1. China’s second chip-focused ‘Big Fund’ raises $29 billion

2. ByteDance is incubating a music app, Yinyuebang 音乐帮 to take another crack at social networking in China

3. WeChat launches a new mini program to coach mini apps developers

4. Meituan Dianping and Xiaomi shares jump as they become available to mainland traders on Stock Connect

5. Speech recognition firm iFlytek’s Q3 profits surge as investments pay off

6. Voice interactive app Li Zhi 荔枝 is scheduled to IPO in 2019, fundraising value may be around $100 million

7. Chinese rental platform Qingke 青客 aims to raise $100 million in US IPO

8. Chinese digital service provider Yunxi Technology 云徙科技 secures $50m Series B round

9. Agricultural B2B e-commerce startup Nongmiao Xiaoer 农苗小二 raises funding in angel round


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Mobile-only Markets:

1. India’s online grocery retail market set to touch $10.5b by 2023

2. Warburg Pincus-backed Indian logistics firm Ecom Express sets to raise USD 70.5 million

3. Binny Bansal, an Indian cloud-based smart data platform for restaurants and F&B firms, leads $12.5m funding in Jungle Ventures-backed Mobikon



1. Hyundai, Via and Chinese startup launch robotaxi pilot service in California

2. Public, private-owned Cool Japan Fund invests US$50M in Gojek, keeps going despite reported loss

3. WeWork reportedly to scale back its China’s business amid dire cash situation



1. UK may allow Huawei parts in 5G network, risking US backlash: report

2. SG’s Jungle Ventures closes $240m third Southeast Asian fund

3. Facebook News launches for a subset of U.S. users: Facebook News

4. Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook News won’t provide data to advertisers

5. Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition

6. Microsoft snags hotly contested $10 billion defense contract, beating out Amazon

7. SpaceX intends to offer Starlink satellite broadband service starting in 2020

8. SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing

9. Google brings in BERT to improve its search results

10. Tesla’s new Solar Roof costs less than a new roof plus solar panels, aims for install rate of 1K per week

11. Chicago’s Sprout Social Files To Go Public With ARR Of Over $100M

12. Utah-Based Weave Raises $70M Series D, Nears Unicorn Valuation

13. Welcome to the Jungle raises $22.3 million to make recruitment easier

14. Modern Animal Fetches $13.5M For Pet Telemedicine Service

15. Zamna raises $5M to automate airport security checks between agencies using blockchain

16. Taskade raises $5M to take on Notion with a more collaborative productivity platform

17. Workplace learning platform HowNow scores $3M funding

18. to launch BotRide robo-taxi service in Irvine

19. Singapore startup wants to make cow’s milk – without cows


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