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  • New IT regulations | Facebook, Twitter should follow rules in India as they do abroad: Sridhar Vembu May 26, 2021 09:42 PM IST

    New IT regulations | Facebook, Twitter should follow rules in India as they do abroad: Sridhar Vembu

    Zoho founder and CEO Sridhar Vembu launched a fiery attack on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube over their reluctance to comply with India's new information technology rules, asserting that they have to operate according to the laws of the land and stop dictating terms. Key excerpts from the interview: "These platforms are already doing censorship. Take the Covid issue when they censored all discussions related to its origins in the Wuhan lab. So for them to turn around and accuse the Indian government of something is just hypocritical" "If they want to operate in our country, they have to operate according to our laws. They don't get to make laws here" "Sovereignty matters. India has to determine what is appropriate for our standards, our values, all of that. And we don't want a Facebook or Twitter dictating terms to us”

  • WhatsApp will disable messages for anyone who doesn't accept the new privacy policy Feb 22, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    WhatsApp will disable messages for anyone who doesn't accept the new privacy policy

    WhatsApp makes it clear that you won't enjoy the "full-functionality" of the app unless you say yes to the new policies

  • Supreme Court issues notice to Facebook, WhatsApp over revised privacy policy Feb 15, 2021 12:55 PM IST

    Supreme Court issues notice to Facebook, WhatsApp over revised privacy policy

    The Supreme Court has said people have grave apprehensions that they will lose their privacy and it is the court's duty to protect them.

  • WhatsApp Pay now available in India: 5 things to know Nov 10, 2020 07:00 AM IST

    WhatsApp Pay now available in India: 5 things to know

    WhatsApp Pay is built atop Unified Payments Interface or UPI, a payments infrastructure built by a coalition of large banks in India.

  • WhatsApp Pay Explained: How to set it up, how to send and receive money, how it works and other questions answered Nov 06, 2020 12:04 PM IST

    WhatsApp Pay Explained: How to set it up, how to send and receive money, how it works and other questions answered

    In a decision that will have a huge impact on India’s payments space, NPCI has allowed WhatsApp to go live on its United Payments Interface.

  • As WhatsApp Pay goes live, Mark Zuckerberg says India has created something 'truly special' with UPI Nov 06, 2020 08:49 AM IST

    As WhatsApp Pay goes live, Mark Zuckerberg says India has created something 'truly special' with UPI

    Mark Zuckerberg, in a video message, said that the company had been working on WhatsApp UPI with the NPCI to ensure that it is secure and reliable.

  • Explained | WhatsApp Payments goes live in India, what does this mean for the ecosystem? Nov 06, 2020 08:37 AM IST

    Explained | WhatsApp Payments goes live in India, what does this mean for the ecosystem?

    Almost three years after being launched in a beta testing stage, NPCI has finally allowed WhatsApp to start payments with an initial limit of 20 million users.

  • Not opportune time to suggest comprehensive regulatory framework for OTT services: TRAI Sep 14, 2020 05:42 PM IST

    Not opportune time to suggest comprehensive regulatory framework for OTT services: TRAI

    OTT services refer to applications and services that are accessible over the internet and ride on an operator's network. Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Hike are some of the popular and widely-used OTT services.

  • New WhatsApp feature will soon let you use the messaging app on multiple devices at the same time Jul 24, 2020 01:12 PM IST

    New WhatsApp feature will soon let you use the messaging app on multiple devices at the same time

    The WhatsApp multi-device feature is likely to be called Linked Devices, as per screenshots found in the beta version.

  • Here's why WhatsApp went down globally early morning for an hour on July 15 Jul 15, 2020 09:19 AM IST

    Here's why WhatsApp went down globally early morning for an hour on July 15

    During the downtime, users were unable to send and receive messages as the app refused to connect.

  • WhatsApp for Business hits 15 million monthly users in India, 50 million globally Jul 09, 2020 06:51 PM IST

    WhatsApp for Business hits 15 million monthly users in India, 50 million globally

    The app has launched QR Code stickers for quick chats between customers and businesses.

