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Consumer Internet trends & entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia

Recently, I was invited to speak on entrepreneurship and consumer Internet trends in a private event hosted by Penn Olson during Startups in...

  • February 8, 2012
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China Mobile Restructuring Comes After Major Corruption Cases Uncovered

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen several reports about the reshuffling China Mobile has been doing in its high-level offices all ov...

  • February 8, 2012
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Perx’s ‘Chop Mob’ Helps Coffee Bean Increase 50% in Transaction

Perx, the stamp card mobile app, has a new feature/campaign called the ‘Chop Mob.’ I first heard about it when it was still a pa...

  • February 8, 2012
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Singapore’s Buffet Mania Ranked 2nd in App Store After 10 Days

I love food. I especially love Japanese buffets. So when I came across the Ravesquare team exhibiting at our StartUp Asia Singapore event la...

  • February 8, 2012
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IDA Global Market Forum: Understanding International ICT Trends and Opportunities – 13 Feb

Next monday, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will organize the Global Market Forum. During the session, the audience can ga...

  • February 8, 2012
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Real Name Deadline for China’s Microblogs is Looming, New Users Already Way Down

We’ve known since the first week of January that real-name registration was going to be a government-mandated requirement on Chinese T...

  • February 7, 2012
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CyberAgent Ventures Invests in Vietnamese Music Service

CyberAgent Ventures, a subsidiary of Japan’s CyberAgent, recently announced investment in Vietnam-based NCT Corporation. That company ...

  • February 7, 2012
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Beijing School Begins Using iPads in the Classroom

Using tablets (especially iPads) in the classroom has been a dream for educators the world over for some time now, and increasingly, it is b...

  • February 7, 2012
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Luxury Online Store IhaveU Slips Some B-Round Financing Into Its Designer Handbag

The luxury e-commerce site IhaveU has announced that it has wrapped up B-round funding, though the full investment sum has not been revealed...

  • February 7, 2012
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Japanese Animation Company Sues Hundreds of ‘One Piece’ Downloaders in One Bunch

I was curious to see over on AnimeNewsNetwork that Toei Animation had filed a complaint in District of Columbia district court (in September...

  • February 8, 2012
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Australian incubator BlueChilli plans expansion to Southeast Asia and US

Melbourne-based tech start-up incubator BlueChilli has announced plans to expand to the United States and Southeast Asia, which will follow ...

  • February 8, 2012
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Japan Digest: Social gaming market to double, dream-controlling app, and more

(1) The Nomura Research Institute says that Japan’s social gaming market will likely be worth 393.5 billion yen (US$5.1 billion) in fiscal...

  • February 8, 2012
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Indonesia Digest: Kompas invests in Urbanesia.com, Metro TV Android app, and more

(1) PT Kompas CyberMedia, the company behind Kompas.com, announced an investment in city directory startup Urbanesia.com. (2) Metro TV offic...

  • February 8, 2012
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As big bookstores go bust, indie book sellers point the way forward

Companies like The Pigeonhole and BooksActually are redefining how bookstores are run. Are they providing the blueprint for the future?

  • February 8, 2012
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Startup Helps You Create A Customized Facebook Cover in Minutes

Ever wonder how some of your friends have created gorgeous Facebook Timeline cover images? You probably need some design skills to create a ...

  • February 7, 2012
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As Japan Uses Bloggers For Tourism Bump, Numbers Show Korea and China are Key

A Kyodo report today gives a brief update on the Japan Foreign Ministry’s invitation to overseas bloggers to come see the parts of the...

  • February 7, 2012
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Coworkify is one app to connect all co-working spaces

The service will feature a talent marketplace and co-working space management tools.

  • February 7, 2012
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Beepmo: A New LBS Social Network for Professionals in Asia

Beepmo describes itself as “a location-based social network for business professionals focused on Asia.” All users have to do is to key ...

  • February 7, 2012
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