H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (11 February 2019) – Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, it’s no surprise that the market for MFA is predicted to grow fourfold by 2025.


  • US-led backlash against China’s Huawei, Hikvision seen giving higher-cost rivals an opening to win contracts (SCMP)
  • “It’s really hard to put an Afterpay up against a PayPal.” (AFR)

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

  • SoftBank Buyback Magic May Soon Wear Thin; There are risks for the Japanese technology investor in deciding to spend $5.5 billion on its own stock. (Bloomberg)

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

  • All the times Facebook moved fast and sometimes broke things (Wired)
  • Facebook Acquires Visual Shopping Startup to Bolster AI Work (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook was late to mobile. now, mobile is its future (Wired)
  • How Silicon Valley’s ‘surveillance capitalism’ is enriching its leaders and making us their pawns; The business model spawned by the likes of Facebook and Google is invisibly concentrating corporate power and destroying our privacy (SCMP)
  • In the age of Alexa and Siri, how come most customer-service voice assistants still suck? (FastCo)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Tencent-backed AI firm aims to free up parents and teachers from checking children’s maths homework (SCMP)
  • The operator of South Korea’s No. 1 accommodations booking app Yanolja is looking to raise US$300 million or more from foreign investors by selling equity (Investor)
  • Japan to Hack 200 Million IoT Devices (EE Times)
  • Ambitious Singapore startup Delegate wants to bring its event booking platform to the US (TC)
  • How Melanie Perkins could make Canva the next Microsoft Office (AFR)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How accurate are Zestimates? Zillow awards $1M to trio for improving them (ST)
  • The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist (Reuters)
  • Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication (TNW)
  • AR > VR (TNW)
  • Where automotive cybersecurity is headed in 2019 (TNW)
  • Seeking an edge, U.S. landlords turn to tenant experience apps (Reuters)


  • The fundamental problem with Silicon Valley’s favorite growth strategy; Blitzscaling isn’t really a recipe for success but rather survivorship bias masquerading as a strategy. (qz)
  • Lessons for investors from Zee stock crash; Stocks of companies where promoters have pledged a high percentage of shares, like the Zee group, can be volatile. Such stocks are also prone to rumours (Rediff)

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