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Singapore-based Raena gets $9M Series A for its pivot to skincare and beauty-focused social commerce

Raena’s team, from left to right: chief operating officer Guo Xing Lim, chief executive officer Sreejita Deb and chief commercial officer Widelia Liu Raena was founded in 2019 to create personal care brands with top social media influencers. After several launches, however, the Singapore-based startup quickly noticed an interesting trend: customers were ordering batches of products from Raena every week and reselling them on social media and e-commerce platforms like Shopee and Tokopedia. Las...
Tags: TC, Asia, Instagram, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, E-commerce, Malaysia, Alibaba, Personal Care, Skincare, Shopify, Social Commerce, Deb


Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp face tougher rules in India

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Netflix that count Asia’s third-largest economy as their key overseas market. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deliver a complete redres...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


India sets more stringent rules for social media, streaming services

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets, joining a handful of other nations in posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook and Google that count Asia’s third-largest economy as its biggest market by users. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deliver a compl...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


India unveils more stringent rules for social media, streaming services

India announced sweeping changes to its guidelines for social media, on-demand video streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, joining several other nations in posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook and Google that count the nation as its biggest market by users. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deli...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


The cofounder of clothing brand Faherty says the company had its best year yet thanks to a diversified supply chain and the art of storytelling

Alex Faherty Courtesy of Faherty Alex Faherty is the cofounder of the clothing brand Faherty.  The company weathered the pandemic due to its diversified business model.  It also went on a hiring spree to bring on writers who could develop the storytelling of the brand.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. In 2020, clothing brand Faherty had a standout year, according to its twin cofounders Alex and Mike Faherty. Alex credits one thing that helped keep his company afloat...
Tags: Asia, Nordstrom, New York, Instagram, Matthew Mcconaughey, New York City, US, Trends, United States, Manhattan, Venice, Neil Patrick Harris, Kerry, Alex, Hamptons, Barney


Twitter explored buying India’s ShareChat and turning Moj into a global TikTok rival

Twitter recently held talks to acquire Indian social media startup ShareChat as the company explored ways to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market and build a global rival to TikTok, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The American firm, which is already an , offered to buy the Indian startup for $1.1 billion and had committed an additional investment of $900 million, two of the sources said. The talks are no longer ongoing, two sources said, requ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, India, Tech, Match, MoJ, Match Group, Blume Ventures, Appannie, Snap


Myanmar's internet shut down as protestors flooded the streets. The military coup leaders sought to shut down Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter earlier this week.

Protesters attend a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar Now/Handout via Reuters Leaders of Myanmar's military coup on Saturday appeared to shut down the country's internet. Last week, they'd sent letters asking internet providers to block Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The shutdown would "severely limit coverage of anti-coup protests," said NetBlocks.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As protestors on Saturday flooded Myanmar's stre...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Twitter, London, Instagram, Protest, Internet, Trends, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Yangon, Reuters, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Instagram, Suu Kyi, Tech Insider


Canon takes tentative step towards eliminating photographers with robotic PICK camera

Canon is embracing the AI-infused future with a strange new robotic camera called the PowerShot PICK. This little device swivels and keeps its subjects in view, taking commands or snapping shots on its own. It’s a bit like a smart security camera or Facebook’s Portal, but meant to be taken with you wherever you go, attached to a selfie stick, and so on. Its body is about the size of a juice box, making it portable but not quite pocketable. The camera company appears to be hedging its bets by off...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Asia, Photography, Hardware, Tech, Canon, Dennis, Powershot, Makuake


Levi's sales are down as remote workers turn to loungewear over jeans

Joe Raedle/Getty Images Levi's revenue in the recent holiday quarter was down 12% year-over-year. Sales beat expectations as losses slowed in the fourth quarter. As many remote workers trade out their jeans for sweats, Levi's is starting to sell loungewear. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Levi Strauss & Co reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday, revealing that revenue was down 12% in the holiday period - an improvement over the prior quarter.Despite the doub...
Tags: Asia, Instagram, Trends, Levi, Bergh, Danielle Bernstein, Levi Strauss Co, Chip Bergh, Mary Meisenzahl, Joe Raedle Getty Images Levi, Wall Street Journal The Washington Post NPR


