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Nvidia’s limited China connections

On December 14, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Danny Crichton
Categories: Asia, Government, Hardware, Policy, China, Foxconn, nvidia, quantum computing, Samsung Electronics, semiconductors, SK Hynix, TSMC

Another round of followups on Nvidia, and then some short news analysis. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at danny@techcrunch.com) if you like or hate something here. Nvidia / TSMC questions Following up on my analyses this […]

China’s BYD further drives into Chile with 100 electric buses

On December 14, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Rita Liao
Categories: Asia, Government, GreenTech, TC, Transportation, brazil, BYD, cars, Chile, China, Colombia, ecuador, electric bus, electric vehicle, Enel, transport

Over the past few years, Chinese automaker giant BYD has been on a partnership spree with cities across China to electrify their public transportation systems, and now it’s extending its footprint across the globe. On Thursday, BYD announced that it has shipped 100 electric buses to Santiago, the capital city of Chile. The step marks […]

Jack Dorsey and Twitter ignored opportunity to meet with civic group on Myanmar issues

On December 14, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, Social, civic, Facebook, jack dorsey, Myanmar, social media, Southeast Asia, Twitter, united nations

Responding to criticism from his recent trip to Myanmar, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s keen to learn about the country’s racial tension and human rights atrocities, but it has emerged that both he and Twitter’s public policy team ignored an opportunity to connect with a key civic group in the country. A loose group […]

LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M

On December 14, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Recent Funding, Startups, Baidu, China, computing, executive, lemonbox, Microsoft, mobile payments, qi lu, Software, supply chain, Tencent, United States, Walmart, WeChat, Y Combinator

LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the U.S., has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fueled by the demo day, has pulled in the new capital from 10 investors, which include Partech, Tekton Ventures, Cathexis […]

On stock prices and Nvidia

On December 13, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Danny Crichton
Categories: Asia, Government, Hardware, Policy, China, nvidia, Samsung, semiconductors, Tariffs, TSMC

Yesterday’s analysis of Nvidia’s challneges triggered a surge of mail from readers. The company has lost about half of its value over the past two months, and has mostly blamed a “crypto hangover” for the problem. But as I pointed yesterday, it’s really the three Cs: “Crypto, customers, and China.” There are nuances here worth […]

What China searched for in 2018: World Cup, trade war, Apple

On December 13, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Rita Liao
Categories: Asia, Entertainment, TC, Android, Apple, artificial intelligence, Baidu, China, Facebook, Google, huawei, iQiyi, Netflix, oppo, producer, Qualcomm, quantum computing, search engine, shenzhen, smartphone, Tencent, world cup

Soon after Google unveiled the top trends in what people searched for in 2018, Baidu published what captivated the Chinese in a parallel online universe, where most of the West’s mainstream tech services, including Google and Facebook, are inaccessible. Google’s year in search 2018: the World Cup, Fortnite GIFs and Bitcoin China’s top search engine […]

African fintech startup Jumo raises $12.5M more to fund Asia expansion

On December 13, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Apps, Asia, Finance, Recent Funding, Startups, africa, asia pacific, carsharing, ceo, economy, finance, Goldman Sachs, jumo, kenya, London, money, pakistan, Proparco, Singapore, Tanzania, Uber

Months after a big round, African fintech startup Jumo has pulled in a fresh $12.5 million to add more fuel for its expansion into Asia Pacific. The new investment comes from London-based investment fund Odey Asset Management, and it is an extension to a $52 million round that closed back in September. The deal takes Jumo, […]

Grab lands $150M for Yamaha Motor to double down on motorbike on-demand services

On December 13, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, grab, yamaha motors

Grab, the Southeast Asia ride-hailing firm that bought out Uber’s local business, has added another investor to its rolling cast of backers after it added $150 million from Yamaha Motor to its ongoing Series H round. That round is targeted at $3 billion, and Yamaha Motor joins an investor group in the round that includes […]

Lazada, Alibaba’s Southeast Asia e-commerce business, gets a new CEO

On December 13, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, eCommerce, Personnel, alibaba, Ant Financial, ceo, coo, e-commerce, economy, executive, Lazada, lucy peng, max bittner, online marketplaces, Rocket Internet, singles' day, Southeast Asia

Alibaba has reshuffled the leadership at Lazada, its e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, after CEO Lucy Peng — an original Alibaba co-founder — stepped down to be replaced by Lazada executive president Pierre Poignant after just nine months in the role. Alibaba owns more than 90 percent of Lazada but it has been involved in the business […]

TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asia’s startups

On December 13, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, TC, artificial intelligence, Australia, business, economy, entrepreneurship, finance, golden gate ventures, Google, Indonesia, jungle ventures, manufacturing, money, Monk's Hill Ventures, openspace ventures, Philippines, Private Equity, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Startup company, temasek, Thailand, TradeGecko, United States, venture capital, vietnam

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like approach to investing in startups in the region. The fund was launched in 2016 and it is a joint effort between Australia-based venture fund Aura […]

After losing half its value, Nvidia faces reckoning

On December 12, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Danny Crichton
Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Asia, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Government, Hardware, Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Bitmain, Facebook, Google, GPU, nvidia

