Asia Tech Review: July 24 2017

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Welcome back,It's been a busy month or so with our TechCrunch China event in Shenzhen and then Rise i
 
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Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
It’s been a busy month or so with our TechCrunch China event in Shenzhen and then Rise in Hong Kong this month, so this newsletter hasn’t gone out as much as usual.
But that means there’s plenty to catch up on, including:
🚖 Grab just raised the largest funding round in Southeast Asia
🤖 China continues to push hard on AI 
📱 Reliance Jio is offering free phones in India
See you next week!
Jon

China
Apple appoints its first head of China
China lays out AI development plans
QingCloud raises $160M ahead of future IPO
SoftBank in talks to invest in robotics company Makeblock
China’s sharing economy now covers 600 million people
Naked Hub emerges as WeWork’s main competitor in Asia
India
Reliance Jio to offer free smartphones
Airbnb and Uber are among those looking to use India's national ID database, which has serious concerns
LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India
India’s Rentomojo raises $10M from Bain Capital and Lending Club founder
Southeast Asia
Grab raises $2B from Didi and SoftBank at $6B valuation
CompareAsiaGroup scores $50M from investors including IFC, Alibaba and Goldman Sachs
Telegram agrees to delete terrorist content in Indonesia following partial block
Vietnamese blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison
Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia’s fast-growing smartphone market
Interesting Reads
My TechCrunch Asia colleague Catherine Shu bravely reveals she was sexually harassed by a 500 Startups employee link
China is fast becoming mission impossible for Western tech companies link
China is developing AI to look into people’s future and stop criminals before they act link
Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem link
American tech firms are so afraid to offend Indians that they are censoring their services link
China’s high-tech war on Tibet link
Hong Kong is showing promise as a destination for tech IPOs link
I hopped on TechNode’s podcast to discuss Chinese tech influences in Southeast Asia and more link
Photos of Chinese bitcoin mines link
Fascinating urban redevelopment in Seoul link
ICMYI, China banned Winnie The Pooh link
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