1. Global esports revenues to top $1 billion in 2019

2. Report: Voice assistants in use to triple to 8 billion by 2023

3. Investors are still failing to back founders from diverse backgrounds

4. Amazon, GM in talks to invest in electric pickup truck maker Rivian

5. Apple is getting so serious about health, it’s started hosting heart-health events at Apple Stores

6. Apple’s terms for subscription news service face resistance from publishers

7. Japanese self-drive cars map developerDynamic Map Platform to buy rival U.S. startup Ushr

8. Walmart, Google-backed Deliv end online grocery partnership

9. Ubisoft and Mozilla team up to develop Clever-Commit, an AI coding assistant

10. Google expands partnership with Founder Gym to support underrepresented founders

11. Donde Search picks up $6 million to help fashion retailers with visual search

12. Massless raises $2M to build an Apple Pencil for virtual reality

13. Mental health startup Lantern will continue to live through IP licensing deals



1. Luckin Coffee is expanding to 18 new cities in China.

2. Smartphone brand Vivo launched their sub-brand iQOO

3. JD.com Buys 5-Star Beijing Hotel for $400 Million

4. Wanda Pares Down Retail Assets With Store Sales to Suning

5. Biotech startup Xiqueyiyao喜鹊医药 raised close to 8-digit RMB in Series B



Chinese smartphone brands strengthen their grip on India, with Xiaomi displacing Samsung from top spot


Emerging Market:

1. Myanmar recycling startup gets US$150,000 and entry into Norwegian accelerator

2. Smart city app Qlue secures funding from Telkom Indonesia VC

3. AI startup 6Estates closes Series B funding round from GDP Venture, Central Capital Ventura


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