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


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Here’s a mix of the most popular tech news, features, and lists from the site this week. Let’s start with the newsy bits:

1. Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki joins online design platform Canva

Apple’s former chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki has finished his contract with Motorola and Google and has joined the Canva team full-time – in the same role he performed at Apple.

2. As Pakistan prepares 3G and 4G roll-out, country expects up to 45 million high-speed data subscribers by 2020

3G licenses and two 4G licenses will be sold at an auction next week, and some telcos in Pakistan are ready to start their high-speed data services in just a few weeks.

3. Linked to prostitution, China’s favorite flirty chat app slammed by state media

At state news agency Xinhua, a reporter fired up the app and was shocked – shocked – to find that a number of the nearby women in the app were actually sex workers. Shurely shome mishtake.

4. China has 10 times more people, but Japan still outspends on iOS apps

Lots of great new data from App Annie.


From TokoBagus to Lazada, Agoda to Groupon, check out the biggest players in Indonesia’s online shopping market.

2. 5 tweaks to boost productivity levels in your startup office

I’m surprised that cats aren’t mentioned in this list.

3. South Korea’s top 10 most valuable tech startups

Korea now has several startups that are big enough to compete with KOSDAQ-listed companies. That has to be good news.


1. Want to be a successful startup? Settle in Thailand, but register your company elsewhere

Our Thailand correspondent gives three solid reasons why this is the case – and points out some startups that have taken this route.

2. LinkedIn’s biggest obstacle in China isn’t censorship, it’s culture

We heard Derek Shen, the newly appointed president of LinkedIn China, talk very frankly at event in Beijing.

3. This Japanese startup handles over 1 trillion bid requests every month

Some impressive tech from this ad tech startup.

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Editing by Paul Bischoff
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