National Taiwan University develops smart agriculture

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Taiwan University (NTU) has joined hands with the drone industry to establish the Apex Agri-Intelligence Lab on Monday (Aug. 19). NTU's College of Bio-Reso...

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, promp...

Taiwan’s top digital content trade show concludes in Taipei

Digital Taipei wrapped up July 14 at Taipei Expo Park, with around 200 buyers from 20 countries and territories including Germany, India, Japan, the Philippines and the U.S. attending Taiwan’s t...

Passport-free travel launches at Canada airport

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The World Economic Forum (WEF), in cooperation with the Canadian and Dutch governments, launched a pilot project on June 26 that allows travelers to fly internationally wi...

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners. Just hours after the social media giant ...

Business Highlights

___ Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook has unveiled an ambitious plan to create a new digital currency for globa...

MoneyGram's shares more than double on deal with Ripple

NEW YORK (AP) — MoneyGram's shares more than doubled Tuesday after the money transfer company announced a partnership with the cryptocurrency company Ripple. The companies said late ...

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ...

AP Explains: Behind Libra, Facebook's new digital currency

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is unveiling a digital currency called Libra as the company seeks to make its ads more valuable by enabling smoother transactions and payments online, particularly among those...

Mt. Gox head Karpeles plans new Japan bitcoin tech business

TOKYO (AP) — Mark Karpeles, arrested in Japan after his bitcoin exchange collapsed from massive hacking, has started a business around the same computer technology that led to his legal troubles. ...

Mt. Gox head Karpeles plans new Japan bitcoin tech business

TOKYO (AP) — Mark Karpeles, arrested in Japan after his bitcoin exchange collapsed from massive hacking, is starting a new business around the same computer technology that led to his legal troubles. ...

Taiwan welcomes parliamentarians from France and UK

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A French parliamentarian delegation and Lord Bethell, a member of the U.K. House of Lords, arrived in Taiwan to promote bilateral economic relationship, said the Ministry ...

Nonprofits turn to cryptocurrency to help needy Venezuelans

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Andreina Cordero started the year skipping meals so her three kids could eat. Her husband, a construction worker, was out of a job. And the family's savings had been dev...

Bangladesh emerging as a new IT hub in South Asia

IT companies in Bangladesh started exporting software around two decades ago, joining the business process outsourcing (BPO) bandwagon in the 1990s. Since then, many of them have diversified into expo...

TokenBacon revolutionizes Taiwan’s art market

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan tech startup TokenBacon has developed the world's first-ever cross-blockchain cloud platform, allowing users to quickly build their own blockchain service. In doi...