1. Notion Capital launches new $150M fund aimed at European B2B tech

2. Publisher adtech startups Taboola and Outbrain merge in $850M deal to take on Google and Facebook

3. Instagram launches Threads, a Close Friends chat app with auto-status

4. NASA awards $43.2M to Blue Origin, SpaceX and others for tech to take us to the Moon and Mars

5. Google’s PAWS data set helps AI models capture word order and structure

6. IBM’s AI generates high-quality voices from 5 minutes of talking

7. Mobile marketer IronSource gets $400 million investment from CVC Funds

8. Micromobility company Bird raises $275 million at a $2.5 billion valuation

9. Fintech firm Rapyd secures $100m to accelerate Asia growth

10. Unqork raises $80 million for enterprise app development without code

11. Snaplogic raises $72M more for its enterprise data integration platform

12. Tier Mobility raises $60 million as electric scooter boom continues

13. Tokyo-based AI Medical Service raises $42.9 Series B for AI-based software that checks endoscopy scans for signs of cancer

14. NS1 raises $33 million to provide DNS services to apps and websites

15. Celigo raises $20 million for tools that connect enterprise apps and services

16. Next Insurance raises $250M from Munich Re, becomes a unicorn

17. Osaro raises $16 million to make warehouse robots smarter with AI

18. Impala, startup that is building a single API for the entire hotel industry, raises $11 million

19. SimCam raises $8 million for an AI-powered offline home security camera

20. Naborly raises $7.5 million to protect landlords from insolvent tenants

21. Waycare raises $7.25 million to improve city traffic using AI and big data

22. Orbit Fab raises $3M to make orbital refueling easier, cheaper and more accessible

23. Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds raises $2.7 million for sandbox MMORPG

24. Japan’s Genesia Ventures-backed Autify raises $2.5m in seed round

25. Rune raises $2 million to use AI to find friends for mobile gamers

26. Legionfarm Group raises $1.5 million to coach gamers to get better

27. Cloosiv raises $1M to bring mobile ordering to every coffee shop

28. MyMilk Labs launches Mylee, a small sensor that analyzes breast milk at home


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1. China’s top 3 telecom carriers have over 9 million 5G pre-subscribers, but transition to 5G will still take time

2. Chinese tech companies oppose US blacklisting

3. China’s Logistics Industry Prosperity Index Jumps to 2019 High

4. Tencent leads $10 million investment in SenSat to create real-time ‘simulated realities’

5. Chinese tech information platform 36Kr files for IPO in the US

6. VIPKid confirms new round of Tencent financing

7. Robotics start-up Geek+ is leading China’s push into smart logistics to support e-commerce, manufacturing

8. Chinese healthcare platform Yunhu seeks to rope in govt-linked funds in next round



1. PayPal to be the first foreign online payment platform in China after acquiring 70% stake in GoPay

2. China and US-based travel WiFi device maker Skyroam raises USD 20 million

3. Tencent leads $10m Series A for UK simulated reality tech startup SenSat

4. Singapore-based CapitaLand plans to double AUM in India to $5b by 2024

5. Singapore’s Hmlet expands to Japan in JV with investor Mitsubishi Estate

6. India’s Fyle bags $4.5M to expand its expense management platform in the US, other international markets

7. Cambodia’s Meal Temple launches ride-hailing app in Laos

8. Ant Financial to lead $600m funding round for India’s Zomato, sources say

9. Mobile app analytics firm Adjust to invest in Southeast Asia after $227m round


Emerging Market:

1. Southeast Asia’s internet economy to breach $100b this year, joint study shows

2. Malaysia’s Petronas sets up $350m venture capital fund

3. Flipkart-backer Accel said to mull $700m sixth India VC fund

4. Bongo, the ‘Netflix of Bangladesh’, won the local video streaming market with just $10M

5. India’s Udaan raises $585M to expand its B2B e-commerce platform

6. India’s NoBroker raises $50M to help people buy and rent without real estate brokers

7. Google-backed Dunzo raises $45M to expand its hyperlocal delivery startup in India

8. Indian accounting app Khatabook bags $25m in series A funding

9. Thailand-based luggage delivery startup Bellugg bags pre-series A funding from Expara, 500 TukTuks

10. Thai car-sharing platform Drivemate raises $2.2m

11. Vietnam-based edtech startup MindX gets $500k in ESP Capital-led round


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