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Why a potential Snapdeal-Paytm merger makes perfect sense

Saturday, February 18, 2017 | More »

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Will they? Won’t they? Rumours come and go, but those around India’s third-largest e-commerce company Snapdeal’s merger refuse to die down, even though the suitors keep changing. For instance, not too long ago, the Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd-run company was in the news for exploring ...

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How payments firm Oxigen is charting a different route to growth

Payment services provider Oxigen Services India Pvt Ltd plans to strengthen its core offline business and expand its digital offerings, as it looks to grow steadily and without burning a hole in its pockets. The company, majority-owned by South Africa’s Blue Label Telecoms Ltd, also aims to tap in...

15 February, 2017 | More »

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

Will abundant cash supply spoil the m-wallet party?

Without a doubt, digital wallets have been the biggest beneficiary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November move to scrap high-value banknotes. The resultant cash crunch brought thousands of borderline and non-users into the ecosystem, something that would have otherwise taken a few quarters...

9 February, 2017 | More »

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Paytm’s Sharma, Mahesh Murthy on cloud 9 as Musk hints at summer launch for Tesla

It was just a 23-character tweet. But it came from Elon Musk, the maverick founder of electric vehicles giant Tesla Motors. And it was enough to leave the poster boys of India’s startup community euphoric. In response to a question from an apparent Tesla fan, who asked, “eagerly waiting for ...

8 February, 2017 | More »

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Storm in Bombay House over, Ratan Tata to resume startup investing soon

Tata Sons interim chairman Ratan Tata has said he would go back to investing in startups this month after handing over the reins of the Tata group to N Chandrasekaran, managing director and chief executive of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), who will formally take over on 23 February. After retiring...

7 February, 2017 | More »

Paytm E-Commerce set to raise $252 mn in round led by Alibaba

Paytm E-Commerce set to raise $252 mn in round led by Alibaba

Paytm E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd, the online marketplace arm of One97 Communications, is set to raise $200-252 million (Rs 1,350-1,700 crore) in an investment round led by Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, a major financial daily reported on Friday. The funding round, which marks Alibaba...

3 February, 2017 | More »

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Budget 2017: BHIM at centre stage, not digital payment startups

Union budget 2017 has clearly put the spotlight on digitisation, but that hasn’t really got players in the digital payment space excited as they feel the government’s emphasis is on promoting its own BHIM app rather than strengthening the entire ecosystem. In his budget speech, finance m...

1 February, 2017 | More »

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Paytm investor Alibaba’s Ant Financial to buy US firm MoneyGram for $880 mn

In step with its international ambitions, Ant Financial Services Group, the payment business arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has agreed to buy US money-transfer company MoneyGram for $880 million. Alibaba and Ant Financial hold a significant stake in One97 Communications Ltd, the pare...

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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ICICI Bank blocks transactions through Flipkart’s PhonePe as turf war looms

In what is a sign of rising competition between large banks and digital wallets over grabbing the retail payment pie, India’s largest private bank, ICICI Bank, has blocked payments by its customers on Flipkart-owned digital wallet PhonePe, citing “security-related” concerns. In an emailed resp...

16 January, 2017 | More »

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