Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu is a TechCrunch writer. She started her career in New York City at the Wall Street Journal Online and Barron’s Online before moving to Asia. After studying Mandarin Chinese, Catherine put her language skills to the test by covering the design industry, entrepreneurship, and culture in Taiwan’s capital for the Taipei Times. Her other journalism experience includes an investigative reporting internship at the Village Voice and numerous freelance writing gigs. Catherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She can be reached at shu@techcrunch.com or @catherineshu on Twitter.

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  • Mt.Gox Will Reportedly File For Liquidation Instead Of Bankruptcy

    Mt.Gox Will Reportedly File For Liquidation Instead Of Bankruptcy

    Mt.Gox has filed for liquidation in a Tokyo court instead of going forward with its plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper’s sources said that Mt.Gox decided to abandon its previous plan for rehabilitation because it was too complex and unrealistic, but that it still hopes a buyer for the exchange can be found. Read More

  • Mashfeed Lets You Discover Better Content On Social Networks

    Mashfeed Lets You Discover Better Content On Social Networks

    Mashfeed isn’t just about finding new content. It also lets you organize posts in a better way than most social networks currently allow. On Mashfeed, you create public or private channels (called mashfeeds) that let you add specific users, pages, or hashtags on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. You can also subscribe to channels made by existing users or Mashfeed and trending topics… Read More

  • Social Commerce Startup Chloe+Isabel Introduces Live Virtual Jewelry Trunk Shows

    Social Commerce Startup Chloe+Isabel Introduces Live Virtual Jewelry Trunk Shows

    Chloe+Isabel follows in the footsteps of companies like Avon and Tupperware, but the startup is among several companies that want to redefine the direct-selling business model with technology. Now Chloe+Isabel is taking its proprietary tech platform one step further with virtual trunk shows that allow sellers to connect with customers in different parts of the country at the same time using… Read More

  • Zebra Technologies May Acquire Motorola Solutions For $3.5B (Updated)

    Zebra Technologies May Acquire Motorola Solutions For $3.5B (Updated)

    Update: The companies confirmed that Zebra Technologies is buying Motorola Solutions’ handheld unit for $3.45 billion. Motorola Solutions may sell its enterprise division to Zebra Technologies in a deal worth about $3.5 billion, according to a report in the Financial Times. The acquisition, which may be announced on Tuesday, would produce a company that could generate annual sales of… Read More

  • Viddsee BUZZ Launches To Help Independent Asian Films Go Viral

    Viddsee BUZZ Launches To Help Independent Asian Films Go Viral

    Viddsee, an online video platform that helps independent filmmakers throughout Asia distribute their work, has launched the beta version of Viddsee BUZZ, a new site that is meant to help content reach a wider audience on social networks. The site, which launched last year, also announced that Viddsee has hit five unique million viewers. Read More

  • BTC China Launches ATM Web App

    BTC China Launches ATM Web App

    BTC China, one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges by trading volume, released a new mobile-friendly Web app called the Picasso ATM today. The Picasso ATM allows users around the world to exchange the digital currency for cash without having to find a physical ATM. Read More

  • Wall Mount MagBak Turns Your iPad Into A Fancy Magnet

    Wall Mount MagBak Turns Your iPad Into A Fancy Magnet

    The MagBak claims to be the world’s thinnest mount for the iPad. Indeed, the entire kit consists of a wall holder (called the MagStick) that is only slightly thicker than pencil and a strong but thin magnetic grip which adheres to the back of the tablet. The latest version of the MagBak is on Kickstarter and has already raised nearly double its $15,000 goal with three days left in… Read More

  • Sequoia-Backed Chinese Retailer Jumei Files For $400M U.S. IPO

    Sequoia-Backed Chinese Retailer Jumei Files For $400M U.S. IPO

    Beijing-based online retailer Jumei plans to hold its initial public offering in the U.S. In its SEC filing over the weekend Jumei, which offers daily deals on fragrances and cosmetics, said it wants to raise up to $400 million, but did not disclose which exchange it will list on. The company was founded in 2009 and its investors include Sequoia Capital. Read More

  • iOS App Driving Curve Is A Fitness Tracker For Your Car

    iOS App Driving Curve Is A Fitness Tracker For Your Car

    iOS app Driving Curve is an easy way to track your driving performance without having to fiddle with additional devices. It’s meant as simple alternative for people who are curious about their driving performance, but don’t want to deal with an OBD or a more complicated set of features just yet. Read More

  • Tempdrop Is A Wearable Body Temperature Sensor For Fertility Tracking

    Tempdrop Is A Wearable Body Temperature Sensor For Fertility Tracking

    Tempdrop is a wearable sensor that makes it easy for people to monitor and record their basal body temperatures. That data can be integrated by developers into any fertility app with few lines of code. The startup, which is currently raising funds for Tempdrop on Indiegogo, has already collaborated with Kindara, OvuView, My Days, Menstrual Calendar, LadyTimer, and other apps. Read More

