zdnet.com Archives - 26 April 2015, Sunday

  • ​Betting on Bitcoin: Could Africa be the answer for the maligned cryptocurrency? |

    zdnet.com 17 Apr '15, 10am

    Among technology pundits in the West, conventional wisdom is that Bitcoin is an idea that has failed. The crypto-currency lost 43 percent of its value in the first weeks of 2015, amid stories of hacks and collapsing exchanges. But from an African perspective, reports of Bitcoin's deat...

  • Singapore ISPs not breaking privacy policy in Dallas Buyers Club crackdown

    zdnet.com 11 Apr '15, 1am

    News this week about a crackdown on illegal torrent activities probably sent several users in Singapore scurrying to recall if they downloaded a copy of Dallas Buyers Club. Local ISPs including M1, Singtel, and StarHub had been issued court orders to divulge personal information of cu...

  • GrabTaxi opens US$100M R&D center in Singapore

    zdnet.com 08 Apr '15, 9am

    GrabTaxi has opened a US$100 million research and development (R&D) facility in Singapore to tap data analytics and identify market trends to drive its growth strategy. Latest news on Asia HTC announces One M9+ with Duo Camera and fingerprint sensor for Chinese market Five reasons to ...

  • Singapore telco provides user data in illegal download clampdown

    zdnet.com 08 Apr '15, 4am

    M1 says it handed over user information to a local law firm representing Dallas Buyers Club LLC, which alleged these customers made illegal downloads of the Academy Award-winning movie. The Singapore operator said it was responding to a High Court order and provided the names, NRIC nu...

  • ​Bitcoin too small to be a threat to Australian market: RBA |

    zdnet.com 08 Apr '15, 2am

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) believes that the development of digital currencies like bitcoin do not pose a threat to the financial system. The Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into digital currency was told during a public hearing in Sydney on Tuesday that the RBA...

  • After Obama's cybersecurity order threatens Snowden fund, bitcoin donations spike

    zdnet.com 03 Apr '15, 1pm

    US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in June 2014. (Image via CNET) A new executive order signed into law this week by the president has one online community up in arms, after its loose wording effectively ruled out donating to Edward Snowden and others. In a post ...

  • After Obama's cybersecurity order threatens Snowden fund, bitcoin donations spike

    zdnet.com 03 Apr '15, 1pm

    US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in June 2014. (Image via CNET) A new executive order signed into law this week by the president has one online community up in arms, after its loose wording effectively ruled out donating to Edward Snowden and others. In a post ...

  • SAP unveils startup acceleration scheme in Singapore

    zdnet.com 31 Mar '15, 11am

    SAP has launched an acceleration programme in Singapore giving local tech startups access to a funding pool of S$10 million (US$7.28 million) and mentorship from industry experts. Latest news on Asia China claims it is a cyber victim as GitHub DDoS rolls on ​ZDNet readers' favorite op...

  • Silk Road investigators charged with bitcoin theft

    zdnet.com 31 Mar '15, 2am

    The allure of bitcoin was too great for two former United States government agents who were part of the investigation into the Silk Road online underground marketplace. The agents, former US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent Carl Mark Force, and former US Secret Service spec...

  • Bitcoin exchange Cryptoine hacked

    zdnet.com 26 Mar '15, 12pm

    Cryptoine has been hacked and its hot wallets emptied -- but the exchange blames a programming bug rather than a full-scale cyberattack. Cryptoine was a Tor-friendly exchange post which traded in 34 different kinds of cryptocurrency. Despite emphasizing a focus on anonymous trading an...

  • Bitcoin exchange Cryptoine hacked

    zdnet.com 26 Mar '15, 12pm

    Cryptoine has been hacked and its hot wallets emptied -- but the exchange blames a programming bug rather than a full-scale cyberattack. Cryptoine was a Tor-friendly exchange post which traded in 34 different kinds of cryptocurrency. Despite emphasizing a focus on anonymous trading an...

  • Singapore must now emerge from shadow of man who put it on global map

    zdnet.com 25 Mar '15, 3am

    As tributes pour in from around the world following the death of my country's founding father and first prime minister, it is clear he leaves behind a nation he almost single-handedly helped put on the international stage. What remains to be seen, however, is whether Singapore can now...

  • Singapore firms want single cloud vendor, but end up with three by @eileenscyu

    Singapore firms want single cloud vendor, but end up with three

    zdnet.com 09 Mar '15, 9am

    The majority of businesses in Singapore prefer to purchase all cloud services from a single service provider, but most end up having to deal with three different ones. This creates a cloud environment that is complex to manage and can drag down their speed to market as well as affect ...

  • DigitalBTC boss defends bitcoin amid half-year losses

    zdnet.com 02 Mar '15, 5am

    Australian bitcoin company digitalBTC, which trades on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as Digital CC Limited, has reported an underlying net loss after tax of $2.3 million for the half year ending December 2014, according to its first-half financial results published on Monda...

  • Eftpos machines accepting bitcoin with CoinJar's Swipe card

    zdnet.com 27 Feb '15, 12am

    CoinJar has announced the general release of CoinJar Swipe, an Eftpos card that allows people to use their bitcoins to make purchases at any Australian store with an Eftpos terminal. CoinJar Swipe cardholders will have instant access to their bitcoins, and will no longer have to wait ...

