South Korea’s SK Group to invest $100M in AirAsia’s digital arm BigPay

On Friday, in a statement South Korea’s SK Group said, it will invest up to $100 million in the fintech unit of AirAsia Group Bhd. BigPay, a unit of AirAsia’s digital arm, offers a prepaid debit card, local and international money transfers, micro-insurance, bill payments and a budgeting tool. “Our ambition has always been to establish…

Carro is Singapore’s latest unicorn following latest funding round

On Tuesday, Southeast Asian online automotive marketplace Carro said, it has raised $360 million in its latest funding round that was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, becoming the region’s latest unicorn. “The valuation for the company is well over a billion dollars,” said Carro, Aaron Tan, the CEO and founder of Singapore-headquartered Carro. Carro…

Twitter and Facebook dismantle global disinformation networks spreading misleading, false information

In a statement, Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said, they had taken down more than dozen disinformation networks used by state-backed groups and political entities in multiple countries to deceive users on their platforms. As part of that effort, they had identified and suspended more than 3,500 accounts between them, which used fake identities and…

Bills Gates had predicted China’s virus with simulation saying 33M deaths in first 6 months

One year back, while speaking at a conference hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society, Bill Gates had “predicted” that a super-virus pandemic breaking out in China could potentially kill 33 million people around the globe in a span of just 6 months. Gates had warned that the world was at risk from super-pathogens spreading quickly…

Grab expands into grocery delivery services across Southeast Asia

Through this strategic move, Grab is expanding from its core ride-hailing services into other areas including electronic money transfers, loans, payment services and food delivery. Through GrabFresh, it now serves on-demand grocery deliveries. It is targetting revenues of $1 billion by the end of 2018. On Tuesday, in a strategic move that banks on its…

Thailand to issues rules surrounding cryptocurrencies by June 30, 2018

Investors and operators of digital currencies who want to do transactions with digital currencies will have to register with Thailand’s SEC, the sole authority for regulating digital assets, within 90 days. On Tuesday, Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief stated it expects to issue regulations on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICO) by the end…