Tencent’s short video app Weishi has become the most popular free app in the Apple App Store after the social media and gaming giant quietly allowed some of its WeChat users to directly share and post videos from the app on WeChat starting September 15.Videos from Douyin and other popular platforms remain blocked.Tencent told local media that not all Weishi videos can play on WeChat, only that are verified by Weishi.Access in Wechat is located at the “Create a new post” section of WeChat Moments.Tapping on the Weishi ad users to exit WeChat and open the app.If the app hasn’t been downloaded, users will be redirected to the download page in the App Store.
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Alibaba has grown from the plucky startup taking on eBay to China’s most dominant ecommerce player, and one of the most valuable companies in the world.The company’s made plenty of statements about its aspirations, but talk is cheap.If we really want to understand how Alibaba sees its future, it makes sense to take a look at where Jack Ma’s company is investing its money.The following chart offers a breakdown of Alibaba’s startup investments to date, both by industry category and by country of origin, using data from our own Tech in Asia funding database.The vast majority of its investments to date have gone to China-based startups (over 70 percent, and nearly 80 percent if you include Greater China regions Hong Kong and Taiwan) – and its favorite industries to invest in, ecommerce and logistics, have direct relevance to its existing ecommerce business.And while those charts reflect total deal numbers over Tech in Asia’s entire historical database, looking at deal size in more recent years doesn’t suggest a major change in direction.
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What happened: On September 18, global pharmaceutical giant Novartis established a partnership with Tencent in sectors including digital healthcare and other pharmaceutical services.The first formal practice of the partnership will start from cardiovascular disease.Tencent will leverage its social communication platform WeChat and mini programs to allow Novartis products’ origin tracing, online directions for use explanation, and disease knowledge sharing.Why it’s important: Medtech’s practice in China is taking a quick and light approach with the existing social network instead of simply heavily investing in R This will also provide tech platform providers such as Tencent with data collection sources for further projects.Meanwhile, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases’ large population base is a good ground for patients’ medtech habit cultivation.
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After months of preparation, we are finally less than 24 hours away to Tech in Asia Tokyo 2018.Our fifth edition of the conference in the Land of the Rising Sun taking place on September 20 & 21 will host over 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, media, and the wider tech community.Different sets of startups will be exhibiting across both days of the conference, so keep your eyes peeled for their novel solutions, and be sure to meet the brilliant minds behind those ideas.This year, startups across more than 25 verticals will be showcasing their tech, with the most popular ones being in SaaS, fintech and AI.Here’s a nifty infographic to sum up some key statistics of the exhibitors at Startup Factory:(Click to view enlarged image)
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Watch out for this “big boss.”A great-grandmother in Texas recently killed a massive alligator, according to a Facebook post.“One shot ——-> One Big-un down!” Facebook user Scott Hughes wrote on Monday when sharing snaps of the creature nabbed by Livingston mayor Judy B. Cochran.Hughes’ post said the male gator weighed in at 580 pounds.The woman's kill recently went down at her ranch in Goodrich, the Houston Chronicle reported."We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago, as big as this gator was, he could’ve easily eaten it,” Cochran told the newspaper.
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When what’s standing between you and your dream job in data science is how well you do in the interview, you may start to feel the pressure.Here are some examples of what you’ll get asked when interviewing for a data science role.Are these research-level or production-level techniques?”Your experience and skills should match up with what the role calls for, so make sure you’re ready to provide concrete examples.For instance, if the role requires experience in convolutional neural network (CNN), cite projects where you used CNN and its impact or contribution to the business or program you were working on.What was the end result?”
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The Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, and Patriot Boot Camp, a leading technology accelerator program that helps members of the military community innovate and build impactful businesses, are announcing the launch of the “Veteran Founder Initiative,” a global initiative to help build 100 enduring veteran-led technology companies each year.The Veteran Founder Initiative will leverage the resources of these two organizations to offer talented veterans and active service members a wide variety of free training, fellowship opportunities, mentorship from startup experts, and a global network of entrepreneurs to build a startup.According to Josh Carter, Interim CEO of Patriot Boot Camp:This partnership just makes sense.As we’ve looked to provide more thoughtful programming for our community, we approached the Founder Institute about helping bridge the divide that exists for military spouse and veteran entrepreneurs looking to take their ideas to the next level.The Founder Institute has a tremendous track record of success and this partnership allows us to provide an outlet for our community that enables them to scale and grow their technology startups.