Insiders who worked with Instagram mega influencer Danielle Bernstein say she rips off fashion designers and gets away with it

Influencer Danielle Bernstein sells her branded clothing in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Some designers claim her retail empire is partially built on copied designs. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images; Hollis Johnson/Insider; Samantha Lee/Insider An Insider investigation has uncovered three new allegations of copying against the Instagram mega influencer Danielle Bernstein.  Two people who worked with Bernstein said she emulated a fabric print from the billion-dollar Italian fas...
Tags: Asia, Nordstrom, New York, Instagram, California, New York City, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Paris, Italy, Manhattan, Zara, Whitney, Asos, Klear


Disney Plus Hotstar Eying up Launch in Malaysia (Report)

Plans may be afoot for the launch of streaming service Disney Plus in Malaysia. In the past few days verified accounts for the service appeared on Facebook and Instagram, though the Facebook one was subsequently taken offline. The news was first reported by unofficial fan sites including What’s On Disney Plus. Contacted by Variety, Disney […]
Tags: Facebook, Asia, News, Instagram, Disney, Global, Malaysia, Variety Disney, Disney Plus, Disney Plus Hotstar


How Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen make and spend their millions

Tom Brady gets a kiss from his wife Gisele Bundchen following Patriots training camp. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Tom Brady left the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past offseason, and the quarterback is enjoying remarkable success with his new squad.Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, comprise one of the most successful celebrity power couples.Bündchen is one of the most successful supermodels in the world; Brady is widely considered the...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, New York, Instagram, Washington Post, Boston, US, NFL, Trends, Qatar, Cnn, Getty Images, Brazil, Manhattan, Amazon Rainforest, Tokyo


Tom Brady is leading the Buccaneers through their first playoff run in over a decade. Here's how the quarterback and his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen make and spend their millions.

Tom Brady gets a kiss from his wife Gisele Bundchen following Patriots training camp. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Tom Brady left the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past offseason, and the quarterback is enjoying rermarkable success with his new squad.Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, comprise one of the most successful celebrity power couples.Bündchen is one of the most successful supermodels in the world; Brady is widely considered th...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, New York, Instagram, Washington Post, Boston, US, NFL, Trends, Qatar, Cnn, Getty Images, Brazil, Manhattan, Amazon Rainforest, Tokyo


This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also   3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Food, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Twitter, Spotify, Europe, Real Estate, London


George Saunders says writing new book was ‘like a spa day for my mind’

George Saunders remembers walking out of his classroom one day and realizing that all the work, all the “beautiful moments” he’d shared with his students over the past 20 years, might just disappear. Saunders’ latest book, the nonfiction guide to life and writing, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” published on Jan. 12, represents his two decades of classroom experience as a creative writing professor at Syracuse University. “I think that was both the motivation to write the book and one of the ben...
Tags: Asia, Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Cheryl Strayed, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Hemingway, Southern California, Santa Cruz, Ryan Gattis, George Saunders


'Not enough work, not enough money': can this Kyrgyz village survive without tourists? A picture essay

Life was hard in this remote area of central Asia, until tourism offered new hope. Then Covid-19 struck and the visitors stopped comingPhotographs by Danil UsmanovIt has been over a decade since Umar Tashbekov saw his opportunity. His village, Sary-Mogol in Kyrgyzstan, at an altitude of 3,600 metres, is close to Lenin’s Peak, a popular mountain destination for tourists. If they were already hiking there, why not attract them to visit his village too?Sary-Mogol is a three-hour drive from the near...
Tags: Asia, Photography, Russia, World news, South and Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Global development, Lenin, OSH, Coronavirus, Danil UsmanovIt, Umar Tashbekov


