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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (30 November 2018) – Why Japan Will Become A SaaS Nation + Ursula K. Le Guin on Suffering and Getting to the Other Side of Pain: “All you have is what you are, and what you give.”

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (30 November 2018) – Why Japan Will Become A SaaS Nation + Ursula K. Le Guin on Suffering and Getting to the Other Side of Pain: “All you have is what you are, and what you give.”

Companies

  • Nintendo to ease its draconian rules for YouTubers and livestreamers (TNW)
  • Trend Micro Demonstrates Strength of Relationship with Amazon Web Services Through Integrated Technology, Channel and Diversity Programs (Devops)
  • Seven-Eleven taps facial recognition for future unstaffed stores; Cashierless shop to take center stage in labor-short Japan (Nikkei)
  • Why Xiaomi’s fancy phones aren’t selling (TIA)
  • China’s Ctrip to Use Discounts to Lure Travelers as Economy Slows; Company sees opportunity to gain market share with targeted advertising and lower prices (WSJ)
  • Meitu accused of improper data collection, again (Technode)
  • Samsung supplier indicted in leak of OLED tech to China; Recipient seen to be BOE, a key partner of smartphone rival Huawei (Nikkei); South Korea indicts group for leaking Samsung display tech to Chinese firm BOE Tech (Reuters)
  • Taiwanese ASIC manufacturer Aspeed Technology now tackles 360º video processing with a proprietary 360-degree spherical image processor it will showcase at CES implemented in an affordable consumer 360-degree camera. (EE News)
  • Start-up partners DLF, Delta Electronics India and ABB India for EV charging network (AC)
  • Delta Electronics announces partnership with Codesys (Digitimes)
  • Cash-Strapped Millennials Are Turning to Installment Plans to Pay for T-Shirts and Jeans; Finance apps Afterpay and Affirm approve applicants in seconds and say their algorithms minimize default risk. (Bloomberg)
  • Gentrack delivers on guidance but warns about customer caution (Sharechat)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • South Korea Charges 11 With Selling Samsung Technology to China (Bloomberg)
  • Samsung Elec says it will cancel $4.4 billion worth of shares (Reuters)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Apple investors need new revenue metric: Shira Ovide (AFR)
  • Apple tunes into terrestrial radio to amplify digital service; Tim Cook hopes industry ties will help iPhone maker catch up with Spotify (FT)
  • Microsoft Could Beat Apple as the Most Valuable Company. But the ‘Winner’s Curse’ Looms. (Barron’s); Dinosaur reborn: Microsoft is now worth as much as Apple. How did that happen? (Age)
  • New Parents Complain Amazon Baby-Registry Ads Are Deceptive; Unwanted gifts arrive after friends click on promotions tucked into wish lists (WSJ)
  • Nvidia share price reflects ups and downs of artificial intelligence; Machine learning is useful but does not replace the human mind (FT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Nobel laureate Thomas Sargent: China might have a tech bubble (KRA)
  • Chinese tech companies are now keeping detailed records of users’ activity (CNN); In China, Your Tesla or BMW Could Be Talking to the Government (Bloomberg)
  • Bytedance fined by Chinese regulator over illegal medical advertisements (SCMP)
  • Chinese Takeover of European Tech Assets Set for Greater Scrutiny (Bloomberg)
  • China is preparing to end its $176 billion experiment with peer-to-peer lending. (Bloomberg)
  • Nanshan District spurs entrepreneurs on path to success (Technode)
  • Founder of smartphone brand Gionee on social credit blacklist (Technode)
  • Dorabot’s Spencer Deng Is Building A Silicon Valley Startup With Shenzhen Speed To Enable Smart Logistics (CMN)
  • Why Japan Will Become A SaaS Nation (Forbes)
  • Easyship, a Stripe for global e-commerce shipping, raises $4M (Techcrunch)
  • “LegalForce”, in which AI reviews contracts in 1 second, raises 500 million yen; 70 companies introduce in beta version in about three months (Techcrunch)
  • Japan’s parking reservation application “akippa” starts a paid membership plan (Techcrunch)
  • The Harajuku Store That Won’t Let You Bring Your Clothes Home (Bloomberg)
  • This Malaysian startup has 12m users worldwide. Here’s how it runs its 58-strong team (TIA)
  • The biggest players in the Thai startup ecosystem (Infographic) (TIA)
  • Agtech startup Imago AI is using computer vision to boost crop yields (Techcrunch)
  • Rise of Online Shopping Makes Warehouses Hot Property in India (Bloomberg)
  • Grab, Go-Jek wage street fight for South East Asia ‘super-app’ supremacy (Reuters, SCMP)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Asana, a work management platform, nabs $50M growth round at a $1.5B valuation (Techcrunch); Consolidation ahead for business software start-ups; Cloud applications such as Asana face struggle to retain their independence (FT)
  • DHL Turns to Robots to Equip U.S. Warehouses for E-Commerce (Bloomberg)
  • Here’s How One Analyst Sees Two Options in the Digital Home-Services Business (Barron’s)
  • UK unicorn Revolut on the way to Asia to challenge local payment apps (TIA)
  • Ad buyers sceptical as Snap looks beyond teens for growth (Reuters); Turns out Snapchat wants to be in “poor” India after all (qz)
  • Morgan Stanley Adds FAANGs, Cloud Stocks to Annual Growth List (Bloomberg)
  • Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build ‘super-soldiers’ (Reuters)
  • The Race for a Better EV Battery (EE Times)
  • OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth? Proposed regulations would allow the majority of homes to be bought and sold without being appraised by a human (WSJ)

