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



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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