Platform Industry News: TikTok smartphone app video streaming

TikTok tells employees to return to office for three days a week

Popular short-video app TikTok has told its employees that some will be offered the option to work remotely for up to two days a week after they return to office, according to an i...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables between Southeast Asia and America

Facebook has said it planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to boost in...


Southeast Asia’s Grab considering US IPO this year

Southeast Asian ride-hailing and food delivery giant Grab is researching a list in the United States this year, encouraged by strong investor appetite for IPOs, a number of sources...

Platform News: Delivery Services across the world

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...

Platform News: Streaming services, including Netflix

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...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

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. 

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