Line Indonesia has finished its first acquisition in Indonesia by acquiring Indonesia-based TemanJalan, a carpooling platform designed for students. Line wishes to develop its capability in developing chatbot platform and gain an insight about the local market. (e27)
Indonesian e-commerce startup Bukalapak is claimed to be the forth unicorn company in Indonesia with a new undisclosed funding round. Following Go-Jek, Traveloka, and Tokopedia, the startup has Emtek Group, 500 Startups, GREE Ventures, and QueensBridge Venture Partners as investors prior to the new funding round. (e27)
Garena’s parent company Sea’s loss more than doubled in the third quarter as the marketing costs at mobile-shopping unite Shopee surged. About 85 percent of the company’s total revenue in the third quarter came from the games unit Garena. The Singapore-based gaming and e-commerce company brands itself as an emerging company with operations in Southeast and Taiwan. It has raised about $884 million through an IPO this October. (Bloomberg)
Another two bike-sharing company in China bite the dust. Kuqi and Xiaoming Bike reported to on its way to bankruptcy. In the latest five months, six bike-sharing companies have closed down or stopped operation. (The Beijing News)
Chinese online microlenders are undergoing a difficult time. Shares of Qudian and China Rapid Finance dropped as much as 20 percent as China is reportedly to halt approvals for new online microlenders. Shares of Hexindai and Yirendai also tumbled. The country is to issue new regulations on online microlenders next week. (Yicai, Bloomberg)
Tencent has surpassed Facebook and become the fifth biggest company in terms of market value after Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon. The market value of the Chinese tech mogul has seen a four-day rise and reached $522.9 billion. (Tech.QQ)
Uber lost records on 57 million customers and drivers after hackers got access to a third-party code management host GitHub. It’s common for software developers to use GitHub as it facilitates collaboration and applications’ early-stage distributions. (Bloomberg)
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