Frequent run-ins with India govt cloud U.S. tech expansion plans

Another spat between India’s government and U.S. big tech has exacerbated disillusion among firms which have spent billions to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the extent some are rethinking expansion plans, people close to the matter said. The government on Saturday said Twitter Inc had not indicated compliance with new rules aimed … Read more

Lot of concerns about behaviour of big tech firms: Piyush Goyal

There are a lot of concerns about the behaviour of big tech companies including American firms and India would like to protect its policy space and express its concern regarding these entities not willing to adhere to the law of the land, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. He said India is … Read more

WhatsApp updates privacy policy, makes Facebook data sharing mandatory

Messaging giant WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy and terms of service to better integrate with other products and services offered by its parent company Facebook. The most prominent changes deal with how WhatsApp shares information with Facebook and its subsidiaries. The instant messaging app can now share phone numbers and transaction data with Facebook. … Read more

WhatsApp introduces ‘disappearing messages’ feature

WhatsApp has introduced a new feature called “disappearing messages”, which would allow users to ensure that their messages are not saved on the instant messaging platform forever. The ‘self-destruct” automated feature will roll out for users through this month. “When “disappearing message” is turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after 7 … Read more

JioMart gets a WhatsApp number, goes live

Three days after Reliance Retail signed a commercial pact with Facebook’s WhatsApp to further the reach of its online venture JioMart, the retailer went live in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan. Reliance’s tie up with WhatsApp means it gets direct access to WhatsApp’s user base of over 400 million. To … Read more