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Singapore fintech startup eyes B2B space in $30M Series A round

YouTrip secures $30 million in its Series A funding round, which the neobank will use to beef up its payment products in the business-to-business segment and expand its Southeast Asian footprint.

30 Nov 2021 2:36 pm
Top iPhone tips to share this Thanksgiving

It's a good time to help others get the most from their iPhone.

25 Nov 2021 6:26 pm
Brazilian airports expand facial recognition trials

The domestic airports in So Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are advancing trials of a system developed by the federal government.

22 Nov 2021 9:38 pm
McDonald's expands Grab partnership to offer mobile payment option in-store

Diners at the fast food chain's Singapore outlets can now pay for their orders with GrabPay and earn loyalty points on GrabRewards, as part of a partnership deal that includes a jointly developed data platform to analyse purchasing patterns.

22 Nov 2021 2:52 pm
StarHub unveils five-year transformation plan focused on 'digital life'

Singapore telco says it is in the second phase of its ransformation and growth journey, during which it aims to become a full-on digital life and digital services provider, as well as achieve gross profit growth of SG$220 million ($161.5 million) through to 2026.

22 Nov 2021 1:59 pm
Baidu, Swiss Re ink partnership to explore insurance for autonomous vehicles

Swiss reinsurance company teams up with Chinese tech giant Baidu to develop insurance services that cover the entire value chain of autonomous driving, spanning producing pricing, claims, and underwriting data standards.

19 Nov 2021 3:03 pm
SEA merchants credit digital platforms for keeping them afloat, but high costs top barrier

One in three Southeast Asian digital merchants believe they would not have survived the pandemic if not for online platforms, but point to the need to lower transaction fees, with oo expensive platforms a top barrier to adoption.

10 Nov 2021 4:18 pm
Singapore wants AI startups to think about healthcare

SingHealth inks three-year partnership with SGInnovate to provide resources and opportunities that deep tech startups need to develop artificial intelligence tools for the healthcare sector.

9 Nov 2021 10:21 pm
Hawaiki subsea cable network to link hubs in Singapore, Australia, and US

Spanning 22,000km and expected to be ready in 2025, the Hawaiki Nui subsea network is touted to have a design capacity of 240Tbps linking Southeast Asia, Australasia, and North America, with Mora Telematika Indonesia as a telecom partner.

5 Nov 2021 1:51 pm
China wants in on digital economy pact, pledges global collaboration

Beijing has formally applied to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, which currently includes Singapore, New Zealand, and Chile, paying China is ready to work with other nations and deepen digital collaboration.

1 Nov 2021 3:20 pm
Qlik sets up fourth global cloud region in Singapore

Business analytics vendor launches second Asia-Pacific cloud region in Singapore, and its fourth of such sites globally, as it looks to tap growing digital transformation efforts.

28 Oct 2021 1:51 pm
Brazilian science and technology minister faces criticism as budget disappears

The department's resources are being distributed to other areas; Economy minister complains about priorities and execution

28 Oct 2021 3:05 am
Singapore researchers develop bandage that can wirelessly assess wounds

Research team from National University of Singapore says the wearable sensor can detect temperature, bacteria type, and other medical factors specific to chronic wounds within 15 minutes.

21 Oct 2021 2:27 pm
Brazilian data protection authority investigates first PIX data leak

Over 395,000 electronic payment keys have been exposed after a systems failure at state-owned bank Banese.

7 Oct 2021 2:20 am
Asean champions regional efforts in cybersecurity, urges international participation

Currently the only regional organisation to adapt UN's 11 norms of state cyberspace behaviour, Asean pledges to drive deeper collaboration and interoperability amongst member states and calls for other international communities to cooperate amid increasing cyber threats.

6 Oct 2021 3:26 pm
Brazil inches towards charging companies for data services

A new bill on the topic aims to increase real-time data flows from the government to the private sector

5 Oct 2021 2:49 am
UOB banks on $368M digital investment to grow Asean customers

Singapore bank unveils plans to invest up to SG$500 million to beef up its digital capabilities and drive efforts to double the number of retail customers across Asean to seven million by 2026.

29 Sep 2021 2:48 pm
Brazilian government launches data protection campaign

The aim is to convey information on the topic to citizens and businesses in a simple manner

23 Sep 2021 2:49 am
Fave links up with Google Pay to offer Singapore consumers cashback

Mobile payment platform inks deal to offer Google Pay users 20% cashback when they spend at any of 15,000 F&B outlets and retailers in Singapore.

22 Sep 2021 2:27 pm
Accenture to acquire Brazilian customer experience firm Experity

The deal marks the third purchase of the consulting firm in the Latin American country this year.

21 Sep 2021 1:35 am
Brazilian Senate overthrows presidential decision to limit content removal from social networks

The Federal Supreme Court suspended the effectiveness of Jair Bolsonaro's move after the decision announced by the head of the legislative branch.

16 Sep 2021 5:32 am
Singapore moots 'foreign interference' law with powers to issue online platforms take-down order

Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed a Foreign Interference Bill that will arm the government with the ability to issue directives to platforms, including social media and websites, to remove or block access to content deemed part of hostile information campaigns.

13 Sep 2021 5:33 pm
How not to get hacked: 3 dangerous security mistakes to avoid

Danny Palmer tells Beth Mauder about three things you should be doing to keep your online accounts secure from cyber criminals. Read more: https://zd.net/3njaVr4

9 Sep 2021 11:05 pm
Standard Chartered eyes digital bank market with Singapore joint venture

StanChart inks agreement with NTUC Enterprise to set up a joint venture offering digital banking services, making Singapore the second Asian market after Hong Kong it plans to offer such services.

