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  • Merchant Loyalty Platform Startup Spoqa Raises $3.9M To Expand In Japan

    Merchant Loyalty Platform Startup Spoqa Raises $3.9M To Expand In Japan

    Spoqa, the Seoul-based mobile loyalty platform that won the special prize of the jury at TechCrunch Disrupt Tokyo 2011, has raised a total of $3.9 million in funding to date led by Daesung Private Equity group and Bokwang Investments to fuel its expansion in Korea and Japan. Read More

  • Join TechCrunch In Beijing Next Week

    Join TechCrunch In Beijing Next Week

    Shortly after the launch of TechCrunch.cn last year, we brought TechCrunch’s International City Event, organized by our official partner TechNode, to Shanghai, China. This year the event is coming to Beijing. It will take place on August 11 and 12 at T-Space, Chaoyang Park. The theme is “The Red Hardware” to highlight China’s smart hardware makers. Read More

  • The US Market Will Benefit From China’s Tech Growth

    The US Market Will Benefit From China’s Tech Growth

    Editor’s note: Si Shen is the co-founder & CEO of PapayaMobile, the Beijing-based mobile company that operates AppFlood, the largest global mobile RTB ad network out of China. Before Papaya, Si worked on Google’s mobile team in the U.S. and China.   This has been a whirlwind year for Chinese tech companies. Alibaba is in the spotlight as it’s on track for an… Read More

  • Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

    Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

    A couple years ago, entrepreneur Sungdo Lee had a hit with a series of apps based on music hits, including Harlem Shake Booth, which turns users’ pictures into dancing avatars and scored 12 million downloads. Lee, however, wanted to do something that would have more longevity than entertainment apps. So he turned to 3D printing. Read More

  • Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

    Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

  • Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A

    Thai Fashion Site WearYouWant Scoops Up $1.5M Series A

    WearYouWant, a fashion retail site, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding. The round was lead by Digital Media Partners (DMP), a venture firm that specializes in emerging markets, as well as Japanese e-marketing firm OPT SEA. Other investors include IMG Investment Partners and WearYouWant co-founder Julien Chalte. Read More

  • Financial Management Platform 8 Securities Closes $9M Series B

    Financial Management Platform 8 Securities Closes $9M Series B

    Stock trading and financial management platform 8 Securities has closed a $9 million Series B to support its expansion in Japan and China. Returning investors include Velocity Capital and Leitmotiv Private Equity. Read More

  • Ezeecube Is A Stackable, All Inclusive Media Center For Your Home

    Ezeecube Is A Stackable, All Inclusive Media Center For Your Home

    Ezeecube wants to be the all-in-one media hub for your home. You can use it to wirelessly back up photos and other files from all your mobile devices and cameras, while removing duplicates and organizing with its photo management software. It also functions as a home media cloud so you can access your files anywhere, while streaming photos and videos to iOS and Android devices, or Windows and… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More

  • Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    Just one day after Flipkart disclosed that it had raised as massive $1 billion round, Amazon has upped the ante by announcing that it will invest $2 billion in its Indian marketplace, which it launched about a year ago. In a statement, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said “At current scale and growth rates, India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross… Read More