Nvidia is a company that has reached the highest highs and the lowest lows, all in the span of a couple of weeks. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at danny@techcrunch.com) if you like or hate something […]

China’s second-largest gaming company to sell comics assets to rival

On December 12, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Rita Liao
Categories: Asia, Entertainment, acg, Chief Operating Officer, China, comics, netease, subculture, Tencent

China’s online youth entertainment platform Bilibili said it has agreed to buy major assets from the comics arm of gaming giant NetEase, which helped introduce Marvel’s first batch of Chinese superheroes in May. The deal announced on Wednesday will see Bilibili acquire the copyrights of a large number of popular storylines from NetEase to beef up […]

Starbucks challenger Luckin snags $200M investment on $2.2B valuation

On December 12, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Rita Liao
Categories: Apps, Asia, Food, Funding, alibaba, alibaba group, Beijing, China, Coffee, e-commerce, Ele.me, food and drink, food delivery, GIC, idreamsky, luckin, managing partner, Seattle, starbucks

Luckin, a startup that vows to topple Starbucks’ dominance in China, announced on Wednesday that it’s lifted its valuation to $2.2 billion after raising $200 million in a Series B funding round. This comes only five months after the coffee upstart, which soft-launched in January, picked up $200 million in investment. Luckin has been on a spending spree […]

China’s Tencent Music raises $1.1 billion in downsized US IPO

On December 12, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Media, TC, apple music, China, computing, initial public offering, microsoft windows, music streaming services, Online Music Stores, Software, Spotify, Tencent, tencent music, xbox

Tencent Music, China’s largest streaming company, has raised $1.1 billion in a U.S. IPO after it priced its shares at $13 apiece ahead of a listing on the NYSE today. That makes it one of the largest tech listings of the year, but the pricing is at the bottom end of its $13-$15 range, indicating […]

Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund

On December 12, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, eCommerce, Funding, Fundings & Exits, TC, alibaba, alibaba group, analyst, business, Central Intelligence Agency, chairman, China, e-commerce, economy, financial services, Indonesia, Jamal Khashoggi, journalist, Lazada Group, Masayoshi Son, Mohammed Bin Salman, online marketplaces, Saudi Arabia, Sequoia, Softbank, SoftBank Group, softbank ventures korea, Southeast Asia, taobao, Tencent, Trump administration, Vision Fund

Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised a $1.1 billion Series G round led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the Chinese e-commerce giant led a $1.1 billion round last year, while SoftBank recently transitioned its […]

Huawei CFO accused of fraud is granted $7.5M bail

On December 11, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Kate Clark
Categories: Asia, Policy, TC, Canada, huawei, Meng Wanzhou, Ren Zhengfei

The decision concludes a three-days-long court hearing in which the judge and the public prosecutor debated whether Wanzhou would breach her bail conditions.

Google CEO won’t rule out relaunching in China

On December 11, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Natasha Lomas
Categories: Asia, Government, Privacy, China, Congress, Google, House Judiciary Committee, search engine, search results, Sundar Pichai

Members of the House Judiciary committee have today closely questioned Google’s CEO about the company’s intentions in China, following reports this summer it’s planning a controversial return to the market despite local censorship of Internet services. Mountain View pulled its search engine out of China back in 2010, under pressure over censored search results. It also cited cyber […]

Huawei, Google and the tiring politics of tech

On December 11, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Danny Crichton
Categories: Asia, Government, Policy, China, Google, huawei, London, Meng Wanzhou, Oath, Sheryl Sandberg, Sundar Pichai, Verizon, Verizon Communications

The defining question of the 21st century is pretty simple: who owns what? Who owns the telecommunications infrastructure that powers our mobile devices? Who owns the OS that powers those devices? Who owns our data? Today, we see these intersecting arcs with two prominent tech leaders mired in legal and political processes. TechCrunch is experimenting […]

Struggling e-commerce firm LightInTheBox completes $85M deal for Singapore’s Ezbuy

On December 11, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, eCommerce, M&A, China, ezbuy, idg ventures, Indonesia, LightInTheBox, malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, pakistan, Singapore, Southeast Asia, taiwan, Thailand

Southeast Asia is a growing digital marketplace and increasingly a focus for startups across the world, but there haven’t been many exits. So it’s notable, then, that struggling Chinese discount e-commerce service LightInTheBox has closed its acquisition of Singapore-based Ezbuy, which operates a cross-border selling service in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Pakistan. The all-stock deal was […]

Move over notch, the hole-punch smartphone camera is coming

On December 11, 2018Source: Asia – TechCrunchBy Jon Russell
Categories: Asia, Gadgets, Mobile, TC, Apple, Canada, China, electronics, Europe, huawei, paris, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, samsung galaxy, selfie, Sina, smartphones, technology, United States, Xiaomi

First it was the notch, now the hole-punch has emerged as the latest tech for concealing selfie cameras whilst keeping our smartphones as free of bezel as possible to maximize the screen space. This week, Samsung and Huawei both unveiled new phones that dispense with the iconic “notch” — pioneered by Apple but popularized by everyone — […]