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500 Startups launches a $10M fund in support of Vietnamese startups

Today, 500 Startups announced the launch of a $10 million micro-fund that will invest solely in Vietnamese startups. This is the latest in a series of investment vehicles the Silicon Valley-based accelerator program has created in the past year. The organization plans to fund 100 to 150 companies that have some connection to the Southeast Asia country,… Read More »

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Japanese Exchange Bitflyer Invests in IoT Company Sivira Through ¥50M Startup Fund

Japanese bitcoin exchange Bitflyer has started the ‘Blockchain Angel Fund’ supporting and investing in blockchain businesses in Japan. Towards this end, Bitflyer has invested ¥50m, which is approximately equals to $421,000. The first startup to benefit from the fund is Osaka-based IoT (Internet of Things) startup Sivira. Bitflyer is especially interested in the Sivira platform “hublive” that… Read More »

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Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

Twitter Inc is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make its 140-character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry-level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet. U2opia Mobile, which has a similar tie-up with Facebook Inc, will launch its Twitter service in the first quarter of next year, Chief Executive… Read More »

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Karbonn A11+ available online

The Karbonn A11+ has surfaced without an official statement in sight, but that hasn’t stopped e-retailers such as Snapdeal and Saholic from stashing it. Just last week that Karbonn introduced two Android ICS-driven smartphones dubbed Smart A1 Star and A5 Star. The Karbonn A11+ features a a 4.7-inch capacitive touch panel with a resolution of… Read More »

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Samsung Galaxy S4 launched in India at Rs 41,500

After its global unveiling on 14 March, Samsung Galaxy S4 was officially launched in the Indian market on Friday. The launch event had begun at 12 noon in Kingdom of Dreams, a cultural theme park in Gurgaon. Samsung has priced the Galaxy S4, which takes on the likes of the Apple iPhone, Sony Xperia and… Read More »

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Microsoft and ZTE sign Android Patent License

Just a week after announcing that it had inked an Android patent-licensing agreement with Hon Hai, parent company of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, Microsoft has announced yet another deal this time with t China’s ZTE, one of the world’s largest smartphone companies. While it seem odd that Microsoft is signing Android- and Chrome-related… Read More »

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