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Thailand’s Omise Lands $2.6M To Expand Its Payment Gateway Across Asia — Omise, a Thailand-based payment enabler, is in the money today after it raised a $2.6 million Series A round to develop its payment gateway system and expand across Asia. Two-year-old Omise's funding was led by Indonesian VC SMDV, with participation from existing investor East Ventures.

Facebook Opens Internet.Org To All Developers In Response To Net Neutrality Concerns — Facebook is turning, its project to provide free internet to new users, into a platform. The move comes amid criticism of the program's 'walled garden' approach to hand-picking services, and claims that it violates the principles of net neutrality.

Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda Gobbles Up $100M More Led By Goldman Sachs — Less than two months after raising $110 million, Foodpanda - the Rocket Internet-backed food delivery service - is back at the table gobbling down an additional $100 million serving from investors. The round was led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, with Rocket Internet among the existing investors also in the mix.

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy — You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars - very cool cars - but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled 'Tesla Energy' - a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.

Baidu Sees Revenue Growth And Profit Slump In Q1 2015 — Baidu, China's largest internet search and maps provider, continues to see slowing business as it adapts to the rise of mobile. The company's latest Q1 2015 financial report continued an ongoing decline in revenue growth and saw net profit dip year-on-year too.

Tencent Introduces An Operating System For Smart Devices And Wearables — Tencent today unveiled an operating system for smartwatches, TVs and other internet-connected devices today. The system, which was first discussed last year, leverages Tencent's hugely population social services, which includes QQ and mobile messaging app WeChat. The Tencent Operating System and TOS+ is available to be licensed without cost, like Google's Android.

2C2P Raises $7M To Bridge The Payment Gap In Southeast Asia — Payments continue to be a huge issue in many parts of Asia and emerging markets. That's why 2C2P, a Singapore-headquartered startup, has closed a $7 million Series C round to help solve the complexities across Southeast Asia. The round was provided by Hong Kong-based Amun Capital and GMO Venture Partners from Japan.

Xiaomi Boosts Its Business In India With Strategic Investment From Tata Sons Head — Xiaomi is making a push to be a local player in India. Days after unveiling its first phone customized to the South Asia country ( the impressive $205 Mi 4i), Xiaomi announced that it has taken investment from leading Indian businessman Ratan Tata.

Infosys To Acquire E-Commerce Services Provider Kallidus For $120M — Infosys, the India-headquartered consulting and IT firm, is on the verge of making its second significant acquisition of the year after it announced a deal to buy digital e-commerce services provider Kallidus for $120 million. It also made a $2 million investment in an air monitoring startup.

WhatsApp Calling On iOS Is Convenient But The Quality Won’t Blow You Away — WhatsApp's new voice calling feature for iOS is decent quality and easy to use, but the experience doesn't beat dedicated VoIP apps for clarity. At this point, at least. That's our early take on the free calls feature that the Facebook-owned service began introducing to its iOS app this week.
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May 06, 2015

Logistics startups are blowing up in India -- Delhivery Raises $85M Series D

May 06, 2015

@ow sorry, not rubbing it in… had something similar before which prompted my new approach

May 06, 2015

And this, folks, is why I buy a big ass protector case...…

May 06, 2015

@ow fuuuuuuuck — this is why I got a big ass case and glass protector :(

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