Here’s what you should know.

1. Uber begins mapping Asia’s roads

Uber is beginning to map roads in Asia for the first time as it aims to improve its service in the region. The company said today that it has deployed mapping cars in Singapore, the first such country in Asia, in a bid to gather information that can improve its service for both drivers and passengers.

In a blog post, Uber wrote:

There are other things we need to know a lot more about, like traffic patterns and precise pick-up and drop-off locations. We need to be able to provide a seamless experience in parts of the world where there aren’t detailed maps — or street signs.

This initiative should begin to fix many local problems that the car hailing app has, such as inaccurate pick-up pins and directions.

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2. Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business warned that government actions to bolster domestic companies against foreign competition could hurt its business, in a possible reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda. In a routine description of regulatory risks in its 2016 annual filing, the world’s largest online retailer said “trade and protectionist measures” might hinder its ability to grow.

The Seattle-based company has cited trade protection in those filings as a risk to its international sales and operations specifically.

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3. Thai B2B fresh food e-marketplace Freshket raises 6-digit funding

Freshket’s concept is to be an e-marketplace to match fresh food suppliers and restaurants and provide a workflow system to make their dealings more efficient and easier. As of January, it had 20 suppliers with 2,000 items and 50 restaurants on the platform. The startup is aiming to have around 800 restaurants and 250 suppliers by this year end.

The undisclosed funding was raised by an unidentified agricultural firm in Thailand.

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