Jon Russell

Jon Russell is an Asia-based writer for TechCrunch. Formerly he was an Asia editor for The Next Web.Jon Russell is passionate about the development of the internet, technology, and startups in Asia. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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  • Spotify launches in Thailand to continue its Asia push

    Spotify launches in Thailand to continue its Asia push

    While talk of Spotify’s apparent upcoming IPO continues in the U.S., the music streaming service is furthering its coverage of Asia after it launched its service in Thailand. Spotify Premium, which counts over 60 million paying users, will cost 129 THB in Thailand. That’s just over $4 and in line with its pricing across Asia. Customers in the U.S. and UK will be aware that it… Read More

  • Hackers nab $500,000 as Enigma is compromised weeks before its ICO

    Hackers nab $500,000 as Enigma is compromised weeks before its ICO

    The ICO hackers are at it again. Enigma, a de-centralized platform that’s preparing to raise money via a crypto token sale, had its website and a number of social accounts compromised with the perpetrators netting nearly $500,000 in digital coin by sending out spam. Enigma, which was started by a group of MIT graduates, did not lose any money from the attack. Whoever orchestrated it… Read More

  • Auto giant Continental buys Singapore-based Quantum Inventions for $29M

    Auto giant Continental buys Singapore-based Quantum Inventions for $29M

    German automotive giant Continental is furthering its push into the future of transportation after it got its check book out to acquire Quantum Inventions, a Singapore-based company that specializes in mobility data services. The deal was announced in July with little fanfare and it is officially undisclosed, but a source told TechCrunch that it is around the SG$40 million mark —… Read More

  • New Apple videos explain how iOS 11 and its multi-tasking features work on the iPad

    New Apple videos explain how iOS 11 and its multi-tasking features work on the iPad

    iOS 11, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is quite the game-changer for iPad owners. We wrote that the software effectively turns an iPad into a mobile computer through a number of new features that go beyond previous limits with a focus on multi-tasking. The new iOS is currently in beta, but when it is released to all it will bring a very different experience to… Read More

  • Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

    Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

    Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has called for the implementation of a framework to govern how the internet’s gatekeepers deal with cases like The Daily Stormer. This comes after a number of tech companies have revoked support for the neo-Nazi website for its close association with the violent far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville. Seven-year-old Cloudflare took the step of… Read More

  • Alibaba leads $1.1B investment in Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia

    Alibaba leads $1.1B investment in Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia

    Alibaba has continued its push into Southeast Asia after it led a $1.1 billion investment in Tokopedia, an e-commerce firm based in Indonesia. A valuation for the deal was not announced, but the companies did say that Alibaba has become a minority shareholder. Tokopedia, which was founded in 2009, operates a marketplace that allows small retailers and large brands to sell to consumers in… Read More

  • Alibaba’s profit doubles to $2.1B after another huge quarter of business

    Alibaba’s profit doubles to $2.1B after another huge quarter of business

    Alibaba had another blockbuster quarter of business as its profits almost doubled. The Chinese e-commerce giant reported net profit of 14 billion RMB ($2.1 billion) for its recent quarter that finished June 30 — that’s up 96 percent year-on-year. Total revenue grew 56 percent to reach 50.2 billion CNY ($7.4 billion), easily exceeding estimates, with the firm reporting 466… Read More

  • Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app

    Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app

    Google might soon release a data-friendly version of its search app for mobile. That’s because the company is currently piloting such an app in Indonesia, as the eagle-eyed team at Android Police first spotted. “Search Lite” — which TechCrunch understands is not the name of the app, but it is certainly an accurate description of it — is essentially a modified… Read More

  • Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

    Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

    China is about to take net neutrality to the next level after a group of influential tech companies that includes Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing and JD.com agreed to invest nearly $12 billion into state-run mobile operator China Unicom. China Unicom is the country’s second largest operator with 269 million mobile customers, which makes it one of the largest in the world. The… Read More

