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Asia Tech Review: December 11 2017

Welcome back, Tencent's international investment spree continues with a deal with Spotify, Didi looks
December 11 · Issue #54 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
Tencent’s international investment spree continues with a deal with Spotify, Didi looks like it is targeting Mexico for its expansion outside of China and Go-Jek is making plans to both go public and go regional in the coming years.
Plenty more news beyond those highlights, including a longer reads section that includes a number of China concern stories and an explosive narrative on how the Duterte government weaponized Facebook to rise to power in the Philippines.
See you again next week, or perhaps sooner if you’re in the Telegram group: 

Didi is reportedly planning to enter Mexico in first international expansion
Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes
China’s phone market is now dominated by five companies, none of which is Samsung
China’s JD partners with accelerator program Plug and Play to reach US startups
COMB+ announces a $77M fund to help AI startups enter China
Tencent is opening an AI lab in the US
Google launches a slew of new services to reach users in India
Alibaba to invest $300M in BigBasket
India tech startups ask for government help as global firms threaten
Facebook co-founder’s B Capital leads $10M investment in payment startup Mswipe
Nintendo brings HD Wii games to Nvidia Shield TV in China
Southeast Asia
Go-Jek makes regional expansion and IPO plans
Uber teams up with Singapore's top taxi firm
Health2Sync raises $6M to expand its diabetes tracking and management service
Interesting Reads
You’ve probably read about how Facebook has been misused in the US, Myanmar and other places – but this explanation of how the Philippines government uses it is explosive link
Inside China’s recent World Internet Conference link
Tech execs in China remain concerned by vague and wide-ranging cybersecurity law introduce this summer link
Chinese censors are spying on WeChat groups link
Profile of Korean hotel booking platform Yanolja, which is transforming the reputation of motels and valued at over $500M link
Baidu CEO Robin Li explains his big bet on AI link
How China’s clampdown on importing waste is impacting the world link
Amazon has become as important for new/small US businesses as Alibaba is for those in China link
Outside of Asia but relevant… broadband is still too expensive in Africa link
See you next week!
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