Life

  • Ursula K. Le Guin on Suffering and Getting to the Other Side of Pain: “All you have is what you are, and what you give.” (BP)
  • 40 Lessons from 40 Years of Apple Ads (Medium)
  • Does Hong Kong’s proposed suspension rule give regulators enough teeth to eject errant firms? (SCMP)
  • Singapore Needs More Fraud-Busters (Bloomberg)
  • Ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch Indicted for Fraud Tied to 2011 HP Deal (Bloomberg)
  • SEBI To Nail PMS Fund Managers For Duping Public With Bogus Buy Recommendations (RJ)
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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 November 2018) – Altium’s 3D viewing to see errors and assist greatly with the overall design concept + Robert Greene: 4 Signs of Short-Term Thinking and strategies to overcome them

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (29 November 2018) – Altium’s 3D viewing to see errors and assist greatly with the overall design concept + Robert Greene: 4 Signs of Short-Term Thinking and strategies to overcome them

Companies

  • Japan’s Line recruits appliance makers for its smart speakers (Nikkei)
  • Baidu’s iQiyi Video Site Plans Convertible Bond Sale (Bloomberg)
  • Weibo acquires top live streaming platform Yizhibo (Technode)
  • Xiaomi’s smart speaker now has over 34 million monthly active users (Technode); China’s Xiaomi teams up with furniture brand Ikea on smart home devices (SCMP)
  • Chinese medical tech platform WuXi AppTec launches $1 billion HK listing (Reuters)
  • Sinbon to acquire nearly 10% stake in Nextronics, a maker of connectors for industrial computing and optical communication devices (Digitimes)
  • Getac Launches Rugged Tablet K120 in S. Korea (BK)
  • Altium’s 3D viewing to see errors and assist greatly with the overall design concept (TM)
  • Naukri Parent, Info Edge Puts More Money in B2B Footwear Marketplace ShoeKonnect (TS)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Samsung and rival chipmakers brace for stall in supercycle (Nikkei)
  • TSMC, A Company Few Americans Know Is About to Dethrone Intel; TSMC factories help Amazon, others shed their Intel addiction (Bloomberg)
  • Samsung Heads Toward the DMZ to Challenge Cloud-Computing Giants (Bloomberg)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Facebook to expand its section for local news ‘Today In’ (Reuters)
  • Antitrust, the App Store, and Apple (Stratechery)
  • Microsoft’s tussle for top spot highlights its transformation; It has drawn level with Apple thanks to cloud services but shadow of regulation looms (FT)
  • The bulk of Amazon’s ad dollars are coming from placement in its virtual store aisles (qz)
  • Amazon Cloud Business Seen Reaching $350 Billion Value by 2022 (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon’s newest service uses machine learning to extract medical data from patient records (Techcrunch)
  • Amazon Targets Hybrid-Cloud Customers With On-Site Servers (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon’s Cloud Chief Defends Use of Facial Recognition Software (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon launches machine learning chip, taking on Nvidia, Intel (Reuters); New at Amazon: Its own chips for cloud computing (Wired)
  • Amazon’s latest gadget: a self-driving toy car for coders (Reuters)
  • Amazon said to edge past Flipkart in India e-commerce market amid mounting losses (Nikkei)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • This Chinese Billionaire Wants to Put Human-Like Robots in Your Home; James Zhou founded world’s most valuable consumer bot startup. (Bloomberg)
  • Yitu unveils new AI cancer detection tool, hailing such products ‘great creations in human history’ (SCMP)
  • Why some Chinese consumers think an iPhone is worth two Huaweis or three Xiaomis (SCMP)
  • EBay CEO aims to turn Japan operations into a multibillion-dollar business (Japan Times)
  • Mitsucari, which matches the personality of the job seekers and “Compatibility diagnosis” of company culture with AI, raised 150 million yen (Techcrunch)
  • India’s Drivezy raises $20M for its on-demand vehicle rental service (Techcrunch)
  • Phase three in Indonesia’s ‘wallet wars’: pairing with e-commerce platforms (KRA)
  • Workforce management startup Deputy has raised $US81 million ($111 million) in funding in what is the biggest Series B raise in Australian history. (Age)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • RoadBotics developed technology that identifies and catalogs every crag and crack in streets, alerting authorities of issues through an interface that zooms into the tiniest detail of the asphalt beneath your wheels. (Techcrunch)
  • The Disney of the Future Is Taking Shape. Watch the Stock Soar, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • In these stores of the future, you grab stuff and leave (CNN)
  • To Sniff Out Insider Trading, Follow the Options Market; How algorithmic sleuths use artificial intelligence to expose suspicious activity related to mergers and acquisitions. (Bloomberg)
  • Qualcomm sets up $100 million fund to invest in AI startups (Reuters)
  • Uber and Deliveroo talks ‘miles apart’ on valuation; Deal stalls as ride hailing app offers less than half $4bn price tag (FT)

Life

  • How To Deal With The Adversities Of Life (Medium)
  • Robert Greene: 4 Signs of Short-Term Thinking and strategies to overcome them (Medium)
  • Use Einstein’s Educational Philosophy to Boost Your Learning (Medium)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (28 November 2018) – Achieving Platform Dominance + Investors do all kinds of exercises to make sense of the world-modeling scenarios in spreadsheets, conducting diligence on management, or reading pitch decks. But few exercises help clarify your thoughts better than writing.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (28 November 2018) – Achieving Platform Dominance + Investors do all kinds of exercises to make sense of the world-modeling scenarios in spreadsheets, conducting diligence on management, or reading pitch decks. But few exercises help clarify your thoughts better than writing.

