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Asia Tech Review: October 22 2018

Hi folks, It's a short issue this week as I'm finishing my UK vacation and (for once) I've genuinely
October 22 · Issue #89 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Hi folks,
It’s a short issue this week as I’m finishing my UK vacation and (for once) I’ve genuinely taken a break from watching the news in order to rest and refuel. Good for my sanity… not so great for a detailed newsletter but still lots to read over.
See you again next week when normal service will resume.

Google CEO says it’s ‘important for us to explore’ search in China
JD to launch US Google store this year
JD is turning its logistics network into a delivery service
Airbnb rival raises $300M from Jack Ma fund
Auto portal Chehaoduo lands $162M Series C+ round
Autonomous driving startup Momenta becomes a unicorn
Facebook is setting up an election task force ahead of major elections
Google plans to launch a shopping tab in India
Karaoke app Smule raises $20M from Times Internet fund
Paytm is in discussions to buy UCWeb India
SoftBank future Vision Fund's look uncertain following murder of Saudi journalist
But SoftBank IPO banks did commit to $9B Vision Fund loan
North Korea
North Korean hacker crew has apparently stolen $571M in cryptocurrency over 5 attacks
Southeast Asia
Philippine watchdog fines Grab and Uber for merger and apparent drop in service quality
Grab (finally) admits it has dropped the ball
Interesting Reads
Must read on how Myanmar used Facebook to incite genocide link
Silicon Valley hoped the Khashoggi story would go away; instead, it may end an era link
A look at Amazon’s battle with Walmart in India link
Former Googlers are ‘shaping’ China’s new tech scene link
How China rips off and reinvents Android link
The upstarts looking to break WeChat’s social dominance in China link
China’s startup scene is conjuring up “dot-com deja vu” link
International growth, primarily from China, is fueling the current VC market link

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