H.E.R.O.’s Journey in Tech (24 April 2019) – Nearmap Partners with HNTB to Use 3-D Aerial Imagery to Win More Business Against Larger Competitors


  • Douyu files for US IPO: How China’s answer to Twitch is really not like the US game-streaming service at all (SCMP)
  • Nintendo’s surge on China entry prospects has not deterred short bets by hedge funds (SCMP)
  • Terry Gou’s replacement at Foxconn faces difficult path ahead; Big question is where the Taiwanese group’s growth will come from in future (FT)
  • Atlassian Acquires From its PaaS Marketplace (SM)
  • Nearmap Partners with HNTB to Use 3-D Aerial Imagery to Win More Business Against Larger Competitors (BW)

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

  • Defective Galaxy Fold is another dent for brand Samsung; Delayed launch of foldable smartphone a bigger hit for company’s reputation than finances (FT); Samsung’s Reputation Founders on Rush for Lead in Folding Phones (Bloomberg)
  • Didi-SoftBank taxi-hailing JV expands to 13 cities across Japan (Reuters); SoftBank to Consider Acquiring 5% Stake in Wirecard (Bloomberg)

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

  • Facebook’s flood of languages leaves it struggling to monitor content (Reuters)
  • JCPenney explains why it dropped Apple Pay (TC)
  • Will Netflix Junk Bonds Wilt Amid the Content Wars? (Bloomberg)

Asia Tech & Innovation Trends

  • China’s game makers face a shapeshifting boss (Reuters)
  • Bytedance’s tutoring platform Gogokid laying off employees (Technode)
  • China’s Bytedance says India TikTok ban causing $500,000 daily loss, risks jobs (Reuters)
  • Mobile ad fraud spooking marketers: MMA; 22% of the mobile ad spends in India are subject to fraud, says survey (Forbes)

Global Tech & Innovation Trends

  • AI is helping regulators keep tabs on new industrial farms and their waste discharging habits (TNW)
  • Voiceflow, which allows anyone to make voice apps without coding, raises $3.5 million (TC)
  • Salesforce.com acquisition of related company mixes complex transactions with a big writeoff (MW)
  • Umicore: “Demand patterns for cathode materials have deteriorated in the past couple of months, in China and Korea in particular. In China, the demand for EVs has considerably decreased from the levels of the second half of 2018” (Barron’s)
  • Roku Stock Will Keep Soaring Because People Will Keep Cutting the Cord, Analyst Says (Barron’s)
  • How patients can turn their medical data into money; Wave of start-ups offer to aggregate information for research opportunities (FT)
  • Why Spotify Stock Is Worth the Risk, According to a Top Shareholder (Barron’s)
  • Audioburst raises $10M to build AI-powered infotainment systems for cars, ad solutions (TC)
  • Porsche CEO Eyes Cooperation With Chinese Technology Giants (Bloomberg)
  • Dassault Eyes U.S. Acquisitions Including Medidata (Bloomberg)
  • Snap Enters Its Rorschach Phase: You See What You Want (Bloomberg)
  • Elon Musk’s Chipmaking Claims Don’t Match the Reality (Bloomberg)


  • Short Seller Bonitas Targets Singapore’s Best World, Sending Shares Lower (Bloomberg)

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