H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (7 November 2018) – A marriage of machines, data and humans – the industrial internet explained


  • Sony searches for cool factor in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district; Company hosts events to give creators a taste of its latest tech (Nikkei)
  • Staying focused on unique expertise: Q&A with Rohm Semiconductor president Tadanobu Fujiwara (Digitimes)
  • Chinese selfie app Meitu faces up to ‘natural look’ beauty (Technode)
  • Kakao Ventures invests W1b in K-beauty platform Limese in India (Investor)
  • Infosys Is Boring Again, and That’s a Good Thing: Chairman (Bloomberg)

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

  • Chinese companies rush to make own chips as trade war bites; Internet giants Baidu and Alibaba plan AI semiconductors (Nikkei)
  • Alibaba’s DingTalk to build voice-driven version for cars (Technode)
  • China’s Alibaba to open its first automated hotel; Robot receptionists and AI-powered smart speakers are homegrown technologies (Nikkei)
  • Alibaba pledges to bring US$200 billion of goods into China over next five years (SCMP)
  • Tencent builds self-driving car team in Silicon Valley (Reuters)
  • Spotify facing growth pains in Asia, where Tencent’s Joox is more popular (KRA)
  • Why SoftBank’s Huge Real Estate Investments Just Might Make Sense (Barron’s)

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

  • Inside Amazon’s Robotic Fulfillment Center (Bloomberg)
  • Alexa Can Do Many Things But Won’t Call 911; Many smart speakers can now make phone calls, though not for emergencies (WSJ)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • The price bubble surround China’s third-party payment license has burst as the trading price of the once coveted resource slumped by half over the past few months (Technode)
  • Xi enters Shanghai in high-stakes tech IPO race (Reuters)
  • China has a new surveillance tool that identifies citizens by how they walk (TNW)
  • Startup Nowbusking revolutionizes waiting time; The startup provides a waiting list service to businesses such as restaurants, banks, shopping malls, amusement park or just about any place where people can expect to wait. (Investor)
  • Bleeding unicorns: Rising losses at startups; Flipkart, Paytm, Swiggy, Zomato, Hike and Shopclues together posted ₹7,726 crore in losses in the year ended March 2018 (Forbes)
  • Ola is taking its hyper discounting model beyond India. But will it work? (qz)
  • Singapore looks to digital services to unblock traffic jams; One stop apps will help commuters jump out of cabs and onto scooters (Nikkei)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • A marriage of machines, data and humans – the industrial internet explained (SCMP)
  • Cloud-software IPO deserves an equivocal “yes” (Reuters)
  • Naspers’ Vision Fund-lite carries less baggage (Reuters)

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