1. Chinese netizens spend 15% of screen time browsing short videos

2. China is using social credit apps to gamify the government

3. opens a robot-operated milk tea house in central Beijing

4. Alibaba sets sight on attracting 500 million global customers to shop online on 2019 Singles’ Day this November 11

5. Huawei passes 200 million smartphones shipped, outpacing 2018 by 2 months

6. WeChat Pay launches payment feature using mobile numbers

7. Chinese O2O retailer KK Group enters unicorn club with $100m Series D round

8. China’s online programming courses provider Hetao Biancheng raises USD 50 million in Series B

9. HK-based Sandbox VR nabs $11m from A-listers Will Smith, Katy Perry & others


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Mobile-only Market:

1. Indian startups have raised a record $11.3B this year

2. Impact investor Capria Ventures to invest $20m in Southeast Asia

3. Hygiene and Wellness brand Pee Safe raises $4.2m Series A led by Alkemi Growth Capital

4. Gobi-backed, an edtech platform in Philippines, secures Series A funding



1. Uber launches its global ‘public transport’ feature in India



1. Elon Musk says Tesla “early access” full self-driving could arrive by end of year

2. Amazon Counter package pickup network expands to thousands more locations in the U.S.

3. TikTok’s new set of safety videos teach users about features, the app’s focus on ‘positivity’

4. Fabric raises $110 million Series B to expand its network of automated fulfillment centers in the US

5. raises $50 million for AI that detects early signs of stroke

6. Truebill raises $15M to build a comprehensive platform for personal finance

7. Fairmarkit raises $11 million to automate procurement with machine learning

8. Firedome raises $10 million to secure IoT devices against hacking

9. Digital signage startup Raydiant raises $7M

10. OctoML raises $3.9 million for deep learning model optimization

11. Koan, an online platform that helps teams achieve objectives and stay engaged, raises $3 million in seed funding

12. Demodesk scores $2.3M seed for sales-focused online meetings

13. Vendr, already profitable, raises $2M to replace your enterprise sales team

14. Ironsource launches LevelPlay tool to monetize mobile apps and games

15. Arm takes machine learning mainstream with neural processing units

16. Klang launches closed alpha for the massive multiplayer online world simulation, Seed

17. Streaming service Quibi sells out of its $150M in first-year ad inventory before the service is even launched

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