1. Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars

2. Sequoia Capital announces 20 startups for accelerator Surge’s 2nd batch

3. 83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel

4. Medal.tv acquires Megacool to expand into mobile game clip sharing

5. Startup studio eFounders has a portfolio valuation of $1 billion

6. Forward Networks raises $35 million to prevent network failures

7. Contentstack raises $31.5M Series A round for its headless CMS platform

8. RapidSOS raises $25 million more to furnish first responders with emergency data

9. With $15M round and 100K tablets sold, reMarkable CEO wants to bring its e-paper tablets to more scribblers

10. Umbo Computer Vision raises $8 million for AI-powered video security

11. Houston-based startup Braincheck just raised $8 million to help busy doctors assess the cognitive health of 50 million seniors

12. Former ArenaNet game developers raise $3.3 million for Tenacious Entertainment

13. Utopos Games raises $1 million to make AI-based robot battle game Raivo

14. Singapore opens first robot-operated concept restaurant called Hawkee to the public


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1. Chinese firms Tencent, Vivo and CCTV suspend ties with the NBA over Hong Kong tweet

2. Chinese automaker BYD, property developer Vanke launch $154m tech & logistics fund

3. Chinese long-term rental apartment operator Q&K files for US IPO

4. Chinese SaaS-based online property marketplace Fangdd files for US IPO

5. US blacklisting threatens to derail $1b Chinese AI startup Megvii IPO

6. Zhengda Fenghai 正大丰海 and Insilico Medicine signed AI new drug development cooperation project expected to reach 200 million RMB in value

7. Chinese fresh produce online platform Benlai nets $200m in Series D1 round

8. Yudi Technology 优地科技, a manufacturer of delivery service robots, raises 10 million RMB in B2 round

9. The first launch of Raise3D raises 10 million RMB in round B financing

10. Agricultural SaaS company, Nongxin Intelligent Technology 农芯智能科技, bags 10 million RMB in angel round investment

11. Hong Kong startup FreightAmigo is shaking up the sleepy logistics sector Expedia style



1. US adds Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision to trade blacklist

2. Silicon Valley payments firm Stripe launches in Malaysia

3. Singapore’s GIC-Summit JV acquires four US hotels for $249m

4. Shiseido seals $845m deal to buy skincare firm Drunk Elephant

5. Japan’s JERA buys stake in power unit of Bangladesh’s Summit Group for $330m

6. Boeing backs Virgin Galactic with strategic $20M investment


Emerging Market:

1. On-demand workforce startup Sampingan helps businesses save up to 70% of HR costs; raises US$1.5M funding

2. OYO launches housing rental solution OYO Life in Indonesia

3. SoftBank leads $1.5bn fresh investment into India’s OYO


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