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Deals

YC-backed Cashfree raises $35.3 million for its payments platform

“Cashfree, an Indian startup that offers a wide-range of payments services to businesses, has raised $35.3 million in a new financing round as the profitable firm looks to broaden its offering… Cashfree kickstarted its journey in 2015 as a solution for restaurants in Bangalore that needed an efficient way for their delivery personnel to collect […]
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Companies

India opens antitrust case against Google over its payments app

“India’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing the dominant position of its app store to promote its payments service in the world’s second largest internet market. In its Monday announcement (PDF) about opening an antitrust case against Google, Indian watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it is directing an […]
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Companies

WhatsApp gets approval to launch payments feature in India

“WhatsApp has received approval to roll out its payments service in India starting with 20 million users, the country’s flagship payments processor said on Thursday, giving the Facebook-owned app an entry into a crowded digital payments space. WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, its biggest market, will compete with Alphabet Inc’s Google […]
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Global

Walmart’s PhonePe zips past Google Pay in India as UPI tops 2B monthly transactions

“UPI, a four-year-old payments infrastructure built by India’s largest banks, surpassed 2 billion transactions last month, exactly a year after hitting the 1 billion monthly transactions milestone. Driving the transactions for UPI — which has become the most popular digital payments method in India thanks to its open architecture that allows interoperability among all participating […]
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Companies

Mastercard introduces contactless payment on SBI Card App

“Mastercard and SBI Cards & Payment Services Ltd. (SBI Card) today announced the launch of contactless payments on the SBI Card app. This is the first-ever app of a credit card issuer in India to use Mastercard’s tokenization platform, Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES), that allows payment credentials to be securely tokenized and stored in […]