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Vijay Shekhar Sharma became the second tech chief and world's richest man Elon Musk to endorse Signal after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy(Bloomberg photo)

Paytm CEO ‘Signals’ users should leave WhatsApp over data privacy concerns

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma posted a detailed tweet on Monday accusing WhatsApp and Facebook of "abusing their monopoly" and taking users' privacy for granted. Sharma also stated that India being the largest market for the messaging platform should exercise its power and move en masse to Signal.
The report said that India will have at least 12 more unicorns in 2021, taking the total count to 50. The pipeline of startups with valuations of $1 billion or more remains strong with 1.5x growth since 2019, the report added.(AFP)
The report said that India will have at least 12 more unicorns in 2021, taking the total count to 50. The pipeline of startups with valuations of $1 billion or more remains strong with 1.5x growth since 2019, the report added.(AFP)

12 startups may turn unicorns in ’21: Nasscom

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nandita Mathur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:28 AM IST
E-commerce major Flipkart, foodtech startup Zomato and furniture e-tailer Pepperfry are also preparing to go public.
Tech pioneer Bill Gates praised India’s policies for financial innovation and inclusion(REUTERS)
Tech pioneer Bill Gates praised India’s policies for financial innovation and inclusion(REUTERS)

Bill Gates calls India’s digital finance approach a global model

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:17 PM IST
The country has built ambitious platforms for money transfers and reliable identification. Bill Gates said those policies have drastically reduced the cost and friction of money distribution to the poor in the country, especially during the pandemic.
Paytm on Monday said its founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, will offer scholarship to two Indian students every year to pursue research at the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI) at Harvard University.(Shutterstock)
Paytm on Monday said its founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, will offer scholarship to two Indian students every year to pursue research at the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI) at Harvard University.(Shutterstock)

Paytm founder to offer scholarship to two Indian students every year to pursue research at LMSAI at Harvard University

New Delhi | By PTI | Posted by Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 03:15 PM IST
Paytm on Monday said its founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, will offer scholarship to two Indian students every year to pursue research at the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI) at Harvard University.
Located in Bengaluru, Paytm Money is a wholly-owned subsidiary of One97 Communications.(Reuters File Photo)
Located in Bengaluru, Paytm Money is a wholly-owned subsidiary of One97 Communications.(Reuters File Photo)

Paytm Money facilitates IPO investments in India for retail investors

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:54 PM IST
The IPO application has been made fully digital to ensure simple usage for the retail investors in applying for IPOs, with new features to enhance user experience expected.
Flipkart-owned PhonePe reported an over sixfold jump in the volume of digital gold sold on its platform, while Paytm reported a 86% jump.(REUTERS)
Flipkart-owned PhonePe reported an over sixfold jump in the volume of digital gold sold on its platform, while Paytm reported a 86% jump.(REUTERS)

Digital gold gains currency

Livemint, Bengaluru | By Tarush Bhalla
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 03:59 AM IST
Digital payment firms such as Paytm and PhonePe, which sold digital gold, reported strong demand emerging from smaller towns and cities this year, in addition to metros.
Small vendors on street sides are accepting PayTM as a mode of payment in New Delhi.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Small vendors on street sides are accepting PayTM as a mode of payment in New Delhi.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Paytm introduces Payout Links for businesses, enables money transfer sans collecting bank details

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:22 PM IST
Paytm Payout is driven by APIs on Paytm for Business Dashboard to make bulk payments to bank accounts, UPI addresses, and Paytm Wallets instantly.
Google Pay, Walmart’s PhonePe and Paytm are among the TPAP players in the fast-growing UPI ecosystem, amid the sustained push for boosting digital payments in the country(File Photo)
Google Pay, Walmart’s PhonePe and Paytm are among the TPAP players in the fast-growing UPI ecosystem, amid the sustained push for boosting digital payments in the country(File Photo)

Capping market share of UPI players to impact users, may hit adoption in future: Industry experts

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 02:23 AM IST
On Thursday, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said a single Third Party App Provider (TPAP) can handle only 30% of overall UPI (Unified Payments Interface) transaction volumes. The cap shall be applicable with effect from January 1, 2021.
The panel has already met Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon.(Reuters File Photo)
The panel has already met Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon.(Reuters File Photo)

JPC questions Google, Paytm over China links

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 03:07 AM IST
The panel has given Google and Paytm time to submit written responses to queries on structure, tax regimes, data processing and protection, and privacy.
Baba Ka Dhaba owners Kanta Prasad and his wife, Badaami Devi.(Instagram/@nrai_india)
Baba Ka Dhaba owners Kanta Prasad and his wife, Badaami Devi.(Instagram/@nrai_india)

