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Peek Launches To Become The Go-To Site For Travelers, Starts With California And Hawaii Trips

Baidu opens its Singapore research centre, sharpening its focus on Southeast Asia

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Chinese search giant Baidu has officially opened the doors on its new Singapore-based research centre, signalling the its clear intention to develop local services for Southeast Asia and expand its presence across the region. Initially announced in February, Baidu launched the Baidu-I2R Research Centre (BIRC) to develop technologies and information that...
Baidu opens its Singapore research centre, sharpening its focus on Southeast Asia

Rocket Internet launches three new services in ... Myanmar (yes, really)

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Last week I highlighted that the recent relaxing of political and social restrictions are opening up once-closed Myanmar as a possible tech market, and already that opportunity is being exploited by none other than Rocket Internet, the German-headquartered Internet business factory. Rocket is no stranger to anyone with a passing interest...
Rocket Internet launches three new services in ... Myanmar (yes, really)

Hey Rocket Internet, your wooden furniture supplier is looking for you. Something about late payments.

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We break a lot of news about German startup incubator Rocket Internet around here (case in point: its Southeast Asia-focused Zappos clone ZALORA just landed investment from JP Morgan), which is apparently drawing attention from…its wooden furniture supplier. This message just hit my inbox (only slightly redacted): Dear Robin, Hello,...
Hey Rocket Internet, your wooden furniture supplier is looking for you. Something about late payments.

VB Video Webinar: Is Singapore your launch pad to Asia?

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I just got back from Singapore, where I spent last week helping launch the inaugural DEMO Asia event. Through a series of energetic demonstrations, 76 companies, many of which were non-Asian, unveiled their innovative products to the Asian market. There’s so much momentum over there, and with Singapore leading Southeast Asia’s...
VB Video Webinar: Is Singapore your launch pad to Asia?

Chinese AirBnb Clones Get Millions In Funding - From American Investors

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The cheap sleep bazaar in Asia keeps growing, even as AirBnb itself seeks to expand there. Domestic tourism in China hit a record high in 2012, with 3 billion trips. And as of yesterday the hipsters of Shanghai and Shenzen (aka "cultured youth") will have more lodging options similar...
Chinese AirBnb Clones Get Millions In Funding - From American Investors

Rocket Internet launches its Nigerian Amazon clone, Kasuwa

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Nigeria’s Amazon clone has launched with an offer of 1,500 naira (US$9.20) gift for new subscribers. For new orders, Kasuwa will offer free shipping for goods bought as a part of its launch promotion. Currently, the site’s wares include books, electronics, mobile phones, computing and hardware. Kasuwa will also offer its customer pay-on-delivery...
Rocket Internet launches its Nigerian Amazon clone, Kasuwa
Drug resistant malaria takes new ground, raising fears of global spread

Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $630,000

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  Shopspot, a startup out of Thailand with a mobile shopping app, has won $630,000 (S$779,000) after switching its shopper matchmaking app to a more traditional shopping interface. Its earlier app focused on connecting individuals keen to sell their wares. The app would pair sellers and their goods with buyers...
Thai Mobile Shopping App ShopSpot Adds Brands, Gets $630,000
Google may fund and build wireless networks in Africa, Southeast Asia, WSJ reports

Path adds seven new languages to broaden its global appeal

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Back in April, Path adopted the Twitter-like approach to globalising its service when it announced plans to crowdsource the translation of the private social network into 20 new languages. Now, some two months later, it has announced the addition of seven new languages from across the world, broadening its appeal...
Path adds seven new languages to broaden its global appeal

Exclusive: Eric Lefkofsky's First Interview As Groupon's CEO

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The chairman and cofounder of the beleaguered company defends daily deals, opens up about its problems, and tries to redefine the service as a next-generation Costco. Where was Groupon chairman and cofounder Eric Lefkosky when then-CEO Andrew Mason got fired on February 28? On a two-month sabbatical in Southeast...
Exclusive: Eric Lefkofsky's First Interview As Groupon's CEO

Sociomantic Launches Singapore Office, Hires Another Googler To Run Operations

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Ad-bidding platform, Sociomantic is expanding into Southeast Asia with a Singapore office, to be launched on July 1. The startup provides a real-time bidding platform targeted at ad buyers. When a site loads, its engine will match the highest bidder for the particular visitor’s profile and show its ad. Proponents...
Sociomantic Launches Singapore Office, Hires Another Googler To Run Operations

NEA raises a whopping $2.6 billion for its fourteenth fund

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All-star venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has raised an impressive $2.6 billion for its fourteenth fund, TechCrunch reports. Partner Tony Florence told the publication in an interview that the fund will be “very enterprise-focused,” though he did note that the firm will be “very very active” in the consumer...
NEA raises a whopping $2.6 billion for its fourteenth fund

Indonesian authorities “study” Twitter, vow to crack down on abusive users

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Indonesia’s government has put its sights on Twitter after claiming that it is “studying” the microblogging site with a view to cracking down on users that it claims are behaving badly on the service. According to a report from the Jakarta Globe, Indonesia’s Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring is looking to clean...
Indonesian authorities “study” Twitter, vow to crack down on abusive users

