Singapore liberalizing its banking sector, receives 21 applications for digital bank licenses

On Tuesday, Singapore’s central bank stated, it has received 21 applications for digital bank licenses which includes 7 licenses for retail banking while the balance is for wholesale bank licenses. The development marks Singapore’s biggest liberalization of its banking sector in two decades as it pushes to bring about online-only banks which will have lower…

Gaming giant Razer Inc leads consortium for online banking license from Singapore

On Thursday, gaming firm Razer Inc stated, it is leading a consortium of companies that has applied for online banking license in Singapore. Razer’s fintech business will have a 60% stake in the consortium which includes FWD, an insurance firm, and Sheng Siong Holdings, a private vehicle of the Lim brothers behind a Singaporean supermarket…

Accenture Plc’s reports net income of $1.36 billion on the strength of its cloud and digital services

Accenture Plc’s first quarter earnings have beaten Wall Street analysts’ estimates, on the back of fast-growing digital and cloud services businesses. The IT consulting firm has shifted its focus to the cloud and offers a wide range of services ranging from managing clients’ social media marketing strategies to helping them move to the cloud. Accenture…

Hackers warm up to carmakers at the DEFCON cyber security conference at Las Vegas

With vehicles getting increasingly digital, carmakers are warming to White Hat cyber security professionals who scour for vulnerabilities in transportation systems before Black Hat hackers exploit them for commercial or other gains. In a significant development, carmakers are boost efforts to discover lurking vulnerabilities in their increasingly digital car offerings from helpful and friendly hackers.…

Brazilian used car portal receives $16.6 million in latest funding round

Brazil’s second-hand car market is booming and Volanty’s latest funding is proof of that. On Thursday, Volanty, a digital used car portal in Brazil stated, it has received a funding of $17.6 million (70 million reais) from a consortium of venture capital funds led by Japan’s SoftBank and Kaszek of Argentina. The development comes in…

VW purchases 75.1% stake in Volvo’s WirelessCar platform

The forward-looking purchase of the stake is of strategic significance as it revolves around the future of mobility. In a strategic move, Volkswagen has purchased a controlling stake in Volvo’s WirelessCar, a digital service developer which specializes in connected driving, for $122 million (1.1 billion Swedish crowns). In a statement Volkswagen stated, WirelessCar’s technology would…