Baba ka Dhaba is now listed on Zomato, Tinder also shared special tweet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 06:30 PM IST
Baba ka dhaba, a roadside eatery located in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, is now listed on Zomato. The shop is owned by Kanta Prasad and his wife, Badaami Devi.
Mini apps are a custom-built mobile website that gives users app-like experience without having to download them.(Mint)
Mini apps are a custom-built mobile website that gives users app-like experience without having to download them.(Mint)

Paytm aims to support 1 million apps on Mini App Store

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 08, 2020 02:09 PM IST
Paytm had said over 300 app-based service providers have already joined the programme, including the likes of Decathlon, Domino’s Pizza, FreshMenu, Netmeds, NoBroker, Ola, and more. These apps are expected to make their way to the Mini App Store soon.
Paytm said the mini-app store will help developers take their products to the masses and is providing listing and distribution of these mini-apps within its app(Hemant Mishra/Mint file photo)
Paytm said the mini-app store will help developers take their products to the masses and is providing listing and distribution of these mini-apps within its app(Hemant Mishra/Mint file photo)

Paytm starts its own mini-app ecosystem

Livemint, Bengaluru/New Delhi | By Tarush Bhalla and Prasid Banerjee
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 02:00 PM IST
The launch of the store follows the payment app being temporarily removed from Google’s Play Store on September 18 for violating developer guidelines on real-money gaming.
Paytm had earlier claimed that the cashback feature was the reason why Google dropped it from its PlayStore.(Hemant Mishra/Mint File Photo)
Paytm had earlier claimed that the cashback feature was the reason why Google dropped it from its PlayStore.(Hemant Mishra/Mint File Photo)

Paytm’s IPL cashback plan is back

Mint, Bengaluru | By Tarush Bhalla
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 05:35 AM IST
On 18 September, Google removed the Paytm and Paytm First Games from its Play Store, citing violation of its guidelines on gambling. The Paytm app was restored after the company complied with the platform’s rules.
Google said that offering cashbacks and vouchers alone do not constitute a violation of Google Play gambling policies and in case of repeat violation its may even terminate Google Play developer accounts.(File photo for representation)
Google said that offering cashbacks and vouchers alone do not constitute a violation of Google Play gambling policies and in case of repeat violation its may even terminate Google Play developer accounts.(File photo for representation)

Paytm alleges arm-twisting by Google

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:11 PM IST
Home grown digital financial services firm Paytm on Sunday charged internet giant Google of “arm-twisting” and forcing it to roll back a UPI cashback campaign which is legal in India.
Earlier in the day, Google Play Store, the official Android app-store, had removed the Paytm app from its list of apps over violation of its policies on sports betting activities.(HT Photo)
Earlier in the day, Google Play Store, the official Android app-store, had removed the Paytm app from its list of apps over violation of its policies on sports betting activities.(HT Photo)

‘And we’re back’: Paytm announces return hours after Google removes app

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Google had published a blog post by Android Security and Privacy Vice President Product Suzanne Frey outlining their policies regarding gambling apps earlier today.
Google’s removal of Paytm app from Play Store has prompted tons of responses, including memes.(Twitter/@SaurangVara)
Google’s removal of Paytm app from Play Store has prompted tons of responses, including memes.(Twitter/@SaurangVara)

People share memes after Google removes Paytm from Play Store

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Twitter is flooded with reactions after Google removed the digital payment services app, Paytm, from Play Store.
Paytm via a tweet informed users on Friday that the payments app will be back on Google’s Play Store and is temporarily unavailable.(Hemant Mishra/Mint Archives)
Paytm via a tweet informed users on Friday that the payments app will be back on Google’s Play Store and is temporarily unavailable.(Hemant Mishra/Mint Archives)

Google Play Store removes Paytm app over violation of sports betting policies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 05:35 PM IST
Paytm app, which has millions of active users who use it for cashless transactions, was removed for violating Play Store’s policy on sport betting activities, Google told PTI.
Twitter on Thursday said the account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked(ANI)
Twitter on Thursday said the account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked(ANI)

‘John Wick’: How Keeanu Reeves’ character inspired hackers targeted PM Modi’s website Twitter handle

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 11:32 AM IST
The tweets, which have since been taken down, asked the followers to donate to the PM National Relief Fund through cryptocurrency.
ED said once bank accounts were opened, the internet access credentials were couriered by the Indian employees to China and major payment instructions came from the owners in China.(HT Photos)
ED said once bank accounts were opened, the internet access credentials were couriered by the Indian employees to China and major payment instructions came from the owners in China.(HT Photos)

