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Asia Tech Review: March 21 2016

Welcome back, Not a crazy week just gone, but some interesting happenings nonetheless. Here's your qu
March 21 · Issue #3 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
Not a crazy week just gone, but some interesting happenings nonetheless. Here’s your quick takeaway if the newsletter is TL;DR:
😷 Zuck went running sans-mask in heavily polluted Beijing
💵 WeChat is now a serious payment giant in China
🎵 Spotify is headed to Indonesia
Last week’s email was embarrassingly dated 2015 – well done to those who noticed and told me so!

Messaging app WeChat is becoming a mobile payment giant in China
With ‘Smog Jog’ Through Beijing, Zuckerberg Stirs Debate on Air Pollution
Alibaba is getting into VR
Alibaba's Cainiao logistics arm lands funding at reported $7.7B valuation
Motorola chief Rick Osterloh leaves Lenovo amid recog
Plastic surgery app raises $50M
The Verge reviews the "alarmingly impressive" Xiaomi Mi 5
Hong Kong
Prenetics raises $10M to popularize patient DNA testing in Asia
Foodpanda buys's Hong Kong business
Medical tech company Practo launches in Brazil
Uber India discussing partnership with Snapdeal
Southeast Asia
Standard Chartered and Goldman Sachs invest in Vietnam mobile payments and banking startup
InstaRem raises $5M to make overseas money transfers cheaper and faster in Asia
Spotify is launching in Indonesia
Japanese news app Gunosy invests in Indonesian news app Kurio
KFit ends unlimited gym access
Interesting Reads
Large parts of the internet have suddenly vanished for millions of users [Link]
Thoughtful piece from US VC on how tech can enable the have-nots in emerging markets (note: this stuff is already happening and being funded from inside Asia) [Link]
M-Pesa shows why mobile money is yet to realize its true potential in Africa [Link]
Media are waging increasing dissent against the government in China [Link]
Data: Thailand’s telecom and internet market [Link]
How India’s Micromax has come under pressure from Chinese competitors and internal mismanagement [Link]
App Annie is betting on Southeast Asia and India [Link]
India puts the focus on India in face of slowing Chinese market [Link]
And Finally...
The inside story on dog thief killings in Vietnam [Link]
Chat bots are the impending future – now TechCrunch has one [Link]
The VR revolution is about to start [Link]
That's All For Now, See You Next Week!
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