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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google launches Neighbourly, a Q&A app for sharing local community knowledge in India, available as a beta in Mumbai   —  Google is increasing its focus on India after it released a new social app that's aimed at building neighborhood communities within cities in the country.
May 31, 2018, 7:35 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google has launched its popular Android storage management app Files Go in China via four third-party app stores operated by Tencent, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Baidu   —  Google has continued its slow and steady China strategy after it launched Files Go, a files management service for Android devices.
May 30, 2018, 11:20 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Uber rival Taxify raises $175M at $1B valuation led by German automotive giant Daimler, says it plans further expansion in Europe and Asia   —  There's a new unicorn in the global ride-hailing space after Taxify, a startup born in Estonia that does battle with Uber across Europe and Africa …
May 30, 2018, 2:30 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab launches GrabFood, its food delivery business, in Singapore, and plans to expand throughout Southeast Asia soon   —  Fresh from completing its acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia business, ride-hailing firm Grab has officially launched its food delivery business — GrabFood — today.
May 28, 2018, 8:50 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amazon leads $12M round in Indian online insurance startup Acko, bringing its total raised to $42M, after backing Indian online lender Capital Float earlier   —  Amazon appears to be restarting its funding efforts in India after Acko, the digital insurance startup in India …
May 28, 2018, 2:50 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
NewsDog, a news aggregator in India which offers news in English and various regional Indian languages, has raised $50M Series C led by Tencent   —  The growth of China's Bytedance, an ambitious $30 billion tech firm, and its highly addictive Toutiao news aggregator app has set off a search …
May 22, 2018, 10:25 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Baidu to spin out and sell majority stake in its Global DU unit that runs some Baidu-owned apps and its ads business outside of China   —  Baidu, the Chinese search giant, is spinning out its business unit responsible for utility apps and its mobile ad business to sharpen its focus on artificial intelligence.
May 22, 2018, 8:05 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Alibaba and SenseTime to co-finance HKAI Lab, a not-for-profit AI research lab in Hong Kong   —  Alibaba is teaming up with SenseTime, the world's highest-valued AI startup, to launch a not-for-profit artificial intelligence lab in Hong Kong in a bid to make the city a global hub for artificial intelligence.
May 21, 2018, 5:15 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based Carro, an automotive classifieds and financing service, raises $60M Series B co-led by SoftBank Ventures Korea, Insignia Ventures, and B Capital   —  Carro, an automotive classifieds service and car financing startup based in Singapore, has closed a $60 million Series B round to scale its business in Southeast Asia.
May 14, 2018, 8:10 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Ripple announces the Xpring initiative, which aims to incentivize startups, through investments, grants, and incubation, into building an ecosystem around XRP   —  It's finally happening.  Ripple is making a push to expand the use of the XRP cryptocurrency it created into new verticals …
May 14, 2018, 2:35 PMIn context

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