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Asia Tech Review: March 7 2016

Hello and welcome back! It's been more than two years since I started this newsletter, and today it i
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Asia Tech Review
Hello and welcome back!
It’s been more than two years since I started this newsletter, and today it is getting its first major revamp. Regular readers will have noticed that I haven’t been publishing every week – it’s certainly something I’m conscious of. That’s one of the reasons that I’ve switched to Revue, a new service for email newsletters that is powering this new (hopefully more vibrant) design.
Beyond making the newsletter prettier, Revue massively simplifies and shortens the process of compiling it which, I hope, will mean I can get back to emailing you all every week.
That’s a longer introduction than normal, but I want to explain the recent blip in mailings. Also, most importantly, I’d love to hear what you think about the change so do let me know. (It’s still a work in progress with many things to improve.)
Finally, at long last, I have a proper sign-up page – – that you can direct friends, colleagues or others who you think might like this newsletter to. (Thanks Ian Borders for creating that.)
I hope you enjoy this issue and the new design!
(I wrote about this on Medium if you want *even* more…)

Delivery Hero quits China
Mobvista buys US ad tech startup for $24.5M
Xiaomi may consider IPO
Qualcomm pays $7.5M to settle claim it bribed Chinese officials
Uber and Ola launch motorbike taxi services
Apple is selling more phones in India’s biggest cities than you might think
Facebook co-founder leads $13M round in e-commerce site for mums
Times Internet buys US-based Willow TV
Uber launches in Pakistan
Marketplace Mercari raises $75M and becomes Japan’s first unicorn
Mobile publisher Wrap Media raises $4M
Line plans $3B IPO in New York and Tokyo (again)
Line closes its Line Mall marketplace in Japan
South Korea
Last-minute hotel app DailyHotel launches in 10 new countries
Southeast Asia
Malaysia's Carsome nabs $2M to expand in Southeast Asia
Singapore's UOB bank to invest $10M in crowdfunding site
New budget hotel network Tinggal lands $1M for Indonesia
Interesting Reads
Big Wired puff piece on Xiaomi, which says nothing of the company’s major challenges right now (link)
China is using technology to predict crime before it happens, Minority Report style (link)
Report on startup exits/IPOs in Southeast Asia from Golden Gate Ventures (link)
Cambodia’s Prime Minister is using Facebook to help solve his people’s problems (link)
BBM is winning the messaging race in Indonesia, but for how much longer? (link)
Very interesting story on how operator Telenor is becoming a big data company (link)
Video review of Taiwan’s Gogoro, “the Tesla of scooters” (link)
Pew: Emerging countries gain ground in the tech revolution (link)
Who is behind the Sony hack? (link)
And Finally...
China’s clubs have spent big, but President Xi is behind the latest push into football (soccer) (link)
Japan’s population fell by nearly 1 million between 2010 and 2015 (link)
The politics of pork industrialization in modern China (link)
Don’t ever try to be a commercial fisherman in Alaska (link)
That's All For Now, See You Next Week!
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