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


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Instead of me waffling on in a summary, here’s a quote from the departed poet Maya Angelou: My mission in life is not really to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion , some compassion, some humor, and some style.

1. Xiaomi looks set to enter Indonesia in August

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra was in Jakarta this week, doing business and prepping one of the next major new market launches for the Chinese phone-maker.

2. SoftBank unveils Pepper, an emotional robot that will be sold to consumers next February

Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank, this week introduced what he called the world’s first robot capable of recognizing human emotions. It’s designed to be like a member of the family.

3. Alibaba will soon be a mobile telco, close to launching Ali Telecom in coming weeks

Before Alibaba’s long-awaited IPO hits Wall Street later this summer, the ecommerce giant will have its thumb in one new pie – it’s going to be a mobile telco operator in China.

4. At the height of China’s domestic internet crackdown, LinkedIn censors politically sensitive content from its pages

LinkedIn was spotted this week censoring shared posts that contained material considered politically sensitive in China – and it’s not just users in mainland China who found their posts suppressed.

5. Twitter has close to 20 million active users in Indonesia

The number was revealed this week as Twitter’s director of political advertising is meeting presidential candidates in Indonesia to discuss how they can use Twitter more effectively in their election campaigns.

A relatively well-known Singaporean blogger, Roy Ngerng, has turned to crowdfunding to support his battle in a libel trial – and the money is flooding in.

7. New bill in the Philippines aims to exempt startups from taxes for two years

To help startups thrive in the Philippines, senator Bam Aquino has filed a measure to exempt startups from taxes for their first two years of operations.


1. 10 alternative Android app stores in China

Google Play is rarely used by Chinese consumers – and that means a multi-billion-dollar market has arisen to replace it.

2. 5 Twitter accounts to follow for updates on Thailand’s coup

Here are five reliable sources of facts from the streets of Bangkok.

3. These 5 Indonesia-based startups let you easily build your own online storefront

Since last year, more ecommerce website builders have been popping up in Indonesia’s ecommerce market trying to help more small- and medium-sized enterprises sell their stuff online.


1. Rakuten Ventures’ Saemin Ahn: “No one should tell you what your vision is about.”

We hosted our monthly Meetup recently in Singapore by bringing in Saemin Ahn for a fireside chat. He’s a managing partner at Rakuten Ventures.

2. This 7-year old girl created an app to help parents spend more quality time with their kids

This is way ahead of what I could do when I was seven.

3. How Zalora plans to beat the fashion ecommerce competition

The head honcho at Zalora in Thailand explains the estore’s strategies.

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