H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (30 January 2019) – The co-founder of Automation Anywhere says that a professional skilled in robotic process automation (RPA) can earn up to a 30-percent higher salary; Accenture to Sell RPA Software That Helped It Cut 40,000 Jobs


  • Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere; The law also specifically mentions Chinese surveillance camera makers Dahua and Hikvision as companies that can’t supply the U.S. government (Bloomberg)
  • USI Planned to Sign a Contract to Invest in Huizhou Daya Bay New Plant Project (AO)
  • Line.me surpasses 1 million users; The app was founded by Lensa Corp. – a joint venture between En-Japan Inc. (51 percent) and Line Corp. (49 percent) – in Oct. last year (AIM); Listings from Japanese tech-focused staffing firm En-Japan Inc. are now being indexed by Google for Jobs in a bid to reach a broader audience. (AIM)
  • Kakao mulls acquiring Nexon (Investor)
  • Holtek net profit rises 15% on foreign-exchange gains (TT); Holtek enters wireless headset supply chains of China handset vendors (Digitimes)
  • Afterpay challenger Splitit up 90 per cent on first day of trade (AFR)

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

  • Alibaba’s alternative to the app store reaches 230M daily users (TC)
  • Tencent works with Hong Kong’s science park to spur local fintech development (SCMP)

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

  • Amazon and Microsoft Stock Will See Long-Term Gains From Cloud Trends (Barron’s)
  • The Endgame for LinkedIn Is Coming for Microsoft (Medium)
  • Nvidia is latest sign that the cloud boom is dying (MW)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Shenzhen-based Hive Box says 5% of all parcels delivered by couriers in China end up in its smart lockers (KRA)
  • Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains (SCMP)
  • How China acquired mastery of vital microchip technology; The rise of NavTech shines light on Beijing’s methods in cultivating semiconductor winners (FT)
  • Japan Display’s brief success is familiar national champion’s tale; Key iPhone supplier hobbled by low-cost competition and questionable investment decisions (FT)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • SAP job cuts prove harsh realities of enterprise transformation (TC, MW)
  • Researchers take step closer to creating tech that can read minds; Columbia University team constructed clear synthetic speech by processing human brain activity (FT)
  • How AI Is Transforming The Next Generation Of Vehicles (Forbes)
  • The co-founder of Automation Anywhere says that a professional skilled in robotic process automation (RPA) can earn up to a 30-percent higher salary (Forbes); Accenture to Sell Software That Helped It Cut 40,000 Jobs (Bloomberg)
  • FanAI buys Waypoint Media to better track fan engagement for streaming monetization (TC)
  • Slack now has more than 10 million daily active users (TC)
  • WeWork could challenge Starbucks in China with new on-demand service (TC)
  • Waymo Met With More Than 12 Carmakers in 2016 on Driverless Tech (Bloomberg)
  • Square Stock Is Downgraded on Worry Over Slowing Growth (Barron’s)


  • The Single Greatest Error (Batnick)

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