  • Uber’s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

    Uber’s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

    Regular run-ins with government regulators and battles with well-funded local rivals have made Asia challenging terrain for Uber. The challenge is such that it’s fitting that the U.S. ride-sharing giant has hired a man who once scaled the summit of Mount Everest to lead its business in the region. Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia, was announced today… Read More

  • Tim Cook ‘disagrees’ with Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville violence

    Tim Cook ‘disagrees’ with Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville violence

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticized U.S. President Trump’s reaction to the violent events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one woman dead. “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two… Read More

  • Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

    Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

    Tencent, Asia’s highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games. The firm’s profit in Q2 2017 rocketed 70 percent year-on-year on the back of the success of Tencent’s mobile games, particularly smash hit Honour of Kings which claims over 200 million registered users. Honour… Read More

  • Alipay partners with Yelp to continue its pursuit of Chinese tourist money

    Alipay partners with Yelp to continue its pursuit of Chinese tourist money

    Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliated valued at $60 billion, is continuing to follow Chinese tourists and their wallets overseas after it inked a deal with Yelp in the U.S.. The partnership allows Alipay users — and there are over 500 million registered in China — to make payment through the service when they use Yelp for restaurant bookings. The launch initially covers… Read More

  • Uber suspends its service in the Philippines following ban over unregistered drivers

    Uber suspends its service in the Philippines following ban over unregistered drivers

    Uber has suspended its services in Philippines after the national regulator banned it from operating for one month. The country’s Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered a cease and desist against the U.S. ride-hailing firm on Monday over its apparent flouting of a ban on new drivers. The company initially lodged an appeal and continued with its service… Read More

  • Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

    Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

    Apple continues to be locked out of China’s massive mobile payments space. The latest reminder came this week when Beijing’s transportation system opened up to smartphone payments… via an Android app. Already Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Alibaba’s Alipay services dominate China’s mobile payment space, which is estimated to have processed $3 trillion last year… Read More

  • In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas

    In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas

    Uber has inspired countless businesses to adopt its asset-light and on-demand approach to their industries. The examples are countless. Food delivery, dry cleaning, jet planes, home services rental bikes, or even phone chargers to name but a few — but how about farming equipment? That’s the case in India, where a startup called EM3 AgriServices is helping rural farmers literally… Read More

  • Indian messaging app Hike acquires hardware startup Creo

    Indian messaging app Hike acquires hardware startup Creo

    India-based messaging app Hike is back on the acquisition trail after it picked up Creo, a hardware company that previously released smartphones, streaming devices and an operating system. The price of the deal is undisclosed. Hike released a short statement late on Friday announcing the acquisition, although it does not appear that the 50-person Creo will continue to work on… Read More

  • FlySpaces, an Airbnb for office space in Southeast Asia, raises $2.1M

    FlySpaces, an Airbnb for office space in Southeast Asia, raises $2.1M

    Now is a good time to be in the co-working industry in Southeast Asia, it seems. Barely days after WeWork announced plans to enter the region, which is home to over 600 million people, through the acquisition of Singapore startup Spacemob, now a company that operates like an Airbnb for office space rentals has raised money. FlySpaces, a startup headquartered in the Philippines… Read More

  • Toyota, Intel and others form big data group for automotive tech

    Toyota, Intel and others form big data group for automotive tech

    A collection of prominent names in the tech industry have teamed up with Toyota to work on developing big data systems to support self-driving cars and other future automotive advances. Denso, Ericsson, Intel and NTT Docomo joined hands with the Japanese car giant to announce the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium today. The group said it has plans to add “relevant global… Read More

  • China’s top social networks face investigation for hosting porn and illicit content

    China’s top social networks face investigation for hosting porn and illicit content

    China continues to crack down on online media after the government announced that it is investigating three of the country’s most influential social networks for hosting illicit content. The Office for Cyberspace Administration is looking into content on chat app WeChat, micro-blogging platform Weibo and web forum Baidu Tieba, each of which stands accused of failing to stamp out… Read More

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