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  • Malaysian Taxi App TaxiMonger Expands Coverage Outside Kuala Lumpur To Deal With Ongoing Rivalry

    Malaysian Taxi App TaxiMonger Expands Coverage Outside Kuala Lumpur To Deal With Ongoing Rivalry

    Malaysian taxi-booking app TaxiMonger has just expanded its service outside the capital city of Kuala Lumpur to cover Johor Bahru (the state sharing the border with Singapore). Additionally, it will run a Singapore-to-Johor service in a deal with cab operator JB-Tek, which currently runs that route. The decision to expand its service coverage is set against a backdrop of an ongoing skirmish… Read More

  • Bubble Motion Rebrands As Bubbly, Retires Old Voice Messaging For Good

    Bubble Motion Rebrands As Bubbly, Retires Old Voice Messaging For Good

    “Voice Twitter” app, Bubble Motion, has just rebranded itself as Bubbly, and revamped its interface as it enters version 3.0 of its mobile app. The Bubbly app has been around for two years now, but this rebranding marks a pivotal shift in the company’s direction away from its original model of providing voice text messages. When it started in 2005, its service allowed people… Read More

  • Nokia Launches Nimbuzz Chat App To Tell Indian Users To Trade Up To A Smartphone

    Nokia Launches Nimbuzz Chat App To Tell Indian Users To Trade Up To A Smartphone

    After biding it’s time in emerging markets, free messaging app Nimbuzz has ben ratcheting up the news and partnerships lately. It’s hit 150m users globally, is strong in Asia, India and Saudi Arabia, has been adding new apps for platforms like Windows 8, and signing telco deals. Read More

  • Pirate3D Printer Exceeds Kickstarter Goal By 14X

    Pirate3D Printer Exceeds Kickstarter Goal By 14X

    The Pirate3D Buccaneer printer has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, reaching $1,438,765 in funds—more than 14 times its original $100,000 goal. The Singaporean startup burst onto the scene in May with news of its relatively inexpensive printer. The Buccaneer cost $347 on Kickstarter, far cheaper than the Makerbot Replicator 2.0 at $2,199. For reference, the Form One, which… Read More

  • Marc Andreessen: Beijing Should Be Another Silicon Valley, But….

    Marc Andreessen: Beijing Should Be Another Silicon Valley, But….

    Marc Andreessen, the Netscape co-founder and namesake behind venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said that he’s skeptical that efforts globally to recreate the Silicon Valley ecosystem will succeed. Even the most promising city and rival to the U.S.’s Silicon Valley, Beijing, faces lots of potential complications because laws around contracts aren’t as straightforward… Read More

  • Viki Moves In On Chinese Audiences With Two New Video Deals

    Viki Moves In On Chinese Audiences With Two New Video Deals

    Video sharing site, Viki, is continuing its push into China with two new video distribution deals with Chinese video-on-demand sites, LeTV and Xunlei Kankan. This move follows its first distribution deal, set up last July, with Renren—also known as the Facebook of China. That deal with Renren was Viki’s first such agreement with a third party to serve videos on an external site… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia

    Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia

    Microsoft, unveiling a raft of product annoucements at its Build conference this week, is also making some advances further afield. Today, Bango, the UK-based mobile payments and analytics company that works with companies like Facebook, Amazon, Blackberry and Google so that app purchases can be billed directly to users’ phone bills, is announcing the first implementation of its service… Read More

  • Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

    Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

    Users on Xiaomi devices will now be able to send international text messages faster and more reliably, it said. The Chinese smartphone maker just announced its enterprise international SMS platform at the Mobile Asia Expo event in Shanghai. The new service looks like it’ll rival Apple’s iMessage service in function, but is based entirely on SMS technology. That means that while… Read More

  • India Passes Japan To Become Third Largest Global Smartphone Market, After China & U.S.

    India Passes Japan To Become Third Largest Global Smartphone Market, After China & U.S.

    India pushed past Japan to become the third largest global smartphone market in Q1, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics. The analyst notes it’s the first time ever that India has moved up into third place. The top two worldwide markets for smartphones remain China and the U.S. Read More

  • Sociomantic Launches Singapore Office, Hires Another Googler To Run Operations

    Sociomantic Launches Singapore Office, Hires Another Googler To Run Operations

    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 of ad-bidding technology say it allows advertisers to show more specific ads… Read More

  • Travel Search Site Wego Closes $17M Series C

    Travel Search Site Wego Closes $17M Series C

    Travel search site, Wego, just closed its Series C round of $17 million. The round was led by Crescent Point, a fund manager with offices in Singapore and China that focuses on investments in Asia. Wego’s site provides a metasearch across about 600 airline carriers and 400,000 hotels, and charges business clients based on referrals to travelers coming in. Earlier this year, it teamed up… Read More

