1. Deere, Apple, Retail in Focus as U.S. Releases Tariff List

2. San Francisco passes city government ban on facial recognition tech

3. Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt launch a logistics accelerator in Arkansas with Plug and Play

4. Disney is taking operational control of Hulu, with Comcast selling its stake in 2024

5. Walmart Promises to Match Amazon With One-Day Shipping

6. Google Express becomes an all-new Google Shopping in big revamp

7. Sisense acquires Periscope Data to build integrated data science and analytics solution

8. $3.4 billion cybersecurity company CrowdStrike has filed to go public

9. Social Media Platform Nextdoor Valued at $2 Billion With New Financing

10. Healthcare booking platform DocPlanner scores €80M Series E

11. Pleo, the multi-card business spending platform, closes $56M Series B

12. AR display-maker DigiLens lands $50 million from Samsung, Niantic

13. Tempo Automation raises $45M Series C for its turnkey circuit board manufacturing solution

14. Connected Fitness Startup Hydrow Closes $27M Series A

15. Algorithmia raises $25M Series B for its AI automation platform

16. Urban closes $10M Series B in bid to become ‘one-stop shop’ for on-demand wellness services

17. Voi unveils ‘longer-lasting’ e-scooters designed to withstand rentals, and launches its first e-bikes

18. The Statue of Liberty gets an AR app to celebrate its new museum



1. China faces shortage of big data talent despite having largest global supply of professionals at 59.5%

2. China’s seventh supercomputing center in Zhengzhou is approved in its race to tech dominance

3. Sequoia, Tencent, and IDG Capital are the top three investors in Chinese unicorns, says report

4. Huawei Launches World’s First AI-Native Database GaussDB

5. JD.com to foster connected vehicle fleets with $55M investment

6. WeChat restricts education apps from rewarding users to share links

7. Baidu‘s education business shifts from consumer-facing to enterprise

8. Cloud provider Xunlei 迅雷 reveals partnership with popular streaming platform Youku

9. AR optical waveguide manufacturer Lingxi AR Technology 灵犀微光 received tens of millions from Series A+ round

10. Smart pension service platform Yunzhuyang 云住养 has received 10 million yuan from Pre-Series A round


Cross border:

1. Google Cloud launches its second region in Japan

2. SoftBank Vision Fund leads over $200m funding in Indian online grocer Grofers

3. French video games company Ubisoft expands its startup programme to Singapore


Emerging Market:

1. Indonesia has the highest rate of mobile e-commerce of any country in the world, with 76% of all internet users make purchases from their phones

2. Indian VC firm A91 closes maiden fund at $350m, sources say

3. Seed investor Gree Ventures makes first close of new $130M fund — and rebrands to Strive

4. Citigroup looks to vastly expand India reach with digital payment firm Paytm tie-up

5. Indonesian ecommerce unicorn Bukalapak launches BukaGlobal, opening platform to international users

6. Honestbee to discontinue Singapore food delivery service to optimize its business structure

7. College admission platform Cialfo raises US$3M Series A funding

8. Indonesian SaaS startup Advotics nets $2.7m in seed round led by East Ventures

9. Singapore-based edtech startup Geniebook nabs $1.1m in pre-series A round

10. Singapore-based blockchain fraud detection startup Merkle Science raises over $800k in seed round



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