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Mobile-Focused Ad Platform PocketMath Raises $10 Million From Rakuten Ventures — PocketMath, a Singapore-US startup specializing in mobile advertising, has landed a $10 million Series A funding round from Rakuten Ventures, the VC arm of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten. The funding is the first external investment that PocketMath has taken, having bootstrapped itself to 40 staff over the four years since being founded by two University of Texas alumni.

Evernote Updates Its Penultimate App Following Criticism, Showing Tech Firms Do Listen — Here's a positive story about tech companies and their awareness of the outside world, just in case this week had you disillusioned. Evernote today issued a fix for its Penultimate digital handwriting app for the iPad that it hopes will end more than a week of frustration for its users.

Indian Music Startup Saavn Is Giving Away Its Pro Service To Snapdeal Shoppers On Android Devices — Music while you shop? Two prominent startups in India have teamed up to push their respective causes and raise awareness of two nascent industries that could explode as smartphone adoption in the country grows. Streaming service Saavn today announced a partnership with online retail giant Snapdeal.

Singapore Will Introduce New Regulations For Taxi Booking Apps In 2015 — Singapore will next year introduce new regulations to manage the demand for taxi-booking apps in the country. The country's Land Transport Authority (LTA) today outlined a framework to "safeguard commuter safety and interests" in response to the rapid rise of apps like Uber, Hailo, GrabTaxi and Rocket Internet-backed Easy Taxi.

Deep Identity Raises $470,000 To Help Companies Manage Access On Their Networks — Deep Identity, a Singapore-based startup that helps companies manage access to their internal networks and services, has raised US$470,000 (SG$589,000) to expand its services into the cloud and open a presence in Europe. The funding was provided by early-stage investor Get2volume, which will incubate Deep Identity, with co-funding from the Singapore National Research Foundation.

Uber Wants To Replace India’s Iconic Auto Rickshaws With Chauffeured Hatchbacks — Uber may be in the midst of a major PR crisis in the U.S., but it continues to ramp up its efforts in India - its second largest market - where it launched a low-cost service aimed at beating the country's icon auto rickshaws.

Developers In China Can Now Make Money Via Google Play Apps (But Not In China) — Google has announced that developers based in China can now make money from apps listed on the Google Play Store. The update covers 130 international markets but not China itself, however.

Chat App Kik Raises $38M And Makes Its First Acquisition, Buying GIF Messenger Relay — Mobile messaging is the hot topic of the year for tech. Canada-based startup Kik, which has largely flown under the radar, is making a big move to win the race in the West after announcing a $38.3 million Series C funding round and its first acquisition.

Uber’s Moral Compass Needs Recalibration — Another day, another Uber Mess. The latest news is that Uber is investigating one of its general managers for privacy violations after he accessed customer data from a company-wide platform. This is the latest setback in a challenging week for the company, coming just after executive Emil Michael was revealed as having suggested that the transportation firm might dig up dirt on critical journalists.

It Looks Like Coin Is Finally Shipping To Early Backers — One year after exploding on the scene, it looks like Coin, the YC-backed startup that wants to replace all your bank cards with a universal card, is finally shipping its product to some early backers after a long, long wait. The company previously said shipments would begin this summer.
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Nov 24, 2014

RT @MatthewKeysLive: News editor in Thailand jailed over alleged defamation -

Nov 24, 2014

@justinfreitag @Jackyyapp @Uber_SING an observation: in some markets Uber X drivers are regular folks who carry the brand on their shoulders

Nov 24, 2014

To be fair, Uber is quick to respond to Uber X issues - but it just takes one bad experience to lose a customer. Very hard to win them back.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @RichardBarrow: Number 1 at the box office in #Thailand over the weekend (with a little help from the Thai police) was Hunger Games 3

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