Asia Tech Review: January 3 2017

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Welcome to 2017,As you'd except there wasn't much news between Xmas and New Year -- I took a vacation
 
January 3 · Issue #26 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome to 2017,
As you’d except there wasn’t much news between Xmas and New Year – I took a vacation too – so this is your festive period catch-up.
Small but perhaps obvious reminder for PR and comms people who made be reading, releasing your client’s news between Christmas and New Year is not a great idea since most people are busy taking a break. That might seem clear to most, but still my inbox was full of pitches for news that didn’t stand much of a chance of being reported.
And, finally, my apologies for the inconsistent layout of the previous issue. That was down to a problem related to Revue, the usually excellent service I use to send this newsletter out, and it shouldn’t happen again.
Onwards – Happy New Year!
Jon

China
Snapchat is hiring for hardware developers in China
Foxconn is aiming to create fully robotic factories
Twitter's China head leaves the company
Alibaba's on-demand services business Koubei close to raising $1.2B
WeChat has 768M daily users
Meizu and Qualcomm agree patent licensing settlement
India
Apple said to seek lower taxes to start manufacturing in India
Amazon India losses double, but so do revenues
Google's high-speed Wi-Fi program launches in 100th railway station in India
Japan
The best buzzwords from Japan in 2016 include a term for when you sign off to take a bath
Korea
Samsung chief warns of slowing growth in key markets
Yello O2O raises $21m from Q Capital Partners
Southeast Asia
The best buzzwords from Japan in 2016 include a term for when you sign off to take a bath — Quartz
iPrice raises $4M for its e-commerce aggregator service in Southeast Asia
The best buzzwords from Japan in 2016 include a term for when you sign off to take a bath — Quartz
Interesting Reads
The NYT unravels Apple’s complicated relationship with Foxconn, and focuses on its manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, once a rural dustbowl but now the largest producer of iPhones worldwide (producing 50% of all devices) link
A look at why US companies are failing to find success in China link
Inside sources say Faraday Future is a bigger catastrophe than you can possibly imagine link
Google is using AI to bring the world’s rarest languages online link
Kik’s CEO argues that chat apps are the new web browser link
11 trends that will shape Southeast Asian eCommerce in 2017 link
Don’t agree with all the takeaways, but an interesting read: ’I launched 5 startups in 2016. Here’s why, how, and what I learned.’ link
And just for fun: this is where the highest-paid expats live link
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