7 Sep 2021 2:11 pm
Brazilian companies struggle to turn data into insights

Most organizations in the country believe data is key to decision-making but only a small percentage have the resources to do so, according to research.

1 Sep 2021 8:34 pm
Southeast Asian consumers intensify online habits, spending 60% more

Region will be home to 350 million online shoppers by end-2021, up from 310 million last year, and will see online spending climb 60% per person, pushing e-commerce sales to grow two-fold to $254 billion by 2026.

31 Aug 2021 2:26 pm
Singapore government expands bug hunt with hacker rewards scheme

Country's government CIO has introduced a bug-hunting programme that offers up to $5,000 for white hackers to uncover security vulnerabilities in systems used by the public sector.

31 Aug 2021 9:57 am
Brazil's 5G auction set to take place in October

The public notice for the auction expected to raise over $8 billion, has received the final seal of approval from the country's authorities.

28 Aug 2021 3:04 am
Brazilian IT trade body aims for talent creation at scale

Brasscom wants to train 156,000 web developers in partnership with nonprofits and edtechs by 2024.

20 Aug 2021 6:30 pm
Brazilian National Treasury hit with ransomware attack

Assessments so far did not find damage to key systems, according to the government.

17 Aug 2021 6:36 am
LinkedIn seeks to match skills, not past experience, in Singapore initiative

Professional networking platform unveils pilot scheme in Singapore with the aim to encourage businesses to hire based on a jobseeker's skills, rather than past experience or qualifications, and assess candidates in a more equitable way.

14 Aug 2021 1:51 pm
Customer data sharing under Open Banking commences in Brazil

After being postponed for nearly a month, the most critical phase of the project goes live.

14 Aug 2021 3:42 am
Brazil announces national data protection council

The group of 23 members will support the creation of guidelines for the application of the data protection rules.

12 Aug 2021 2:13 am
Most Brazilians use personal smartphones for work

And most employers are not subsidizing costs, according to research.

10 Aug 2021 2:51 am
Ericsson appoints new president for Latin America

Rodrigo Dienstmann will lead the firm's 5G strategy in the southern part of the region as countries prepare for the roll-out of the fifth-generation spectrum.

6 Aug 2021 10:03 pm
Constant review of third-party security critical as ransomware threat climbs

Lulled into complacency, businesses face risks of supply chain attacks even after they have done their due diligence in assessing their third-party suppliers' security posture before establishing a partnership.

3 Aug 2021 6:35 am
Regulations against ransomware payment not ideal solution

With ransomware attacks increasing, legislations have been mooted as a way to bar companies from paying up and further fuelling such activities, but such policies can be difficult to enforce and may result in more dire consequences.

3 Aug 2021 6:35 am
Half of vulnerabilities Singapore government finds via bounties, disclosures are valid

Amongst more than 1,000 vulnerability reports involving government systems submitted via bug bounties and public disclosure schemes, 496 have been ascertained to be valid.

27 Jul 2021 3:52 pm
PropertyGuru set to go public in $1.7B SPAC deal

Singapore-based online property marketplace inks a merger deal with Bridgetown 2 Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company backed by Richard Li and Peter Thiel, which will see PropertyGuru list on the New York Stock Exchange before early-2022.

26 Jul 2021 6:18 am
Singapore neglecting smart nation roots in COVID-19 fumble

Just weeks after championing its vision of an endemic norm, Singapore takes a big step backwards reinstating COVID-19 restrictions amidst a current outbreak, when it should instead be tapping its technological gains to steer its population confidently forward.

22 Jul 2021 6:38 am
Brazilian government establishes price reduction for Oracle contracts

A new agreement defines new pricing terms for products and services provided by the supplier.

22 Jul 2021 5:35 am
Digital transformation of micro and small companies still incipient in Brazil

According to a new study, companies in the segment are in the initial stages of digitalization but are increasingly open to innovative approaches.

19 Jul 2021 8:05 pm
Bug bounty platform urges need for firms to have vulnerability disclosure policy

Organisations should have a vulnerability disclosure policy to provide a proper channel for anyone to report security holes in their systems, says YesWeHack's Asia-Pacific head, who advocates this as more important than running bug bounty programmes.

16 Jul 2021 6:38 am
Brazilian government launches first IoT research center

The facility is expected to stimulate interactions between the government, universities, industry, citizens and the environment.

15 Jul 2021 4:47 am
Singapore opens floating 60-megawatt solar farm

Spanning 45 hectares over Tengeh Reservoir, the solar farm comprises 122,000 panels and is part of the country's efforts to quadruple solar energy deployment by 2025.

14 Jul 2021 2:22 pm
Flipkart snags $3.6B in funds that 'reflect' India's e-commerce potential

Indian e-commerce giant raises $3.6 billion from investors that include GIC and SoftBank, with plans to use the funds to further drive its goal to ransform the country's commerce industry, including traditional segments such as fashion and mom-and-pop grocery stores.

12 Jul 2021 2:07 pm
Brazilian PC market sees revenue boost in Q1 2021

The segment also had a sales increase of nearly 20% in the first three months of the year, according to IDC.

9 Jul 2021 9:30 am
Brazilians fear for the security of their data

The majority of users of digital platforms has suffered some kind of digital threat, according to a new survey.

9 Jul 2021 1:34 am
Singapore sees spikes in ransomware, botnet attacks

Number of reported ransomware attacks climbed 154% last year, while malicious C&C servers and botnet drones increased 94% in the city-state, where cybercrime cases account for almost half of total crimes.

8 Jul 2021 1:05 pm
NCS looks beyond government, Singapore for 'transformation' growth

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, the Singtel-subsidiary wants a strategic reset to become a pan-Asia digital and technology services player, with focus on Australia and Greater China, and grow beyond its stronghold in the local public sector into the enterprise space.

7 Jul 2021 9:30 am