Asia Tech Review: September 5 2016

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Welcome back,September is here now so expect the pace of news to pick up, although it has been a fair
 
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Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
September is here now so expect the pace of news to pick up, although it has been a fairly busy summer for the tech industry across Asia. (There’s lots in this email this week!)
I’m in the US this week for TechCrunch’s Disrupt San Francisco event, let me know if you are going to the event or in town and want to meet. I’m hoping the newsletter will ship all the same.
Thanks for continuing to subscribe,
Jon

China
China opens antitrust investigation of Didi-Uber deal
Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests in KFC owner’s spinout Yum China
Baidu partners with Nvidia to develop an artificially intelligent, self-driving car
Alibaba rival JD.com shows off cute drone delivery bots
Chinese spies reportedly hacked Hong Kong's government
Xiaomi announces a robot vacuum cleaner
India
New operator Reliance lays out plan for low-cost mobile data service
India’s Livspace raises $15 million for its online home design platform
Paytm is raising $300M at a $5B valuation
Sequoia leads investment in artifical intelligence startup Mad Street Den
Ford leads $24M investment in India-based vehicle rental company Zoomcar
Japan
Nintendo’s new NX console to go retro with videogame cartridges
Pokémon Go lands Japanese mobile operator SoftBank as sponsored location
SmartHR, the Zenefits of Japan, raises $5m to automate HR
Korea
Samsung is recalling the Note 7 after battery explosion concerns
Naver and Kakao accused of copying Korean startups
Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia e-grocer HappyFresh exits two markets, raises undisclosed Series B
Foodpanda is selling its Indonesia business and rethinking the rest of Southeast Asia
Mobile classifieds startup Carousell makes first acquisition weeks after raising $35M
MIT spinout NuTonomy just beat Uber to launch the world’s first self-driving taxi
Kickstarter launches in Singapore and Hong Kong
Smartphone sales up 6.5% in Southeast Asia
Coda Payments raises $2M to enable alternative online payments
Singapore wants to boost its fintech startups
Top of my reading list
The live-streaming industry in China is crazy link
How Didi’s founder built the support needed to beat Uber link
Baidu CEO aays AI is next growth driver for company link
How India’s Flipkart is turning things around link
Profile of SoftBank CEO’s brother, who is a VC in Japan link
Insightful Analyze Asia podcast with Michael Smith, who recently became a VC with Jungle Ventures’ SeedPlus (pre-Series A) fund link
Zen Buddhism makes India’s most privileged startup founder cool about being a billionaire’s son link link
The Pokémon Go effect in Asia link
7-Eleven is offering coding classes in Indonesia link
Cheetah Mobile, a utilities app firm that sells ads, is making moves in mobile content link
Exactly who owns Anbang, a Chinese insurer behind a wave of multibillion-dollar deals? link
And outside of Asia…
Will Amazon kill Fedex? link
Adyen is the quiet payment giant you might not know about… yet link
Uber is taking over public transport systems in small US towns link
What to expect from the iPhone 7 launch this week link
That's All For Now, See You Next Week
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