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Asia Tech Review: January 2 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back to ATR!News trickled through slowly during the holiday period so cons
January 2 · Issue #56 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Happy New Year and welcome back to ATR!
News trickled through slowly during the holiday period so consider this your catch-up on all that happened of note during the festive time. 
I hope 2018 is treating you well so far – all 1-2 days of it depending on where you’re based. As for me, I’m back to work after a relaxing week off and looking forward to another year of watching tech across Asia. There’s no 2017 roundups from me – should there be?! – but I have a couple of interesting stories coming up that I’ve spent significant time working on.
See you in the newsletter next week – or perhaps sooner if you join the Telegram group, which is now at over 130 members with good banter and sharing of stories:

China’s Didi Chuxing raises $4B more for AI, international expansion and electric vehicles
China limits QR code purchases
China government pilots WeChat ID system
Hello Bike raises $500M to challenge Ofo and Mobike
Man jailed for 5.5 years for selling VPN
Alibaba in talks to invest up to $100M in logistics firm XpressBees
India is trying to tax bitcoin investors
Reliance Jio buys wireless assets
GMO begins bitcoin mining in Europe
Mobike lands investment from Line to grow its bike-sharing service in Japan
South Korea to require real names for bitcoin trading
Korea busts bitcoin mining scam
Southeast Asia
oBike plans its own crypto token
Vietnam unveils 10,000-strong cyber unit to combat 'wrong views'=
An exit for Mumbrella
Interesting Reads
2017 was the worst year ever for internet freedom in India link
Alibaba’s UC Browser is beating Google Chrome in Asia link
China’s efforts to contain bitcoin haven’t dampened enthusiasm in the country’s tech community link
WhatsApp is changing news reporting in small-town India link
How India’s older generation uses WhatsApp link
In 2017, Silicon Valley got cozier with China – in 2018, Washington will get frostier link
Xiaomi’s comeback link
Podcast with former head of mobile at Mobike link
In case you’re planning a visit… The best no-name food stalls in Bangkok—and exactly how to find them link
See you next week!
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