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Asia Tech Review: October 03 2016

Welcome back and hello from London! I'm back in the UK for a few weeks for a vacation, chance to see
October 3 · Issue #19 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back and hello from London!
I’m back in the UK for a few weeks for a vacation, chance to see family and catch up on what’s happening here with tech and more – that means a lot of Brexit chatter 😬
Last week was pretty eventful so read on for details of:
  • Xiaomi’s newest smartphones 📱📲
  • A new and interesting app from Alibaba/Alipay 💵
  • Google’s latest products for India 🇮🇳
  • Spotify and Uber making announcements in Japan 🎵🍕
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Xiaomi announces new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Pro
Alipay Everywhere from Alibaba and Ant Financial lets you ask total strangers to do anything for a fee
Didi Chuxing makes information security push with new U.S. research lab and hires
Xiaomi plans to open 1,000 retail stores
Mozilla wants to drop WoSign as a trusted CA
Google launches new services for India
Google Play Music store finally goes live in India
Walmart reportedly in talks to invest up to $1B in Flipkart
Google Capital bullish on India
Uber Eats launches in Japan
Spotify debuts in Japan, complete with karaoke lyrics
Line invests $45 million into Snapchat clone Snow
Southeast Asia & Hong Kong
Facebook launches Messenger Lite for Android
Local partner will produce BlackBerry devices for Indonesia
Tink Labs raises $125M to put its free-to-use smartphone in more hotel rooms worldwide
Self-driving car startup NuTonomy in talks to raise new funds
Singapore’s Greyloft, a digital estate agency, raises $1.1M
Interesting Reads
Uber has massive global plans for its Uber Eats food delivery business link
Google CEO on why innovation can come from India – and any place really link
Spotify will need time to crack Japan link
Good overview of what’s going right in India’s tech scene link
Inside PayTM (Alibaba investment) and its plans to get into banking link
Great photos from Myanmar showcased on Instagram’s blog link
Japan’s keenness on IPOs have come at the expense of its startup scene link
Inside China’s ghost cities link
A directory for finding new Snapchat users – not useful to me but interesting to see these efforts link
The Ken, a promising publication from India developed in the style of The Information, has now launched link
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