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Wonga Launches Fraud Hotline To Combat Phishing Scam

A common SMS and email phishing scam in South Africa is using the company name of the short term lender Wonga to defraud consumers.

[Infographic] The Startup Genome Project 2.0

Compass.co recently released the results of their latest 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking (known previously as the Startup Genome Project), which ranks the top 20 startup ecosystems around the world. Here's an infographic version.

[Infographic] The State Of Our Smartphones (Singapore)

A study on smartphone protection habits by OtterBox - which sought to understand how the habits of 2,500 smartphone owners over the age of 18 years from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore lead to phone damage, and examine how they are protecting their devices - revealed that one in ten respondents across the countries surveyed admitted to having damaged their smartphone more than 10 times in the past five years. Here's an infographic that shows the numbers from Singapore.

Small Business Owners’ Attitudes Change Mid 2015

Recent fluctuations in the economy have caused many small business owners to struggle to stay afloat, shutting down some and disheartening many. Luckily, a recent survey conducted by Balboa Capital shows that the attitude of small business owners has taken a turn for the better, shares Carla Freberg.

Revenue Growth For Lenovo In 2Q15 Obscures Unfamiliar Challenges For Its PC And Smartphones...

Lenovo’s modest overall revenue growth in calendar 2Q15 – 3.1% year-to-year to $10.7 billion – masks how sagging performance from its PC business wiped out the momentum Lenovo had generated since 2013 and has forced Lenovo to reset its profit and revenue growth expectations for its enterprise and mobile device businesses. Jack Narcotta, Devices Analyst at Technology Business Research, reports.

[Singapore] Twitter Designates Singapore As Asia Pacific Headquarters

Twitter last week announced that it has opened its office in Singapore, officially designating it as its headquarters for the Asia Pacific region.

[Singapore] Risky Public Wif-Fi Use Puts Mobile Users At Risk Of Identity Theft And...

According to an Avast survey of close to 200 Singaporeans, the Internet security solutions provider discovered that a whopping 86 percent of survey participants prefer to join unprotected Wi-Fi networks over secure ones that require a password.

Telstra Sets Up Startup Accelerator muru-D In Singapore

Singapore's startup scene looks set to become even more vibrant with the entrance of Sydney-based startup accelerator muru-D.

Financial Literacy Across Asia Declining: Mastercard

Financial services provider MasterCard has announced the results of its MasterCard Financial Literacy Index, which revealed that progress towards improving basic finance knowledge and skills across Asia Pacific has stalled as 12 of 16 countries record lower scores in financial literacy.

Amazon Goes After Fake Product Reviews

Amazon has cracked down on four websites for selling fake product reviews. The four websites, buyamazonreviews.com, buyazonreviews.com, bayreviews.net and buyreviewsnow.com, are operated by a single company in California with the intent of making positive product reviews available to companies (even those with not-so-good products) at a fee.

Spain’s Ticketbis Raises Additional Round To Fuel International Growth

Ticketbis, a Spain-based online platform where users can easily and securely buy and sell tickets for every kind of event, such as concerts, festivals, theater plays, art performances or soccer games - earlier last month closed a round of funding worth US$6.6 million, making it a total of $12.7 million since its founding in 2009.

PayPal Launches Online Small Business Resource, Passport

Online payment solution provider PayPal has announced the launch of PassPort, a web resource designed to help small businesses - especially those that have a heavy reliance on online commerce - by providing them advice and free tools to expand their global sales.

40% Of Best Performing Companies In Asia Are US- Or UK-Based Businesses: Telstra Global

A recent study conducted by Telstra Global found that 40% of the best performing companies in Asia are US or UK based businesses.

[Singapore] National Research Foundation Selects Six VC Firms To Administer S$120M Startup War Kitty

Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF) announced this week it has selected six venture capital firms to help inject S$120 million through a 1:1 investment matching scheme.

[Singapore] Local Telco StarHub To Launch Crowdfunding Platform Crowdtivate

Crowdfunding may be set to take off in a big way in Singapore as local telecommunications provider StarHub announced that it is set to launch Crowdtivate, an open crowdfunding platform which entrepreneurs and creative professionals can seek funding and obtain financial contributions from supporters around the region via a funding system in return for specific rewards.

