1. China launches national 5G, promises 50 cities by end of 2019

2. Chinese state fund to invest $7.12b more in advanced manufacturing

3. China is testing emotion recognition in surveillance push

4. China’s Shenzhen is using big data to become a smart ‘socialist model city’

5. Founder of Chinese smartphone maker Smartisan 锤子科技 Luo Yonghao 罗永浩 added to debt blacklist

6. Tencent merges its team in charge of short-video app Huoguo 火锅视频 with Tencent Video division

7. M17 acquires livestreaming platform MeMe Live

8. Chinese IP-based game company CMGE raises $167.2 million in HK IPO

9. Chinese online education provider Codemao nets $57m Series C round

10. China’s Akeso BioPharma, biotech company specializing in innovative antibody drugs, closes $150m Series D round

11. Dr.S, a Chinese live online science education based on PBL for children, raised tens of millions in Series A round


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Mobile-only Markets:

1. India: Fundraising by PE, VC investors in January-September period is the highest in five years

2. Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia launches sharia-compliant service with more than 21 million Muslim-friendly products

3. Indonesia’s P2P lending platform KoinWorks snags USD 1.4 million in Series B2 round



1. Amazon now sells movie tickets in India

2. Gojek to enter Malaysia, the Philippines in 2020

3. WeWork to open two new locations in Vietnam amid rise of local co-working chains



2. Google to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion

3. Google Maps Incognito mode starts rolling out for Android users

4. Shoebox-sized satellites startup Kepler opens sign-ups for its IoT developer kits

5. Paidy, a mobile- and instant checkout-focused Japanese fintech startup, raises $143m from PayPal, others

6. Pakistan-based decentralized mass transit system startup Airlift bags $12m to scale operations

7. Los Angeles-based BuildOps, subcontracting software for real estate, raises $5.8 million

8. Forecast, an ‘AI-powered’ project management software company, raises $5.5M

9. Cervest raises £3.7M for Earth Science AI platform to predict climate effects

10. Accusonus raises $3.3M to use AI to help content creators repair the audio in their videos

11. Aliena, an SG  spacetech firm that designs low power propulsion systems, raises $1.1m in 500 Startups-backed funding


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