Companies

  • Keyence’s miraculous margins (FT)
  • Nintendo Switch Loses Shine With Shipments Seen Missing Target (Bloomberg)
  • Chinese AI champion iFlytek censors politically sensitive terms on its translation app (SCMP)
  • Innodisk Launching Revolutionizing Industrial-Grade Graphics Card in M.2 Form Factor (BI)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Taobao is now testing new feature that includes product reviews from Xiaohongshu (Technode)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • Microsoft Becomes World’s Most Valuable Company After Apple Rout (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon’s Cloud Unit Will Sell Satellite Data Service; Lockheed Martin is building a ground antenna network that will work with Amazon’s new satellite service (Bloomberg)
  • Amazon Unveils Server Chip, Challenging Intel on Price (Bloomberg)
  • Apple Watch study could have benefits for preventive medicine; Data from 400,000 users shows people respond to tangible incentives to exercise more (FT)
  • YouTube shifts to make new exclusive shows, movies free to users (Reuters)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Did ‘billion-dollar’ gambling loss in Saipan imperil Chinese smartphone maker Gionee? (SCMP)
  • AI company FaceMe rattles tin for Series A raising; The company puts its assistants in retail stores, where they take the pressure off human staff by offering answers to simple questions, finding products and dispensing relationship advice (AFR)
  • Japan Sniffing Out Its AI Niches (EE Times)
  • Korea’s Huge Bet on Semiconductor Exports Adds Risks to Economy (Bloomberg)
  • Online bookseller Booktopia is seeking up to a $10 million equity injection to help fund further automation in its distribution centre and buy more stock. (AFR)
  • Skype co-founder raises $105m for Southeast Asian fintech startup; Oriente races big brands to reach unbanked Indonesians, Filipinos and Vietnamese (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Seeing Some Light in Chip Equipment; Demand for EUV gear is growing despite expected reductions in overall capital spending (WSJ)
  • Fortnite Battle Royale addiction is forcing kids into video-game rehab (SCMP)
  • Spotify Secures Rights to Booming Indian Music Market (Bloomberg)
  • Outrage Over Human Gene Editing Will Fade Fast; Fears of designer babies are overblown, and the disease-fighting benefits are too great to ignore. (Bloomberg)
  • Salesforce Jumps on Strong Sales, Continuing Rapid Growth (Bloomberg)
  • Good Things Come to Those Who Wait for Unicorn IPOs; Despite less of a first-day pop, more established companies do better in the long run. (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Avengers Hero Kit teaches kids to code with Marvel superheroes (Age)
  • Investors do all kinds of exercises to make sense of the world-modeling scenarios in spreadsheets, conducting diligence on management, or reading pitch decks. But few exercises help clarify your thoughts better than writing. (Morgan Housel)
  • Achieving Platform Dominance: Most business model innovations are platform plays. Platforms are business models and enabling infrastructure that create value for multiple, complementary constituencies through powerful network effects. Tipping dynamics can produce a dominant platform in a particular application, content, or market domain. This paper explores three questions of importance for platform entrepreneurs, investors, and users. Why do dominant platforms often emerge? What are the secrets of their success? How can you win the race for platform dominance? It uses the combination of a causal loop model and case studies to analyze the dynamics that shape the lifecycle of a platform. Past research emphasizes the economic value created by platforms. We highlight the value created by social features, e.g., sharing, conversation, collaboration, and influence, the importance of social network effects, and the role of functional features in enabling the social dynamics of platforms. This paper considers three critical phases of a platform’s development, each with its own signature dynamics. The three phase model highlights the strategic imperatives for successful platform development. The dominant dynamics at each phase are different, but set the stage for the subsequent phase. These evolving dynamics should define the focus and objectives of a platform development strategy. (SSRN)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 November 2018) – Forget FAANG – focus on the next tech stars + Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: Farnam Street’s Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (27 November 2018) – Forget FAANG – focus on the next tech stars + Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: Farnam Street’s Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Companies

