Business

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Uber ‘violating’ Taiwan law by operating without relevant license

The Deputy Director of Taiwan’s transport ministry today described the situation as ‘vexing’ due to a lack of precedent for such a case in the country Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has today said that Uber is operating illegally in the country as it only possesses a licence to provide information services, rather than transport services. Reuters news agency

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Withlocals wants to be the Airbnb of food and local experiences in Asia

Along with being a booming market for business, Withlocals Co-founder says he loves the ‘fight’ of Asian entrepreneurs and the region’s culture Withlocals is a Netherlands-based online marketplace that connects travellers with locals through food and experiences. It wants to do for these areas what Airbnb has done for accommodation, but the focus is currently on

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LINE to buy Microsoft-owned music streaming service MixRadio

The deal is expected to complete by early 2015. The amount has not been disclosed Japanese chat app giant LINE will be buying music streaming service MixRadio, which is currently owned by Microsoft after acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services business. The amount remains undisclosed. The deal, expected to be completed in early 2015, will see MixRadio

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Uber ‘violating’ Taiwan law by operating without relevant license

The Deputy Director of Taiwan’s transport ministry today described the situation as ‘vexing’ due to a lack of precedent for such a case in the country Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has today said that Uber is operating illegally in the country as it only possesses a licence to provide information services, rather than transport services. Reuters news agency

Finance

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Retail tech startup Primaseller raises funding from Mumbai Angels

The funds will be used to increase the number of online channels offered and to build a stronger customer base Software-as-a-Service retail technology startup Primaseller has raised an undisclosed amount in its second round of funding from Mumbai Angels. The round was led by Aniruddha Malpani, a member of the angel network, in participation with US-based tech

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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

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Retail tech startup Primaseller raises funding from Mumbai Angels

The funds will be used to increase the number of online channels offered and to build a stronger customer base Software-as-a-Service retail technology startup Primaseller has raised an undisclosed amount in its second round of funding from Mumbai Angels. The round was led by Aniruddha Malpani, a member of the angel network, in participation with US-based tech

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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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Coins.ph rolls out remittance withdrawal at 450 Philippine ATMs

The Bitcoin exchange and wallet service has partnered with ATMs in the Philippines to turn them into Bitcoin cash terminals Bitcoin exchange and wallet service Coins.ph has launched a new cash payout option via 450 partner ATM machines. The service will cater mainly to Filipino foreign workers by allowing Coins.ph wallet users to transfer any amount between PHP

Singapore

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This sleeve charges your mobile phone wirelessly

Singaporean startup, Novelsys is developing Ampere, a wireless charger for mobile phones that will make tangled wires a thing of the past   Meet Ampere, a portable charger with a revolutionary twist. It’s completely wireless! Designed and created by Novelsys, a small Singaporean startup — not even a year old and run by university students —

Indonesia

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Easy Taxi scales down operations in Hong Kong, Indonesia and India

Brazil-based Easy Taxi is clearly feeling the pressure of operating in Asia’s highly competitive taxi-booking space Brazil’s Easy Taxi has today officially announced plans to ‘streamline its operations’ by focussing on what it calls ‘key Asian cities’ in an attempt to increase its return on investments. The announcement follows yesterday’s reports that the three-year old Rocket

India

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Don’t trust the cabbie? Ask your FrndiNeed to pick you up

The new app from India wants you to travel safe; it utilises geo-location to connect users with friends in the vicinity and request them for a lift Safety of women should be the highest law. But how do you ensure safety in a patriarchal land where a brutal gang rape is easily forgotten, and the

Malaysia

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Follow footsteps of locals and discover new places with Seeties

This Malaysia-based startup that focuses on local discovery, tries a unique adrenaline-fuelled marketing campaign to catch user-attention Seeties, a new website and mobile app allows users to discover new local points of interests in Southeast Asia like food and drinks, culture, landmarks, outdoor and sports and nightlife. The Malaysia based startup offers a SoLoMo (social

Thailand

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Sokochan wants to help small merchants forget ‘logistics’

With fulfilment provider Sokochan, Thai merchants like The Opening Closet by Nongrax have been using their time to better sell online Before starting Thailand-based fulfilment provider Sokochan, Benjaporn “May” Chaiburee was a small merchant selling children apparel on Facebook. While operating the business online, she faced many challenges. Firstly, she had no way of telling

World

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Withlocals wants to be the Airbnb of food and local experiences in Asia

Along with being a booming market for business, Withlocals Co-founder says he loves the ‘fight’ of Asian entrepreneurs and the region’s culture Withlocals is a Netherlands-based online marketplace that connects travellers with locals through food and experiences. It wants to do for these areas what Airbnb has done for accommodation, but the focus is currently on

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