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Asia Tech Review: January 28 2019

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Welcome back for another weekly review of what happened across Asia's tech world. Top highlights from
 
January 28 · Issue #101 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back for another weekly review of what happened across Asia’s tech world.
Top highlights from last week included China’s (seemingly accidental) blockage of Bing, the announcement of Sequoia’s first seed-stage accelerator program, mobile market data from 2018 (India is growing, Apple is down in China) and a first close for Go-Jek’s ambitious $2 billion funding round.
Look out for a great story on the popularity of YouTube in the longer reads section, among others, too.
Enjoy, and see you next week!
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China
China blocked Bing but it appears to have been a glitch
Apple reported shipped 2.5M fewer iPhones in China in 2018 than in 201
China finally grants a game license to Tencent
Mobike will rename to Meituan Bike as its parent takes the wheel
Xiaomi’s teased an impressive folding phone demo
Vodafone halts Huawei purchases amid security concerns
ByteDance looks beyond entertainment with a move into education
India
India's smartphone market reportedly grew by 10% in 2018 despite global slowdown
Sequoia goes after early-stage with an accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia
SoftBank reportedly commits $40M to babycare firm FirstCry
Groww, an investment app for millennials, raises $6.2M
Xiaomi launches e-commerce platform to order products from China
Japan
Digital Garage teams up with Blockstream to develop blockchain financial services in Japan
The government plans to hack into citizens' IoT devices
Korea
Southeast Asia
Dyson moved its head office to Singapore
Go-Jek makes first close of $2 billion round at $9.5 billion valuation
Warung Pintar raises $27.5M to digitize Indonesia’s street vendors
Credit Culture raises $29.5M for its upcoming digital loan business
Interesting Reads
In India, YouTube is the new Google search link
Tech VCs predict 2019 in Southeast Asia link
Southeast Asia funding report for 2018, generally promising link
But venture capital deals in China were down 25% in Q4 2018 link
WhatsApp is a hotbed for fake news ahead of India’s upcoming election link
How India has become critical in shaping Uber’s global vision link
A useful list of conferences happening across Asia this year
Not Asia but >> It looks like Facebook plans to merge Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp messaging services link
And finally >> A US sportswear brand was caught using a factory staffed by Muslims detained by the government in China’s Xinjiang province – beyond detaining as many as one million Uyghurs people, Beijing appears to be putting many of them to work link
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