Asia Tech Review: January 10 2017

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Welcome back,The first full working week of 2017 is here, and already lots of big news is rolling in
 
January 10 · Issue #27 · View online
Asia Tech Review

Welcome back,
The first full working week of 2017 is here, and already lots of big news is rolling in from the various tech scenes from Asia. From China alone, the week so lots of notable updates, including: 
📲 WeChat launches its apps-but-dont-call-them-apps platform
🇧🇷 Didi invests in Latin America
🚲 Tencent invests in bike sharing
Cheers
Jon

China
WeChat gets 'mini apps' to become a true platform
Didi leads $100M investment in Brazil-based 99
Baidu working with state-owned auto-maker BAIC on self-driving cars
Apple removes New York Times apps in China
Mobike raises $215M led by Tencent
HMD’s first Nokia smartphone is heading to China
Alibaba sues alleged counterfeit seller in China for first time
China’s Uber for trucks Huochebang lands $1B valuation
China's social credit system will be tested in Hong Kong
Twitter’s controversial head of China is the latest exec to leave the company
India
Google makes push to bring business online
Amazon introduces individual sellers
Flipkart salaries: Documents reveal high pay of employees at bleeding Indian startup
Flipkart gets another CEO
Paytm gets license for digital bank
Japan
Apple and others join SoftBank’s Vision Fund
Korea
Samsung profit estimate surges despite Note 7 battery fiasco
Samsung is launching a $150M fund to invest in emerging tech startups
Snapchat clone Snow claims 40-50M MAUs
Netflix commissions first Korea series
Southeast Asia
Carousell eats up another struggling startup
Tencent launches venture to find new music, video and writing talent in Southeast Asia
Terrorism organizations using bitcoin and online payments to fund activities in INdonesia
Interesting Reads
Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence link
Xiaomi is in a rut – don’t expect to hear any new sales figures link
A human rights activist, a secret prison and a tale from Xi Jinping’s new China link
Beijing pollution hits 15-year record link
How the constant threat of war shaped Israel’s tech industry link
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