From the U.S. to China, Korea, India and Europe, antitrust action against tech is gaining serious momentum

After decades of global expansion and consolidation in the tech sector, antitrust is now a headline issue for the industry across the world. What has been a slow and sputtering series of disparate actions over the past decade has coalesced in just the past few weeks into a rapid and comprehensive series of actions against the industry, with the United States being a notable laggard worldwide. Nowhere are these actions more prominent than in China, where the competition authorities have — after m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, China, Germany, India, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Alibaba


From the US to China, Korea, India and Europe, antitrust action against tech is gaining serious momentum

After decades of global expansion and consolidation in the tech sector, antitrust is now a headline issue for the industry across the world. What has been a slow and sputtering series of disparate actions over the past decade has coalesced in just the past few weeks into a rapid and comprehensive series of actions against the industry, with the United States being a notable laggard worldwide. Nowhere are these actions more prominent than in China, where the competition authorities have — after m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, China, Germany, India, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States


Facebook relaunches Instagram Lite app, begins test in India

Facebook is working to bring back the Instagram Lite app, months after it shut down the light version offering worldwide. The social conglomerate said on Wednesday that it is testing the revamped Instagram Lite app in India, where it hopes to “gain valuable insights” about the new offering before “a global rollout” of the app later. The revamped Instagram Lite app weighs less than 2MB and delivers a “fast, reliable, and responsive” experience of the social service. The Android app supports...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Instagram, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Bose, Facebook Lite, App Annie, Shah, Reliance, Abhijit Bose, Ajit Mohan


Facebook launches revamped Instagram Lite app in India

Facebook is working to bring back the Instagram Lite app, months after it shut down the light version offering worldwide. The social conglomerate said on Wednesday that it is testing the revamped Instagram Lite app in India, where it hopes to “gain valuable insights” about the new offering before “a global rollout” of the app later. The revamped Instagram Lite app weighs less than 2MB and delivers a “fast, reliable, and responsive” experience of the social service. The Android app supports...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Instagram, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Bose, Facebook Lite, App Annie, Shah, Reliance, Abhijit Bose, Ajit Mohan


TikTok’s epic rise and stumble

TikTok’s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of how TikTok grew from what some considered another “copycat” short video app to global dominance and eventually became a target of the U.S. government. 2012-2017: The emergence of TikTok These years were a period of fast growth for ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company behind TikTok. Originally launched in Chin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, Entertainment, Navy, California, Washington, Government, China, America, Tech, Walmart


The New East photo prize 2020 shortlist – in pictures

Calvert 22 Foundation and The Calvert Journal have announced the finalists of the New East photo prize 2020. This year marks the third edition of the competition, which celebrates contemporary photography from eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and central Asia. The shortlist includes 11 photographers from Albania, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Uzbekistan. The winners will be announced to the public on 10 November. The biennial prize received over 700 entries this year from 26 New East...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Photography, World news, Art and design, Uzbekistan, Albania, Calvert, Calvert Journal, Balkans Russia, New East, Georgia Hungary Poland Russia


Travel through a lens: Cat Vinton's best photograph – Sonam braves winter on Changtang Plateau

Our new series of travel photos that tell a story starts with a nomadic young girl who herds animals on the high-altitude Tibetan plateau We rattled over the rugged peaks of a wild, remote landscape of the high Himalaya – in a truck open to the biting wind. After a few long days crossing this frozen land, we reached a small Tibetan camp of yak-haired tents wedged in between jagged peaks. One side India, the other side Tibet (or the Tibet Autonomous Region, as the Chinese call it).The first morni...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Photography, Tibet, India, Travel Photography, Himalaya, Vinton, Sonam, Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibet holidays, Changtang Plateau


Travel through a lens: Cat Vinton's best photograph – Sonam braves winter in Tibet

