Tuesday, August 3, 2021
China Roundup: TikTok receives most government requests from India and US

China Roundup: TikTok receives most government requests from India and US

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, TikTok, currently the world’s hottest social media app, welcomed the new decade by publishing its first transparency report as it encounters rising scrutiny from…
Asia’s richest man takes on retail giant Amazon

Asia’s richest man takes on retail giant Amazon

Image copyright Getty Images A conglomerate run by Asia's richest man has started a service that aims to compete with Amazon in India.Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries said it had been inviting people to sign up to its grocery delivery service.The company is aiming to use its massive mobile phone customer base as a springboard for…
Why is India passing more death sentences?

Why is India passing more death sentences?

Image copyright Getty Images Four men found guilty of the gang rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi in 2012 are due to be executed on 22 January, pending last-minute legal appeals.Indian courts continue to hand down death sentences for the most serious crimes, although no executions have been carried out…
Chandrayaan-3: India plans third Moon mission

Chandrayaan-3: India plans third Moon mission

Image copyright EPA Image caption The chairman of India's space agency says the new mission could happen this year India has announced plans for a third lunar mission, months after its last one crash landed on the Moon's surface.The chairman of India's space agency, K Sivan, said work was going "smoothly" on the Chandrayaan-3 unmanned…
India demolishes Kerala skyscrapers over environmental violations

India demolishes Kerala skyscrapers over environmental violations

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLuxury high-rise blown up over environmental violationsAuthorities in southern India have demolished two luxury lakeside apartment complexes that were built in violation of environmental rules.Residents of the high-rises in the state of Kerala watched as their homes and investments imploded in seconds.The Supreme Court ordered the demolition…
India gets more aggressive with internet shutdowns to curb protests

India gets more aggressive with internet shutdowns to curb protests

India, the world’s largest democracy, continues to normalize shutting down internet and suspending mobile communications for tens of millions of citizens in the country to thwart protests. Days after Narendra Modi -led government shut down mobile communications in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura (yet to be restored) — home to more than 36…
India orders investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart

India orders investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart

India ordered a large-scale investigation into Flipkart and Amazon India on Monday after a retail trade group alleged that the e-commerce giants were indulging in anti-competitive practices to gain a foothold in the country. Competition Commission of India (CCI), the local antitrust body, highlighted a wide gamut of issues, including the arrangements between smartphone vendors…
Amazon’s fresh $1B investment in India is not a big favor, says India trade minister

Amazon’s fresh $1B investment in India is not a big favor, says India trade...

India’s trade minister isn’t impressed with Amazon’s new $1 billion investment in the country. A day after Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos announced that his company is pumping in an additional $1 billion into its India operations, making the total local investment to date $6.5 billion, the nation’s trade minister Piyush Goyal said Amazon’s investment…
Trump says ‘all is well’ following Iran missile strike – Times of India

Trump says ‘all is well’ following Iran missile strike – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that "all is well" following a retaliatory Iranian missile attack on US-led forces and that he would make a statement on the situation on Wednesday morning. Iran said it had launched the missile attack on two Iraqi military bases hosting US-led coalition personnel as retribution for the…
These are the top 10 smartphones launches of 2019 – Times of India

These are the top 10 smartphones launches of 2019 – Times of India

India is the world's second-largest and fastest-growing smartphone market in the world. Little doubt then that the year 2019 saw several big-ticket launches from all major brands. While some of these were successor to flagship series, some introduced entirely new range. However, what is common across all these devices is the standout features they offer.…