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  • 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