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What happened: Shanghai has begun the second phase of road testing for autonomous vehicles.The city is extending the total length of roads for testing smart vehicles from 5.6 kilometers to 37.2 kilometers.Now, autonomous vehicles are allowed to be tested on 12 public roads in Shanghai.Authorities revealed that over 90 companies have applied for licenses to test their vehicles on roads.Why it’s important: China has been eager to boost the development of smart vehicles and autonomous driving technologies.Shanghai is the first city in China to allow car manufacturers to test smart vehicles on public roads.
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However, taking the most direct route might mean missing out on potential ways to save money.For example, shoppers who frequent cashback referral sites stand to earn rebates of up to 30 percent on their purchases by clicking on dedicated links that lead them to online stores.While most cashback sites tend to only offer rewards in cash, RebateMango is switching things up by allowing customers to choose and earn from a range of rewards.Apart from offering cashback, RebateMango gives out rewards in two other forms: air miles and loyalty program points.Currently, over 300 online retailers have partnered with RebateMango, including ecommerce giants Lazada and AliExpress, fashion e-tailer Asos, as well as travel-focused websites Agoda and Expedia.If customers opt for air miles and loyalty program points, RebateMango purchases these miles and points directly from the loyalty program partners.
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In line with Alibaba’s globalization strategy, Alibaba Cloud sped up its expansion to overseas markets three years ago and what the company has achieved so far is quite impressive.The service now has 49 availability zones across 18 economic centers globally, with coverage extending across mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, the European Union, and the US.Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud, projects their local and overseas businesses to make up half their total business each.“We haven’t reached that yet, but it’s a goal we are fast approaching,” Hu told TechNode at The Computing Conference held in Hangzhou.Building the overseas arm from scratch three years ago, Alibaba Cloud has encountered lots of challenges.For most of the time, it needs not only a trust in Alibaba, but a trust in Chinese firms, or ultimately a trust in China as a country, according to Hu.
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Livspace – an ecommerce marketplace for home decor – has just banked US$70 million in a series C funding round co-led by Goldman Sachs and TPG Growth.Livspace describes its platform as a “three-sided marketplace.” It helps customers to select and buy furniture and other decor from vendors, using proprietary “design to installation” tech.Called Canvas, the tech matches products to customers’ preferences and the spaces they are looking to decorate.It also connects users to its curated community of 25,000 interior designers, furniture makers, and home renovation experts, who can work with them to realize their design vision.Much of this network was onboarded as a result of Livspace’s acquisitions of competitors DezignUp and Dwll.in during the first half of 2015.Though based in Singapore, Livspace is focused on serving the Indian market.
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It’s been an interesting year for technology watchers interested in blockchain.From last year’s height of almost $20,000, Bitcoin has fallen to around $6500 showing that the gold rush is finally quieting down.Initial coin offerings (ICO) which were used by many blockchain companies as a way of easy fundraising are also showing signs of a cool down.At this year’s SWiTCH (Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology) , enthusiasm for blockchain technology was still high but also down to earth.“While it’s all nice and glittery at the moment, all this hype will eventually die down a bit and the companies that have focused on the technology will come to the main stage,” said blockchain company DataVLT co-founder Michelle Yeo.DataVLT is a data analytics company that uses blockchain to secure data and lower costs.
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If you grew up watching Bert and Ernie on PBS' long-running kids series Sesame Street, you already know the Muppet men are good friends.Are they just best buddies and roommates who like to hang out, get each other thoughtful gifts and debate pigeons and rubber duckies?But this week, it resurfaced when former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman revealed in an interview with LGBTQ site Queerty that yes, the beloved duo is indeed in a homosexual relationship.And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were.As news spread that the former Sesame Street writer finally said what many of us already suspected, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, tweeted an official statement Tuesday saying the pair are just a pair of good ol' pals."Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
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Dissect a random pair of headphones and there’s a good chance you’ll see something like this: a cone-shaped diaphragm speaker placed in front of a metal coil magnet.But headphone companies have branched out in the past decade or so.In particular, headphones using something called planar magnetic drivers – particularly those from Audeze and Hifiman – are darlings among audiophiles thanks to promises of deeper, tighter bass and improved soundstage.Once exclusive to thousand-dollar headphones, planar magnetic headphones have come down to much more accessible prices over the past few years.The caveats are largely practical: Planar magnetic headphones tend to be larger, heavier, and more expensive – in part because the tech is much younger.It has an enveloping impact, but remains tight enough to not get lost during busier tracks, and extends well into sub-bass despite their open nature.
