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H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (16 February 2019) – Purchases With Plastic Get Costlier for Merchants-and Consumers; Visa and Mastercard plan to raise fees on credit and debit cards, putting new strain on retail + Strategies for Seizing the Day

H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (16 February 2019) – Purchases With Plastic Get Costlier for Merchants-and Consumers; Visa and Mastercard plan to raise fees on credit and debit cards, putting new strain on retail + Strategies for Seizing the Day

Companies

  • GaAs IC foundry Win Semiconductors expects robust demand for 3D sensing and 5G related applications to drive its mid- and long-term business growth. (Digitimes)
  • FPCB firm Flexium gearing up for 5G (Digitimes)

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

  • Buying WorldFirst gives Ant the technology it needs to service an international marketplace. That’s good news for Alibaba’s growth plans. (Bloomberg)
  • Alibaba acquires 8% stake in Bilibili to double down on content-driven e-commerce (Technode); Alibaba buys into online video-sharing site Bilibili to tap young consumers (KRA)
  • TSMC takes $550m hit from defective chemical at chip plant; Company cuts earnings outlook after troubles supplying Apple and Huawei (Nikkei)
  • Seizing on Huawei’s troubles, Samsung bets big on network gear (Reuters)

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

  • Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString (TC)
  • Amazon, Western Union debut PayCode to sell goods in emerging markets and let shoppers pay in cash (TC)
  • Amazon launches UPI payments in India, taking on Paytm, Walmart and Google (Forbes)
  • Google’s AI plan to understand everything about humans can go wrong: expert (Investor)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Forbes India Conversations: AI is one technology where India can fully leverage its people (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Purchases With Plastic Get Costlier for Merchants-and Consumers; Visa and Mastercard plan to raise fees on credit and debit cards, putting new strain on retail (WSJ)
  • Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS (TC)
  • Vimeo Chases Video Producers With Its First Big Ad Campaign; A video platform pursues creators’ budgets instead of viewers’ wallets (WSJ)
  • The Oracle of Omaha has given up on Oracle, the company (qz)
  • The era of general purpose computers is ending (NP)
  • Looking to Reverse Its Slide, Austrian iPhone Supplier Pushes Beyond Apple (Barron’s)
  • 4 Stocks to Play the Data-Center Boom (Barron’s)
  • 5 Ways to Invest in the Robotics Revolution (Barron’s)
  • Is Yelp a business or a howl of pain? The reviews site blames Google for its problems but investors see another culprit (FT)
  • Uber posts $50 billion in annual bookings as profit remains elusive ahead of IPO (Reuters)
  • Zillow Wants to Flip Your House; A new breed of high-tech real estate flippers is using algorithms (and a healthy dose of Silicon Valley venture capital) to buy at massive scale. (Bloomberg)

Life

  • Strategies for Seizing the Day (RH)
  • Hong Kong’s securities watchdog freezes brokerage accounts for suspected involvement in misleading data (SCMP)
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