  • The WhatsApp feature you have been waiting for is coming soon Jun 15, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    The WhatsApp feature you have been waiting for is coming soon

    Once the feature is available, all your WhatsApp conversations and media files shared with other users on the platform will be accessible on multiple devices, much like Telegram Messenger.

  • How to place an order on JioMart using WhatsApp: A step-by-step guide Apr 27, 2020 09:58 AM IST

    How to place an order on JioMart using WhatsApp: A step-by-step guide

    JioMart is currently available in Kalyan, Thane and Navi Mumbai near Mumbai, and is expected to cater services to other parts of the country soon.

  • JioMart gets a WhatsApp number, rolls out services in areas near Mumbai Apr 26, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    JioMart gets a WhatsApp number, rolls out services in areas near Mumbai

    Launched in January, the web-only arm of Reliance Retail allows consumers to purchase from among 50,000 products including groceries and other essential items.

  • Reliance Jio-Facebook deal: JioMart, WhatsApp to operate together to connect consumers with local kiranas Apr 22, 2020 07:48 AM IST

    Reliance Jio-Facebook deal: JioMart, WhatsApp to operate together to connect consumers with local kiranas

    This has been done to further accelerate Reliance Retail’s New Commerce business on the JioMart platform using Facebook-owned WhatsApp and to support small businesses on the messenger

  • Latest WhatsApp beta update allows eight users to participate in a group video call Apr 21, 2020 09:41 AM IST

    Latest WhatsApp beta update allows eight users to participate in a group video call

    The new feature is being rolled out in the update 2.20.50.25 on iOS and 2.20.133 on Android.

  • Coronavirus impact | WhatsApp global usage spikes by 51% during pandemic Mar 26, 2020 03:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact | WhatsApp global usage spikes by 51% during pandemic

    The most significant usage was observed among people between the age group of 18 and 34.

  • Coronavirus | Govt launches MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp; Google too rolls out campaign Mar 20, 2020 11:29 AM IST

    Coronavirus | Govt launches MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp; Google too rolls out campaign

    Apart from the MyGov WhatsApp Chatbot, the government has also set up two helpline numbers — +91-11-23978046 and 1075 (toll-free) — and an email id (ncov2019@gov.in) to resolve the queries of Indian citizens

  • WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is 'useless', Telegram CEO explains why Feb 03, 2020 12:41 PM IST

    WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is 'useless', Telegram CEO explains why

    Durov also pointed out that Bezos’ data would have been safe had he relied on Telegram, instead of Facebook’s WhatsApp.

  • Reporter's Take | All about WhatsApp-Pegasus spyware row Nov 22, 2019 08:46 PM IST

    Reporter's Take | All about WhatsApp-Pegasus spyware row

    WhatsApp has expressed "regret" over the snooping row and has assured the government that measures to address security concerns were being taken.

  • WhatsApp testing fingerprint unlock feature, likely to be rolled out for Android users soon Aug 14, 2019 10:11 AM IST

    WhatsApp testing fingerprint unlock feature, likely to be rolled out for Android users soon

    The feature also gives an option called ‘show content in notification’ that shows or hides messages in the notification preview.

  • Reporter's Take | WhatsApp set to launch payments services later this year Jul 26, 2019 05:33 PM IST

    Reporter's Take | WhatsApp set to launch payments services later this year

    The messaging platform currently has over 400 million users in the country.

  • Reporter's Take | Flaw in Whatsapp and Telegram allows hacker to manipulate images Jul 16, 2019 05:19 PM IST

    Reporter's Take | Flaw in Whatsapp and Telegram allows hacker to manipulate images

    Whatsapp has given a statement that it is looking into the issue meaning that this problem has not been solved yet.

  • WhatsApp sets up data storage facility in India for payments biz, may launch service soon Jun 27, 2019 02:11 PM IST

    WhatsApp sets up data storage facility in India for payments biz, may launch service soon

    RBI norms require global payments services companies to store their data within India.

  • Reporter's Take | Government asks WhatsApp to fingerprint messages for traceability: Report Jun 18, 2019 01:39 PM IST

    Reporter's Take | Government asks WhatsApp to fingerprint messages for traceability: Report

    Ruchira Kondepudi talks about the reason behind the move and the way forward.

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