1. U.S. regulators discuss fining Facebook for privacy violations

2. Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringey teen meme hub

3. Uber is exploring autonomous bikes and scooters

4. PayPal offers up to $500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdown

5. AT&T ads returning to YouTube, two years after pulling back over content

6. Disney is already losing over $1 billion in streaming, and its Netflix competitor has yet to launch

7. Barclays-backed invoice finance platform MarketInvoice gets $72 million in funding

8. Zipwhip raises $51.5M for businesses to text customers from any kind of phone line (A platform for businesses to interact with customers by text messages)

9. Wine-by-the-glass subscription service Vinebox raises $5.9 million

10. University of Virginia announces $120M gift to fund new data science school



1. China’s Pinduoduo reports theft of online discount vouchers to police

2. South Korean smart solutions firm BIStel says Made in China 2025 upgrading is why it plans to invest more

3. Hainan is the latest Chinese free-trade zone with tech hub ambitions

4. Xiaomi will establish offices in Africa in order to expand its business in the continent



Huawei could be banned from 5G in Germany

Emerging Market:

1. Philippine financial service firm flags data breach affecting 900,000 clients

2. Go-Jek buys fintech startup Coins.ph for $72M ahead of Philippines expansion

3. Indian news aggregator Dailyhunt raises US$3.5 million

4. Vietnamese e-wallet service MoMo raises Series C funding led by Warburg Pincus

5. Malaysia’s cab-hailing startup EaziCar to raise US$73K via equity crowdfunding

6. Singapore’s Business travel startup Travelstop officially expands to seven markets in Asia

7. Micro-retail tech startup Warung Pintar secures US$27.5M in Series B funding


Cover picture credits from SCMP

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