Our new series of travel photos that tell a story starts with a nomadic young girl who herds animals on the high-altitude Tibetan plateau We rattled over the rugged peaks of a wild, remote landscape of the high Himalaya – in a truck open to the biting wind. After a few long days crossing this frozen land, we reached a small Tibetan camp of yak-haired tents wedged in between jagged peaks. One side India, the other side Tibet (or the Tibet Autonomous Region, as the Chinese call it).The first morni...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Photography, Tibet, India, Travel Photography, Himalaya, Vinton, Sonam, Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibet holidays


India’s ShareChat raises $40 million, says its short-video platform Moj now reaches 80 million users

an Indian social network that focuses entirely on serving users in non-English languages, said on Thursday it has raised $40 million from a clutch of investors after the Indian startup added tens of millions of new users in recent months. The five-year-old Bangalore-based startup said Dr. Pawan Munjal, chief executive and chairman of giant two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp, Ajay Shridhar Shriram, chairman of chemical manufacturing company DCM Shriram, and existing investors Twitter, SA...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, India, Funding, Tech, Beijing, New Delhi, MoJ, Bangalore, Sdk, Lightspeed Ventures, Times Internet, Appannie


The best wildlife photos taken this year reveal a pair of puffins, fighting foxes, and a perfectly camouflaged hippo

A red-shanked douc langur languishes in a treetop in Vietnam's Son Tra Nature Reserve. Arshdeep Singh/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition celebrates photographers who highlight the fragility of wildlife on our planet. This year, the contest received more than 49,000 entries from photographers in 25 countries. The front-runners' images show the burning Amazon, endangered langur monkeys, and a camoufla...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Photography, UK, Science, London, Animals, India, Trends, Features, South Africa, Wildlife, Alaska, Cambodia, Kenya, Natural History Museum


Thanks to Google, app store monopoly concerns have now reached India

Last week, as Epic Games, Facebook, and Microsoft continued to express concerns about Apple’s “monopolistic” hold over what a billion people can download on their iPhones, a similar story unfolded in India, the world’s second largest internet market, between a giant developer and the operator of the only other large mobile app store. Google pulled Paytm, the app from India’s most valuable startup, off of the Play Store on Friday. The app returned to the store eight hours later, but the contro...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Apps, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, China, India, US, Tech, Walmart, Ben Thompson, Silicon Valley, Play Store, New Delhi


Facebook announces $4.3 million grant for small businesses in India, introduces support for gift cards

More than a third of small and medium-sized businesses on Facebook in India expect cash flow to be a challenge for them as they navigate through the coronavirus pandemic in the next few months, according to a report by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. Facebook, which reaches nearly every internet users in India and which collaborated with OECD and World Bank on the report, wants to help. The social giant today announced a grant of $4.3 million ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Instagram, India, Tech, World Bank, OECD, Bangalore, Mohan, Organisation for Economic Co, Quiksilver, Facebook India, Ajit Mohan, Coronavirus


2019 – A Year of Travel In 100 Color Photographs

Every year I post 100 of my favorite photos from the year’s travels.  Ordinarily, this post comes around the New Year. For 2018 I was a full year delayed due to issues with WordPress. I’m extremely delayed in getting this post (photos from 2019) written, but had an extensive backlog to work through and have been delayed with work and travels. Now, fully caught up, I’m happy to pull together 100 of my favorite color shots from 2019 to share with you.  This year’s post includes photos from Geo...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Asia, Europe, Landscape, Instagram, Colorado, Scotland, China, US, Georgia, Sony, Oman, Desert, Norway, Northern Lights


Meet the 15 richest people in Asia, who are collectively worth more than $500 billion

Even with a net worth of $58.1 billion, Alibaba's Jack Ma is only the second-richest person in Asia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images The 15 richest people from Asia in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are collectively worth more than $500 billion.Some of the billionaires occupying the top rank are self-made and built their fortunes through tech empires, like Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, China's largest e-commerce company. Others inherited wealth from their f...
Tags: Google, Photos, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Money, Microsoft, Life, China, Singapore, India, Trends, Bloomberg, Bbc, Features, Overwatch



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