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Korean e-commerce firm Coupang raises $2 billion from SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch

Korean e-commerce firm Coupang raises $2 billion from SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch Just days after a CIA report concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, SoftBank’s Vision Fund — the gargantuan investment vehicle anchored by a $45 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s …

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Xiaomi gobbles up selfie phone brand Meitu as revenue jumps 49% – TechCrunch

Xiaomi gobbles up selfie phone brand Meitu as revenue jumps 49% – TechCrunch Xiaomi is diversifying into a new range of phones as the Chinese smartphone maker announced impressive growth with its latest financials. The company announced it will take over selfie app maker Meitu’s smartphone business to go after new …

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Airbnb is using what3words to list stays with Mongolian nomads – TechCrunch

Airbnb is using what3words to list stays with Mongolian nomads – TechCrunch Putting a new spin on the term ‘digital nomad’, UK addressing platform what3words has partnered with Airbnb to list stays with Mongolian nomads. The startup’s simplified addressing system is being applied to help adventurous travellers ‘home share’ with Dukha reindeer herders …

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SoftBank’s Deepcore and accelerator Zeroth team up to hunt early stage AI opportunities – TechCrunch

SoftBank’s Deepcore and accelerator Zeroth team up to hunt early stage AI opportunities – TechCrunch Two early stage AI programs are joining forces because, even in the world of artificial intelligence, two heads are better than one. Hong Kong-based accelerator Zeroth — which recently grabbed a majority investment from Animoca Brands …

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Southeast Asia’s digital economy to triple to $240 billion by 2025 – TechCrunch

Southeast Asia’s digital economy to triple to $240 billion by 2025 – TechCrunch It may sit in the shade of China and India, but tech has real growth potential in Southeast Asia. Home to a cumulative 650 million people, the region’s digital economy is forecast to triple in size and …

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Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations – TechCrunch

Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations – TechCrunch A new dispatch from our ‘QR Codes Are Very Much Alive In Asia’ reporting program: Hong Kong’s subway system will soon allow its commuters to pay by scanning QR codes thanks to a deal with Alibaba that …

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Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics – TechCrunch

Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics – TechCrunch The rise of smartphone cameras and social media in recent years has fuelled a new level of marking and sharing memories using photos, but one startup is betting that people are prepared to go the next level …

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Another crypto exchange goes old school as KuCoin raises $20M from VCs – TechCrunch

Another crypto exchange goes old school as KuCoin raises $20M from VCs – TechCrunch I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: one of the biggest trends in crypto this year is companies raising money the old fashioned way through venture capitalists. Hot on the heels of Binance raising …

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