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Path Didn’t Sell Its ‘Places’ Business Messaging Service To Daum Kakao — Path announced that it has sold its flagship messaging apps to Korea's Daum Kakao today, but the company has retained one interesting part of its business: its Places business-to-consumer messaging service. That's according to Daum Kakao, which confirmed to TechCrunch that it didn't acquire that asset.

Facebook Brings Its Controversial Initiative To Pakistan — Facebook's initiative to provide basic internet access for free has been heavily criticized over the past few months, but its business as usual for the U.S. company after its service rolled into Pakistan - a country with a population of over 180 million - today.

Microblogging Site Weibo Invests $142M In China’s Top Taxi-Hailing Firm Didi Kuaidi — Weibo, the NASDAQ-listed microblogging company from China, is an unlikely investor in China's soon-to-merge taxi-hailing services Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. Didi and Kuaidi, two rivals that together are estimated to account for over 95 percent of China's taxi app market, announced their surprise coming-together in February.

Lenovo Launches Motorola’s Moto Maker Customization Suite In China — Lenovo re-introduced Motorola smartphones to China in January, and now it has launched the Moto Maker customization service there too. For those not aware, Moto Maker allows customers to personalize their phone in a range of ways. They can select the colors, back cover, build materials and memory capacity of the device.

Fleksy Partners With Imoji To Add Stickers To Its Popular iOS And Android Keyboard — ⚠️ Warning ⚠️ You may be about to see a lot of gigantic emoji surface across chat apps and other mobile apps you use. That's because popular keyboard Fleksy just add stickers to its iOS and Android apps.

Postman, An API Development Platform Used By Box And Others, Raises $1M — The most impactful companies are founded on solving problems, typically these are problems that affected a founder personally. In that respect, Postman, a company offering a platform for teams developing APIs, is off to a good start. Added to that, the India-based startup has also bagged a $1 million seed round from Nexus Venture Partners.

Sony’s New Xperia Z3+ Is An Iterative Upgrade Of Its 2014 Flagship Smartphone — Sony announced its new Xperia Z4 in its native Japan last month, and today it has a new smartphone for the rest of us... it's called the Xperia Z3+, not the Z4, however. As the name implies, the Z3+ is an upgrade on its older sibling device, which was announced last September.

Samsung’s Tizen Smartphones Could Have Potential In Emerging Markets After All — Samsung's Tizen mobile platform is all too easy to write off as a failure. The product, which is a Samsung-owned rival to Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems, was delayed for more than a year. Even when the first Tizen-powered device finally emerged this January, it was a pretty underwhelming $92 smartphone for India and other emerging markets.

Chinese E-Commerce Giant JD Leads $70M Round In Online Produce Retailer FruitDay — Chinese e-commerce site and Alibaba rival is putting its money into fresh fruit and vegetables after it led a $70 million Series C round in FruitDay, a company that sells fresh produce across China. The investment in six-year-old FruitDay, which claims to be China's largest online produce firm, also included participation from previous backers Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and ClearVue.

Expedia Sells Majority Stake In Chinese Partner eLong For $671 Million — It's been a pretty busy and expensive 2015 so far for Expedia - which forked out $280 million to buy Travelcity in February, before shelling out $1.6 billion for Orbitz a week later - but the travel giant is divesting one major asset after it sold its majority stake in eLong, its loss-making partner in China, for $671 million.
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May 29, 2015

@underexpose @bkksomchai everyone should rest up this weekend in that case ^^

May 29, 2015

@aulia pretty sure no staff are transferring over

May 29, 2015

@Nok_KN not really a dish though, is it? I still love it too though :)

May 29, 2015

@Ryn_writes so that’s why Michu went so bad after one good season!!!

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