Fortune — The malware that was used to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank has been linked to another cyber attack, this time on a bank in the Philippines, cyber security company Symantec said in a blog post on Thursday. The company said it had identified three pieces of malware that were used in limited targeted attacks against financial institutions in South-East Asia.
Enterprise Innovation — The Bureau of Customs in the Philippines is spearheading an initiative that would spur ICT adoption within government organizations. The agency has recently partnered with Microsoft Philippines to streamline productivity in customs administration, ensure the security of data, and promote transparency.
Enterprise Innovation — The presidential election held in the Philippines this week lighted up social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, as voters and non-voters alike take poll-related conversations online. Facebook said with 22 million people engaged in conversations related to the elections on the social media site, which generated 268 million interactions, makes Filipinos the most engaged Asia-Pacific elections on Facebook to date.
rappler — MANILA, Philippines —Facebook recorded about 22 million Filipino Facebook users actively engaging in conversations about the 2016 Philippine elections with friends and family members. “This has been the number one most engaged elections in Asia-Pacific,” Elizabeth Hernandez, the head of APAC Public Policy at Facebook, told Rappler in an interview on Monday, May 9.
Phil Star — MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom Inc. is on track to complete its cable landing station in Davao which forms part of the $250-million Southeast Asia-US (SEA-US) submarine cable system being constructed to address the growing use of Internet services. Globe chief commercial officer Albert de Larrazabal told reporters work on SEA-US submarine cable system is ongoing.
Rappler — MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government seems to be a favorite target of hacking, given the number of defaced websites in recent years. Following in the footsteps of so-called hacktivists, some have resorted to breaching systems to voice their concerns to government.
Tech in Asia — Facebook has opened its first office in the Philippines. Facebook’s vice president for Asia-Pacific Dan Neary announced the move on his Facebook page on Wednesday and during a press conference held in Manila on Thursday. The Philippines is clearly an important market for the social networking giant, he says. He counts around 49 million Filipino Facebook users – equivalent to 91 percent of the population with internet access.
NY Times — MANILA, Philippines — The hacking of a Philippine election database may have exposed the personal information of all 55 million registered voters, but will not undermine May 9 national elections, officials said Friday, in the latest hacking scandal to hit the Southeast Asian nation.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ 55 million voters are now susceptible to fraud and other risks after a massive data breach leaked the entire database of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last month, security firm Trend Micro has warned. The defacement of the Comelec website by a hacker group called Anonymous Philippines happened at near midnight on March 27.
Enterprise Innovation — Alibaba Group will acquire a controlling stake in Southeast Asia’s leading e-commerce platform Lazada, following a total investment of approximately $1 billion. In a media release, Alibaba said the transaction consists of an investment of approximately $500 million in newly issued equity capital of Lazada, as well as the acquisition of new shares from certain shareholders.
Inquirer Net — Globe Business, the enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, has led the digital transformation of the country’s top enterprises in 2015 following the strong performance of its enterprise data and broadband segments. Full-year enterprise revenues in 2015 have grown by 12% versus previous year, while EBITDA increased by 15.7%, primarily driven by the growth in data business at 18%.
Business World — “If we include the Davao construction, that adds up to the investments. The $80 million pertains only to the SEA-US system per se,” Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto said in a mobile phone reply yesterday, but declined to disclose figures. The SEA-US submarine cable system will link Davao; Manado in Indonesia; Piti in Guam; Honolulu; and Los Angeles.
Martech Advisor — ePLDT, a subsidiary of Philippine Long Distance Telecom Company (PLDT), which provides digital solutions to leading telecom companies in Philippines, has achieved the status of Standard Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network (AWS/APN). Being a Standard Consulting Partner of AWS, ePLDT allows firms to design, develop, manage, and migrate their applications and workloads on AWS.
Enterprise Innovation — Real-time data can now help better manage traffic flows in the Philippines. The World Bank and Southeast Asian ride-hailing platform Grab launched on Tuesday a traffic management solution that would give traffic management agencies and city planners access to data that would aid in addressing not just traffic congestion but road safety challenges as well.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ first microsatellite, Diwata-1, was launched into space on March 23 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Camp Canaveral, Florida. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo said that Diwata-1’s launch into space would enable the government to generate real-time data that will help the country improve its disaster-response mechanisms.
