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10 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend reading

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Two steps forward and one step back is how we would describe Asia’s tech scene of late. Here are all our biggest stories from the past week.

1. In Singapore, sites like Airbnb turn housing into a battleground

Short-term rentals aren’t going away anytime soon. As such, the Singapore government needs to find a middle ground to deal with sites like Airbnb.

2. aCommerce just raised one of Southeast Asia’s largest series A rounds

This investment is the largest series A for a Thailand-originated venture and one of the largest in Southeast Asia to date.

3. Alibaba acquires UCWeb in ‘biggest Chinese internet merger in history’

The deal exceeds Baidu’s US$1.9 billion acquisition of 91 Wireless in August 2013.

4. Canadian founder of MySquar, Myanmar’s up and coming social network, claims she was ousted in ‘hostile takeover’

She claims the events unfolded without warning, one day after she spoke publicly at Startup Asia Singapore about Myanmar’s internet population.

5. Despite money in the bank and 500 Startups funding, Vietnam’s Greengar shuts down

Greengar’s undoing was that its apps didn’t have serious business models behind them.


Lists

1. 12 tools for the modern web designer

Here are a few of the best web design tools that are easy to use and powerful.

2. 5 hacks every startup founder should know when recruiting key people

As your own boss, the startup founder can do a lot to recruit key personnel that a corporate HR manager or recruitment specialist cannot do.

3. Never made a profit? Don’t worry. Here are 5 US-listed Chinese tech companies that haven’t, either

In China, some of the biggest listed tech companies still aren’t turning profits, instead emphasizing investments, R&D, marketing, and, of course, user acquisition.


Features

1. This startup created a truly Asian solution for mobile payments, now claims largest client base in the region

Soft Space’s core product is a mobile point of sale (mPOS) platform for card payments.

2. Why Uber will fail in Jakarta, and why it won’t

Demand for Uber in Indonesia appears to be picking up. Yet the country could also be one of the hardest for the company to expand into.


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