[Asia] Asian Attitudes Towards Creativity And Education Differ: Adobe Study

The recently concluded Adobe Education Leadership Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia saw the software company unveil the results of an Asia Pacific-wide study entitled ‘Education, Creativity and Employability’ that looked at the intersection of creativity and creativity tools in the classroom and its relevance to the modern workforce.

Microsoft Announces MS Office For iPad As Part Of “Mobile First, Cloud First” Approach

As part of Microsoft's mobile- and cloud-focused event hours ago in San Francisco, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced Office For iPad, extending the functionality of its suite of applications you've gotten used to on your desktop and other tablet devices to the popular Apple product.

[Singapore] Job Satisfaction No Indication Of Job Loyalty: LinkedIn

As part of its newly announced inaugural Talent Trends 2014 Report, LinkedIn found that while 3 in 4 professionals in Singapore, at least one of those 3 are actively looking for their next role.

TheLuxeNomad.com Pivots Business Model, Moves Away From Flash Sales

Singapore-based startup TheLuxeNomad.com, originally a private flash sales site for luxury hotels and other premium travel accommodations at discounts of up to 70 percent, has pivoted its business model to include 24/7 rates for hotels and resorts, as well as enabling live bookings on selected villas

[Asia] Socialbakers Opens Asia Pacific HQ In Singapore

Global social media analytics and optimization company Socialbakers has announced the opening of its new Asia-Pacific headquarters based in Singapore.

[Seoul] Serviced Office Cum Business Incubator WAHA Offices Opens New Location

Seoul-based WAHA Offices - a serviced office and business incubator hybrid office solutions targeted at startup companies - last week opened its third location, after its first in Seoul's Gangam district and its second in Singapore.

Emarsys Adds Predictive Recommendation Technology To Boost Smart Online Customer Engagement

Customer engagement solutions provider Emarsys today official announces in Asia the availability of Predict, a self-learning, intelligent marketing engine that creates individually tailored recommendations to site visitors based on online behavior analysis and predictive technology that's built into its eMarketing Suite marketing dashboard product.

[Singapore][Infographic] Chinese New Year Shopping Trends In 2014

Here's an infographic from the folks over at AdNear that shows some of the numbers behind the Chinese New Year shopping trends in Singapore.

China Regains Top Spot As Source Of Malignant Online Traffic: Akamai

After being unseated last quarter by Indonesia, China has regained its spot as the source of observed attack traffic in the third quarter of 2013., according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report.

[Singapore] MyRepublic Launches MyGigNation Developer Initiative

Singapore-based upstart broadband provider MyRepublic has announced MyGigNation, an initiative to attract and entice local independent developers to create, build and test Gigabit-level applications.

[Singapore] Japan’s No.1 Online Mall Rakuten Opens Here

Japan-based electronic commerce and Internet service provider Rakuten has today announced the official commencement of its operations in Singapore.

Spotify And Deezer Bust Moves In Aggressive Music Streaming Space

Spotify's recent move to give free access across all mobile devices is likely to spark off another frantic phase in the music streaming app wars, right after competitor Deezer revealed that it has more than doubled the number of its paid subscribers in a year.

[Asia] Online Social Stay Marketplace travelmob Continues Push Into Asia

To help spearhead its aggressive growth across Asia, social stay marketplace travelmob recently introduced an iOS app that helps hosts to manage their reservations and listings quickly, as well as assist travelers in booking their accommodations from more than 20,000 properties across Asia Pacific while on the move.

‘Responsible’: The Most Overused Word On LinkedIn Member Profiles In 2013

Think that the word 'responsible' is the most accurate description of your professional career? Well, according to online professional social network LinkedIn it so happens that almost everyone else does as well.

[Singapore] Westin Returns, Sets Up In Central Business District

Hotel chain Westin returns to Singapore with The Westin Singapore, a 305-room property located right smack in Singapore's Central Business District.