  • Singapore 2015 budget retains focus on SMBs, innovation

    zdnet.com 24 Feb '15, 4pm

    The Singapore government has renewed its focus on small and midsize businesses (SMBs), offering more financial to help drive initiatives in innovation and research development, as well as skills upgrading among employees. The country's 2015 budget features various grants dedicated to ...

  • Microsoft opens Singapore cybersecurity satellite center

    zdnet.com 16 Feb '15, 11am

    Microsoft has opened its fifth global Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore to support its cybercrime efforts in Asia-Pacific, which is increasingly a hot target for hackers. The facility is the third in the region where there are similar centers in Beijing and Tokyo, and will lend...

  • Bitcoin Group pulled up for pre-IPO chatter

    zdnet.com 13 Feb '15, 5am

    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has warned Australian bitcoin trading company Bitcoin Group Limited away from making public statements concerning its proposed initial public offering (IPO) until after lodging a prospectus. ASIC released a statement on Frida...

  • CoinJar pegs bitcoin to standard currencies

    zdnet.com 11 Feb '15, 5am

    Australian bitcoin company Coinjar has found a way to allay some of its customers' fears over the fluctuating value of the digital currency, introducing a new hedged accounts offering aimed at locking in the fiat money price of bitcoin. Hedged accounts allow users to peg the price of ...

  • New government agency to oversee Singapore's cybersecurity operations

    zdnet.com 27 Jan '15, 10am

    The Singapore government has established a new agency to oversee the country's cybersecurity operations and take charge of future developments in this area. Scheduled to be operational from April 1, the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will come under the purview of the Prime Minister's Of...

  • New IoT research facility opens in Singapore

    zdnet.com 27 Jan '15, 7am

    Greenwave Systems has opened a research and development (R&D) center in Singapore, where it also plans to expand its current headcount by 50 percent. The Internet of Things (IoT) software and services provider said it was aiming to increase its current local employee base of 80 to 120...

  • Coinbase opens first US bitcoin exchange

    zdnet.com 27 Jan '15, 12am

    Bitcoin wallet operator Coinbase has opened the first regulated US exchange for the digital currency. The opening could provide a boost to the cryptocurrency, which has been hit hard by concerns about links to illegal activities and the collapse of a major bitcoin exchange last year. ...

  • Bitstamp bitcoin exchange hacked, trading suspended: About $5.1M suspected stolen by @zackwhittaker

    Bitstamp exchange hacked, $5M worth of bitcoin stolen

    zdnet.com 05 Jan '15, 8pm

    Bitstamp prices plummeted after news of the breach broke (Screenshot: ZDNet) European bitcoin exchange Bitstamp suspended trading Monday after one of its active, operational bitcoin storage wallets was "compromised" over the weekend. In a statement on its site, Bitstamp warned users n...

  • Bitcon: The naked truth about bitcoin (Podcast)

    Bitcon: The naked truth about bitcoin (Podcast)

    zdnet.com 29 Dec '14, 3pm

    Best-selling author Jeffrey Robinson and I discuss his new book: Bitcon: The naked truth about bitcoin in this podcast. I've included some highlights from my interview and from the book here as well. As you can see from the book's cover, Jeffrey Robinson and I are on the same page in ...

  • India's Flipkart raises $700M, files to convert to public company in Singapore

    zdnet.com 22 Dec '14, 3am

    The Indian e-commerce giant said in a statement that the new funding came from new investors including Baillie Gifford, Greenoaks Capital, and Qatar Investment Authority, as well as current investors that include GIC, ICONIQ Capital, and Tiger Global. It added that the latest funds wi...

  • Warning over fake Bitcoin Foundation sites scamming cryptocurrency users

    Warning over fake Bitcoin Foundation sites scamming cryptocurrency users

    zdnet.com 02 Dec '14, 1pm

    The latest ruse to scam Bitcoin owners out of their holdings is websites posing as The Bitcoin Foundation and capitalising on concerns over the cryptocurrency's falling price. The Bitcoin Foundation said on Monday that it has seen a spike in complaints to its helpdesk over a fraud cam...

  • Australia's CoinJar moves HQ to UK for 'progressive' bitcoin scene

    zdnet.com 01 Dec '14, 6am

    Australian bitcoin startup CoinJar has followed Atlassian's lead, moving its headquarters to London in an expansion bid that will see it tap into the country's financial sector. On December 1, the bitcoin startup revealed that it had relocated its headquarters to London's Docklands re...

  • Senator Tom Coburn agrees that Bitcoin is not legal currency

    zdnet.com 26 Nov '14, 2pm

    Thank you for writing to me to express your concerns about cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you on this matter and share many of your concerns. The IRS recently announced its ruling that cryptocurrencies will be taxed at capital gains rates ...

  • Chope gobbles up F&B startup to save diners queue time

    zdnet.com 24 Nov '14, 9am

    Singapore's restaurant booking site, Chope, has acquired a local startup that will boost its own service with a queue-monitoring app. Appic Technologies' Ticktok queueing service runs on Apple iOS mobile devices and allows diners to receive notifications when their table is ready. It ...

  • Chope gobbles up F&B startup to save diners queue time

    zdnet.com 24 Nov '14, 9am

    Singapore's restaurant booking site, Chope, has acquired a local startup that will boost its own service with a queue-monitoring app. Appic Technologies' Ticktok queueing service runs on Apple iOS mobile devices and allows diners to receive notifications when their table is ready. It ...