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    Megha Mandavia

    Special Correspondent, The Economic Times

    I write on Internet businesses, social media companies, and their intersection with policy, politics and culture. Social media’s influence on online speech, political discourse and the society at lar ...

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    Niche content, meet the next wave of star influencers hereVideo dating has become the new norm post pandemicJudiciary should ensure that the right to privacy is upheld: Justice BN SrikrishnaLive streaming is the new way to celebrate major life events
    How Discord is bringing gamers togetherUS antitrust move to fire up India’s Google investigationsFDI cap in digital news meant to check Chinese, other foreign influence, says I&B officialThe art of live streaming: India's own are catching up fast with a viral, global phenomenon
    Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma and other startup founders take row with Google to CCI doorsIndia ban hits TikTok download numbers hard globallyIndian Startup Association to ping US group resisting Google, ApplePaytm, GOQii, Dream11 founders take Google billing row to MeitY virtually
    Google defers 30% in-app commission in India to April 2022 after protestsAfter expensive billing, startups raise fake apps issue with GoogleStartups accuse 'gatekeeper' Google of not playing fairIAMAI calls founders meet to discuss Google's decision to make its billing system compulsory for in-app purchases
    A Napster moment for online video and music platforms in India as piracy soars in lockdownCloud services firms to resist Trai move to impose new rulesShareChat closes $40 million in Pre-Series E funding to aid Moj's growthShareChat closes $40 million in Pre-Series E to aid Moj’s growth
    GitHub aims to make India the largest market from the third largestShareChat adds $14 million to its ESOP pool, taking its ESOP pool to $35 millionIndia to consider fresh responses from TikTokWe will continue to aggressively invest in India: Facebook India's Head Ajit Mohan
    Google takes down Paytm from Play StoreNet pioneer Vint Cerf warns of digital info dark ageShareChat acquires HPF Films for undisclosed amountFacebook faces questions on non-disclosure of network trying to influence Delhi elections
    India won't ease ban on TikTok post Oracle deal in the US, say officialsYouTube to launch short-video feature Shorts in India in a few daysFacebook India appoints Arun Srinivas as director of global business groupInfosys to buy Czech consultancy firm GuideVision for 30 million euros
    PUBG Mobile's player revenue from India almost negligibleByteDance sees several senior exits
    ByteDance sees several senior exits
    13 Sep 2020 08:47 PM IST
    ShareChat signs music deal with SaregamaA way out: Banned Chinese apps weigh selling out to Indian partners
    App ban fallout: PUBG Corporation cancels India franchisee with Tencent GamesSeveral 'dodgy' dating and friendship Chinese apps among those banned by the governmentInstagram launches a Reels tab in India for easier discovery of short video contentIndian gamers upset over PUBG ban as community faces career loss
    Facing tough love from users and investors, dating apps move towards marriage fixingInfosys says it plans to hire 12,000 American workers over next two yearsFacebook says will remove content to mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impactDating app TrulyMadly raises Rs 8.1 crore
    ShareChat users can now pick songs from T-Series library to add to their videosShort video app Trell raises $11.4 millionGoogle in talks with ShareChat as latter scouts for $150-200 millionShareChat hires back half of laid-off employees, expected to add another 150-200 in six months
    TikTok dials Mukesh Ambani, wants to know if he is willing to tango in IndiaTikTok parent company, ByteDance, halts hiring in India; tries to retain employeesMicrosoft's foray in Indian social media is long due, say expertsShort video apps Roposo, Chingari, Trell focus on monetisation as competition heats up
    Short video app Bolo Indya raises $500K from Eagle10 Ventures, India Accelerator GroupFacebook set to expand WhatsApp's commerce partnerships in India, then take it globalTikTok hasn't shared user data, won't, even if asked: Nikhil Gandhi, India HeadShareChat raises $40 million in bridge round
    Market will decide price of value-added non-personal data: Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys275 more Chinese apps on India's radar, list includes PubG, RessoSensor Tower says installs of top TikTok alternatives grew 155% following ban in IndiaMNCs to gain tremendously from sharing of non-personal data: Kris Gopalakrishnan
    Competition intensifies: Local Video streaming apps look to sign on TikTok celebsZoom to open technology center in Bangalore, hire talentChinese TikTok clones vying to click with Indians, three now in Google Play Store's top 10 listPanel suggests govt pay companies for processed non-personal data
    ByteDance may move TikTok headquarters out of China as India bans appTikTok report shows India sends highest number of user information and content takedown requestsTruecaller says disappointed by Indian Army's ban on app for personnelGirl gamers push their way into male dominated live streaming space
    Tough road for TikTok clones
    Tough road for TikTok clones
    03 Jul 2020 07:30 AM IST
    Facebook to shut TikTok clone Lasso
    Facebook to shut TikTok clone Lasso
    02 Jul 2020 09:09 PM IST
    Bigo takes down short-video app LikeeShort-video apps vying to replace TikTok find a tough road ahead
    Government panel in first meeting ratifies Chinese app banShareChat looks to raise $200 million as India bans Chinese appsTiktok CEO Kevin Mayers talks to employees, says will address concerns of governmentTop-level government panel to probe data practices of Chinese apps
    Creator economy built by TikTok, Likee to collapse, Indian video apps get ready to attract themTikTok says does not share information with Chinese governmentUncertainty, risk of second wave challenges for IT sector, says Infosys CEO Salil ParekhChinese app downloads fall amid border dispute
    US visa suspension likely to boost demand for offshoring, captivesIndia Inc suffers a new ailment, complains of webinar fatigue, Zoom gloomTikTok sees rising anti-China content in India on border disputeHike rolls out a new social virtual product, says messaging category is done
    Indian video apps see usage surge, peak investor interestByteDance discontinues Vigo Video, Vigo Lite apps in IndiaAarogya Setu app not mandatory for air, rail travel: Centre to Karnataka HCFintech lenders find comfort in the steady cash flow of humble corner shops
    Infosys shrinks top management, grows number of lower-level positionsMitron TV app back on Google Play Store after design changePhonePe to hire upto 550 people this yearIT firms not in a hurry to get their staff back in office
    No rush to bring techies back to campuses, say IT companiesFacebook and Saregama announce licensing dealMillions are on contact-tracing apps with poor privacy safeguards
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