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March 19 · Issue #369 · View online
Asia AI News
Good morning or good afternoon!
Here’s your Friday edition Asia AI News and there’s lots of news to share!
Scroll down for news on Soul app’s $300 million IPO; Bain & Company’s India Venture Capital Report 2021; NTU’s study on public support for driverless vehicles; China’s continuing crackdown on Internet tech firms; surveillance fears in Myanmar; and more Chinese companies blacklisted by the Trump administrations may follow Xiaomi’s lead in suing the U.S. government.
Also, right at the end of the newsletter, you’ll find an interview with with Ajay Bulusu, co-founder of NextBillionAI and the launch of a new deepfake K-pop band! Soon we’ll have deepfakes of the deepfakes, I’m sure!
Stay safe and have a super weekend!
/Carrington

Startup News
Chinese AI social app Soul secretly files for $300 million US IPO Chinese AI social app Soul secretly files for $300 million US IPO
Energy IoT startup Smart Joules raises $4.1 million in Series A
Venture Capital
India VC investments reached $10 bn in 2020
5G
IBM, Samsung Electronics, and M1 unveil Singapore’s first 5G Industry 4.0 Studio, supported by IMDA
Autonomous
South Korea's SK says investing in $300 million mobility fund with China's Geely
Safety concerns determine level of public support for driverless vehicles, finds NTU study
R&D
India, US launch AI-focused forum to scale up science & technology relationship
AI Policy
Analysis: China delivers on threats to rein in internet economy Analysis: China delivers on threats to rein in internet economy
China summons ByteDance, Tencent, Alibaba, others over internet security
Semiconductors
Top China chipmaker gets state funds for $2.4 billion plant
World going through unprecedented chip shortage, China trade body says
Agriculture
NTU Singapore team develops plant communication tool
Smart City
Seoul City to expand ‘Smart City’ trial services
Surveillance
Fears of 'digital dictatorship' as Myanmar deploys AI
Geopolitics
Chinese firms seek to sue after Xiaomi win against Trump ban Chinese firms seek to sue after Xiaomi win against Trump ban
Blacklisted Chinese firms eye lawsuits after Xiaomi win against Donald Trump ban
EU to impose sanctions against China over Uighur
Interview
Exclusive interview with Ajay Bulusu, Co-Founder, NextBillionAI
Entertainment
K-pop girl group Eternity to debut with deep-fake virtual idols
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