H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (26 December 2018) – 2018 proved that computer vision is the most powerful manifestation of AI


  • Pinduoduo imposes stricter rules on merchants to crack down on fake goods (Technode)
  • Two million job ads missing? China’s 51job criticizes ‘improper’ research (Reuters)
  • How Chip Designer MediaTek Earned A 54% Profit Despite The Global Slump In Smartphones (Forbes)
  • East Asia’s reigning chat apps zero in on home turf; Line, Kakao and WeChat look to finance and mobility as US giants dominate abroad (Nikkei)

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

  • Tencent Cloud doubles presence in India to consolidate South Asia expansion (Technode)

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

  • What We Can Learn From Netflix’s Failed Community Strategy; Netflix’s failed attempt to make friend recommendations a “thing” holds valuable lessons for product leaders (Medium)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Chinese girl idol group SNH48 creates digital clones built by AI; The four-minute music video, co-produced by Tencent-backed artificial intelligence (AI) start-up ObEN, claims to be the world’s first commercially released song co-starring human singers and their AI 3D avatars (SCMP)
  • Bike-sharing firm Ofo’s dramatic fall a warning to China’s tech investors (Reuters)
  • It was once on the verge of global success, but this Chinese smartphone maker just went bust (TIA)
  • China to speed up creation of new board for technology start-ups at Shanghai Stock Exchange (SCMP)
  • Silicon Valley faces four challengers, all in China (Nikkei)
  • Chinese short video app Kuaishou launches AR avatar feature (Technode)
  • Hong Kong startup Pickupp raises funding from Alibaba, Spark Ventures, Axis Capital (e27)
  • Crowdsourced manga translation app wins entertainment firm’s incubator Demo Day (Bridge)
  • LetsTransport raises $13.5M to digitize and improve last-mile logistics in India (Techcrunch)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • 2018 proved that computer vision is the most powerful manifestation of AI (TNW)
  • An Early Player in Artificial Intelligence for Stocks Gets Funding (Barron’s)
  • Tracking Stock for VMware Slides Ahead of Dell’s Return to Public Market (WSJ)
  • Mindbody which develops software platforms for fitness, yoga and spa businesses, is going private after spending about three years in the public markets. (WSJ)
  • Robinhood’s Regulatory Saga (Barron’s)
  • A game changer for gaming: 5G will transform industry by giving streaming services a chance to become big competitors (Nikkei)
  • What happens when algorithms design a concert hall? The stunning Elbphilharmonie (Wired)
  • Evaluating Early Stage Startups — The Three Metrics that Matter (UJ)

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