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Asia Tech Review: March 20 2017

Welcome back! A little later than usual this week but, to be honest, there's not a tonne to report on
March 20 · Issue #35 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back!
A little later than usual this week but, to be honest, there’s not a tonne to report on. Last week was a fairly quiet week for Asia tech despite much else happening in the region: India celebrated Holi while in China the focus is still on the annual ‘two sessions’ event.
Top highlights for tech, though, since that’s why you’re here:
🔧 Apple is opening two more R&D centers in China
📱 Vodafone India will become India’s top carrier via acquisition
💰 South Korea games firm files for a $2.4B IPO
Since a lot of readers appreciated last week’s newsletter recommendation, I’m spotlighting SupChina and its newsletter as must read for a rounded review of all things China.
See you next week,

Apple is opening two more research centers in China
China reportedly pushing for real-name regulation on bitcoin
Alibaba invests in WayRay, a maker of augmented-reality dashboards for smart cars
Euronet outbids Ant Financial for MoneyGram
Vodafone confirms acquisition of smaller rival Idea Cellular
Grab is opening engineering offices in India and Vietnam
Stayzilla founders are in deep trouble and it's time we stand up for them
Husband-wife ShopClues founders in public spat
South Korea
Games firm Netmarble to raise $2.4B in IPO
Southeast Asia
Indonesia clamps down on ride-sharing services with new regulations
Tech In Asia is raising $6M to double down on its recruitment business
Burda brings its global investment fund to Southeast Asia
World Bank’s IFC investment firm invests $2M in SeedPlus
Singapore’s Homage, a service for in-home care for the elderly, raises $1.2M
Interesting Reads
The founder of Oppo and Vivo, the Chinese phone brands that are growing like crazy worldwide, actually owns a lot of Apple stock link
Profile of Pear Video, Chinese news site that claims 600M daily video views link
Ant Financial is making big moves in Indonesia [The Information 🔒] link
Not Asia but interesting… A profile of the founder of Techmeme, the link aggregator that is one of the web’s most influential tech sites link
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