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🌎 Around the World
Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone
Alibaba’s Ant Financial fintech affiliate raises $14 billion to continue its global expansion
Facebook's latest blunder made private posts public for 14M users
M17 delays IPO debut after pricing this morning on NYSE
Crypto-finance startup Unchained Capital raises nearly $3M in seed funding
Invesco buys advisory tech firm Intelliflo
Gett, on demand ride service, has raised $80M in a new financing round led by Volkswagen
Listo Financial, consumer financial services startup, has raised $8.5M in a Series A round.
Google reveals their principles for AI (https://blog.google/topics/ai/ai-principles)
J.J. Abrams and Tencent combine to form Bad Robot Games
Agora.io extends its Series B with an additional $30M (led by SIG China) to add live video to apps
Shenzhen plans to prohibit new registrations of non-all-electric vehicles on online ride hailing platforms.
Evernote has completed its first funding round as an independent entity with a RMB 9-digit investment from Sequoia Broadband Cross-border Data Industry Fund.
Tencent forms Tencent Financial Academy in Hong Kong and Guangdong-HK-Macau Fintech Lab.
Walmart and Tencent will cooperate in digital retail sale sector.
Douyu plans to raise more than $700M from IPO in Hong Kong.
Ritual, food ordering app, closes $70M USD in C round led by Georgian Partners.
Altaba looks to buy back 24% of shares in exchange for Alibaba Stock .
Used-car auction site Chezibao completes RMB $800M in Series D funding led by Green Harbor Investment; will form alliance with Alibaba’s used car business to expand into at least 200 cities
Danke Gongyu (Eggshell Apartment), apartment rental platform, wins USD $70M in Series B+ funding led by Tiger Global Management
Renma Interactive Technology (operator of semantic interaction solutions brand Qiwu (smart games, virtual idols, smart life services, etc.)) completes RMB 50M in Series A led by Beiyue Industry
Evernote China split from Evernote International version, which will become a Sino-US joint venture operating entity controlled by the China side.
Tipping WeChat content creators returns to iOS and Android after agreement is reached.
Facebook announces that it has ended data-sharing partnership with Huawei and three other Chinese companies (about 30 of its partnerships in total)
Uber’s Jump bike service plans to open in Europe
EU may announce USD $11B fine decision against Google over abusing Android dominance next month