Asia Tech Review: March 14 2015

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Asia Tech Review
Welcome back!
This is the second issue powered by Revue, in case you missed the previous email. Plenty to talk about from last week – your 3-line TL;DR: 
💵 Alibaba has $3B more for acquisitions and investments
💻 Historic moment for artificial intelligence in Korea
🇻🇳 500 Startups announces $10M fund for Vietnam
Also, I appeared on the Analyse Asia podcast – topics included why now is a great time to be an early-stage startup in Southeast Asia, Uber vs Asian rivals, e-commerce, and more.

China
Alibaba secures $3B loan for spending spree
Alibaba's Ant Financial valued at more than $50B
SCMP's blocked on China's top social networks
WeWork reportedly raises from Chinese investors ahead of Asia expansion
Tencent plans Slack competitor
India
India’s Ola shutters its on-demand food and grocery ordering services
Flipkart reportedly raising down round of up to $1B
Google in talks with operators to bring Project Loon to India
Gates Foundation donates $4M to turn libraries into information center
Japan
Line adds group voice calling
Korea
Drone company DJI opens store in Seoul
Google's DeepMind defeats Go world champion
Southeast Asia
500 Statups announces $10M fund for Vietnam
Sky makes $45M investment in iFlix
Paktor raises from Indonesian media conglomerate MNC
Interesting Reads
A hacker’s typo helped stop a billion dollar bank heist [link]
How Indonesia’s richest families run the e-commerce industry [link]
The background behind Sony’s virtual reality push [link]
From fleeing Vietnam in a refugee boat to becoming Uber’s CTO [link]
Tokyo Thrift: that time Apple’s Marc Newson designed a phone [link]
And Finally...
Product Hunt wasn’t an overnight success – lots of interesting lessons [link]
How China’s ‘red princess’ became an investigative journalist [link]
Bangkok is turning telephone booths into solar-powered bike repair stations [link]
An amazing guide to Thailand’s (amazing) soups [link]
That's All For Now, See You Next Week!
Say hi: jmarussell@gmail.com | @jonrussell | asiatechreview.comarchive
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