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Car Rental Startup Zoomcar Raises $7 Million To Democratize Transportation In India — Following on from Socar, Korea's answer to Zipcar, which raised $18 million earlier this month, another car rental startup in Asia is in the money today. India-based Zoomcar has added $8 million to its coffers with a funding round led by Sequoia Capital. The 18-month-old Bangalore-based company isn't your average Indian startup.

Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again — Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony's mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter (its fiscal Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.59 billion.

HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue — Things seem better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.7 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter's $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013, when it suffered a $102 million loss in its first negative quarter as a public company.

Samsung announces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, its “slimmest smartphones to date” — Samsung vowed to introduce more desirable phones when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it has wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 - two metallic devices that it calls its "slimmest smartphones to date."

Lenovo Has Completed The $2.91 Billion Acquisition Of Motorola From Google — Lenovo has completed the $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola from Google today. The deal, which was announced in January, comes just three years after Google itself shelled out $12.5 billion to buy the phone-maker. Now a Lenovo subsidiary, Motorola will continue to be based out of Chicago with offices worldwide.

Xiaomi Poaches Spotify’s Donovan Sung To Lead International Product Development — Now that it's apparently the third largest smartphone maker in the world, China's Xiaomi needs experienced heads to help it build its business outside of Asia. And that's exactly what it's getting.

Chat App Line’s Revenue Doubles Year-On-Year To Reach $192 Million in Q3 2014 — Days after Facebook revealed that WhatsApp, its $18 billion messaging app acquisition, posted an overall loss for the first half of this year, Line - a rival app with 500 million registered users - has revealed that its revenue doubled year-on-year during Q3 2014.

Reddit Gets Into Crowdfunding With Redditmade — Reddit is continuing it expand its presence beyond its wildly successful forums - known as the front page of the internet for many - after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a site that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors.

British Broadcaster Sky Invests $7 Million In YouTube Video Network Whistle Sports — Sky is best known as a British satellite broadcaster, but it is increasingly becoming a startup investor after it announced its third deal in a month. Fresh from putting $5 million into ad tech startup Sharethrough and backing online video platform Pluto, the company has ploughed $7 million into Whistle Sports, a YouTube network that is focused on - you guessed it - sports videos for young people.

LG Shipped A Record 16.8 Million Smartphones In Q3 2014, Up 39% Year-On-Year — Samsung is under-pressure as a long-period of growth continues to flatten out, but things couldn't be going much better for fellow Korean phone-maker LG, which just announced that it shipped a best-ever 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 2014.
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Oct 31, 2014

@eileentso taking off in parts of Asia too, which is interesting — plays into Internet and social media perhaps??

Oct 31, 2014

@baconbkk “millions” of Thais out celebrating Halloween??

Oct 31, 2014

Two years old, but this Halloween mix from Diplo is all the music you need today…

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