1. U.S. moving towards major antitrust probe of tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

2. Apple is discontinuing iTunes after 18 years, it will be broken up into 3 apps – Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts

3. Twitter bags deep learning talent behind London startup, Fabula AI

4. Designer Goods Resale Platform TheRealReal Is Going Public

5. Global Fashion Group plans to raise €300M in Frankfurt IPO

6. WorldRemit raises $175M at $900M+ valuation to help users send money to contacts in emerging markets

7. Fitness startup Mirror nears $300M valuation with fresh funding

8. Streaming sports site FloSports raises $47 million, led by Discovery

9. LevelTen Energy raises $20.5 million for its renewable energy marketplace

10. PropTech startup Kodit.io raises $13M to automate house buying and selling

11. Fluree grabs $4.7M seed round to build blockchain-based database

12. Owlin, the text and news analytics platform for financial institutions, raises $3.5M Series A

13. Distru, a maker of supply chain software for the cannabis industry, has raised $3 million led by Felicis

14. Flexible housing startup Anyplace raises $2.5M

15. Flash, the e-scooter startup from Delivery Hero founder, re-brands as ‘Circ’ and announces 1M rides



1. China ministry will issue 5G licenses for commercial use in near future – Xinhua

2. China unveils first chip designed specifically for mind-reading

3. Alipay in talks with Nepali government to operate legally

4. JD 京东 Buys Land to Build USD2.9 Billion AI Tech Park in Dongguan

5. Douyin’s lack of oversight may hinder e-commerce ambitions

6. IDEAMAKE 思为科技, a third-party technology solution provider that serves real estate developers, raised 50 million from Series B fundraising

7. yuanshan-ai 远舢智能 completed tens of millions from Series A funding, hopes to help enterprises build AI empowerment center

8. 3D vision technology company Deptrum 光鉴科技 received $15 million from Series A financing, led by Wu Capital 双湖资本 and Softbank China



1. Asia’s AI talent pool broadens, except in Japan

2. Russia orders Tinder dating app to share user data on demand, part of a wider Russian drive to regulate the internet

3. Israel Retailers Tangle With Prices, Amazon and Now Shoppers

4. Indonesian ecommerce operator Bukalapak wants to be Alibaba for Middle East’s Muslims

5. Amazon brings online sellers to UK high street in pop-up stores

6. Singapore-grown SaaS parcel tracking platform Parcel Perform lands in Europe



1. Carrefour says blockchain tracking boosting sales of some products as it increases shopper trust

2. SOSV Chinaccelerator BitMEX Ventures backs Filipino crypto exchange PDAX


Emerging Market:

1. First Asian leg of world’s biggest gaming festival gamescom to debut in Singapore in 2020

2. Malaysian data set provider Supahands raises funding in series A


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