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Google Play Store removes shaadi.com, CEO Anupam Mittal reacts, says dark day for India internet

Google has removed 10 Indian apps from the play store.

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With an explanation of non-compliance with billing policies, Google recently decided to remove ten popular apps, including the popular matrimony app shadi.com, developed by Indian developers, from the Play Store. This move has sparked outrage and raised worries.

Among the delisted apps are names like Bharat Matrimony, Shaadi.com, Telugu Matrimony, and dating apps like Truly Madly and QuackQuack. Popular video-streaming platforms Stage, Balaji Telefilms’ Altt, and audio streaming app Kuku FM have also been removed.

Leading names in the Indian startup scene have responded strongly to the move, which has heightened tensions between the Internet giant and local internet companies.

Shaadi.com’s founder, Anupam Mittal, voiced his disappointment over the removal of important apps, calling it a dark day for India’s Internet.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, Mittal said today is a dark day for the Indian Internet. Google has delisted major apps from its app store even though legal proceedings are underway at the Competition Commission of India and the Supreme Court of India.

He also said, their false narratives and audacity show they have little regard for… Make no mistake. This is the new Digital East India Co., and this Lagaan must be stopped, he added.

In another tweet, he said Google is evil, as he used the hashtag #EvilGoogle.

The CEO of the OTT platform STAGE, Vinay Singhal, whose app was removed from the Play Store, expressed similar worries, stating that Google’s recent moves went against the company’s once-famous motto, Don’t be evil.

Kuku FM’s CEO Lal Chand Bisu, called Google the most evil company for businesses, after their audio storytelling app was taken down.

Speaking about a previous incident in which Google delisted Kuku FM in 2019 without giving any notice, Bisu called those days the worst days ever, citing the effect on the team’s ability to work nonstop even if their app was unavailable on the Play Store.

Meanwhile, other CEOs also raised their voices against Google, whose apps were removed from the Play Store.

With over 97% of the smartphone market in India, Google has an overwhelming amount of power, which is why there is an outcry.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning

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The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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Zomato, Swiggy hike platform fee by 6% 

After the hike, the platform fee would be Rs 6 per order from an earlier Rs 5 per order.

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The food delivery majors, Zomato and Swiggy, have recently increased their platform fee by 6 per cent for food orders initially in Delhi and Bengaluru.

The food giant is currently charging in the national capital and IT hub, Bengaluru, the platform fee is distinct from delivery fee, goods and services GST, handling charge and restaurant charges.

After the hike, the platform fee would be Rs 6 per order from an earlier Rs 5 per order. Gradually, the higher platform fee is expected to roll out to other cities as well.

Notably, this fee is applicable universally to all food orders, irrespective of customer enrollment in loyalty programmes offered by both food giants. The charges directly contribute to the companies’ revenue streams and cost management efforts. The platform fee goes to the food aggregators to apparently control costs and increase revenues.

In April, they charged Rs 5 per order, but now it’s been increased by Rs 6 per order. That’s a 20% increase in fees for food delivery. This change in their strategy to adjust the price in a market as they expand their services.

Increase in platform fees, impacting how much customers pay for their food deliveries across the board. When customers order food using the app, they will notice different charges, besides the platform fees. These include delivery fees, handling fees, GST (Goods and Services Tax), and charges from the restaurant.

The charges earned by the platform, directly go to the food delivery app, helping to manage all expenses and boost their wages. The food delivery platform aimed to make between Rs 1.25 to Rs 1.5 crore per day through the fee, the app charges.

In August last year, Zomato introduced platform fees of Rs 2 per order for the first time. In October, they raised their platform fees from Rs 2 to Rs 3 in most and in major cities. Additionally,  Zomato is a quick commerce platform.

According to reports, Zomato stock reached its highest price of Rs 232 on the Bombay Stock Exchange. This achievement has made Zomato founder and CEO, Deepinder Goyal, a billionaire. The company has experienced a strong upward trend over the past years, driven largely by the expansion and success of its quick commerce subsidiary in Blinkit.

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Happy Birthday Mark Zuckerberg: Social media users wish Facebook co-founder on his 40th birthday

Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg has grown from a Harvard dropout into a billionaire philanthropist, owning many tech ventures over the years. He started Facebook in 2004 and took it public in 2012.

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Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook (Meta), is celebrating his 40th birthday on May 14. Zuckerberg, one of the most influential figures in the tech industry, has had a major impact on how people connect and communicate with each other all over the world.

At 40, Zuckierberg continues to lead Facebook and its parent company, Meta, towards new technological frontiers. Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg has grown from a Harvard dropout into a billionaire philanthropist, owning many tech ventures over the years. He started Facebook in 2004 and took it public in 2012.

In 2021 the social media platform changed its name to Meta to shift the company’s focus to the metaverse. Under his leadership, Facebook has grown into a global platform with over 2.8 billion active users. Apart from this, he has also expanded his influence through the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, which is run by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan and focuses on philanthropy in health, education, and scientific research with an investment of 99% of the couple’s wealth over their lifetime.

There has been a rise in the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg over the last few years. According to Forbes, his net worth stands at $177 billion, which makes him the 4th richest man in the world. Since Facebook (now Meta) acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has grown significantly.

In 2014 his net worth was approximately $26.1billion, which now stands at around $177 billion, which reflects a substantial increase in the net worth due to Meta’s expanding business and strategic acquisitions over the year.

Before Zuckerberg turned 40, he gifted himself a brand-new superyacht, Launchpad in March 2024. According to reports, Zuckerberg purchased $59 million worth of waterfront property on Lake Tahoe in California in 2019. He spends his money on luxury vehicles and owns a Acura TSX, a Honda Fit, and a black Volkswagon Golf GTI.

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