  • Tencent, Naspers JV Ibibo Buys Redbus To Grow Its Online Travel Empire In India

    Tencent, Naspers JV Ibibo Buys Redbus To Grow Its Online Travel Empire In India

    China’s internet giant Tencent and South Africa’s media powerhouse Naspers are doubling down on tech in India. TechCrunch has just found out that Ibibo, their domestic joint venture, has acquired redBus.in, an online bus ticketing company that has become a dominant and disruptive force in how people travel in the country. A formal announcement is coming out shortly. Read More

  • Mud-slinging Behind The Scenes As Malaysia’s Taxi Apps Duke It Out

    Mud-slinging Behind The Scenes As Malaysia’s Taxi Apps Duke It Out

    There is an ongoing land grab for taxi drivers in Malaysia, with taxi app startups aggressively targeting the handful of taxi drivers keen to jump on a digital platform. Two year-old taxi booking startup, MyTeksi has been busy recruiting cab drivers over to its service. When I visited its offices two weeks ago, Aaron Gill, MyTeksi’s product and marketing head, said the company ramped up… Read More

  • Ooyala Sets Up R&D Center In Singapore To Chase Mobile Audiences In Asia

    Ooyala Sets Up R&D Center In Singapore To Chase Mobile Audiences In Asia

    Video services provider Ooyala is setting up an R&D operations in Singapore, and is hiring researchers and data scientists for the facility. The company provides video technology to media companies and telcos, enabling them to stream their content online such as the Australian Open, or helping ESPN embed videos in tweets.It claims to have a collective viewership of about 200 million across… Read More

  • Filipino Gift-remittance Startup Ayannah Gets $1M Angel Round

    Filipino Gift-remittance Startup Ayannah Gets $1M Angel Round

    Ayannah, a gift-remittance startup in the Philippines, just received $1 million in its first angel round. The company’s service is called Sendah, and allows Filipinos working overseas to pay for products and services back home for their families through Sendah’s site. Sendah has a number of benefits over plain cash remittance. The company has worked out a number of discount deals… Read More

  • Indonesian Instagram-Clone PicMix Gets Monetization Right From The Start

    Indonesian Instagram-Clone PicMix Gets Monetization Right From The Start

    At first glance, the similarities between PicMix and Instagram are obvious. Both apps are photo sharing platforms with simple, square Polaroid-esque aesthetics, and display photos from friends in streaming feed. But while Instagram is figuring out how to monetize, Indonesian startup, PicMix seems to have nailed it from the get-go. PicMix makes it part of the core photo posting process for users… Read More

  • Japan’s Kii Launches A Publishing Service To Help App Developers Crack The Chinese Market

    Japan’s Kii Launches A Publishing Service To Help App Developers Crack The Chinese Market

    Now that China has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest smartphone market, it’s no surprise that many developers are intrigued by the prospect of a country that may have 500 million devices in circulation by the end of next year. Because of that, plenty of companies like Yodo1, iDreamSky and CocoaChina have cropped up to help advise studios on how to navigate the unique… Read More

  • More Exits For Asian E-commerce Firms, But Valuations Still Small

    More Exits For Asian E-commerce Firms, But Valuations Still Small

    There has been a growing rate of exits happening for Asian e-commerce companies, but valuations remain small on average. Most are under the $50 million mark, according to CB Insights’ latest report. The report, which provides a broad sweep of the past three years of activity in the region, showed that most activity—unsurprisingly—was happening in the large markets of India… Read More

  • Malaysia Is Poorly Marketed To Entrepreneurs, Says 500 Durians’ Khailee Ng

    Malaysia Is Poorly Marketed To Entrepreneurs, Says 500 Durians’ Khailee Ng

    Malaysia is an easy place to get cheap, good, English-speaking talent, with overheads that are often far lower than in more advanced markets in Southeast Asia. But it continues to suffer the effects of brain drain. Simply put, Malaysia isn’t cool to be in for some of the nation’s brightest, and this has hurt its startup scene, according to Khailee Ng. Ng, who is from Malaysia… Read More

  • With $2.5M Injection From Nexus, Indian Housing Marketplace Launches In Bangalore

    With $2.5M Injection From Nexus, Indian Housing Marketplace Launches In Bangalore

    Indian housing marketplace, Housing.co.in has expanded out of its home base of Mumbai into another major Indian city, Bangalore—its fifth city in the country. The company, which operates similarly to Trulia and Zillow, provides a real estate search site which displays a visual map of available housing for rent or sale. The search results are filtered by how many rooms are available… Read More