  • Japan’s Line jumps 17 percent after Nikkei reports Tencent tie-up to offer mobile payment services (Reuters)
  • Chinese food delivery giant Meituan considers consolidating data from its different platforms after loss widens amid price war with Alibaba (SCMP)
  • Tencent-backed online travel agency Tongcheng-eLong plans to use Hong Kong IPO to build brand awareness (SCMP)
  • Forget FAANG – focus on the next Australian tech stars (AFR)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Alibaba’s Daniel Zhang launches restructuring hot on the heels of US$30.8bn Singles’ Day record (SCMP)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • The Facebook Era is Over (LinkedIn)
  • Microsoft’s stock market value catches up with Apple (Reuters)
  • Amazon, With Little Fanfare, Emerges as an Advertising Giant; Its push challenges the big ad sellers, including Facebook, Google and TV networks (WSJ)
  • Nvidia Stock Is a Buy After Losing Half Its Value, Says Credit Suisse (Barron’s)
  • Netflix and market chills: why tech giants are hurting the most (Age)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese AI chipmaker Horizon Robotics raises up to $1bn; Funding round values Intel-backed company at between $3bn to $4bn (FT)
  • Finance education platform Golden Education scored RMB80m from Hillhouse Capital and Morgan Stanley with 3M active users on top of 50K corporate clients (KRA)
  • Hangzhou is investing in becoming the esports capital of the world (qz)
  • How Cheap Labor Drives China’s A.I. Ambitions (NYT)
  • Japan to hold companies accountable for AI decisions; Legal guidelines aim for increased transparency on how the technology is used (Nikkei)
  • Startups look to make life easier for new arrivals in Japan; Helping with living arrangements and health care are among new growth businesses (Nikkei)
  • Singapore-based mobility solutions provider V3 Smart Technologies sees huge opportunities integrating AR into its workforce products. (BT)
  • American private equity firm HIG Capital is considering listing its global translation software company Lionbridge on the Australian Securities Exchange. (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Did Slack help NASA land on Mars? (qz)
  • Your Smart TV Is Only Going to Get Dumber; Connected TVs, expensive and huge, are like cars depreciating as they drive off the lot, but it doesn’t have to be that way (WSJ)
  • This Website Is the Stock Market for Nikes and Rolexes; StockX, a Dan Gilbert backed start-up has revolutionized the secondary market for sneakers, streetwear, handbags and watches. With a new London office, it has its sights set on global expansion (WSJ)
  • How theSkimm Grew to 7 Million Subscribers in 7 Years (PH)
  • Automotive Remains Hot Market for Chips (EE Times)
  • Twitch CEO’s advice for tech addicts is not good news for those in China who love attention-seeking apps (SCMP)
  • Bedtime battles: how I turned to AI so my baby can get a good night’s sleep (SCMP)
  • Deliveroo’s Banker Boss Takes a $4 Billion Uber Ride; Will Shu seems to be taking advantage of deal speculation around the British meal delivery specialist to try to raise more funds and boost its value. (Bloomberg)
