Google’s AlphaGo AI wins three-match series against the world’s best Go player

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Spread the loveTweet Google’s AlphaGo AI has once again made the case that machines are now smarter than man — when it comes to games of strategy, at least. AlphaGo made…


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Acko is an ambitious digital play to disrupt India’s $10B insurance industry

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Spread the loveTweet Acko is an under-the-radar startup that wants to disrupt India’s insurance industry through a digital-only model. This week it stuck its head above the parapet and announced…


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Softbank’s Nvidia stake is reportedly worth $4BN

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Spread the loveTweet When Softbank announced the first close of its Vision Fund this weekend — securing an initial commitment of $93 billion, from investors including Apple, Qualcomm and Foxconn — it also…


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GREE Ventures closes $67M fund for deals in Japan, India and Southeast Asia

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Spread the loveTweet GREE Ventures, the Singapore-based VC firm connected to Japanese games firm GREE, has closed its newest $67 million fund for early stage investments in Asia. AT-II — the firm’s second…


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Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores

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Spread the loveTweet Xiaomi is increasing its office retail presence in China as bids to gain ground stolen by rivals in its homeland, and now it is making that very same push…


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Tencent doubles down on game studio Pocket Gems with $90M investment

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Spread the loveTweet Chinese internet Tencent has continued its recent investment spree after it backed U.S.-based game studio Pocket Gems to the tune of $90 million. Tencent invested in Pocket…


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Uber enters Myanmar with a licensed taxi service

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Spread the loveTweet Uber has launched its service in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, over a month after going public with its expansion plan. With a…


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Alipay, China’s top mobile payment service, expands to the U.S.

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Spread the loveTweet China’s dominant mobile payment service is making its move in the U.S.. Ant Financial, the Alibaba spin-off that operates Alipay, has inked a deal with payment processor firm…


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China’s bike rental startups are learning a lot about how people spend their free time

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Spread the loveTweet Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. China’s bike rental startups have hogged the startup limelight and investor…


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Media Prima buys Rev Asia for $24M to create Malaysia’s largest digital media platform

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Spread the loveTweet The U.S. isn’t the only market where media companies are consolidating to offer an advertising platform to rival Facebook and Google. While AOL (which owns TechCrunch) is…


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