Gov Insider — How can CIOs in the Philippines Government ensure that their agencies are safe from cyber attack? This key question will be answered at an upcoming Microsoft Summit held on 6 – 8 April in Bohol. Keshav Dhakad of the Digital Crimes Unit Division in Microsoft Asia will provide an insight into:
Tech in Asia — Manila-based U-Hop has closed seed investments worth a total of US$7.4 million, which it will use to roll out in major cities across Asia. The company has received US$2 million from a Philippine corporation with diversified interests, U-Hop’s founder Marvin Dela Cruz tells Tech in Asia.
Enterprise Innovation — Mobile money interoperability in the Philippines took a step forward with the successful integration of the digital payments mobile app of Paymaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), with Globe Telecom’s mobile money service GCash. It is seen to boost the local digital commerce ecosystem.
Business Mirror — CLOUD services and data-center provider IP Converge Data Services Inc. (IPC) has struck a partnership deal with global Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider CloudSigma, allowing the companies to jointly offer scalable and secure cloud resources in the Philippines. This marks CloudSigma’s first foray into the Asian market.
Enterprise Innovation — Philippine firms are the most aware in Southeast Asia about security on the Internet of Things and its impact on their businesses, according to a survey by Intel Security. The survey was conducted in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, and showcases widespread analysis from key players in IT organizations, from CEOs to developers to system administrators. There was a total of 1,953 respondents.
Tech in Asia — Indonesian virtual assistant service YesBoss announced today that it has acquired HeyKuya, a Philippines-based startup, for an undisclosed amount. With this move, YesBoss has started regional expansion. HeyKuya is also a virtual personal assistant. Started in October last year, out of the Philippine company builder Machine Ventures. it’s run by a team of ten.
ZDNet — Telstra has cited the lack of an acceptable “risk-reward balance” as the reason for abandoning negotiations with Filipino giant San Miguel Corporation over a $1 billion equity investment in a wireless joint venture in the Philippines.
SBS — Telstra has abandoned talks with food and beer giant San Miguel about setting up a third mobile operator in the Philippines, but vows to continue its pursuit of growth opportunities in Asia. Australia’s biggest phone and internet provider, which announced the talks in August, was looking to invest up to $US1 billion ($A1.33 billion) in the proposed wireless joint venture in the Philippines, which has one of the lowest mobile network speeds in the world.
Interaksyon — An aggressive and up-and-coming storage firm based in Silicon Valley has revealed that it will inaugurate on April 15 its Philippine subsidiary – its second office in Asia Pacific after Singapore. Top regional executives from NimbleStorage, which is headquartered in San Jose, California, said in a press briefing on Tuesday, March 1, that the company has been processing its business registration documents in the last three months and is now actively looking for a workplace.
Enterprise Innovation — Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City is moving to the cloud. It recently acquired licenses for Microsoft Office 365, which combines the Microsoft Office desktop suite that their hospital executives, doctors, nurses, and employees have long been used to with cloud-based versions of the latest collaboration and communication tools.
Marketing Interactive — Twitter launched #TwitterCityPH in the Philippines, the first in Asia Pacific, at the Mind Museum in Taguig, Metro Manila. It is an experiential space showcasing Twitter as the live connection to culture and how Filipinos’ passions have been discovered, shared, and enjoyed more with tweets. Twitter is bullish on the Philippines, one of its fastest growing markets in 2015.
Telecom Asia — Philippine operators PLDT and Globe are making another attempt to convince the government to reallocate a portion of the 700-MHz band to them, instead of leaving the entire band under the control of San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The operators have filed a request with the Philippine Competition Commission to probe SMC’s control over the band, arguing that it is anti-competitive, the Standard reported.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippine government has announced a partnership with Innove Commununications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom to develop a Budget and Treasury Management System (BTMS) that will make the annual budgeting process more transparent. The project involves the implementation and operation of a fiscal management solution which will be used by the Department of Budget and Management, as well as the Bureau of Treasury and Commission on Audit.
Deal Street Asia — Entry from Philippines, fintech startup PawnHero, has bagged the gold prize at the Hack Osaka International Pitch Contest 2016 conducted by the Osaka Innovation Hub on Wednesday, beating nine other teams from Europe and Asia. It was a back-to-back top grand prize win for the Philippines, which also claimed the top slot in February 2015. Last year, startup mClinica, now an established mobile platform and online pharmacy network, bagged the award.
Enterprise Innovation — The Philippines’ Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places introduced last year will be expanded to cover more areas in the country, especially in underserved areas. DOST-ICTO Executive Director Louis Casambre said the budget allocation for connectivity will be increased by around 50 percent.