ED freezes accounts of four Chinese firms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 07:33 AM IST
Raids were conducted on Friday at 15 locations spread across Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Pune over suspected money-laundering.
Amazon Pay has been aiming to launch various other financial services in the Indian market. It has forayed into buying and selling of gold.(Representative Photo/Reuters)
Amazon Pay has been aiming to launch various other financial services in the Indian market. It has forayed into buying and selling of gold.(Representative Photo/Reuters)

Amazon Pay launches digital gold investment service, users can buy for as little as Rs 5

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 12:32 PM IST
The Amazon Pay users will have the flexibility to keep gold in a digital locker and buy or sell the precious metal without having to rent a locker.
Bhavesh Gupta is the new CEO of Paytm.(Photo courtesy: https://blog.paytm.com/)
Bhavesh Gupta is the new CEO of Paytm.(Photo courtesy: https://blog.paytm.com/)

Paytm appoints Bhavesh Gupta as CEO of lending business

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 03:09 PM IST
Under Bhavesh Gupta’s leadership, Paytm will continue to simplify, innovate, and bring new credit products to millions of Indians and SMEs in partnerships with other banks and NBFCs (non-banking financial companies), a statement said.
Saying no to products manufactured in China seems to be the sensible way out.(Shutterstock)
Saying no to products manufactured in China seems to be the sensible way out.(Shutterstock)

Hindi Chini not Bhai Bhai

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Priya S Tandon
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 10:46 PM IST
When you visit a crockery store and see that all the glasses, table mats, curios, decoration pieces, crystal, trays, flasks are made in China, you realise this is only the tip of the iceberg
Vijay Shekhar Sharma Founder and CEO, Paytm.(Mint file photo)
Vijay Shekhar Sharma Founder and CEO, Paytm.(Mint file photo)

Paytm, CEO Sharma to acquire general insurer Raheja QBE

Livemint, Bengaluru | By Tarush Bhalla
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2020 07:18 AM IST
The deal will allow Paytm, currently a distributor of insurance products, to expand into creating and marketing its own insurance products.
AppGallery has created a storm worldwide with 400M+ monthly active users, in more than 170 countries.(HONOR)
AppGallery has created a storm worldwide with 400M+ monthly active users, in more than 170 countries.(HONOR)

Get all your favourite apps easy and fast on the all-new HONOR 9X Pro

By Brand Post
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 07:41 PM IST
AppGallery boasts of apps across 18 categories, such as health and fitness, entertainment, music, and photography. Read on to know more!
Paytm’s Noida office (in photo), which was closed down on Wednesday, will be operational from March 9, 2020.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
Paytm’s Noida office (in photo), which was closed down on Wednesday, will be operational from March 9, 2020.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Paytm’s Gurugram office shut for 15 days after employee found COVID-19 positive

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 01:50 PM IST
Paytm has advised its staff to take the necessary precautions and inform the company if they require medical attention, the spokesperson added.
A security personnel is seen wearing a protective mask following positive cases of coronavirus in the country, at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.(Photo: Deepak Gupta / Hindustan Times)
A security personnel is seen wearing a protective mask following positive cases of coronavirus in the country, at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.(Photo: Deepak Gupta / Hindustan Times)

Surge in cases, all inbound flyers put on coronavirus watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 07:10 AM IST
The number of people with the coronavirus disease in India rose sharply to 29 and additional schools and offices were closed in several cities on Wednesday.
HT Image
HT Image

Haryana education department’s account officer duped of 1.15 lakh while updating Paytm KYC

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 01:22 AM IST
Victim had received an online link asking for an OTP received on his mobile phone
Cyber-fraudsters pose as executives of e-wallet company, Paytm, and scam users of their money.
Cyber-fraudsters pose as executives of e-wallet company, Paytm, and scam users of their money.

Fraudsters pose as e-wallet executives, send KYC texts to dupe customers

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Jayprakash S Naidu
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 10:59 AM IST
According to the police, fraudsters send messages purported to be from Paytm, informing users that their e-wallet accounts will be suspended as their KYC (know your customer) details have not been updated.
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Online fraud: Chief conservator of forest duped of 60K in Haryana

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2019 12:20 AM IST
The complainant further said that subsequently, the trickster linked a Paytm account to his Aadhar and mobile number. Following this, the accused withdrew a total of 60,000 in three transactions of 48,000, 10,000 and 2,000 from his Panchkula-based State Bank of India (SBI) account, before the fraud came to light
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