• WhatsApp doubles its numbers in India in past 6 months, now has 50 million …
    WhatsApp doubles its numbers in India in past 6 months, now has 50 million … Tech in Asia - 3 hours ago

    WhatsApp now has 48 million monthly active users in India. Rounding that up to 50 million, that’s double the 25 million it had in India five and a half months ago. More »

  • Accounting SaaS startup freee nets $8 million in funding, aims for one …
    Accounting SaaS startup freee nets $8 million in funding, aims for one … Tech in Asia - 4 hours ago

    Japan's top accounting SaaS startup, freee, has netted US$8 million in series B funding from DCM and Infinity Venture Partners (IVP). More »

  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
    Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law AFP News - 4 hours ago

    Brazil's Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping. The lower House of Deputies had passed the bill earlier, and late Tuesday the Senate gave it a green light. That leaves only the expected signature into law from President Dilma Rousseff. "The bill sets out principles, guarantees, rights, and duties for Internet users, and Internet service providers" in Brazil, a statement on the Senate's website said. More »

  • KKBox did Spotify in Asia before Spotify even existed
    KKBox did Spotify in Asia before Spotify even existed Tech in Asia - 5 hours ago

    Tech in Asia sat down with Chris Lin, CEO and co-founder of KKBox to talk about its founding story. More »

  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
    New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly AFP News - 7 hours ago

    New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign. More »

  • Top US court wrestles with TV, copyright and 'cloud'
    Top US court wrestles with TV, copyright and 'cloud' AFP News - 11 hours ago

    A powerful coalition of the broadcast and cable TV industries asked the panel to rule against the startup Aereo, which allows customers to rent a tiny Internet-linked antenna to watch or record over-the-air broadcasts, raising difficult copyright questions. A similarly strong alliance that includes several technology firms and consumer groups is pressing for a different outcome, saying a ruling for Aereo would send a signal in favor of technological innovation. Justices appeared ambivalent at times, questioning whether Aereo was violating copyright law and mulling a possible impact on the burgeoning cloud computing sector, which stores all kinds of materials online. - Justice Stephen Breyer queried what might happen if Aereo were found to be in violation. More »

  • Cyber risks can cause disruption on scale of 2008 crisis
    Cyber risks can cause disruption on scale of 2008 crisis AFP News - 12 hours ago

    Organisations must dramatically improve their response to cyber risks to avoid a new global shock on the scale of the financial crisis that rocked the world in 2008, a study showed Tuesday. Zurich Insurance said in a statement that even cyber security professionals did not have a clear overview of all the interconnected risks organisations can face. The Swiss insurance group, which has produced a report on cyber risks in cooperation with the Atlantic Council think tank, warned that "a build-up in these risks could create a failure on a similar scale to the 2008 financial crisis". More »

  • 'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed ou …
    'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed ou … AFP News - 14 hours ago

    The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the security services. Durov told US technology news website TechCrunch he was no longer in Russia and had "no plans to go back" after social network VKontakte (In Touch) announced Monday that he had left the company. On Monday the 29-year-old said the social network had effectively been taken over by Kremlin allies, including Igor Sechin, one of President Vladimir Putin's closest confidants. More »

  • Samsung and ARM join the FIDO fold AFP Relax - 18 hours ago

    "ARM is supportive of FIDO's vision of a world beyond passwords and our security architecture can help to turn that into reality," said Rob Coombs, director of security marketing, ARM. "As a board member we want to push for the universal adoption of FIDO authentication as it will allow people to securely connect to the services they care about in a frictionless way that links multiple web-based services with a diverse range of devices." More »

  • Days after promising to go legit, police in China raid offices of notorious …
    Days after promising to go legit, police in China raid offices of notorious … Tech in Asia - 18 hours ago

    Police in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen performed a raid this morning on the offices of one of China’s most notorious video piracy apps. More »

  • LG teases more smartwatch features AFP Relax - 18 hours ago

    Expected to go on sale in July and to cost less than $300, the G Watch will use Google's new Android Wear operating system and will be focused on pushing relevant information and notifications to the wearer's wrist at exactly the right moment. The new site provides more information and images of the device, but is careful not to reveal much in terms of information on specs and functions. More »

  • Bad news for Samsung: 85% of people in Philippines willing to buy homegrown …
    Bad news for Samsung: 85% of people in Philippines willing to buy homegrown … Tech in Asia - 19 hours ago

    Smartphone growth is being fueled not by big names like Samsung but by the increasing demand of homegrown smartphone brands in the country. More »

