H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (15 February 2019) – Trend Micro Reports Highest Annual Net Sales in Company’s History for Fiscal Year 2018 ; US. negotiating multibillion-dollar fine with Facebook


  • Chinese surveillance camera supplier Hikvision posts slowest profit growth in a decade (SCMP)
  • Trend Micro Reports Highest Annual Net Sales in Company’s History for Fiscal Year 2018 (BW)
  • Japan’s Nidec to double China capacity for electric-car motors (Nikkei)
  • Nintendo Unveils New Mario, Zelda Games in Bid to Boost Switch; The big franchise names were among 18 titles announced (Bloomberg)
  • Kakao’s operating profit plummets in 2018 (Investor)
  • Higher US interest rates boost Computershare profits (AFR)
  • Inari to benefit from business uptick due to coming 5G rollout (Edge)

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

  • Alibaba buys 8% of Bilibili (TIA)
  • Ant Financial acquires UK payments firm WorldFirst to advance its global expansion (SCMP)
  • Alipay accepted at over 3,000 Walgreens drugstores in the US amid overseas push by China payments firm (SCMP)
  • Canadian food delivery startup partners with Alipay to launch food ordering mini-program (Technode)

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

  • Berkshire trims Apple stake, adds Suncor and Red Hat, exits Oracle (Reuters)
  • S. negotiating multibillion-dollar fine with Facebook – report (Reuters)
  • Amazon’s Alexa wants to ease your ‘cognitive overload’ (Age)
  • Google’s AI plan to understand everything about humans can go wrong: expert (Investor)
  • Amazon launches UPI payments in India, taking on Paytm, Walmart and Google (Forbes)
  • Gates Foundation Trust Sells Berkshire, Microsoft Stock (Barron’s)
  • Chipmaker Nvidia falls from ranks of tech darlings; Sale of stake by SoftBank’s Vision Fund comes as group hit by end of cryptocurrency boom (FT); Nvidia full-year sales outlook tops analyst views; shares rise; Nvidia has entered into newer growth areas such as data centers and self-driving cars as it looks beyond its bread-and-butter business of selling chips that enhance video games graphics (Reuters)
  • Everything still to play for with AI in its infancy; IBM and Google’s differing approaches highlight extent to which field is wide open (FT)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • How will China’s internet economy develop further? (Part two) (KRA)
  • China’s Didi reportedly lost a staggering $1.6 billion in 2018 (TC)
  • PEFs face trouble exiting from indebted pay TV provider (Investor)
  • Australia’s Canva Has Become A Unicorn By Bringing Online Design Tools To The Masses (Forbes)
  • Crossover: A software sweatshop (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • Can Europe’s Latest Tech Darling Keep It Up? Adyen has become one of the continent’s biggest success stories since going public, but investors may be betting on a best-case scenario. (Bloomberg)
  • How AI is protecting us from phone-wielding drivers (e27)
  • Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann on creating the anti-social media platform (CNN)
  • The Increasingly Crowded AI Unicorn Club (CBI)
  • Prominent investors stock up on eBay, then activists flex muscle (Reuters)
  • Big Tech’s banking foray on regulators’ radar (Reuters)
  • The AI That Can Write a Fake News Story From a Handful of Words (Bloomberg)
  • Software Update Aims to Keep Drones Away From Airports (Bloomberg)
  • AI Redefines Healthcare (hvst)


  • Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce dynasty flies up Forbes Hong Kong rich list but can’t touch Li Ka-shing’s fortune (SCMP)

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