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1. Facebook redesigns marketplace

The changes are more about making the marketplace easier to use, with a now-scrollable list of item categories that appear as candy-colored, rounded icons.

The idea here is to encourage better discovery, as most people come to the Marketplace with a goal in mind. They need a piece of furniture, or an appliance, or they want to browse for deals on second-hand items like clothing, purses, baby products or maybe a used smartphone.

You can filter any section by location and price to narrow the listings returned, either with or without an accompanying keyword search.

Facebook doesn’t share numbers related to how many users have tried Marketplace, number of listings or transactions to date. However, the company did say last fall that there are 450 million people already using “Buy & Sell” groups on Facebook every month,

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2. Twitter teams up with Bloomberg for streaming news

The social-media company is joining forces with the global financial news outlet to create a service that will stream news produced solely for Twitter 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The channel, which has yet to be named and is expected to begin operating this fall, won’t simply rebroadcast footage from Bloomberg’s existing television operation.

It will be made up of live news reporting from the news outlet’s bureaus around the world, as well as a curated and verified mix of video posted on Twitter by the social-media platform’s users.

The effort comes at a turbulent time for Twitter, which this past week reported a decline in revenue for the first time since going public. It has struggled to find a successful formula for converting its sizeable user base into a fast-growing ad business.

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3. DHL eCommerce launches domestic delivery service with nationwide coverage in Malaysia

“Ecommerce has become a way of life for Malaysians, with 47% already using their smartphones to shop online,” said Malcolm Monteiro, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL eCommerce.

The investment in Malaysia includes a 48,000 sq ft central distribution hub in Puchong as well as depots in Penang, Johor Bahru, Cheras and Puchong and a fleet of 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles.

The fleet of vehicles will provide next-day delivery to all urban areas in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru, and two to fourday delivery to all other locations across West Malaysia and East Malaysia.

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1. Airwallex raises $13M led by Tencent

Australia-based cross-border payments startup Airwallex has closed a $13 million Series A round to expand its reach across Asia Pacific and into Europe. The deal was led by Chinese internet giant Tencent.

Airwallex was founded last year to tackle the issue of cross-border transactions at scale. Unlike predominantly consumer-focused services such as TransferWise — which actually opened an Asia Pacific HQ last week.

Airwallex targets businesses, allowing them to make and receive international payments at scale at both a lower cost and with less hassle.

Already it is working with Tencent to help lower backend costs for its WeChat Pay service overseas — which is seen to have potential to grow alongside the emergence of outbound tourism from China.

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

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, has virtually no competitors left in the domestic ride-hailing industry, especially after its game changing funding round. According to CNIT Research figures from Q3 2016, the Beijing-based company controls 94.6 percent of the market.

Having all but conquered the domestic market, the Beijing-based unicorn is now turning its focus inward, towards the terabytes of data generated through its app everyday.

Didi’s new device could potentially collect a wealth of data about driver behavior.

Didi’s move to develop its own monitoring device is part of a larger push to analyze as much data as it can about transportation in China. Starting last year, the company has been tracking GPS information from drivers’ smartphones in an effort to curb speeding, sudden acceleration, and other risky behavior.

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3. Recommended Reading: Amid brick-and-mortar travails, a tipping point for Amazon in apparel

Amazon is exploring the possibility of selling custom-fit clothing, tailored to the more precise measurements of customers, and it has considered acquiring clothing manufacturers to further expand its presence in the category.

If there are tipping points in retail — moments when shopping behavior swings decisively in one direction — there’s a strong case to be made that apparel is reaching one now, with broad implications for jobs, malls and shopping districts.

“I do think this year is the year apparel e-commerce takes off,” said Cooper Smith, an analyst at L2.

Still, Amazon faces hurdles in its apparel business. Some apparel makers have been frustrated by the prevalence of counterfeit versions of their products on Amazon, peddled by independent merchants.

One idea Amazon is considering to lubricate apparel shopping: custom-fit clothing. The company’s apparel team is exploring the possibility of offering “on-demand” clothing that would be made only after a customer submitted an order, using the customer’s precise measurements.

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1.  Shopee Philippines sees the growth in male shoppers

More Filipino males are starting to browse online for better deals and are more meticulous than women when it comes to buying online.

But despite the increase of shopping activity, the shopping behavior of men in the Philippines differ based on age groups

Macy Castillo, Shopee’s Head of Commercial Business shared that men aged between 20 and 24 are trend conscious and have lower spending power, but shop more often, buying more Fashion and Accessories. Men between 25 to 30 spend a bit more on Wellness, Hobbies and Sports items; while men between 31-35 who have higher purchasing power, buy from our Toys, Kids and Babies category as well as Men’s Skincare.

To cater to the different and discerning needs of male customers, Shopee expands its product selection with more trusted brands and allays fears by allowing buyers to easily communicate with the sellers for any questions they may have with Shopee’s Live Chat

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2. Thailand to boost internet connection with submarine cable

Following the recent visit of Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak to China, the government is planning to make a new investment in submarine cable to secure Thailand’s position as a link of international “internet paths” between Europe and Hong Kong.

Instead of laying the new cable down to Malaysia for international broadband connection, they could linking it with AAE-1 (Asia-Africa-Europe-1) via a submarine cable station in Satun in the Andaman Sea and a ground station in Songkhla on the eastern coast.

It will help Thailand easily link with Hong Kong by cutting the distance by 1,000 kilometers.

The cabinet recently approved a 5 billion baht investment in the system but did not reveal the decision. The investment will be handled by state-owned operator CAT Telecom via the Neutral Gateway Network & Data Center project.

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3. Malaysia’s leader: ASEAN could be the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030

The 10-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, could form the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030, said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in the summit of ASEAN leaders in Manila last week.

As of Nov. 2015, the region’s combined economy was nearly $2.7 trillion, ranking 7th largest in the world, but he’s optimist to see the region turn into the world’s fourth biggest economy after the U.S., EU and China. The combined size of the ASEAN’s economies will grow to $9.2 trillion by 2050.

The growth is crucial to ensure prosperity can be shared among the less countries that are still left behind and work is needed to help small companies by helping them expand with ecommerce and reduce trade barriers and bring average tariffs to zero or near zero.

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