Delivery Services

Gojek, Tokopedia in $18 billion merger talks for Indonesia’s biggest deal

Indonesian ride-hailing and payments company Gojek and e-commerce leader Tokopedia are in advanced talks to secure a $18 billion merger before a possible dual listing in Jakarta an...


Indonesia adds Twitter and Zoom to list of platforms that must pay 10% VAT

Indonesia has added 12 more companies, including social media giant Twitter and video-conferencing business Zoom Video Communications, to a list of online platforms that must pay a...


Netflix tools up in Southeast Asia as Disney+ launches in Indonesia

American streaming giant Netflix is ramping up its mobile-only subscription programs in Southeast Asia and expanding local content, senior executives told Reuters, as arch-rival Di...


Facebook purges ads for illegal wildlife in SE Asia

An advertisement showing a civet cat cowering in a cage being offered for sale on Facebook was one of countless that the social network has removed in a crackdown on Southeast Asia...


Indonesian ride-hailing firm Gojek cuts 9% of headcount

Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek has announced it will lay off 9% of its employees, or 430 workers, and close down its lifestyle services arm, GoLife.

FinTech lending

Coronavirus brings Asia’s booming online lending sector to juddering halt

The spring started out rosy for the Indian arm of ClearScore, a company that offers online credit scores and loans.

Indonesia Volunteers Group fighting COVID-19

Volunteer army in Indonesia helps fight coronavirus with big data and web

As Indonesia’s most populous province weighed tough movement restrictions to stop the new coronavirus, it turned to a loosely-knit volunteer group of data scientists and heal...


Facebook and three Indonesian firms in early talks for mobile payment approval – regulator

Three Indonesian FinTech firms are working with Facebook to apply for regulatory approval to launch mobile payments in the country, an official at the financial regulator has said....

Wedding in Indonesia

Indonesian couple streams wedding to keep coronavirus at bay

Indonesian couple Mohamad Nurjaman and Ugi Lestari Widya Bahri, have just gotten married. Their wedding day is meant the most important day of their lives. A day to be celebrated i...

Good Doctor

Coronavirus spurs Ping An Good Doctor to hire hundreds of doctors in Indonesia

China’s Ping An Good Doctor said its healthcare venture with ride hailing firm Grab plans to hire hundreds of doctors in Indonesia after the spread of the coronavirus caused ...


Indonesia’s Gojek closed $1.2 billion funding last week – internal memo

Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek closed an additional $1.2 billion of funding last week, according to an internal memo reviewed by news agency Reuters. 


Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Indonesian army’s Papua campaign

Twitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts across their platforms following an investigation by news agency Reuters that linked them to a network of news websites ba...

Indonesia, FinTech

Startups race to tap Indonesian growth by aligning with Islam

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Like millions of other Indonesians, Gandi Iswara had for years carried a wad of currency notes for dropping into donation boxes after prayers at mosques i...

Poor left behind

Trade war goes digital: countries eye tariffs on Internet economy

GENEVA (Reuters) – A 20-year global moratorium on imposing tariffs on digital trade could end next week if India or South Africa makes good on threats, according to trade off...