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  • Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

    Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

    As newly public Alibaba continues to invest in startups to build out its presence in the U.S., it’s also looking at ways of expanding its ecosystem and platform at home. The latest move was announced this week, as the company unveiled Baichuan – Chinese for “hundreds of rivers.” Taking a page from Amazon — which has built up a large range of services for… Read More

  • SoftBank Snaps Up Global Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus

    SoftBank Snaps Up Global Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus

    Fresh from announcing a $250 million joint venture with media giant Legendary, SoftBank is increasing its focus on entertainment with an undisclosed deal to buy DramaFever, a five-year-old startup that streams global TV shows and movies online. DramaFever, which has raised over $12 million in funding from investors that include SoftBank Ventures Korea, isn’t limited to Korean content. Read More

  • Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook has long been promoting the the idea of free, zero-rated mobile services in emerging countries to drive more Facebook (and wider mobile data) usage. Now, its Internet.org initiative has crafted another way to promote growth: by working with directly with carriers to analyse and fix their networks, with a recent trial in Indonesia — the fourth-biggest country for… Read More

  • Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    I don’t mean to pile onto Snapchat in the middle of the #Snappening. But I thought there was something interesting that went missed in CEO Evan Spiegel’s multi-generational chat with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week at the Vanity Fair Summit. During the Hong Kong demonstrations that blew up this month, he and his team briefly discussed turning the protests… Read More

  • Yahoo Lays Off 400 Employees In India

    Yahoo Lays Off 400 Employees In India

    Just ahead of its Q3 earnings, Yahoo is laying people off in its international business. Specifically, it is downsizing its software development center in Bangalore, India. We understand that 400 people, mainly working in product engineering, have been affected. Yahoo has issued a statement to us confirming “consolidation” into fewer offices: “As we ensure that Yahoo is… Read More

  • iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17

    iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Arrive In China On October 17

    Apple has announced the official launch date for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. On October 10, customers will be able to pre-order the devices from Apple’s site. On October 14, they’ll be able to put earlier orders in at Apple’s retail locations, and devices will become available for pickup on October 17. Read More

  • The All-You-Can-Eat Apps Mobile Trend Coming From Asia

    The All-You-Can-Eat Apps Mobile Trend Coming From Asia

    Although word ‘disrupt’ has taken a lot of flak recently, there are still innovations that can reorder an entire market – and one has just crossed the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, August 19, Sprint announced the release of App Pass, a subscription service that allows customers to access a curated selection of premium apps and games for $4.99 per month. Subscribers also get… Read More

  • Finland’s Jolla Takes Its Sailfish-Powered Smartphone To India, Via Snapdeal

    Finland’s Jolla Takes Its Sailfish-Powered Smartphone To India, Via Snapdeal

    Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that used the MeeGo open source OS as a jumping off point for its own Android-app compatible Sailfish OS — and which last November released its first handset in its home market — has now expanded availability of the phone to India. Read More

  • Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy, the company behind the Moshi Monsters web game for kids, has in the past been considered one of the breakout successes of the UK startup and gaming world. But while it continues to extend its life as a licensing gangbuster — with every incarnation of possible merchandise — it is clearly going through the bumpy ride of shifting toward the mobile future. TechCrunch… Read More

  • Korea’s SparkLabs Names Its 4th Startup Intake

    Korea’s SparkLabs Names Its 4th Startup Intake

    South Korea’s SparkLabs accelerator has named its fourth intake — including its first Internet of Things startup (a company making connected flower pots); it’s first startup from China, a mobile healthcare startup; along with one U.S. business in the marketing automation space. Read More

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