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You've just crashed your car.You check and make sure that nobody is injured, and then you start surveying the damage to your formerly pristine ride.No matter what, it's probably not going to be cheap to fix, but if you've got a new car like a Kia K900 then you're in for a bigger bill than you think.Well, John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-Car, a nonprofit organization specializing in vehicle collision repair education told Autoline that he puts the cost of a front-left collision repair on that K900 at an eye-watering $34,000.We'll give you a second to clean up the coconut La Croix you probably just sprayed all over your work computer after reading that example.That $34,000 figure represents a vast majority of the asking price for a base-model Kia K900.
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The Department of Justice has reportedly opened a criminal fraud investigation into Tesla, after CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter last month that he was considering taking the automaker private and had “funding secured” to do so.Musk later revealed that the funding required to go private at $420 per share, which he had believed would come mostly from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, wasn’t exactly locked down.Seventeen days after that initial tweet, in late August, Tesla declared it would remain a public company after all—but the backtracking hasn’t stemmed the fallout from the incident.Bloomberg’s report of the probe sent Tesla shares down nearly 10 percent early this morning.In a statement, a Tesla spokesperson says the DOJ did send Tesla a voluntary request for documents and that the automaker has been cooperating.If it’s true that the Justice Department has not issued Tesla any subpoenas, it likely indicates that the probe, reportedly being handled in San Francisco, remains in its early stages.
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When Apple announced that iOS 12 would enable Apple CarPlay to work with third-party navigation apps, including Google Maps, all we could repeatedly ask was 'Are we there yet?'Starting today, we are there: you no longer have to rely solely on the often-wayward Apple Maps, as the newly launched iOS 12 update and a fresh Google Maps update bring the directions app to CarPlay-equipped cars.All of this works from your phone.You'll need to download iOS 12 to your iPhone and go to the App Store in order to update to Google Maps 5.0.Google Maps just happens to be the first one out of the gate.Why this is great news
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Aston Martin has worked with Italian design house Zagato for 58 years, and with the latter celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, the British automaker is building limited-edition cars to commemorate the occasion.Called the DBZ Centenary Collection, the cars consist of the track-only DB4 GT Zagato and the street-legal DBS GT Zagato."The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is one of the most fruitful and enduring in the automotive world," Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement."With Zagato celebrating its centenary next year, what better way to celebrate this landmark -- and the long-standing bond between our two great companies -- than creating these 19 pairs of cars."The DB4 GT Zagato draws its inspiration from eponymous racing models of the 1960s.The new car will, as with the original, use a tubular frame with aluminum hand-built bodywork, along with a 380-horsepower straight-six engine, four-speed manual and limited-slip differential.
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Gamer rage is one thing, but a 45-year-old New York man took things way beyond the legal limits when he allegedly threatened to murder an 11-year-old child who beat him in an online game yesterday.According to local law enforcement, suspect Michael Aliperti has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child.He was arrested at approximately 1 AM local time this morning after police received reports he’d sent threatening voice and text messages to a boy who won a battle royale match of Fortnite.A local NBC affilliate reports that, according to court records, Aliperti sent the juvenile gamer a message stating:I am going to find you with a gun.I will come to your house tonight and fuck your world up.
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The gender pay disparity isn’t a secret.We know that women make $0.82 for every dollar a man makes, still, in 2018.It’s well-documented that tech’s biggest companies, including two newly-minted trillion dollar corporations, employ women in fewer than a third of their leadership positions.And still, in 2018, only 24 Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.As bleak as this all sounds, there’s another problem for women in tech that’s, arguably, worse.According to new findings by Carta, a stock grant management firm in San Francisco, women hold just 47 cents of equity for every dollar a man does.
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