Here’s what you should know today.

1. Samsung Pay launches in Thailand

Samsung Pay works with MasterCard, Visa, KCC, Bangkok Bank, Citibank, KasikornBank, KTC, and Siam Commercial Bank. Samsung says that department stores and shops in the country will also accept payments through Samsung Pay.

To accommodate Thailand’s low credit card usage (10%), the service will also work with a prepaid card called Galaxy Gift, issued by MasterCard.

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2. Nearly 9,000 new companies launched in Vietnam in January

Vietnam’s business community has hit the grounds running in the new year. Official reports showed that 8,990 companies opened in January, up 8% from last year. Their registered capital surged 52.3% to $4 billion in total.

Vietnam is truly a developing country to watch.

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3. Recommended Reading: Here’s how the Singapore govt’s first Facebook chatbot was created

The directive from the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) was that the bot had to help citizens consume and access information more easily.

One unique aspect of KeyReply’s chatbot is its ability to push content to users as opposed to just waiting for them to pull content. Users can subscribe to news, videos, or Facebook feeds from the government on daily, weekly basis or just on weekdays.

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