1. SoftBank, others in talks to invest $1 billion in Uber’s self-driving unit
  2. Apple Music launches on Amazon Fire TV
  3. Apple Acquires Laserlike, a Machine Learning Startup in Boost for AI Group
  4. Walmart to introduce tablet under its ONN store brand
  5. Newsela raises $50M to expand a content repository for K-12 learning that replaces traditional textbooks
  6. Sketch, maker of popular design tools, just landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round
  7. Automation Hero, which automates back-office processes, picks up $14.5 million led by Atomico
  8. Determined AI nabs $11M Series A to democratize AI development
  9. Top gamer ‘Ninja’ made $1 million to promote EA’s ‘Apex Legends’ launch
  10. Ysplit wants to make it so you never owe your friends money again


  1. TCL Intelligent Terminal Business Group plans to generate 200 billion yuan in revenue in 2023
  2. China Unicom: 5G investment should be more cautious, investing 6 to 8 billion yuan this year
  3. Haier, Midea, and Panasonic hold a press conference on 2019 AWE to announce their plans for smart home solutions.
  4. Xiaomi applied for 684 patents in the AI ​​field, ranking 11th in the world
  5. China’s first intelligent ECG diagnostic platform, 18ecg.com 琅瑞医疗 completed Pre-A round of financing
  6. 52TOYS which builds IP product strategies for clients strengthens its social-commerce and creative design after securing Series A funding
  7. HappyFi.com 乐融 launches the fifth generation of super TV in this year
  8. Yunmi 云米 released Airbot, an advanced kitchen hood in-built with AI
  9. AI surpasses humans in comprehension test through the DCMN program developed by both Chinese tech company CloudWalk Technologhy and Shanghai Jiaotong University
  10. In China, you’ll soon be able to pay your subway fare with your face


  1. Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in 60 markets
  2. YouTube Music and YouTube Premium come to India
  3. Rakuten TV to expand movie streaming to 42 European countries
  4. Drivezy, India’s vehicle-sharing startup, is raising $100M+ at a $400M valuation, eyes US expansion
  5. Wattpad, an Internet storytelling community gains strategic investment from Times Bridge to further expand in India

Emerging Market:

  1. BlackBuck, Bangalore-based B2B logistics startup gets up to $150m funding from Accel, Goldman Sachs
  2. Acko, a digital insurance provider in India, raises another $65M at a $300M valuation
  3. AgroStar gets $27M Series C to give more Indian farmers increased crop production with data analytics
  4. Israeli HR tech firm Hibob raises $20 million
  5. India VC Lightbox bets $4m in women’s wellness startup


Cover picture credits from Yi Cai.

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