  • Rocket Internet’s car classifieds startup Carmudi nets $10 million in funding …
    Rocket Internet’s car classifieds startup Carmudi nets $10 million in funding … Tech in Asia - 20 hours ago

    Carmudi, the car classifieds site headed up by self-proclaimed incubator Rocket Internet, just closed a $10 million funding round led by Tengellman Ventures, Rocket Internet’s investment arm. TechCrunch ... More »

  • Singapore government to pump $48 million into six venture capital fund …
    Singapore government to pump $48 million into six venture capital fund … Tech in Asia - 20 hours ago

    The six selected venture capital funds are: Jungle Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, Walden International, SBI Ven Capital, New Asia Investments, and Monk’s Hill Ventures. More »

  • India’s CommonFloor gets into new property area with acquisition of student …
    India’s CommonFloor gets into new property area with acquisition of student … Tech in Asia - 22 hours ago

    Indian property listings site CommonFloor got $10 million in fresh funds at the start of this year. Some of that cash has just been put to good use to acquire the student accommodation marketplace Flat.io.... More »

  • Report: Apple sets its sights on electronic payments
    Report: Apple sets its sights on electronic payments AFP Relax - 22 hours ago

    Rumors that Apple was finally getting serious about virtual payments and about replacing cash and credit cards with smartphone apps started to pick up pace in September when the latest iPhone, the 5S, launched with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The well-connected tech site says that Apple is in the process of interviewing senior payments industry executives as it starts to build a full electronic payments business. An unnamed source in the article is quoted as saying that Apple's "ambitions are very, very serious." Apple has made no secret of the fact that it wants to go further in offering its customers new and easy-to-use electronic payment options. More »

  • AT&T looks to expand super-fast Internet service
    AT&T looks to expand super-fast Internet service AFP Relax - 23 hours ago

    Telecommunications titan AT&T on Monday unveiled an initiative to expand super-fast Internet service in the US. The move came in the face of growing competition from Google, which has been steadily adding US cities to its Google Fiber network offering mega-speedy data transmission. AT&T said that it is seeking to work with as many as 100 cities or municipalities across the country to put in place Internet service that can move data as fast as a gigabit per second. AT&T is in the process of putting "GigaPower" service in the Texas cities of Dallas and Austin, and is in advanced talks to do likewise in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem. More »

  • 15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple
    15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple Tech in Asia - 23 hours ago

    Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong ... More »

  • Tech in Asia, a pan-Asian startup experiment that could snowball into something …
    Tech in Asia, a pan-Asian startup experiment that could snowball into something … Tech in Asia - 23 hours ago

    Building an ecosystem is like creating an industry with tech entrepreneurs and investors as pillars. More »

  • SingTel ushers cyber surveillance era into Asia with video analytics for …
    SingTel ushers cyber surveillance era into Asia with video analytics for … Tech in Asia - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Surveillance cams are silent sentinels that serve as persistent but dumb watchers of our living spaces. But that is changing. More »

  • 5 ecommerce milestones to look out for in Southeast Asia (Startup Asia …
    5 ecommerce milestones to look out for in Southeast Asia (Startup Asia … Tech in Asia - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    In 2014, consumer spending in ecommerce will hit $525 billion in Asia – half of the global total. As ecommerce continues to be a top investment destination for angels and VCs, expect to see more acceleration ... More »

  • Another Indonesian startup eats dessert as Japan’s Cookpad acquires Da …
    Another Indonesian startup eats dessert as Japan’s Cookpad acquires Da … Tech in Asia - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Japanese recipe site Cookpad has announced the acquisition of a 60 percent stake in Indonesia’s recipe sharing site DapurMasak for US$600,000. More »

  • Wary of regulatory hurdles, Uber is registered as a travel agency in J …
    Wary of regulatory hurdles, Uber is registered as a travel agency in J … Tech in Asia - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Tak Shiohama, president of Uber Japan, led a well-attended talk at the 9th Samurai Venture Summit this past weekend. At the event, organized by Samurai Incubate and held in Microsoft’s Tokyo office, Shiohama ... More »

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    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin B. Tacadena, VERA Files “Gutom (hunger),” Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of our marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environmetn and Natural … Continue reading → …

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    ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    By Jane Dasal, VERA Files If you want to save the earth, build a boat. That's what a group of environmentalists is saying, especially if you want to save both the forests and fishermen affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). “Haiyan … Continue reading → …

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    Environmental groups oppose proposed coal-fired power plants

    By Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files GROUPS opposed to the building of 25 coal-fired power plants within the next six years gathered outside the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday, International Earth Day, as … Continue reading → …

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