Judith Balea, writing for Tech in Asia;
ustralian Securities Exchange-listed iSelect has boosted its stake in Malaysia-based financial comparison service iMoney, giving it majority ownership of the company.
In a disclosure to the ASX, the company said it hiked its iMoney stake to 51.5 percent from 23.8 percent by buying US$4.15 million worth of shares from other shareholders. The purchase price equates to a value of “5.9 times iMoney’s FY17 revenue,” it said.
Ted Cordero, writing for GMA News;
GCash, the micropayment service of Globe Telecom Inc., and rival PLDT Inc.’s PayMaya Philippines Inc. have partnered with Facebook on money transfers and bills payments.
Prepaid mobile load and data service can also be paid using the Messenger app.
UTRUST is the world’s first cryptocurrency payments platform to implement consumer protections on a mass scale. The company is building a global PayPal–like payments platform with extensive cryptocurrency support.
UTRUST’s end goal is to provide all the benefits of fast, secure, convenient, and inexpensive cryptocurrency transactions, in tandem with the world’s first cryptocurrency payment protections, which consumers need to fully embrace blockchain technology en masse.
UTRUST has currently raised $3.5 Million through private investors and the sold out pre ICO, with the public ICO commencing on 20th September 2017.
Lawrence Agcaoili, reporting for The Philippine Star;
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has approved the registration of two companies to engage in the operation of bitcoin exchanges as part of efforts to regulate the fast growing but potentially risky virtual currency industry.
BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said during the FinTech Thought Leadership Roundtable Series presented by FINTQ, the central bank has given the two companies the green light to operate bitcoin exchanges.
It’ll be interesting to know the name of those two companies.
BPI ADVISORY (updated);
Further to our announcement this morning, we have identified an internal system error that caused some transactions occurring between April 27 and May 2 to be double-posted as of June 6.
We have identified the root cause of this error, and are temporarily suspending access to electronic channels to speed up rectification. All BPI branches will open on time this morning, and will continue to service your needs.
We anticipate full resolution of this error within today. We wish to reassure our clients that this matter will be resolved expediently, and that none of them will lose money from this incident.
April 27 and May 2 is a long time for a system error to go unnoticed.
The announcement was posted on BPI’s official Facebook page.
Anisa Menur A. Maulani, reporting for E27;
Rumours have been circulating around Indonesian startup communities since February 2017 that Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has acquired Indonesian O2O e-commerce platform Kudo.
After a period of silence, today Grab finally confirmed that it has signed an agreement to acquire Kudo.
This acquisition will surely help Grab Pay gain more ground.
Fastacash is a social payments platform that enables the transfer of any type of value across any social media network or messaging platform.
Headquartered in Singapore, Fastacash have international teams across the US, the UK, South East Asia and India.
Michael Tegos, reporting for Tech in Asia;
Samsung Pay, the Korean mobile giant’s cashless payment service, has officially landed in Thailand, the company announced today. The service has been running in the country in an “early access” fashion for a limited number of users since October last year.
Samsung Pay works with MasterCard, Visa, KCC, Bangkok Bank, Citibank, KasikornBank, KTC, and Siam Commercial Bank. Samsung says that department stores and shops in the country will also accept payments through Samsung Pay.
Kevin McSpadden, reporting for E27;
Ant Financial, the Jack Ma-owned fintech company, has acquired the US-based money transfer service Moneygram in a deal worth about US$880 million.
The acquisition marks a significant step into the Western market for Ant, which has never acquired a US-listed company. Ant was spun off from Alibaba ahead of the e-commerce giant’s IPO in 2014 and has grown into the most dominant fintech company in Asia.
Tomas S. Noda III, reporting for Deal Street Asia;
Philippine-based startups First Circle, and Acudeen Technologies signed a financial technology (fintech) deal targeting the market of both firms – the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).