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2019 will be a critical year for Southeast Asian tech start-ups

2019 will be a critical year for Southeast Asian tech start-ups

With a rising middle class and a booming tech startup scene, Southeast Asia (SEA) sits where China did 10 years ago — on the cusp of a major economic boom fueled by the tech industry. The only questions over the last few years have been: When will the tipping point be reached, and when will…
India to define draft cryptocurrency policies in December

India to define draft cryptocurrency policies in December

Quartz reports that the Indian government is set to lay out a draft of its regulations for cryptocurrencies next month – clarifying its stance on how these digital assets can be used and traded in the country. A panel set up by the finance ministry a year ago is expected to issue a draft report…
Walmart-owned Flipkart Group CEO resigns over claims of misbehavior

Walmart-owned Flipkart Group CEO resigns over claims of misbehavior

Flipkart, the largest online store in India, just saw its company group CEO and co-founder Binny Bansal resign over allegations of misconduct. The news follows an independent investigation into Bansal’s actions at the Walmart-owned firm, and his denial of the allegations. Details of the incident are scant; Walmart noted in a press release: While the…
Starwood breach impacting 500 m users apparently part of a bigger Chinese state-sponsored attack

Starwood breach impacting 500 m users apparently part of a bigger...

Remember that massive breach of the Mariott-owned Starwood hotel chain from last month, which saw 500 million users’ data stolen? The New York Times reports that the intrusion was part of a larger state-sponsored intelligence-gathering effort spurred on by China‘s spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. China was suspected to be behind the attack…
Blockchain is the fastest growing ability in Singapore, states LinkedIn

Blockchain is the fastest growing ability in Singapore, states LinkedIn

Blockchain is one of the fastest growing skills among workers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, according to a LinkedIn report published Wednesday. LinkedIn analyzed the skills listed by its members from the APAC region over the last five years to identify the top 10 rising skills. The report found blockchain to be the fastest…
India to look for EU’s approval on GDPR compliance for ‘adequacy’ status

India to look for EU’s approval on GDPR compliance for ‘adequacy’...

The Economic Times reports that India is gearing up to seek ‘adequacy’ status with the European Union‘s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a set of privacy laws adopted by the region in 2016 and enforced from last year. If it goes through, it would mean that the EU recognizes India’s data protections as equivalent to…
Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot them

Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot...

Tencent revealed this week it would be pulling its test version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese market. Instead, it’s going to publish a similar but more, um, approachable app called “Game for Peace.” Tencent announced it was pulling back the test version of PUBG it’d released to Chinese gamers. Shortly thereafter, it announced the release of Game for Peace. According…
Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than driving

Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than...

Tokyo-based media outlet The Asahi Shimbun’s Takeho Morita published a quintessentially Japanese story last week: many people who rent cars through vehicle-sharing services across the country don’t drive them at all. Instead, they use them to take naps, making business calls, catching up privately with friends, eating lunch, – and according to a 2018 survey…
Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and Televisions offered in the nation

Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and...

Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps…
Google prohibited a video game about the Hong Kong demonstrations

Google prohibited a video game about the Hong Kong demonstrations

Tech companies’ involvement with the Hong Kong protests just keeps getting more and more tangled. Now Google has banned a game about the protests, joining Apple and Blizzard in allegedly suppressing anything that might offend the Chinese government. The game is called The Revolution of Our Times and it apparently was a game documenting the life…

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