Operators Globe and SingTel launch cross-platform app store in the Philippines

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Philippines telecom operator Globe has hooked up with its Singaporean counterpart SingTel to bring a new apps store to its subscribers free of charge, as a report from ABS-CBN reveals. The duo are launching MyAppsMall, which will carry more than 20,000 items that includes games, social networking, sports and other apps....
Operators Globe and SingTel launch cross-platform app store in the Philippines

Sandbox Global put Southeast Asia on the gaming map as 'Stylista' passes 1m monthly users

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Southeast Asia is a growing market for gaming and digital consumption but, despite its appetite for all things tech, the region’s companies have yet to make a mark on the global scene. Bangkok-based Sandbox Global is one startup that’s emerging with the potential to do so, and that was underlined as...
Sandbox Global put Southeast Asia on the gaming map as 'Stylista' passes 1m monthly users
Report: Google planning to develop wireless networks, low-cost Android devices for emerging markets

Singaporean Tech Media Platform e27 Expands Offerings With Resource 'Bundles' Aimed At Startups

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Singapore-based e27 is moving beyond its roots as a tech media and events platform with its latest offering Bundles, or product and service packages geared at founding teams in Southeast Asia. Companies with services featured in Bundles include Facebook, Airbnb, Freelancer, WP Engine, 99designs, Zendesk, Google Apps, and Shutterstock, as...
Singaporean Tech Media Platform e27 Expands Offerings With Resource 'Bundles' Aimed At Startups

JP Morgan continues its Rocket Internet lovefest, invests in Asian Zappos clone ZALORA

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Online footwear and fashion retailer ZALORA today announced that J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JP Morgan) has injected an undisclosed amount of capital into the business. ZALORA is a Southeast Asia-focused Zappos clone launched by the German Samwer brothers’ infamous Rocket Internet incubator, which we recently reported is continuing its major...
JP Morgan continues its Rocket Internet lovefest, invests in Asian Zappos clone ZALORA

Google reportedly pursuing 'multipronged effort' to build wireless networks in emerging markets

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Google has been busy pushing ahead with plans to be a wired internet provider in the US with Google Fiber, and it looks like it's intent on being a major player in the wireless network business elsewhere in the world as well. According to a report out today from...
Google reportedly pursuing 'multipronged effort' to build wireless networks in emerging markets

China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has reached an agreement with Mface, an up-and-coming social network in Southeast Asia, to help take its MiTalk messaging service overseas, Tencent Tech reports. MiTalk, which is available on iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and PC, is believed to have over 23 million registered users, up...
China's Xiaomi partners with Mface to bring chat service to Southeast Asia

Uber finally drives into Asia as the private car service begins testing in Singapore

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Uber, the private car hire service that has taken the US by storm, has ramped up its global expansion plans after stepping into Asia for the first time with a soft launch in Singapore. There have been rumors of Uber’s launch in Singapore since October 2012 when tech blog SGE...
Uber finally drives into Asia as the private car service begins testing in Singapore

Japan's CyberAgent invests in Indonesian baby e-tailer Bilna, started by Groupon-Disdus founders

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CyberAgent Ventures is one of the most active investors across Southeast Asia’s startup communities, through its dedicated ‘CA Asia Internet Fund I’, and the Japanese VC has announced a new addition to its portfolio: Indonesia baby and toddler retailer Bilna. Singapore’s East Ventures, another well-known Southeast Asia investor, has also partaken...
Japan's CyberAgent invests in Indonesian baby e-tailer Bilna, started by Groupon-Disdus founders

RunCore rolls out Pro VI SSD for Ultrabooks in need of a jolt

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Not to be left out of the Computex party, RunCore has just unveiled a 7mm-thick Pro VI solid-state drive to give new Ultrabooks a swift kick. The company is aiming squarely at the sunnier side of mid-range SSDs through a speedy JMicron controller that hits 550MB/s in reads, and...
RunCore rolls out Pro VI SSD for Ultrabooks in need of a jolt
Microsoft puts Azure accelerator in Bangalore to woo startups

RIM eyes further success in Southeast Asia with “aggressive” retail expansion plans

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RIM is looking to build on its popularity in key markets in Southeast Asia by massively increasing its sales presence in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, according to a Bloomberg report. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, RIM’s head in Southeast Asia — Gregory Wade — revealed it...
RIM eyes further success in Southeast Asia with “aggressive” retail expansion plans

State Department and Silicon Valley-based VC Fund Join to Support Global Entrepreneurship

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The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with The Innovators Fund, a new Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund that will launch in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Russia and Malaysia. The Innovators Fund was announced as part of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, an event held earlier...
State Department and Silicon Valley-based VC Fund Join to Support Global Entrepreneurship
500 Startups Raises $10M '500 Durians' Micro Fund, Hires Khailee Ng As Venture Partner To Invest In SE Asia

Asian messaging app Line passes 100 million downloads, just 18 months after launch

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We’ve been saying for some time that mobile messaging is a huge business in Asia and there’s yet another proof point as Line, a popular chat app produced by the Japanese arm of Korea’s Naver, hit 100 million downloads, just 18 months after launching. Naver had not been shy communicating the...
Asian messaging app Line passes 100 million downloads, just 18 months after launch
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