  • SparkLabs Korea Presents Third Demo Day, Launches Hardware Accelerator In Seoul

    SparkLabs Korea Presents Third Demo Day, Launches Hardware Accelerator In Seoul

    SparkLabs Korea launched just 18 months ago, but the Seoul-based accelerator already has a strong track record. Its third Demo Day today featured companies that develop wearable technology, medical devices, and mobile games. Alumni include beauty subscription service Memebox, which was one of the top three startups voted by its Y Combinator colleagues as the most likely to succeed. Read More

  • GrabTaxi Raises Series A, Prepares To Expand In Southeast Asia

    GrabTaxi Raises Series A, Prepares To Expand In Southeast Asia

    GrabTaxi, which claims to be the largest taxi app in Southeast Asia, has raised its Series A round from Vertex Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek, an investment company owned by Singapore’s government. The startup’s CEO and founder Anthony Tan declined to disclose the exact amount of the funding, but said it was more than $10 million. Read More

  • Colorbay Is A New Way Of Looking At Instagram, Flickr And Other Photo-Sharing Platforms

    Colorbay Is A New Way Of Looking At Instagram, Flickr And Other Photo-Sharing Platforms

    Colorbay is a beautiful iOS app that lets you browse images from popular photo-sharing sites like Instagram, 500px, and Flickr. If you are a longtime user of these services, Colorbay is also a time capsule that lets you rediscover old favorites. Read More

  • HBO Go Still Recovering From Outage During Game Of Thrones Premiere

    HBO Go Still Recovering From Outage During Game Of Thrones Premiere

    HBO Go crashed during the Game of Thrones’ season premiere due to “overwhelming demand,” potentially affecting millions of viewers. The service said that it has returned to several platforms and “is working hard towards full recovery.” Read More

  • Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones

    Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones

    Secret and Whisper have hit a dubious benchmark of success. Both have been cloned by developers in China. Secret posted about its Chinese duplicate this weekend, while Tech In Asia was the first English-language publication to report on both apps. Mimi means “secret” in Chinese, while Xiaosheng means “quiet.” Mimi was made by Shenzhen Wumii Technology Limited, which… Read More

  • Numari Offers Affordable Luxury With Custom-Fit Women’s Dresses

    Numari Offers Affordable Luxury With Custom-Fit Women’s Dresses

    “Fast fashion” has made it easy to stay on top of trends, but drastically lowered the quality of clothing available in mass market stores. Several startups, include Bonobos, Indochino, J. Hilburn, and Trumaker, are trying to reverse the trend by offering custom-made menswear. Now a new startup called Numari wants to do the same thing for women. Read More

  • Google Street View Adds Panoramic Photos Of Angkor Wat

    Google Street View Adds Panoramic Photos Of Angkor Wat

    Google Street View now has 90,000 new panoramic images of Angkor Wat’s famous temples. The gorgeous photos were taken during sunrise at more than 100 historic sites, including Bayon Temple and the Ramayana’s Battle of Lanka bas relief carvings. Equipment used include Google’s Street View cars and Trekkers, or backpack-mounted cameras. Read More

  • Social Casino Games Are Among The Most Lucrative Mobile Gaming Categories, Says Distimo

    Social Casino Games Are Among The Most Lucrative Mobile Gaming Categories, Says Distimo

    Though they receive much less attention than other apps, social casino games are one of the top-grossing categories in mobile gaming, says a new report by Distimo. The report used data from Distimo AppIQ to see how much revenue different publishers are making in the iOS App Store and Google Play. Even though they don’t get the attention of Supercell, King, GungHo, and the other… Read More

  • Indian Mobile Messaging App Hike Raises $14M In New Funding From BSB

    Indian Mobile Messaging App Hike Raises $14M In New Funding From BSB

    Hike, a cross-platform messaging app based in India, announced that it has received $14 million in new funding from BSB, a joint venture between Hike’s founder and SoftBank Corp. In a statement, Kavin Bharti Mittal, Hike’s founder, said that the new capital will be spent on accelerating user acquisition and hiring. Read More

  • Taiwan Fitness Startup iFit Raises $900K In Seed Funding

    Taiwan Fitness Startup iFit Raises $900K In Seed Funding

    iFit, a Taiwanese fitness startup and online community (not to be confused with the fitness tracking app iFit), has raised $900,000 in seed funding from Cherubic Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage companies in Taiwan, China, and Silicon Valley. The company plans to use the funding to expand overseas and begin making branded products, including wearable tech devices. Read More