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Asia Editor — The Next Web

I cover Asia for @techcrunch, formerly @thenextweb

Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out Of China Ahead Of Further Global Expansions — The past year has been an eventful one for Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi. The company's devices are now sold in seven countries in Asia, that's a big step up from Xiaomi's inception - when it retailed in China only - and, with big plans to be global, the company is finally migrating international user data to servers outside of China, as International VP Hugo Barra revealed today.

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS — LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company, which last month bagged a $35 million investment round led by iNovia Capital, helps brick-and-mortar retailers increase their sales and improve customer experiences online, has also announced the acquisition of Belgian startup POSIOS.

Uber’s Larger Vehicle Service - UberXL - Hits The Road In London And Manchester — Taxi-industry-disruptor-in-chief Uber is beefing up its presence in the UK, quite literally, today, after it introduced UberXL - its service offering larger capacity cars - in capital city London and Manchester. The service allows Uber customers to summon cars with up to six seats in London, while those in Manchester can order cars that hold up to eight people.

BlaBlaCar’s CEO Shares The Company’s 10-Year Journey And Global Expansion Plans — Taxi apps and ride-sharing companies may have gained mainstream appeal over the past couple of years, but their arrival has been a long time coming. That's certainly the case for BlaBlaCar, a France-headquartered startup that was started 10 years ago and just raised a whopping $100 million to expand its business from Europe into the rest of the world.

GrabTaxi Raises $65 million To Increase The Competition With Uber In Southeast Asia — You'd be forgiven for thinking that the taxi app war is exclusively a US phenomenon, such is the fierce battle between Uber and Lyft, but similar rivalries are actually ongoing across other parts of the world.

OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All - But Only For An Hour — If you've been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only - thus far - then you're luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only.

Chinese Government Accused Of Staging ‘Malicious Attack’ On Apple’s iCloud Service — China's government is being accused of trying to wiretap Apple customers in the country. Great Fire, a reputed non-profit organization that monitors Internet censorship in China, claimed today that Chinese authorities have laid a trap to snare log-in details for iCloud users via a "malicious attack."

Gmail For Android Will Soon Support Yahoo Mail, Outlook And Other Email Services — Use email? Own an Android device? Not a fan of Gmail? There's good news coming your way. Google is preparing a major update for Gmail for Android that will, among many things, finally handle email accounts from other service providers, such as Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo and AOL [mandatory disclaimer: AOL is, of course, the owner of TechCrunch].

Taptalk’s CEO Discusses What It’s Like To Be Cloned By Facebook — What do you do when Facebook clones your app? That's a situation that Onno Faber, the founder of buzzy messaging app Taptalk, ran into when Facebook released Slingshot, its second effort at an ephemeral messaging app which borrowed many cues from Taptalk. "It's obviously a bit weird," Faber told TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino at Disrupt Europe in London.

Marc Andreessen Steps Down From eBay’s Board Ahead Of Split With PayPal — Investor and Silicon Valley kingpin Marc Andreessen is stepping down from eBay's board of directors after a six year tenure. Andreessen announced the move on Twitter - as he often does - noting that it had been "an absolute privilege" to work with eBay President and CEO John Donahoe.
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Oct 22, 2014

@m4tt awful awful signings — offload to mid-table Italian team in Jan or end of season

Oct 22, 2014

@semil both important for different reasons — complementary rather than competitive

Oct 22, 2014

RT @sarahintampa: whoa. RT @TechCrunch: Google's Inbox is A New Email App From The Gmail Team Designed Not To Be Gmail by @drizzled

Oct 22, 2014

RT @hunterwalk: Twitter's new mobile Dev platform is called #fabric. It's twitter handle is @fabric.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @WhatTheBit: I must be the only person alive who thinks email is just fine. Configure your damn filters properly and you'll be golden. Also, unsubscribe.

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