Tech and Education

Tech and Education

Advances in tech and academia, start up news

Internet companies hit by Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law

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A law requiring Internet companies in Vietnam to remove content the country’s authorities deem to be against the state came into effect January 1,...
Vietnam overtook Singapore in IPO volume this year

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Vietnam in 2018 topped Southeast Asia’s top grossing market for initial public offerings (IPOs) with total proceeds of $2.6 billion. Singapore, who lost its crown...
First film-making studio to open in Brunei

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Brunei’s first filmmaking college, the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, is slated to begin operations in February 2019 and is aiming to establish...
Vietnam records highest economic growth in a decade

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Vietnam’s economy grew by 7.08 per cent in 2018, the fastest rate in the past eleven years and beating the target of 6.7 per...
Thailand legalises medical use of marijuana, a first in Southeast Asia

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Thailand has become the first country in Southeast Asia to approve legal use of marijuana by amending the country’s drug law to allow the...
China to build $4.4-billion steel complex in the Philippines

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The Philippine government on December 14 signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese companies for the joint implementation of the “Philippine Iron and Steel...
Ride-hailing service Go-Jek launched in Thailand under ‘Get’

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Indonesia's ride-hailing provider launched its service under the name of Get on December 14 for the Thai market – at first with a beta...
Philippine digital economy expected to grow to $10 billion by 2025

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The Philippine e-commerce industry is poised for exponential growth, with its share of the Southeast Asian market expected to be worth $10 billion by...
Indonesia’s Tokopedia raises $1.1 billion from Alibaba, Softbank

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Indonesia’s leading e-commerce portal Tokopedia said on December 12 it has raised $1.1 billion in funding from investors including Japanese tech holding SoftBank’s Vision...
Cambodia to hold first-ever IT camp

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Cambodia’s first ever computing camp is due to be held in Siem Reap this month to promote literacy on cyber security, open-source software, social...
Vietnam’s Vingroup to launch its own smartphone brand

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Vingroup, Vietnam’ biggest listed firm by market value and a conglomerate with businesses that range from real estate to retail to tourism to automotive,...
Foxconn plans iPhone plant in Vietnam in response to US-China trade war

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Taiwanese electronics assembler Foxconn Technology Group is planning to open an iPhone manufacturing facility for Apple in Vietnam to mitigate the effects of the...
Malaysia government sets 20% annual growth target for e-commerce sector

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The Malaysian government has set an annual growth rate target of 20 per cent for the e-commerce sector in the country, from 14.3 per...
Vietnam to advise North Korea on economic development

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Vietnam is set to teach secluded North Korea lessons of how to open its economy during a visit of North Korea's foreign minister Ri...
Foreign direct investment into Malaysia increased 350% in past three quarters

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Malaysia’s foreign direct investments (FDI) volume increased to 49 billion ringgit ($11.72 billion) for the first nine months of this year compared with the...
On-demand bus trial starts in Singapore

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Singapore is launching a six-month trial of an on-demand public bus service on December 1, using technology to reduce congestion and costs in what...
Philippine fintech receives $215 million in country’s largest-ever startup funding

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One of the year’s largest fintech investments in Southeast Asia and the largest-ever in the Philippines has closed after Metro Manila-based Voyager Innovations announced...
Indonesia’s digital economy to become largest in ASEAN by 2025

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The annual “e-Conomy Southeast Asia” study conducted by Google and Singapore's state holding company Temasek found that Indonesia’s digital economy is poised to become the...