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Indian telecom operator Airtel wants to charge extra for VoIP usage

Airtel plans to charge pre-paid users 4 paisa per 10KB of VoIP data as opposed to 0.25 paisa — a difference of 1600 per cent — for using Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and LINE Airtel, one of India’s largest mobile network operator, has announced that it is planning to charge pre-paid users extra for the use of VoIP services such as Skype,

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Canva wants to make design simple and collaborative

Not everyone has design capabilities. If you belong to the less fortunate group, Canva may solve your woes Design should not be difficult, believes Melanie Perkins, CEO and Co-founder, Canva. “When I was at university, I was teaching design programmes such as Photoshop and InDesign. These were really difficult for students to learn and complex to

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News Corp acquires Indian startup BigDecisions.com

BigDecisions.com aims to help consumers make smarter financial decisions Global media and information services company News Corp has acquired India’s BigDecisions.com for an undisclosed amount. The move also includes the site’s parent company FinDirect Services. BigDecisions.com claims to help consumers make smarter financial decisions through interactive, decision-making tools powered by algorithms and data. Following the acquisition, Manish Shah and Gaurav Roy, Co-founders

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Indian telecom operator Airtel wants to charge extra for VoIP usage

Airtel plans to charge pre-paid users 4 paisa per 10KB of VoIP data as opposed to 0.25 paisa — a difference of 1600 per cent — for using Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and LINE Airtel, one of India’s largest mobile network operator, has announced that it is planning to charge pre-paid users extra for the use of VoIP services such as Skype,

Finance

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BlueHill Asset Management invests US$3M in India’s Triotech

Fund will be used to enhance the product and expand the number of post offices providing mobile money transfer service across the country Gurgaon-based m-commerce and mobile app and solution company Triotech has received its first round of funding of US$3 million from Singapore’s venture capital firm BlueHill Asset Management. The money will be used to expand the number of post

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Korean fitness band Arki hits US$150K on Kickstarter

Can Arki, a blend of health and fashion, go ahead with surpassing US$200,000 this weekend? Meet Arki, a perfect blend of health and fashion; it is technology worn on a wrist that does not stick out like a sore thumb. The health and fitness wearable band, meant to be worn around the wrist, was put

Fund feat

BlueHill Asset Management invests US$3M in India’s Triotech

Fund will be used to enhance the product and expand the number of post offices providing mobile money transfer service across the country Gurgaon-based m-commerce and mobile app and solution company Triotech has received its first round of funding of US$3 million from Singapore’s venture capital firm BlueHill Asset Management. The money will be used to expand the number of post

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A slowly strengthening Japan hits 86 IPOs in 2014; over half in tech

The increasing number of IPOs will be welcomed by Japan as it continues to struggle with keeping its economy afloat in 2014 Japan had some good news to share: the country has seen a record number of IPOs in 2014, up from 64 in 2013 to 86 this year, according to a report by Japan

Technology

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Hong Kong’s Fitkat is a fitness band & app with dedicated SoS button

The Fitkat Founder says the gadget kills the 10-12 second window period to alert people by mobile phone when you’re in an emergency situation Fitkat is a Hong Kong-based fitness-tracking startup developing both a physical band and custom app. The band, which will also include a dedicated SoS security button, is due to go on sale

Singapore

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Social meetup app MeetDrinks wants to bring singles together this holiday season

The app has launched today on Android and iOS; has partnered with local bars, restaurants, clubs to get professionals to meet over drinks in Southeast Asia With the likes of established dating apps Paktor and Tinder doing so well in Asia, smaller developers continue trying to explore new takes on such apps to differentiate themselves from being seen

Indonesia

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BBM emerges most popular messaging app in Indonesia

WhatsApp Messenger occupied the second place followed by LINE Google Indonesia has compiled a list of the most popular search during 2014 and according to the trends, BlackBerry was the most wanted instant messaging service throughout the year, beating last year’s champion WhatsApp Messenger and Line in the third place. Now this is interesting, considering that

India

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Indian telecom operator Airtel wants to charge extra for VoIP usage

Airtel plans to charge pre-paid users 4 paisa per 10KB of VoIP data as opposed to 0.25 paisa — a difference of 1600 per cent — for using Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and LINE Airtel, one of India’s largest mobile network operator, has announced that it is planning to charge pre-paid users extra for the use of VoIP services such as Skype,

Malaysia

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1337 Ventures announces intake for latest batch of its pre-accelerator programme

The programme, Alpha Startups, will see selected teams go through a pre-accelerator stage to get their business plans and pitch decks ready for seed and pre-series A funding Malaysia based 1337 Ventures has announced intakes for the fourth batch of its pre-accelerator programme, Alpha Startups, on the 5th of January, the company said in a statement.

Thailand

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Uber flaunts Thailand ban; offers free UberX rides in Bangkok tomorrow

Uber is meanwhile facing fines for ‘violating’ laws in Taiwan that have already amounted to nearly US$100,000 Despite Uber being declared illegal by Thailand’s Department of Land Transport during end of November for unapproved fare structure and drivers lacking proper certifications, it hasn’t stopped the San Francisco-based taxi booking startup from offering free UberX rides tomorrow in a Christmas promotion. “For

World

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Go big or go home: MassChallenge’s John Harthorne and GSF’s Rajesh Sawhney

In an exclusive fireside chat, Harthorne and Sawhney talk about the importance of a global vision for startups. Take baby steps, but plan big, they say It is not everyday that you run into stalwarts from the startup industry. So I knew my stars were aligned when on a windy afternoon in Seoul at Hanwha S&C’s Dreamplus Day 2014 event I saw two major

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