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  • Alibaba Launches English Version Of Anti-Counterfeiting Tool

    Alibaba Launches English Version Of Anti-Counterfeiting Tool

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched an English-language version of TaoProtect, one of its counterfeit reporting system. Used on Tmall and Taobao (Alibaba’s top B2C and B2B platforms, respectively) TaoProtect lets merchants report listings that infringe on copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Read More

  • Fitness Wearable Developer Lemonade Lab Scores $5.8M From Foxconn Unit

    Fitness Wearable Developer Lemonade Lab Scores $5.8M From Foxconn Unit

    Lemonade Lab, which develops sensors for athletes, has scored $5.8 million led by a Foxconn subsidiary. The Boston- and Tokyo-based startup will form a strategic partnership with FIH Mobile, which provides manufacturing services for mobile device makers. This is the latest in a string of hardware investments made by Foxconn, whose manufacturing clients include Apple, Microsoft and Acer, or… Read More

  • HTC, Still Struggling, Pins Turnaround On Cost Cutting And Sexier Devices

    HTC, Still Struggling, Pins Turnaround On Cost Cutting And Sexier Devices

    Poor HTC. The Taiwanese firm just can’t seem to catch a break right now. Preliminary Q2 results in July predicted its business would return to the red, and, now those loses are confirmed with the quarter’s official figures, the company is preparing to “streamline” its business significantly and put out phones that people will actually want to buy. Read More

  • Indian Health Search Portal Practo Lands $90M Led By Tencent For Global Expansion

    Indian Health Search Portal Practo Lands $90M Led By Tencent For Global Expansion

    Chinese internet giant Tencent is getting its tentacles into India’s healthcare space after it lead a $90 million Series C round for medical search startup Practo. The startup raised $60 million as recently as February, and it confirmed that Google Capital, Yuri Milner, Sofina, Altimeter and existing investors Sequoia and Matrix also took part in this new raise. Read More

  • Samsung Pay Heads To Samsung’s Smart TVs

    Samsung Pay Heads To Samsung’s Smart TVs

    Last March Samsung announced Samsung Pay — a mobile payment offering which it hopes will go head to head with Apple Pay. The service has still not rolled out yet but Samsung is expanding its payment push to smart TVs, with the launch of Samsung Pay on TV — which it says will be coming to ‘select’ 2014 and 2015 Samsung smart TVs, initially in 32 countries. Read More

  • Chat App Line Invests In Mobile Games With New $20M Joint Venture

    Chat App Line Invests In Mobile Games With New $20M Joint Venture

    With revenue dropping this past quarter following a slump, Japan-based messaging firm Line is going back to what it knows best with a new $20 million joint venture to create mobile games. The company, which is owned by Korean Internet giant Naver, has partnered with Korean game development firm LongTu to create Hong Kong-based Lantu Games. The 50-50 venture (each side is putting in $10… Read More

  • China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms

    China’s Government Will Embed Police In Its Largest Tech Firms

    China already has some of the most stringent Internet restrictions in the world, but censorship is poised to become even more extreme. Sites and social networks will no longer just be surveilled by keyword filters and human monitors working remotely. China’s Ministry of Public Security has announced that police will be placed into the offices of major Internet companies. Read More

  • Last-Mile Logistics Startup LetsTransport Gets $1.3M To Expand Throughout India

    Last-Mile Logistics Startup LetsTransport Gets $1.3M To Expand Throughout India

    India’s e-commerce market is the fastest growing in Asia and expected to hit $6 billion this year. The country’s underdeveloped logistics networks needs to improve quickly, however, in order to support the volume of orders. Bengaluru-based Letstransport, one of several startups that specializes in ensuring smooth last-mile logistics, has raised $1.3 million led by Rebright Partners. Read More

  • Gurgaon-based Local Delivery Startup Pickingo Picks Up $1.3M

    Gurgaon-based Local Delivery Startup Pickingo Picks Up $1.3M

    Pickingo is the latest hyperlocal delivery startup in India to get funding. The company, which transports items between merchants and customers in six cities, has raised $1.3 million led by Rehan Yar Khan of Orios Venture Partners with participation from Zishaan Hayath. Read More

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