1. EU Approves Sweeping Online Copyright Reform

2. Airbnb officially owns last-minute hotel booking application, HotelTonight

3. Ride-Hailing Companies Set To Raise $15 Billion+ This Year

4. Hulu buys back AT&T’s minority stake in streaming service now valued at $15 billion

5. Siris Capital to buy digital printing company Electronics For Imaging for $1.6 billion

6. Ro, a direct-to-consumer online pharmacy, reaches $500M valuation

7. Apple said to be spending more than $500M on Arcade gaming subscription effort

8. Vimeo has acquired short-form video-creation platform Magisto, reportedly for $200M

9. Medbelle raises $7M to build out its ‘digital hospital’

10. YC alum Keeper raises $1.6M to help gig workers pay taxes



1. China building SME credit database to open funding access

2. Chongqing to Roll-Out China’s First Hydrogen Car-Sharing Project

3. Credit Suisse aims to take control of China securities venture, boosting its stake to 51 percent

4. China’s satellite navigation system Beidou 北斗 expected to generate $298 billion services market by 2020

5. JD Logistics lost RMB 2.8 billion in 2018, losing money for 12 years in a row

6. China Evergrande 中国恒大 plans to raise $1 billion through the issuance of US dollar debt

7. Biotech group Chi-Med files for HK listing, may raise up to $500m

8. Legend Capital 君联资本 leads $100m Series B for Chinese AI startup Black Sesame Intelligent Technology 黑芝麻智能科技

9. Community service provider Qinlin Keji 亲邻科技 raised Series B fundings from Jingdong Digital Science and Xiaomi Technology

10. Intelligent one-stop component supply platform allchips.com 硬之城 completed series B1 financing worth $10M

11. Meitu 美图 launches AI platform for developers as it drops phone business



1. Alibaba to open e-commerce class for Rwandan students



1. ConsenSys Seeks $200 Million From Investors After Bumpy Year


Emerging Market:

1. Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) pulls top talent from Cradle to be new CEO

2. India Kunal Shah’s Cred in talks for $100 million from Hillhouse, others

3. AIA Singapore partners with WhiteCoat for telemedicine service

4. In African villages, these phones become ultrasound scanners by bringing medical imaging to remote communities


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