  • Genetically Modified Babies Were Inevitable as DNA Tech Advanced (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: My Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau [The Knowledge Project Ep. #46] (Farnam Street)
  • Battling Entropy: Making Order of the Chaos in Our Lives (Farnam Street)
  • The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers Hardcover – June 5, 2018 (Amazon); How Warren Buffett And Steven Spielberg Used Strategic Relationships To Launch Their Careers (Medium)
  • Paulo Coelho Quotes (Paulo Coelho)
  • Tunneling for Sunlight: Twenty-One Maxims of Living Wisdom from Buddhism and Japanese Psychology to Cope with Difficult Times Kindle Edition (Amazon)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 November 2018) – How Guy Raz Built ‘How I Built This’: The astonishment-prone host (Wow!) has turned a pure zeal for business (It’s amazing!) into a juggernaut podcast.

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 November 2018) – How Guy Raz Built ‘How I Built This’: The astonishment-prone host (Wow!) has turned a pure zeal for business (It’s amazing!) into a juggernaut podcast.

Companies

  • Japan’s Shimadzu Corp. to commercialize new blood test to detect early-stage colon cancer (Japan Times)
  • Tencent-backed mapmaker NavInfo building high-definition map of Singapore for autonomous cars (SCMP)
  • Tuniu.com, a Chinese online platform for booking shared accommodation, has ramped up efforts to expand its presence in overseas markets (Star)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • China’s Tech Giants Are Looking Weaker Than Ever (Bloomberg)
  • SoftBank relaxed about price of India investments; Vision Fund’s chief says it is gambling that valuations will soar as mobile use increases (FT)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • When Masters Of The Universe Fall–How Facebook Committed The 7 Deadly Sins Of Crisis Management (Forbes)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Hong Kong’s Hottest IPOs Bring Worst Returns to Investors (Bloomberg)
  • Big-talking smartphone maker Smartisan might be in trouble (TIA)
  • China Is Building a $9 Billion Rival to the American-Run GPS (Bloomberg)
  • How China’s first online grocery business made it easier for sick people to pick up their prescriptions (SCMP)
  • Till Reuter faces ousting as chief of German robotics group Kuka; China’s Midea bought the company less than two years ago (FT)
  • World’s First Genetically Edited Babies Claimed in China (Bloomberg)
  • How food-delivery apps are transforming India’s restaurant business (qz)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • HubSpot President JD Sherman on how to scale a company and be an effective leader; Using HubSpot as a model, JD Sherman also talked about how to localise a product for different markets (e27)
  • Robo-taxis or high-tech tunnels? The race for traffic utopia After six years covering Silicon Valley, our correspondent asks if Big Tech’s big ideas can survive reality (FT)

