• Stratechery goes solo: Ben Thompson on Asia, Apple, and the shifting tides …
    Stratechery goes solo: Ben Thompson on Asia, Apple, and the shifting tides … Tech in Asia - 4 hours ago

    Over the past ten years, traditional media outlets from the pre-internet era have been forced to compete with online media outlets of various shapes and colors. Recently, upstart entities like Buzzfeed, ... More »

  • Bitcoin exchange MtGox in administration, bankruptcy eyed
    Bitcoin exchange MtGox in administration, bankruptcy eyed AFP News - 7 hours ago

    A Japanese court Wednesday placed failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox in administration, with an order for bankruptcy expected to be issued soon, its administrator and chief executive said. "The Tokyo District Court decided today to dismiss the application for commencement of a civil rehabilitation and at the same time, an order for Provisional Administration was issued," a statement from CEO Mark Karpeles said. "Attorney-at-law Nobuaki Kobayashi (Supervisor and Examiner under the Civil Rehabilitation Procedure) was appointed Provisional Administrator." The move means Karpeles will cede control of the company to Kobayashi. "I, as the provisional administrator, will administer the assets of the Company under the supervision of the Tokyo District Court," said a statement in Kobayashi's name posted on the MtGox website. More »

  • This startup makes 3D-printed, one-of-a-kind jewelry
    This startup makes 3D-printed, one-of-a-kind jewelry Tech in Asia - 9 hours ago

    In personalization of jewelry, since some geometrically complex designs can only be achieved by 3D printing. More »

  • How well do you really understand Vietnam’s market? (Startup Asia prev …
    How well do you really understand Vietnam’s market? (Startup Asia prev … Tech in Asia - 9 hours ago

    For the MET Vietnam session we want to give startups, investors, and tech folks deeper insights into the overall Vietnamese market, legal landscape, and startup ecosystem. More »

  • Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform …
    Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform … Tech in Asia - 10 hours ago

    Today, the Sydney-based startup announced that Apple’s former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki has finished his contract with Motorola and Google, and has joined the team full-time in the same role he performed ... More »

  • New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market
    New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market AFP News - 10 hours ago

    Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica and US investment giant Blackstone launched a mobile telephone advertising venture on Wednesday, challenging internet giants such as Google and Facebook in a multi-billion-dollar market. Telefonica and Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners division have formed Axonix, a London-based advertising company which will buy and sell "space" for targeted advertising via mobile phones, the Spanish firm said. Telefonica said it was the first telecom firm to compete in the lucrative mobile online advertising market dominated by major internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. "This is the first mobile advertising exchange platform owned and powered by a mobile operator," the statement added. More »

  • Candy Crush Saga hits China with upcoming tie-in on Tencent’s WeChat
    Candy Crush Saga hits China with upcoming tie-in on Tencent’s WeChat Tech in Asia - 10 hours ago

    Fasten your seatbelts and get out your toothbrushes, because an avalanche of hard candy is about to hit China. The Wall Street Journal just reported that Candy Crush Saga, the mega-hit mobile game made ... More »

  • Oppo’s Find 7 launched in Indonesia, one-ups the Samsung Galaxy S5
    Oppo’s Find 7 launched in Indonesia, one-ups the Samsung Galaxy S5 Tech in Asia - 11 hours ago

    This month marks Oppo Indonesia’s first year anniversary. The country overtook Thailand to become Oppo’s biggest market outside its home country, China. More »

  • US tech giants look to skies to spread Internet
    US tech giants look to skies to spread Internet AFP News - 12 hours ago

    Google took a step in that direction this week with the acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that can help boost Internet access to remote areas. "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation," said a Google spokesman. They can perform similar functions to geostationary satellites, but are less costly. Drones are just one of several ideas being explored by Google, Facebook and others that may involve satellites, high-altitude balloons, blimps or other flying machines. More »

  • Indian media giant gobbles up restaurant booking startup to merge with …
    Indian media giant gobbles up restaurant booking startup to merge with … Tech in Asia - 12 hours ago

    Times Internet announced this morning it has acquired the restaurant reservations startup Dineout, which covers a number of restaurants in Delhi-NCR and Mumbai. More »

  • 'Heartbleed' fix may slow Web performance
    'Heartbleed' fix may slow Web performance AFP Relax - 12 hours ago

    The bad news is that Web browsers may be overloaded by the overhaul of security certificates, leading to error messages and impacting Web performance, said Johannes Ullrich of the SANS Internet Storm Center. The patches enable the Web operators to obtain new security certificates that demonstrate they can be trusted by Web browsers. But Ullrich noted that for each patch, Web browsers must update their list of "untrusted" certificates or "keys" that would be rejected. More »

  • 12 signs you’ve been working in the games industry for too long
    12 signs you’ve been working in the games industry for too long Tech in Asia - 13 hours ago

    Too many free event t-shirts in your cupboard? Or maybe your recycling bin is starting to overflow with empty company-branded goodie bags? If you’re staring at games for more than eight hours a day and ... More »

