Tag Archives: Asia Economy

Southeast Asia start-ups lay off workers amid economic uncertainty

Southeast Asia’s tech companies are laying off workers as they brace themselves for a tougher fundraising environment. Guilliermo Perales Gonzalez | E+ | Getty Images Hundreds of workers from start-ups in Southeast Asia have been fired in the last few months, proving that the fast-growing industry is not immune to …

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Could Do Kwon go to prison? Probably not, but civil fines possible

Do Kwon, co-founder and chief executive officer of Terraform Labs, leaves the company’s office in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Woohae Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images Do Kwon, the 30-year-old South Korean founder of a $60 billion stablecoin project that imploded last month, has a knack …

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Former Disney CEO Bob Iger takes stake in Australian design company Canva

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger has acquired a stake in Australian design company Canva and agreed to be an advisor to the closely held company. “We’re incredibly excited to welcome Bob Iger as an investor and advisor,” said Canva spokesman Lachlan Andrews in a statement. “Bob brings a wealth of experience …

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China is second-biggest bitcoin mining hub as miners go underground

By September 2021, China made up just over 22% of the total bitcoin mining market, according to Cambridge University research. Paul Ratje | The Washington Post | Getty Images Bitcoin miners aren’t giving up in China despite Beijing’s ban on the practice. China was once the world’s biggest crypto mining …

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Orsted moves forward with plans to grow corals on wind turbines

Alongside their natural beauty, coral reefs have an important role to play in the natural world. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, around one quarter of the ocean’s fish rely on healthy coral reefs. Reinhard Dirscherl | Ullstein Bild | Getty Images Danish energy firm Orsted is to …

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Beijing city bans in-restaurant dining as China’s Covid controls tighten

As part of the latest Covid controls, China’s capital city of Beijing banned in-store dining as a five-day holiday kicked off, prompting restaurants to sell food outside. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images News | Getty Images BEIJING — Two months since China’s latest Covid outbreak began, many businesses in the …

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Should I join a group tour alone?

Everyone told me not to travel solo during a pandemic. Especially not to learn snowboarding, a sport that not all travel insurance policies cover. It didn’t help that I wanted to visit a country where I don’t speak the language. Administrative matters — such as Covid tests, vaccination certificates and …

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Intel CEO says chip crunch to last into 2024

Pat Gelsinger, CEO, of Intel Corporation, holds a semiconductor chip while testifying during the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled Developing Next Generation Technology for Innovation, in Russell Senate Office Building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told …

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China sticks to Covid controls, Beijing luxury mall closes

Major luxury goods mall Beijing SKP, pictured here in 2021, said Friday it would close — with no reopening date specified — after the city confirmed three Covid cases in an apartment community nearby. Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — China showed few signs of loosening its …

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Singapore fintech Nium plans aggressive expansion in Europe

Europe’s fintech sector is fiercely competitive, with privately-held start-ups worth tens of billions of dollars vying to steal market share from incumbent banks. Oscar Wong | Moment | Getty Images LONDON — Nium, a $2 billion digital payments start-up based out of Singapore, has big plans for its European business. …

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