Deutsche Boerse delays Singapore derivatives launch, other Asia plans to 2017

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Financial market turbulence in China and software problems have prompted Deutsche Boerse to delay its planned Asian derivatives exchange and clearing house by about 18 months, three people familiar with the plans said on Wednesday. The German exchange operator had said in June the Singapore-based Eurex Asia derivatives exchange and… Read more »

Apple phone, tablet and TV fail to impress investors

Apple Inc unveiled a new TV set top box that responds to voice commands and fresh iPhones that sense the pressure of a finger tap, changes which underwhelmed many social media commenters and investors. The new 6S and 6S Plus versions of the iPhone, Apple’s biggest money maker, are the… Read more »


Unitus Seed Fund founders launch Capria Accelerator for impact investors

Capria Ventures has launched the Capria Accelerator, a global business accelerator for impact venture capital fund managers. The accelerator will invest, support and help capitalise new fund managers backing early-stage startups in emerging markets across South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. The programme will provide capital, tools, training, technical know-how,… Read more »


Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica join forces for startups

Leading international mobile phone operators – Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica  –  have joined forces in an ambitious attempt to bridge and promote  the start-up ecosystems across Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. This initiative will be led by the innovation and investment arms of… Read more »


Arielle Zuckerberg on investing in F&B, and looking beyond the US

Arielle Zuckerberg, in many ways, is Internet royalty. She needs little introduction, her surname being one of the most highly associated with the creation of Facebook. Yet, from her earlier interviews with a number of publications, Zuckerberg appreciates not being placed in the shadow of her big brother, Mark. On her… Read more »


Apple TV comes with ‘apps’; big iPad aimed at business

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook unveiled a new version of its Apple TV product with an app store and a voice-controlled remote control, part of a trio of announcements aimed at revamping its product line. Cook described the new Apple TV, a product which the company long called… Read more »


Force field: Apple’s pressure-based screens promise a world beyond cold glass

By adding a more realistic sense of touch to its iPhone, Apple Inc may have conquered a technology that has long promised to take us beyond merely feeling the cold glass of our mobile device screens. In its latest iPhones, Apple is expected to include what it calls Force Touch, allowing… Read more »


Instagram ads go global, open to small businesses

Instagram, the popular photo sharing app, has favoured growth over revenue since it began. After acquiring it three years ago, Facebook let it continue as an ad-free platform. This changed today, when Instagram said that businesses can now create ads that last 30 seconds, double of the previous limit, and… Read more »


500 Startups raises $85m for its third VC fund

Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups, an early-stage seed fund and startup acclerator, has raised $85 million for its third global fund, 15 per cent short of its original target, according to a report in Wall Street Journal. The company has closed the third fund at this amount. The partners in the… Read more »


Singapore’s GIC & Changi Airport, Malaysia Airports, among suitors for France’s Nice and Lyon airports

Bidders are queuing up for the privatisation of France’s Nice Cote d’Azur and Lyon-Saint-Exupery airports, four sources familiar with the matter said, hoping to land growing returns on the back of rising air traffic. The sale of France’s 60 per cent stakes in two of the country’s busiest airports offers… Read more »