1. San Francisco could ban Amazon’s cashier-free stores

2. Apple is on a hardware-launching bonanza ahead of its big TV announcement

3. Amazon to Launch Mobile Ads, in a Threat to Google and Facebook

4. Sentient, Once the Top-Funded AI Startup, Breaks Up

5. Robotics process automation startup UiPath raising $400M at more than $7B valuation

6. Payment processing company Marqeta files to raise $250M on a $1.9B valuation

7. Largest U.S. automaker GM to announce $300 million investment in Orion EV/AV plant to build electric and self-driving vehicles 

8. Ludlow Ventures raises $45M for third fund and intends to use it to keep investing in founders seeking pre-seed and seed funds

9. Guesty, a tech platform for property managers on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M

10. HoneyBook, a client management platform for creative businesses, raises $28M Series C led by Citi Ventures

11. LogRocket nabs $11M Series A to fix web application errors faster




1. Chinese Aging Farms Step Into AI Era With Facial Recognition for Pigs

2. Alibaba to run its entire business on the cloud

3. Alibaba’s AI Labs to invest $15 million in Chinese dialect project

4. Xiaomi Releases Short Video App Zhenjing Video 朕惊视频

5. Xiaomi-backed Tiger Brokers raises $104 mn in US IPO eyeing Chinese young investors

6. Etu Medical 依图医疗 and Huawei jointly released smart medical cloud, deeply integrating big data, AI, cloud technology

7. Car-rental app Togo taken down from Mi Store as users await return of deposits

8. A Chinese Dating App Blued for Gay Men Is Helping Them Have Kids, Too



1. Alibaba brings a Chinese twist to Lazada’s Southeast Asia expansion

2. ZTE and Malaysia U Mobile sign a memorandum of understanding to support U Mobile 5G construction in Malaysia


Emerging Market:

1. Singapore-based video publisher platform iVideoSmart raises Series A+ US$4.5m funding

2. Indonesian student loan startup Dana Cita enters the Philippines

3. Vietnamese ride-hailing app FastGo set for Singapore launch next month


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