Asia Tech Review: January 23 2017

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Welcome back!Well, what a week that was for one *particular* reason. A changing of the US Presidentia
 
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Asia Tech Review
Welcome back!
Well, what a week that was for one *particular* reason. A changing of the US Presidential guard aside, there’s been a lot going on – including:
🇺🇸 iPhone manufacturer Foxconn might open a plant in the US
🤐 Xiaomi is no longer telling us how many phones it sells per year
🔋 Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by irregular sized batteries
🚽 Japan is finally helping us understand its wonderfully weird toilets
Thanks and see you next week,
Jon

China
Xiaomi is no longer disclosing annual sales figures
Foxconn might build a manufacturing plant in the US
Ex-Microsoft exec Qi Lu becomes Baidu COO
Kids app maker sold for $1 billion
‘Uber for logistics’ startup Lalamove raises $30M to expand beyond 100 cities in Asia
LeEco sells off stakes in video and movie businesses
IDG sold to Chinese consortium
Tencent apologizes for sexually graphic game at annual party
Jack Ma's US jobs pledge is more PR than promise
India
Apple is keen to build iPhones in India for the first time
India’s Practo raises $55M to expand its healthcare platform to more emerging markets
PropTiger acquires rival Housing in all-stock deal
Microsoft expands its experimental projects program The Garage to Cambridge, India & China
Flipkart backs parenting network TinyStep with $2 million investment
Japan
Japan is standardizing its weird and wonderful toilet controls
Korea
Samsung investigation to blame irregular battery size for Galaxy Note 7 fires
Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong dodges arrest on charges of bribery
Southeast Asia
Paktor buys has-been dating app Down
East Ventures raises $27.5M seed fund, its fifth to date
HOOQ raises $25M more from parent companies Singtel, Sony Picures and Warner Brothers
SPH kills off its accelerator program
Interesting Reads
The trouble of WhatsApp spam in India, the messaging app’s biggest market link
Selfie app Meitu has gotten popular in the US, but it turns out it gobbles up a worrying amount lot of personal data link
WeChat’s app revolution puts pressure on Apple in China link
App Stores are becoming an important area for digital censorship link
Rocket Internet’s newest fund is $1 billion – and not just limited to its own companies link
WeChat is China’s most dominant app by some mile link
Flipkart is still beating Amazon in India – just about link
Netflix is growing better than expected outside of the US for the first time link
China’s fintech industry shows where the rest of the world is heading link
Lenovo admits it massively underestimated the challenge of turning Motorola around link
AppsFlyer, an Israeli mobile app firm, landed $56M to grow in Asia link
And finally.. Something odd over with our friends at Tech In Asia, who published a scoop (here) before strangely backtracking hours later to say they could have done better (???) and adding (again in another post) that they are “very sorry” for making “poor commentaries” about the state of a company that Tokopedia had apparently considered acquiring.
The truth is that most reporters hear tidbits of information or unverified nuggets of intel that could make for a great scoop. The real responsibility and challenge is in gathering enough information that is reliable and trustworthy in order to build a story. If you’re not sure about you have, don’t publish the story, but if you are sure then go for it.
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