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Socar, Korea’s Answer To Zipcar, Raises $18 Million But Isn’t Looking Overseas Just Yet — South Korea is know for advanced technology and hardware companies like Samsung, LG and others. But startups? Certainly the country has produced few fledgling tech companies, though there are increasing signs that things are changing: the latest being Socar - a startup comparable to Zipcar - raising a $18 million round of funding this month.

Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany — Yelp has boosted its presence in Europe after announcing the acquisition of Restaurant-Kritik, a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more than 94,000 restaurants across Germany. The US firm has not revealed how much it has paid for the Hamburg-based startup, but it says that it will begin integrating content from the service into its German site soon.

Last ones in the park — Last ones in the park

Tencent Leads $350M Investment In China’s Koudai Gouwu, A Mobile-Focused Rival To Alibaba — Alibaba's record-breaking US IPO may give the impression that the company has the e-commerce market in China sewn up, but there are plenty of fast-growing competitors with an eye on disrupting the top dog. Koudai Gouwu (known as Pocket Shopping in English) is one such company, and it just announced a significant $350 million Series C funding round, as Technode first spotted.

Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media — Telegram, the security-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android apps today has introduced the option to register a username, although all users must still bind their account to a phone number.

Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out Of China Ahead Of Further Global Expansions — The past year has been an eventful one for Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi. The company's devices are now sold in seven countries in Asia, that's a big step up from Xiaomi's inception - when it retailed in China only - and, with big plans to be global, the company is finally migrating international user data to servers outside of China, as International VP Hugo Barra revealed today.

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS — LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company, which last month bagged a $35 million investment round led by iNovia Capital, helps brick-and-mortar retailers increase their sales and improve customer experiences online, has also announced the acquisition of Belgian startup POSIOS.

Uber’s Larger Vehicle Service - UberXL - Hits The Road In London And Manchester — Taxi-industry-disruptor-in-chief Uber is beefing up its presence in the UK, quite literally, today, after it introduced UberXL - its service offering larger capacity cars - in capital city London and Manchester. The service allows Uber customers to summon cars with up to six seats in London, while those in Manchester can order cars that hold up to eight people.

BlaBlaCar’s CEO Shares The Company’s 10-Year Journey And Global Expansion Plans — Taxi apps and ride-sharing companies may have gained mainstream appeal over the past couple of years, but their arrival has been a long time coming. That's certainly the case for BlaBlaCar, a France-headquartered startup that was started 10 years ago and just raised a whopping $100 million to expand its business from Europe into the rest of the world.

GrabTaxi Raises $65 million To Increase The Competition With Uber In Southeast Asia — You'd be forgiven for thinking that the taxi app war is exclusively a US phenomenon, such is the fierce battle between Uber and Lyft, but similar rivalries are actually ongoing across other parts of the world.
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Oct 25, 2014

@KribBKK sure - DM your email and I’ll send later ;)

Oct 24, 2014

RT @DelRey: Seems relevant today. Why Alibaba is worth more than Amazon in 3 charts:…

Oct 24, 2014

@Nero this past month I’ve used Addison Lee in London, more reliable and way more affordable

Oct 24, 2014

A 57 year old Google VP “plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour”…

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