android apps etc., the company said in a media release. Users fir...

25 January, 2017 | More »

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Uber appoints Pradeep Parameswaran as head of central operations

San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. has hired former DEN Networks chief executive Pradeep Parameswaran as head of central operations. “We are excited to have Pradeep Parameswaran join Uber India as the Head of Central Operations. Pradeep is passionate about technology-l...

24 January, 2017 | More »

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Ola names Pepsi veteran Vishal Kaul COO

Cab-hailing service Ola said on Monday it has appointed Vishal Kaul as chief operating officer in place of Pranay Jivrajka, who has been named a founding partner. Kaul is an 18-year veteran at beverages giant PepsiCo Inc, where he was most recently general manager at Pepsico Foods for Thailand, Myan...

23 January, 2017 | More »

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Flipkart’s PhonePe lashes out at ICICI, accuses bank of ‘flexing muscle’

The tussle between Flipkart’s digital wallet PhonePe and ICICI Bank over the UPI payments issue has taken the form of a public spat, with the startup’s founder and CEO Sameer Nigam accusing the country’s biggest private-sector lender of “flexing its muscle to overcome what they belie...

23 January, 2017 | More »

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Uber to soon launch food delivery app UberEATS in India

San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. will soon launch its on-demand food delivery app, UberEATS, in India. To roll out the service, it is currently inviting restaurants and delivery partners, a company statement said. The service will be offered through a standalone mobile...

23 January, 2017 | More »

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Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra quits to return to Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra, vice president at smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. and one of its most celebrated executives, has left the company for a new project based in Silicon Valley. In a Facebook post, Barra said he was “taking some much-needed time off before embarking on a new adventure in Silicon Valley.&#...

23 January, 2017 | More »

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Meet the six IAMAI-incubated startups that have raised funding

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said on Monday that six startups incubated at IAMAI-sponsored Mobile10X Apps Hub have managed to raise Rs 9 crore ($1.3 million) in seed funding over the past 10 months. In its first full year of operations Mobile10X has incubated 35 startups at i...

23 January, 2017 | More »

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Uber’s search for engineering chief yields former Google veteran Amit Singhal

San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. has hired former Google search chief Amit Singhal as senior vice president of engineering. Singhal, who hails from Uttar Pradesh in India, wrote in his personal blog post on Friday, “I’m excited to announce that I’m joining Uber a...

21 January, 2017 | More »