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From Trump to Biden, TV Captures a Dramatic Shift

The new president’s speech on unity — “the best inaugural address I ever heard,” says Chris Wallace of Fox News — follows Donald Trump’s “My Way” moment.For a moment, cable news found something to agree on.At half past noon on Wednesday, shortly after President Biden wrapped up an inaugural address calling for an era of reconciliation,...

‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump

Members of the far-right group, who were among Donald Trump’s staunchest fans, are calling him “weak,” in a sign of fraying support.After the presidential election last year, the Proud Boys, a far-right group, declared its undying loyalty to President Trump.In a Nov. 8 post in a private channel of the messaging app Telegram, the group urged its...

QAnon believers struggle with inauguration.

Followers of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, have spent weeks anticipating that Wednesday would be the “Great Awakening” — a day, long foretold in QAnon prophecy, when top Democrats would be arrested for running a global sex trafficking ring and President Trump would seize a second term in office.But as President Biden took office and...

TV Captures the End of a Tumultuous Presidency

As Trump completes his time in office with made-for-TV images, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos says, “The image in my head is Richard Nixon in 1974.”Hours before Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the presidential oath of office, President Trump offered one more made-for-TV moment.A little past 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the cable news channels and major broadcast...

President Biden’s Tech To-do List

The new administration will try to restrain Big Tech, manage China and expand internet access.This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.President Biden is inheriting tricky tech questions including how to rein in powerful digital superstars, what to do about Chinese technology and how to bring more Americans...

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Robowealth rakes in Series A from Beacon VC to lower wealth gap in Thailand through tech

Robowealth, a robo-advisor for mutual funds in Thailand, has secured an undisclosed amount in Series A round of funding from Beacon VC, the corporate VC arm of Kasikorn Bank (KBank).  The partnership means that while Robowealth will be able to leverage KBank customers to grow its user base, the latter will be able to deliver value to […] The...

Caffeinated expansion: How Kopi Kenangan achieves its goal of opening one new store per day

We can never get enough of Indonesian digital coffee chain Kopi Kenangan –and we are not just talking about their cup of iced coffee on a hot, busy day. The startup has made headlines with their high-profile funding rounds, the latest being their US$109 million Series B funding round in May 2020. Following these updates, […] The post Caffeinated...

Lupl snags US$14M, signs MoU with Singapore’s Ministry of Law as it prepares for legaltech platform launch

Lupl, a legaltech startup founded by international legal firms, announced it has raised US$14 million in new funding as it prepares for its public launch in April 2021. The latest investment is in addition to the more than US$10 million raised prior to its beta launch, taking its overall funding in excess of US$25 million. […] The post Lupl snags...

How ASEAN is shaping up to be a blockchain frontrunner

The ASEAN region may not be known as a leader in blockchain technology, but it is by no means a distant laggard. Southeast Asia is home to several blockchain startups such as Indonesia’s Hara, a blockchain-based food and agriculture data exchange platform, and Singapore’s Electrify, which seeks to integrate blockchain in the electric power industry....

3 top trends to impact e-commerce startups in ASEAN in 2021

By now it’s safe to say COVID-19 has been the strongest force pushing for digitalisation in retail that we’ve seen in a long time. Within weeks, everything suddenly moved online. iPrice Group and App Annie reported back in September that usage of Android shopping apps in ASEAN grew by 39 per cent within three months. […] The post 3 top trends...