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Chinese and western tech giants battle for Southeast Asia

When Sea Limited launched its prospectus to list on the New York Stock Exchange last month, the South East Asian ecommerce and gaming group sparked a …

South-east Asia

Here's the cold LinkedIn message that prompted a CEO to give the sender a job

Then she received a LinkedIn message from Elliott Bell that changed her mind. Bell was hired as the director of marketing a few months later. He worked at The Muse for four years.<p>Here's the full text of the LinkedIn message he sent Minshew. It's reprinted in "The New Rules of Work," the new book …

Employment

Didi’s master plan to win over local Chinese governments – with data

A road heat map from Didi’s big data traffic platform. Photo credit: Didi Chuxing, modified by Tech in Asia.The security at Didi Chuxing’s …

Autonomous Cars

The Population White Paper - Time to revisit an unpopular policy?

Three years ago in January 2013, the Government released the now infamous Population White Paper. To say the reaction was negative would be an …

Economics
Duty-free

It’s so dangerous being a bridesmaid in China that some brides are hiring professionals instead

Concern over traditional wedding practices in China being pushed too far has reached new heights following the death of a bridesmaid in Wenchang, Hainan province in September. It was reported that the 28-year-old was pressured into drinking an excessive amount of alcohol on behalf of the bride.<p>This …

Weddings

Hot dogs 'must be renamed' in Malaysia, says religious government body

<b>Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification.</b><p>The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists.<p>Director Sirajuddin Suhaimee said …

Asia

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Intellectual Property

South Korea's Fried Chicken Craze Sparks Battle for Market Share

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.<p>Global poultry producers hoping to cash in on South Korea’s craze for fried chicken and beer face a …

North Korea
Social Media

China’s mobile payment giants are chasing their customers all the way to Europe

China’s consumers are a prized bunch: Where they go, payments providers follow. This summer, that means they’re all going to Europe.<p>Alipay, the payments platform owned by Alibaba spinoff Ant Financial, began offering its service in Europe this summer. To be clear, it’s aimed squarely at Chinese …

FinTech

Grab Co-Founder Unveils Key Strategies for Sustainable Business Model

Grab, which initially started as an app-based ride-hailing service known as GrabTaxi (MyTeksi in Malaysia), was established in 2012. It has since …

On the Bolaven Plateau, savor a Lao coffee paradise | CNN Travel

(CNN) — From Colombia to Kenya, many of the world's coffee-growing regions are amongst the most idyllic places on Earth.<p>A bucolic tableland in southern Laos, the Bolaven Plateau is no exception.<p>It sits on the bottom of a crater from a giant, extinct volcano in the northeast of Champasak Province in …

Vietnam
Social Media

Inside the Philippines' Cemetery Slum

The Cemeterio Del Norte is inhabited by people who pull bones from tombs to move in. It's an entire slum community, populated by gang members, runaways, sex workers, and laborers who rank among the poorest of the world's poor.<p>New Zealand photographer Danial Eriksen traveled 8,000 kilometers [5,000 …

Archaeology

30 giant Chinese infrastructure projects that are reshaping the world

Reuters<p>A huge change is underway in China.<p>Over the next 10 years, the country plans to move 250 million people — the equivalent of Indonesia's entire …

College & University

Mongolia is changing all its addresses to three-word phrases

Mongolia will become a global pioneer next month, when its national post office starts referring to locations by a series of three-word phrases instead of house numbers and street names.<p>The new system is devised by a British startup called What3Words, which has assigned a three-word phrase to every …

Google Maps

Dirtied by success? Nigeria is home to city with worst PM10 levels

<b>(CNN) —</b> The word "Africa" often evokes romantic images of elephants crossing the Kalahari, thundering water at Victoria Falls, or panoramic views from Table Mountain.<p>But an increasingly common sight for Africans -- especially those in Nigeria -- is that of smog, rubbish and polluted water, …

Pollution
Nicki Minaj

The Human Cost of Elephant Tourism

While Western activists focus on the animals, their handlers are often treated as expendable.<p>It should have been a day like any other in Mae Wang, Thailand. But at one elephant camp in this small rural district just outside the tourism hub of Chiang Mai, the elephant handlers, or mahouts, were on …

Elephants

ASEAN Needs Timor-Leste

Should Timor-Leste be admitted as the eleventh member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)?<p>Member countries Malaysia, Brunei, …

After three weeks in China, it's clear Beijing is Silicon Valley's only true competitor

We are too well-fed in Silicon Valley.<p>I hadn’t been to China in several years, but had almost moved there 12 years ago, so I was very curious what I would find. I met with two dozen startups, from very late-stage — including valuations of $20 billion — to pre-seed stages. I also met with a dozen …

Startups
South Africa

'Relics of Rangoon': Myanmar's historic buildings in danger | CNN Travel

Asia
Asia

Cambodia’s Lost Riviera - Roads & Kingdoms

KEP, Cambodia—<p>There are dogs guarding the king’s house on this quiet hill in Kep, on Cambodia’s south coast, but it doesn’t take much to scare them …

The same behaviors that spell academic success can backfire at work

Early in my work as a career coach, I noticed something surprising: The women who faced the biggest challenges in senior-level positions had often been star pupils in school. They’d earned excellent grades, won numerous prizes and praise from their teachers, sought out one or more graduate degrees. …

Teaching

How Intermarriage Created One of the World’s Most Delicious Foods

Laksa is said to get its name from the Sanskrit word “lakh,” which means 100,000. (Photo: InterContinental Hong Kong/Flickr)<p>A few things are …