Startup backed by Kodak, Alibaba fights fakes with invisible ink


The film cameras that built Eastman Kodak Co. in 1888 are long gone, yet the company’s imprint may soon be embedded on products from shoes to cigarettes.

Mobile privacy pioneer Silent Circle raises $50m Series C led by Santander Bank

Silent Circle, a Geneva-based pioneer in securing mobile communications, said on Friday it has raised $50 million in a Series C financing round led by Santander Bank as it looks to reinvent itself as an enterprise-focused business.

Samsung Electronics seeks stake in China automaker BYD, electric car chips boost

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it was in talks to acquire a stake in Chinese automaker BYD, a move it said would help the South Korean electronics giant boost its chip business for electric cars. Samsung said it has not finalised how much it would spend to buy the stake,… Read more »

Startup bets $1.7b on becoming Asia’s digital landlord

A Singaporean startup is betting $1.7 billion on becoming the digital landlord for tech giants building cloud services across Asia and Australia.

Australia: Botanix Pharma lists on ASX, raises $2.67m

Botanix Pharmaceuticals has commenced trading on the ASX following its raising of A$3.5 million in a pre-IPO round.

Australia Digest: ACAC funds Lawcadia; Atlassian acquires Statuspage

In developments in Australia, ACAC Innovation has injected $500 million in legaltech startup Lawcadia, while enterprise software firm Atlassian has acquired communication platform StatusPage.

Samsung in talks with BYD to buy stake in electric-car maker

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of phones and memory chips, said it’s in talks with BYD Co. about investing in the Chinese electric-car manufacturer. Details including the size of the investment will be disclosed when they’re confirmed, Samsung said Friday in an e-mailed statement. The investment in BYD, backed… Read more »

Xerox rejects RR Donnelley merger proposal

Xerox Corp privately rejected a bid to merge its document business with financial printing firm RR Donnelley & Sons Co.

NZ agri-tech firm CropLogic plans ASX listing, raises $512K via ECF route

Agricultural tech firm CropLogic has successfully closed its offer on the Equitise crowdfunding platform and raised $512,000. The company will use the fresh funds to prepare for a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), establish an arm in China and acquire agronomy companies in the US, New Zealand, and Australia…. Read more »

Japanese IoT startup Veldt closes seed round from CyberAgent, Accord

Japanese IoT startup Veldt has closed a seed investment from Accord Ventures and CyberAgent Ventures, as well as formed a strategic partnership with electronics corporation SMK.