Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu

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Catherine Shu has covered startups in Asia and breaking news for TechCrunch since November 2012. She can be reached at shu@techcrunch.com, @catherineshu on Twitter or keybase.io/catherineshu

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The Latest from Catherine Shu

Amazon Prime Now Adds Local Stores In Manhattan

Amazon Prime Now is adding items from stores in Manhattan in a move that will make it an even closer competitor to startups like Instacart and Postmates. Previously, the e-commerce giant’s one-ho

FOVE, The Virtual Reality Headset Controlled By Eye Movements, Launches On Kickstarter

FOVE, the virtual reality headset that you can control with just your eyes, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The Tokyo-based startup, which launched at Disrupt SF last year as a Battlefi

Weathernews Inc Acquires Weathermob To Build The Future Of Crowdsourced Forecasts

Two companies that use crowdsourcing to provide an alternative to data from traditional weather stations have joined under the same umbrella. Weathernews Inc Japan announced today that it has acquired

Stox Gets $8M Series A To Make Equities Trading More Accessible

Stox is an online broker that wants to make trading stocks less mystifying for new investors. The London-based company announced that it has raised a $8 million series A round led by Singulariteam.

Akosha Gets $16M From Sequoia To Help Companies Handle Customer Questions

Akosha, a messaging platform that connects customers directly to businesses, has raised a $16 million series B round led by returning investor Sequoia Capital. The New Delhi-based startup counts e-com

Line’s User-Generated Sticker Market Made $75M During Its First Year

Last May, messaging app Line launched its Creators Market, a platform that lets all users make and sell stickers. Now Line has disclosed how the platform performed during its freshman year (a followup

Alibaba’s Taiwan Operations Face Another Regulatory Headache

Alibaba is once again facing legal issues in Taiwan. The company has been ordered to shut down the local branch of Taobao, its business-to-consumer marketplace, within six months and pay a fine of NTD

Baidu, China’s Leading Search Engine, Makes Strategic Investment In Content Recommendation Platform Taboola

The companies declined to name the exact amount of the deal, but said that it is in the “multi-millions.” Taboola serves up the links in the “Around The Web” and “Recommended For You” sect

Bengaluru Food Delivery Startup Dazo Helps Hungry Customers Figure Out What To Order Fast

Most food delivery services try to offer a cornucopia of selections from as many restaurants as possible. A Bengaluru startup called Dazo, however, is taking the opposite approach. Dazo (formerly know

Face++, Whose Facial Recognition Tech Is Used By Alibaba, Raises $25M

Face++, a Chinese startup that makes facial recognition technology used by Alibaba, has secured an additional $25 million for its series B round. Along with capital raised in November, this brings the

Alibaba Needs To “Globalize,” Says Its New CEO

The bulk of Alibaba’s revenue still comes from China, but the e-commerce giant will focus aggressively on growing its global business this year. Daniel Zhang, who took over as chief executive office

Rdio Launches $3.99 Monthly Plan For Cost-Conscious Subscribers

In a bid to compete with rival streaming music services, Rdio has announced a new low-cost subscription program called Rdio Select. For $3.99 a month, users can download up to 25 new songs every day t

Samsung Launches ARTIK, Its New Platform For Connected Devices

Samsung Electronics has launched a new open platform that it says will make developing smart devices faster and easier. ARTIK includes three circuit boards, software support, developer tools, and embe

SoftBank’s New President Is Former Google Head Of Business Nikesh Arora

SoftBank, the Japanese telecom giant that is also one of Asia’s most prolific startup investors, has named Google’s former chief business officer, Nikesh Arora, as its new president and potential

Aliyun, Alibaba’s Cloud Computing Unit, Takes Its First Steps Into The Middle East

Aliyun, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba, announced today that it has signed a joint-venture agreement with Dubai-based holding company Meraas to bring it services to companies and government organi

The Philippines To Introduce Regulations For Ridesharing Apps

The Filipino government is working on a new category of regulations specifically tailored for ridesharing apps like Uber. According to an announcement on the Department of Transportation and Communica

Apple Expands Its Renewable Paper And Energy Initiatives To China

Apple will extend several of its environmental projects in China, one of its fastest-growing markets. These initiatives include a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect forests used

Just Eat Snaps Up Menulog For $687M To Enter Australia And New Zealand

Online meal delivery company Just Eat has agreed to purchase Menulog for £445 million (about $687 million), marking its entrance into New Zealand and Australia. Menulog, which has 5,500 restaurants o

Google Integrates Food Ordering Into Search Results For Restaurants

Google now lets users in the U.S. order food from six companies—Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu, and MyPizza.com—directly from search results.

Indian Online Tutoring Platform Vedantu Nabs $5M From Accel And Tiger Global

Vedantu, an online tutoring platform, disclosed today that it has raised a $5 million series A from Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management. Test preparation is a big market in India as more studen
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