Overseas:

1. Alphabet’s Verily gets $1 billion in funding round led by Silver Lake

2. Apple stock has dropped 38 percent in 90 days

3. Apple’s App Store pulled in $1.22B over the holidays plus a record $322M on New Year’s

4. Qualcomm enforces ban to halt some Apple iPhone sales in Germany

5. Pokémon GO creator Niantic closes $190M funding round

6. GM Cruise and DoorDash are partnering on autonomous food deliveries

7. GE adds a bunch of Google Assistant-friendly smart home products

8. Roku to launch subscription video channels business

9. Synapse raises $6M to bring neural net weapon detection to x-ray machines

10. Auto marketplace CarDekho grabs $110M to double down on insurance and financial services

11. Vengo, maker of touch-screen vending machines, just collected $7 million in fresh equity funding

12. Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise platform, adds another major customer, Nestlé

13. PR management firm Cision is acquiring Falcon.io to expand into social media marketing

 

China:

1. Tencent AI Lab loses key executive Zhang Tong

2. Lightspeed announces new $560 million fund for China

3. China’s loss-making start-up Luckin Coffee doubles down on subsidies to win customers from Starbucks

4. China’s internet regulator suspends some Baidu, Sohu news products amid renewed cyber clean-up campaign

5. Education company Meten English 美联英语 secured 300Million RMB in C round.

 

Emerging Market:

1. Vietnam’s FastGo commences operation in Myanmar

2. Carmen Automotive’s predictive tech prevents unexpected vehicle breakdowns; raises US$730K

3. Mobile-focussed recruitment platform GrabJobs raises US$930K

4. Home vacation rentals startup Luxstay secures US$3M bridge round funding

 

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