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Asia Tech Review: October 31 2017

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Welcome back, It's been a while! The newsletter took an extended hiatus while I was traveling and on
 
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Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
It’s been a while! The newsletter took an extended hiatus while I was traveling and on vacation – San Francisco for TechCrunch Disrupt and then to the UK for a break – but now that I’m back to relative normality things can resume.
In the bag for this issue:
📈 Apple is back to growth in China after 18 months of sales dips
🇮🇳 India is now the world’s second largest smartphone market
💰 Singapore’s Carousell pulls in big new Series C funding
📜 Plenty of long reads to catch up on
Thanks for keeping patient during my break and see you next week,
Jon

China
iPhone 8 launch propels Apple to growth in China after 18 months of sales dips
Sogou is raising up to $585M from a US IPO
Airbnb's former China head left over relationship with staffer
Baidu loses another AI expert
NetEase has been quietly raising pigs for 8 years
Hong Kong
Asian travel platform Klook raises $60M with backing from Goldman Sachs
India
India overtakes the US to become the world’s second largest smartphone market
OYO says it didn’t acquire rival ZO Rooms after all
Japan
Nintendo Switch set to outsell Wii U in just one year
Line is now starting to lose users in Southeast Asia
Korea
LG’s mobile business can’t stop losing money
Southeast Asia
Sea, formerly Garena, goes public in much-anticipated IPO
Carousell raises $70-$80M Series C round
Snapcart raises $10M to shed light on consumer spending in emerging markets
Grab finally hires a new CTO
Recommended Reads
Troubling read on how Facebook’s failure to enforce content standards is fueling the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar link
How China is using technology to police citizens in Muslim-majority state Xinjiang link
The Economist on China’s new generation of entrepreneurs link
Pollution killed 9 million people in India in 2015 link
How IBM became bigger in India than in the US link
Twitter isn’t doing enough to combat harassment in India link
Startup funding in India has rebounded after two difficult years for investors link
See you next week
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