Asia Tech Review

By Jon Russell

Keep up with the latest tech news from across Asia

Keep up with the latest tech news from across Asia

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Asia Tech Review: 9 June 2020

TikTok was the world's most downloaded app during May 2020 with nearly 112 million new installs, according to Sensor Tower (Zoom was second and India's health app is a notable mention in 8th) link But ByteDance doesn't always knock it out of the park. Its Top…


Asia Tech Review: 1 June 2020

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou could soon face extradition after a court ruled that fraud charges against her in the US would constitute a crime in Canada linkUnlike Huawei, AI giant Sense Time is weathering the backlash against surveillance in China thanks to US co…


Asia Tech Review: 25 May 2020

The Senate passed a bill that may delist Chinese companies from US stock exchanges linkBaidu is, for one, said to be considering delisting from the Nasdaq itself linkLuckin Coffee, meanwhile, is being forced to delist its US shares following a sales fraud sca…


Asia Tech Review: 4 May 2020

Huawei's HiSilicon has overtaken Qualcomm to become China's top smartphone processor supplier linkChinese regulators ordered ByteDance to suspend downloads of its Feishu office app for a month after finding content from Facebook and Twitter linkAlibaba said i…


Asia Tech Review: 20 April 2020

The UN backed down on using Tencent's video service for its upcoming 75 anniversary event linkBut Chinese companies are still aggressively pushing productivity and remote working services linkThe Tech Buzz China podcast on the Luckin Coffee saga linkIt's open…


Asia Tech Review: 13 April 2020

China topped US on international patents for the first time last year linkVenture capital in China is showing green shoots of recovering, as investors hint for deals link (that could include buying Car Inc link)SCMP's Abacus reports that live streami…


Asia Tech Review: 6 April 2020

It turns out Luckin Coffee faked its sales numbers, a major share price drop ensued linkAn interview with Huawei's CEO on the impact of Covid-19, Huawei apps and more link (Related: Huawei is getting deeper into autonomous vehicles)How China built a Twitter p…


Asia Tech Review: 9 March 2020

The Chinese government is trying to use software and surveillance to figure out citizens who require quarantining as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak linkIn a bid to restrict comments about the outbreak, the government is also tightening regulations that …


Asia Tech Review: 24 February 2020

China expelled three WSJ journalists over a story headline -- the New York Times gets inside the incident, including internal pressure to change the headline and issue an apology linkChina's small businesses are suffering badly from the Coronavirus outbreak l…


Asia Tech Review: 17 February 2020

Four members of China’s military were indicted by the US government on charges of hacking into Equifax linkA profile of Epoch Times, a news organization set up by practitioners of Falun Gong that has been on an advertising blitz and has a large pro-Trump pres…


Asia Tech Review: 10 February 2020

US AG Barr said the US and allies should consider taking a “controlling stake” in Nokia and Ericsson to counter Huawei's 5G business -- gotta love the Trump administration 🙃 linkThe UK enraged the US but granting Huawei partial involvement in its 5G rollout, …


Asia Tech Review: 3 February 2020

The president of the Internet Association is leaving to head policy at TikTok USA linkApple removed 805 apps from the Chinese version of the App Store between 2018-2019 linkThe UK will allow Huawei to play a "limited" role in its planned 5G rollout despite US…


Asia Tech Review: 28 January 2020

The extradition process for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has now begun linkAnt Financial could hit a $200B valuation in new funding deal linkChina jailed a Chinese student from the University of Minnesota over tweets that insulted President Xi Jinping linkChina is…


Asia Tech Review: 13 January 2020

This has rightly gotten a lot of attention. I'm uneasy when private companies work with governments on national projects -- this is common in Southeast Asia -- but that's amplified when it is a VC pledging to assist, they aren't exactly known for doing what's…


Asia Tech Review: 17 December 2019

Researchers used 3D masks to trick facial recognition payment systems for AliPay and WeChat linkThe future of Foxconn's Wisconsin project -- which stands to receive $4.5 billion in taxpayer subsidies -- remains unclear linkUcommune, a Chinese WeWork rival, ha…


Asia Tech Review: 9 December 2019

Meituan's turnaround to profitable business is a lesson for Uber and other on-demand businesses link 🔒Huawei’s Mate 30 contains no American parts in response to tensions with the US linkHuawei's reputation in China took a hit following a saga that saw a forme…


Asia Tech Review: 25 November 2019

Carousell, an app for selling second-hand goods, is Singapore's startup darling. Its founding story is one the government would love to see repeated at scale: it was create in 2012 by three graduates of the National University of Singapore (NUS) who spent a y…


Asia Tech Review: 18 November 2019

Alibaba reached $38B GMV on Singles' Day, which is also known as 11.11 because it falls on November 11. That's once again a new record BUT it's important to remember a few things.Alibaba doesn't actually make money from transactions, its revenue is based on a…


Asia Tech Review: 11 November 2019

How an initiative is using AI to prevent suicides in China linkByteDance's Topbuzz news app (which the company is reportedly trying to sell) is losing out in the US to Chinese rival News Break linkAlibaba invested $3.3B more in Cainiao, it now owns 63% of the…


Asia Tech Review: 4 November 2019

A big quarter for Alibaba as it reported a 40% revenue increase ahead of Singles' Day on Nov 11 linkAlibaba is said to be planning to resume its HK IPO listing plan before the end of the year linkThe FCC says it will ban telcos from using Huawei and ZTE netwo…