  • China has 10 times more people, but Japan still outspends on iOS apps
    China has 10 times more people, but Japan still outspends on iOS apps Tech in Asia - 14 hours ago

    In Q1 2014, China's revenue growth was stronger than download growth for the first time. Games accounted for the majority of that rise. More »

  • Mt. Gox gives up on plan to revive bitcoin exchange, files for liquidation: …
    Mt. Gox gives up on plan to revive bitcoin exchange, files for liquidation: … Tech in Asia - 16 hours ago

    The troubled Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange was hoping to revive and restart business. But all that ends today with Mt. Gox filing for liquidation in Tokyo. More »

  • Zalora launches fashion marketplace in 3 countries
    Zalora launches fashion marketplace in 3 countries Tech in Asia - 16 hours ago

    Zalora launched the platform yesterday in three countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. More »

  • Baidu dives into China’s mobile payments war, jabs Alibaba with launch …
    Baidu dives into China’s mobile payments war, jabs Alibaba with launch … Tech in Asia - 17 hours ago

    Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), the Chinese tech giant best known for its search engine, announced yesterday it will roll out a new mobile wallet app called Baidu Wallet (baidu qianbao), reports Jinghua.cn (via Techweb). ... More »

  • A peek into Philippines culture: what foreign investors and startups need …
    A peek into Philippines culture: what foreign investors and startups need … Tech in Asia - 17 hours ago

    The “Culture” section in the World Startup Wiki aims to help foreign entrepreneurs, companies, and investors understand the market and see if the Philippines is an ideal business location for them. More »

  • Weibo posts net loss one day before IPO, user engagement casts a shado …
    Weibo posts net loss one day before IPO, user engagement casts a shado … Tech in Asia - 18 hours ago

    Weibo yesterday made a final amendment to its prospectus, showing the social network's financial performance during the first quarter of this year. More »

  • Alibaba’s profit doubles to $1.36 billion in Q4 ahead of long-awaited  …
    Alibaba’s profit doubles to $1.36 billion in Q4 ahead of long-awaited  … Tech in Asia - 19 hours ago

    The Chinese ecommerce juggernaut pulled in US$3.06 in revenue in Q4 2013, which is up 66 percent on the same period a year before. More »

  • Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row
    Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row AFP News - 21 hours ago

    Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service. Speaking after two days of closed-door talks with Turkish officials, Colin Crowell, Twitter's head of global public policy, told AFP: "We did not agree on opening an office in Turkey." "Making greater investments here to grow our business has a relationship to whether or not we can count on the continuity of our service," he said. The Twitter delegation was in Turkey to ease tensions after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the firm of tax evasion and blocked it. More »

  • Intel steadies as PC declines ease
    Intel steadies as PC declines ease AFP News - 23 hours ago

    US computer chip giant Intel reported a modest dip in earnings in the first quarter on Tuesday, amid a stabilization of the key personal computer segment. Profits in the January-March period dipped five percent to $1.9 billion, results which slightly beat Wall Street estimates. More »

  • Yahoo sees signs of growth in 'core'
    Yahoo sees signs of growth in 'core' AFP News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Yahoo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit Tuesday, results hailed by chief executive Marissa Mayer as showing growth in the Web giant's "core" business. Profits were down 20 percent from a year ago with revenues nearly flat for Yahoo, which has been making major shifts under Mayer, a former Google executive. "Our search revenue grew nine percent year over year, marking our ninth consecutive quarter of growth." Mayer said Yahoo's mobile service was attracting more than 430 million monthly users. "More than half of Yahoo's total monthly audience joins us on a mobile device," she said. More »

  • HaxAsia accelerator looks to Asia for next Oculus Rift
    HaxAsia accelerator looks to Asia for next Oculus Rift Tech in Asia - Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Investment firms Ruvento Ventures, IncuVest, DI Group, and SpinUp Partners have joined forces to launch HaxAsia, a 180-day accelerator program focused on Hardware 2.0 and Internet of Things. More »

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    Ayungin dilemma

    China faces a dilemma in Ayungin Shoal and other contested areas. If it waits for the ITLOS—which may decide against it—it would have tacitly bound itself to UNCLOS and risk a rogue state reputation if it asserts its claim in the South China Sea. If its militarily acts now, it may face international isolation. …

  • 48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao VERA Files - The Inbox
    48 nabbed in biggest anti-trafficking catch in Bongao

    By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Bongao, Tawi-tawi—A team of Marines and policemen intercepted around noon Thursday 48 people, 12 of them minors, believed recruited by a human trafficking syndicate for work in Malaysia. The arrest constitutes what advocates called the … Continue reading → …

  • Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docs vow to pay right taxes, make peace with BIR

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena, VERA Files Leaders of the medical profession have made peace with their former adversary, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and joined forces in a campaign to get doctors to pay the right taxes. BIR Commissioner … Continue reading → …

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