1. Facebook’s cryptocurrency-based payments system gets big backers, i.e Visa Inc, Uber, etc

2. VW and Ford close to deal on self-driving and electric cars

3. IBM, Walmart, Merck in blockchain collaboration with FDA

4. Airbnb launches ‘Adventures’ for tourists seeking more thrills

7. Event social network IRL raises $8M

8. VidMob raises $25M for its video advertising tools

9. Lifen raises $22.7 million for its healthcare messaging platform



1. Shanghai Wants to Be Global ‘E-Sports Capital’ by 2024

2. China launched the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s new high-tech board, the SSE STAR Market

3. Bytedance steps up big tech hiring to expand brand

4. Baidu Rebuked for Misleading and ‘Vulgar’ Ads

5. Tencent files 6 more lawsuits against Bytedance

6. Alibaba files for Hong Kong IPO

7. Hong Kong-based Ecommerce shipping startup Buyandship banks $2.2m in pre-series B round

8. Code Planet 代码星球, which provides coding and programming classes for kindergartens in Tier 2/3 cities in China, rasied 7-digit RMB in angel round.



1. UK digital bank Monzo takes first steps into U.S. market

2. Wall Street banks are taking their unicorn playbooks to China.

3. US LegalSifter partners with China’s docQbot on AI contract review

4. JD.com partners with Yandex Market to sell goods in Russia

5. Transsion to install China Literature app on all Africa-sold phones

6. Facebook backs social commerce startup Meesho in first India investment

7. Emma, the London-based money management app, launches in the US and Canada


Emerging Market:

1. Tech execs launch new Southeast Asia-focused fund Asia Partners

2. Singapore launches matchmaking initiative for startups and potential investors 

3. Laos local bank partners Everex to facilitate blockchain-based cross border payments

4. Grab had discussions to acquire local payments startup 2C2P

5. DBS, Gojek reveal partnership for ride payments in Singapore


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