1.Google plans to ban political ads before Canada election

2.Qualcomm launches patent challenge to Apple ahead of antitrust case

3.Volkswagen signs German start-up e.GO Mobile as first partner for production platform

4.Google rejects Australian regulator’s call for scrutiny, denies market power

5.Amazon to give power to brands to remove fakes from website

6.Failed meal-kit service Munchery owes $6M to gift card holders, vendors

7.Paris-based Shift Technology raises $60 million to detect insurance fraud

8.Scytale grabs $5M Series A for application-to-application identity management

9.Prolific venture investor NEA Raising $3.6B In Its Most Massive Fund To Date

10.AirAsia launches $60m venture capital fund called RedBeat Ventures



1.Moka raises $27M led by Hillhouse to make hiring more data-driven in China

2.Bigo valued at $2.1 billion after YY buyout

3.Dtwave 数澜科技 completed 100 million A+ round financing to create a closed loop of enterprise data capacity output

4.English online learning platform Proud Kids won tens of millions of RMB Pre-A financing

5.Didi Chuxing Sets Up Autonomous Driving Unit in Shanghai

6.Didi Adds Route Selection Feature to Avert Driver-Passenger Quarrels

7.Tencent to Increase Investment in Growing Chinese E-Sports Sector



1.Office Depot and Alibaba team up to tap small and medium businesses

2.Airbnb Has Big Plans for China and India

3.Google to sell 500 products from JD.com, deepening partnership

4.Carlsberg acquired a minority stake in China Brewery brand Jing A Beer

5.Berlin-based Delivery Hero to acquire Zomato’s UAE business, invests in India operations

6.From luxury fashion to premium dog food: Founders of Alibaba-backed Mei.com dive into pet care



1.LU.com 陆金所 announced the application of blockchain to transaction traceability

2.Tide Foundation gives consumers full control of personal data on blockchain


Emerging Market:

1.Spotify adds 1 million unique listeners in India in less than a week

2.Volvo to test full-size driverless bus in Singapore

3.24-hour stores in Japan such as 7-11 and McDonald’s cut opening hours amid labour crunch

4. The Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek pulls in $100M more for its massive Series F round

5.Indonesia millennial-focused platform nets seed funding from Maloekoe Ventures

6.Malaysia fintech firm Curlec raises seed funding from Captii Ventures

7.Thai property management app Horganice locks in seed funding


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