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Asia Tech Review: November 28 2016

Welcome back, Thanksgiving in the US but once again it was a busy week for technology news across Asi
November 28 · Issue #23 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
Thanksgiving in the US but once again it was a busy week for technology news across Asia, including:
😶 Facebook is developing a censorship system it could roll out in China
✈️ China’s Ctrip is paying $1.75B to buy flight search engine Skyscanner
🚖 India’s Ola is launching a very fancy in-car entertainment system
Lots of interesting longer reads – including something particularly insightful on the influence of Facebook in Myanmar – are also here for your perusal.
Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Ctrip buys Skyscanner for $1.7 billion to expand globally
Facebook had created a censorship tool that could help it enter China
Airbnb reportedly in talks to buy Chinese rival
WeChat is now open for apps from developers
Xiaomi says shrinking smartphone sales won't affect it
Tencent invests In Chinese Q&A app
Digg's CEO leaves to head up Alibaba-owned SCMP
Alibaba to open four new data centers for cloud service
Ola introduces in-car entertainment, including Apple Music
Paytm launches then cancels debit/card card payment feature
Airtel launches its a payments bank pilot service
Facebook internet drone Aquila won't come to India
Aye Finance raises $10.3M to supply micro-loans to small companies in India
Sharechat raises $4 million
Japanese edtech startup Arcterus scores $1M funding
Yello Mobile raises $10M more at a $4 billion valuation
Southeast Asia
Hooq launches streaming video service in Singapore
Grab loses CFO after less than a year
Bugdet hotel startup Nida raises much-needed new funding after cash crunch in summer
Singapore’s Spacemob lands $5.5M to expand its co-working spaces across Asia Pacific
IP platform PatSnap raises series C from Sequoia China
BlackBerry Messenger is cloning WeChat in Indonesia
What I've been reading
Must read: Facebook is the internet in emerging markets – that influence is more dangerous than the US election fake news saga, example Myanmar link
China free speech group argues why Facebook should forget China link
I argue why China doesn’t need Facebook anyway link
US VC Chamath Palihapitiya wants to invest billions into India link 
The first 24 hours as Paytm took advantage of India’s demonitization link
Can India really become a cash-less society? link
What WeChat teaches us about the future of social commerce link
Everyone is (apparently) wrong about the true, potential size of e-commerce in Southeast Asia link
The election of Donald Trump means more uncertainty for Indian tech workers who have already waited 10 years for green cards link
Not Africa but fascinating: Ethiopia’s ‘Ubers’ work with limited internet, few smartphones and no funding link
The Chinese city where Christmas is “made and sold” link
Forgot to post this earlier: I talked Redmart-Lazada and other Southeast Asia deals on Bernard Leong’s Analyze Asia podcast link
See you next week
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