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Asia Tech Review: February 26 2018

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Welcome back,This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona so lots of hardware-focused news, alread
 
February 26 · Issue #63 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona so lots of hardware-focused news, already we have Samsung’s new flagship, a high-end laptop from Huawei, and lots of other mobile gadgety goodness.
Last week’s notable news included Apple’s imminent move to store iCloud data in China, a $600M consolidation between two dating apps in China, and a commitment to Southeast Asia (and India) from Uber’s CEO in light of reports that it might exit.
See you again here next week, or in the Telegram chat before then: https://t.me/asiatechreview
Jon

China
Apple begins storing iCloud data in China
Microsoft and Xiaomi announce new tie-up
Huawei launches new MateBook X Pro laptop
Google adopts a new approach to bring its AR service to China
China's Momo buys Tinder-like rival TanTan
Taiwan
KKday raises $10.5M led by Japanese travel firm H.I.S
India
Capillary Technologies raises $20M from Warburg Pincus and Sequoia
Google’s Tez payments app now lets users handle their utility bills and more
FourKites raises $35M from August Capital and others
Japan
Bahrain's sovereign fund in talks to invest in SoftBank's Vision Fund
Korea
Samsung news Galaxy S9 launched
Skelter Labs raises $9M to help put Korea on the global AI map
Southeast Asia
CEO says Uber will "aggressively" invest in Southeast Asia
Interesting Reads
China’s Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants link
Profile of Didi, how it beat Uber China and its global plans link
Is SoftBank behind those Grab-Uber deal leaks? link
From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower link
Why Android devices are beating Apple in many parts of Asia link
Podcast with Singapore-based SeedPlus VC Michael Smith link
Podcast on China tech trends with Edit Yeung from 500 Startups link
Full report on e-commerce in India from Google and BCG link
Chinese AI startups raised more than those from the US for the first time in 2017 link
One crypto post >> ICOs aren’t as successful as you might have thought link
And finally >> Big news in China where the two-term limit for the presidency is being scrapped link
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