1. US Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center to open-source natural disaster satellite imagery data set

2. Bitcoin Climbs Above $11,000 as Memories of Popped Bubble Fade

3. Cryptocurrency firms to be subjected to stricter rules, says Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

4. Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative gives $68M to fund Human Cell Atlas projects

5. Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service

6. Walmart reveals it’s tracking checkout theft with AI-powered cameras in 1,000 stores

7. SaaS, cloud, and data science/AI focused Mercury Fund raising $125M for fourth fund

8. Lazada founder Bittner backs online fashion retailer Vestiaire Collective’s $45.2m funding round

9. Alma, a niche co-working space for mental health businesses, gets $8 million in funding

10. ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ reaches 400K downloads, $300K in consumer spend in UK and US


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1.  China to Launch First Maglev Tourist Line in Guangdong in 2020

2. China steps up food safety by applying an Internet Plus model and big data technology

3. Shenzhen becoming a key global center for drone production, with more than 360 drone companies and combined annual turnover in excess of CNY40 billion in 2018

4. Chinese automotive component manufacturer Wanxiang 万象 has partnered with Hong Kong-based blockchain PlatON to develop infrastructure for blockchain smart city

5. Alibaba experiments with behavior modification to explore the viability of new offline sales models

6. Tencent partners with automobile maker GAC to launch ride-hailing firm, OnTime

7. China’s Aerospace Hi-Tech, JD.Com to Co-Develop Driverless Logistics Vehicles

8. Order Handler 掌单 raised 100m from Series B financing, focusing on the comprehensive operation of food and beverage online

9. Chinese B2B marketplace for auto parts Haoqipei 好汽配 raises $60m in Series D led by Access Technology Ventures

10. 5G Network Is Used in First Disaster Tele-Diagnosis After Sichuan Quake


Emerging Market:

1. SG’s Tin Men Capital raises $20.8m from 50 investors for first fund

2. Visa boosts reach in SE Asia through prepaid card in Razer Pay

3. Nowports raises $5.3 million to become Latin America’s digital shipping answer to Flexport

4. Fintech startup FnO raised $2million in angel funding

5. Edtech startup Dot and Line raised six-figure dollar funding in Seed Round


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