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rumor whisper

Rumor roundup: a billion dollars worth of explosive tech mergers and acquisitions

Baidu wants to buy Ctrip, Flipkart wants to buy Myntra, and Softbank wants to buy Vodafone. Allegedly.

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 4:14 pm
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flash sale quicksilver

4 reasons why Asian tech companies are using flash sales to sell their stuff

Flash sales are becoming an increasingly popular way to sell products online. We're seeing the trend grow among Chinese tech companies, most...

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 2:44 pm
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CoinPlug

As Coinplug gets another $400k from Silicon Valley, South Korean investors miss out on their country’s bitcoin craze

Does this mean that Korean VCs are missing out on the next big thing, or have they made the smart choice to avoid bitcoin?

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 12:07 pm
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Read-it-later app Pocket seeks new users in China and Korea with latest update

Read-it-later app Pocket seeks new users in China and Korea with latest update

Pocket is now aiming at an ever bigger swathe of new users by adding in Chinese and Korean to its mobile apps and website.

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 11:19 am
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Shiok

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi raked in $242 million in 12 hours during its day-long sales blitz

By now, most followers of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi are familiar with its weekly flash sales. Yesterday, however, the company held what mig...

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 9:56 am
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learning

This Lenovo-funded startup connects English teachers with learners in China

Haowaijiao focuses on Chinese adults who want to learn English online. In a country where English classes in schools place too much emphasis...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 8:29 pm
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Spotify

Spotify launches officially in the Philippines, teams up with local telco for promo

The music streaming service has secured a partnership with Globe, a local telco, to provide its subscribers access to Spotify through Globe...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 5:59 pm
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Lensza wants to revolutionize Indonesia’s overpriced contact lens industry

When you think of purchasing contact lenses, buying them online probably doesn’t strike you. Not because of a lack of online retailers...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 3:25 pm
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Ookbee copy

Thai bookstore Ookbee gets $7 million funding to continue Southeast Asia expansion

Thailand’s Ookbee has received a Series B investment from Tokyo-based venture capital firm Transcosmos Inc.

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 2:08 pm
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Business messaging app Eko gets seed funding from 500 Startups

Business messaging app Eko gets seed funding from 500 Startups

Eko is one of a new wave of stripped-down, souped-up business messaging apps. Today the Thai-American startup revealed that it has secured U...

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 3:09 pm
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Windows XP usage in China, in 2014

Support for Windows XP is over, but China still has 200 million PCs using it

Windows XP is dead. Except that it's not. About 200 million computers in China, or 70 percent of the country’s PCs, are on XP right now.

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 12:45 pm
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crowdtivate2

Singapore’s StarHub launches world’s first telco-backed crowdfunding site

Could this be the start of a wave of corporatized crowdfunding sites serving as part of a global arms race to work with promising tech?

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 11:45 am
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Here are the Asian startups heading to Silicon Valley with Blackbox Connect

Korean makers of cutesy AlarmMon app get $1.9 million funding to make it even cuter

Seoul-based Malang Studio, maker of the cutesy AlarmMon app, revealed today that the startup has secured KRW 2 billion, which is US$1.9 mill...

  • April 9, 2014
  • at 9:57 am
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Alibaba smart TV OS

Jack Ma contributes to $1.05 billion funding for Alibaba’s smart TV partner

Today, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma cemented the partnership with Wasu Media with a truckful of cash, contributing along with other ...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 9:15 pm
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Mobile RTB landscape in China by AppFlood

Adtech firms want to open up Asia’s advertising black box

RTB appeared about 4 years ago and has been a fast growing method led by OpenX, Google, and Yahoo in the west, but the technology has lagged...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 8:00 pm
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malaysia taxi

GrabTaxi nets seed funding as transportation apps sweep across Asia

The sharing economy is rearing its head in Asia as transportation startups spread across the continent. While English-language media outlets...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 4:02 pm
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Innovation Weekend: More awesomeness lined up after Startup Asia Singapore

On behalf of Sunbridge Global Ventures’ Ikuo Hiraishi and his team, Tech in Asia invites you to Innovation Weekend on May 9, 2013.

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 2:08 pm
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Pirate3D Buccaneer 3D printer

Now’s the time to build a hardware startup in Southeast Asia (Startup Asia preview)

The world is experiencing a hardware renaissance in the age of the ‘Internet of Things’. Let's demystify the process of building a hardw...

  • April 8, 2014
  • at 1:32 pm
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