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Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today confirmed that it sold just shy of 35 million phones in the first half of this year. Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world's third largest exporter of phones, this week expanded into Brazil and is thought to have a slate of other international expansions lined up for this year.

India Now Uber’s Second Largest Market Following Expansion To 7 New Cities — Uber is continuing its focus on Asia after announcing that it will expand into seven new cities in India, taking it to a total of 18 locations in the country. The U.S. firm recently claimed one million rides per day in China following rapid growth, and it is also sweet on India.

India’s Fires Its Maverick CEO Who Gave Away His Shares — It's funny how things can change quickly. Just two months ago, Rahul Yadav, the young co-founder of CEO of SoftBank-backed, was heralded as a role model for India's startup space after giving away his entire shareholding (worth at least $23.5 million) to the company's staff.

Rocket Internet’s Global Fashion Group Raises $167M More At A $3.45B Valuation — Rocket Internet's Global Fashion Group (GFG), an umbrella group that houses the German company's fashion-focused e-commerce services for emerging markets, made a double announcement today after revealing that it secured €150 million ($167 million) in fresh funding and made two acquisitions in Brazil.

Apple Music Hits The Right Note On International Availability And Pricing — It's still early days for Apple Music, the newly launched streaming service, as the world chews over its user interface, initial service issues, that Beats 1 radio station and other unexpected factors. But two areas where the U.S. company has hit the right notes are international availability and pricing.

Sony Launches A Crowdfunding Site For Projects From Its Employees In Japan — Sony has dabbled with crowdfunding in the past - using sites to float an e-ink watch and mesh sensor kit - but now the Japanese company is making a big play in the space after launching its own site for crowdfunded projects.

Xiaomi Expands Its Empire To Brazil, Will Sell First Smartphone There July 7 — Xiaomi, the $45 billion valued Chinese firm ranked the world's third largest smartphone maker, has taken its first step outside of Asia after launching its business in Brazil. Today, Xiaomi revealed its first device for the Latin American country - that'll be the Redmi 2, the latest version of its budget Android device, which will retail for 499 BRL, or around $160.

Mangoplate, Korea’s Answer To Yelp, Lands $6.1M And Eyes Expansions Across Asia — Mangoplate, a service akin to Yelp in Korea, is in the money today after closing a $6.1 million Series A round to expand in its domestic market and branch out into other parts of Asia. The round was led by Qualcomm Ventures and included participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital.

Baidu To Invest $3.2 Billion Developing Online-To-Offline Services In China — China's Baidu, the company best known for its dominant search engine, said today that it will invest more than $3 billion in its offline-to-online businesses over the next three years.

Amazon Will Expand Its AWS Cloud Services To India In 2016 — Amazon is continuing to push its AWS business in Asia after it announced plans to expand its cloud computing platform to India next year. The AWS foray into India follows the service's localization in China last year, and it comes at a time when India's startup scene is growing at speed.
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Jul 02, 2015

@accretivegrowth ha ha, yeah that’s true — editing tweets would open pandora’s box

Jul 02, 2015

Having to delete and retweet for a typo is embarrassing, but I’d rather undergo that purgatory than see Twitter make tweets editable

Jul 02, 2015

Are there any tech companies in India that don’t count Ratan Tata as an investor or special advisor at this point?!

Jul 02, 2015

@daveoli @extensions_th that’s right, you can tweet curses at me from your Apple Watchydigerydoo

Jul 02, 2015

@extensions_th still not solid on this model, i’m such a conservative

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