TikTok's twin app Douyin launches movie streaming feature
The platform has 800 million daily active users
Singapore’s startup Doctor Anywhere raises $27 million despite current economy
The company is eyeing expansion to Malaysia and Philippines
Airbnb to pay hosts $250 million on cancellations during this period.
Due to worsening travel industry, cancellations have been taking place globally.
Singapore's Hashtaqs is helping entrepreneurs upskill themselves online during the stay home period.
A survey stated that 39.5% entrepreneurs prefer online learning during this critical period
KK Fund launches initiative to connect startups and investors online.
Helping startups raise funds more effectively during this difficult period.
Singapore's TripGuru offering stranded Malaysians affordable accommodation.
Up to 300,000 Malaysians could be affected in Singapore.
China temporarily suspends all travel into the country.
Visas of foreign nationals have all been suspended.
Investors shut down Singapore robo-advisory startup Smartly.
The firm was acquired in 2019 by Vietnam's VinaCapital.
MDEC launches campaign offering free / discounted services from local tech companies.
To alleviate the struggles SMEs are facing during this difficult period.
Yelp and GoFundMe team up to promote local business fundraisers
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Facebook reducing video quality as more people stay at home.
Following similar moves from YouTube, Netflix and Amazon.
SoftBank planning to sell US$14 billion shares in Alibaba
Stake sale could range from as little as US$12 billion to as much as US$15 billion
Singapore's GovTech launches contact tracing app.
Using bluetooth technology to estimate the distance and duration when people come in contact with each other.
Malaysian entrepreneur launches News Asia Today to help businesses reach consumers in Asia.
The company will cover lifestyle, technology, and business news surrounding Asia.
STILE Initiative accelerator is funding up to $10m for startups.
Their second cohort is open for registration now.
Y Combinator's Summer 2020 program may be fully online.
Winter 2020 Demo Day was also brought forward a week earlier.
TikTok has close to 2 billion downloads, over 113 million in February 2020 alone.
According to app analytics firm Sensor Tower.
Malaysia imposes travel bans on Italy, Iran, and South Korea.
The restriction will be effective from Friday, 13th March 2020.
Honestbee lays off 80% of staff; delays salaries until more funding secured.
Their physical grocery store, Habitat, is temporarily closed.
Singapore's Novocall raises $500k led by 500 Startups.
Novocall helps businesses convert website traffic into leads through conversational sales.
AWStartup Festival will bring together hundreds of startups and investors.
A night of networking + learning with free flow food and drinks.
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