Life

  • How Guy Raz Built ‘How I Built This’: The astonishment-prone host (Wow!) has turned a pure zeal for business (It’s amazing!) into a juggernaut podcast. (What is that like?!) (NYT)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 November 2018) – The Difference Between Fixing and Healing

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 November 2018) – The Difference Between Fixing and Healing

Companies

  • Meituan, China’s ‘everything app’, walks away from bike sharing and ride hailing (Techcrunch)
  • Info Edge invests in Bizcrum Infotech; Bizcrum develops ShoeKonnect, a B2B (Business-to-business) marketplace mobile app that enables footwear brands, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to connect, communicate & transact with each other for (SI)

FAANNMG – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Nvidia, Netflix, Microsoft, Google

  • The FAANG Stocks: A Case-by-Case Analysis (Barron’s); Charts: Visualizing the Bear Market in FAANG Stocks (VC)
  • The new Yahoo? Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history; Its business model is threatened by lower usage and advertiser discontent (Economist)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The Future of Lunch Delivery Looks Like a Giant Roomba; In Beijing, a delivery bot gives office workers a taste of how robots will operate alongside humans (WSJ)
  • Chinese and Korean games edge into Japan’s hit-hungry market; NetEase’s ‘Knives Out’ makes No. 5 in 2018 sales (Nikkei)
  • Online shopping in Singapore is lackluster even after Amazon Inc. debuted its Prime service in mid-2017. With vacancies rising, landlords are repositioning to survive (Bloomberg)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics – sources (Reuters)
  • Teaching AI to read is harder than it seems (AFR)

Life

  • The Difference Between Fixing and Healing (OnBeing)
  • Do This Ritual At The End Of Each Week To Become More Productive; On the surface it’s about getting your daily work done, but on a deeper level it’s about re-framing who you are really working for. (FastCo)

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (23 November 2018) – Computer vision: how Israel’s secret soldiers drive its tech success; The country is a leader in image analysis thanks to the alumni of elite surveillance group Unit 9900

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (23 November 2018) – Computer vision: how Israel’s secret soldiers drive its tech success; The country is a leader in image analysis thanks to the alumni of elite surveillance group Unit 9900

Companies

  • Meituan Should Carve Up an Albatross to Create a Unicorn; There’s a fine business hiding inside the Chinese food-delivery giant that’s waiting to be set free. (Bloomberg)
  • Can Momo Inc become a winner in China’s video-streaming market? (CK)

BATTSS – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, TSMC, Softbank, Samsung

  • Top Global Fund Says Bye Bye Samsung, Hello Taiwan’s TSMC (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How one Chinese company generates reviews on Amazon (FT)
  • Inside China’s Silicon Valley: From copycats to innovation (CNN)
  • This Shenzhen Robotics Firm Is Selling Industrial Robot Arms To The Masses (Forbes)
  • China’s high-technology revolution extends to the factory floor; Robots replace some jobs but collaboration between humans and machines is key element (FT)
  • Facial recognition snares China’s air con queen Dong Mingzhu for jaywalking, but it’s not what it se (SCMP)
  • Dot-Com Ghosts Haunt Emerging Stocks as Tech Profits Stall (Bloomberg) 

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Computer vision: how Israel’s secret soldiers drive its tech success; The country is a leader in image analysis thanks to the alumni of elite surveillance group Unit 9900 (FT)
  • Unbundling The Autonomous Vehicle (CBI)
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