Today's top tech news, December, 17: Is a global Vietnamese smartphone on its way?

Plus, Traveloka goes on an acquisition spree and Tencent shuts down QQ for the web 

Mark Zuckerberg-backed edtech startup Byju's raises US$540M in fresh funding

This deal brings the Bangalore-based company's valuation to US$3.6 billion 

How Instagram is changing advertising in Southeast Asia

Instagram is now the fastest-growing social platform in the region, and brands need to engage more 

The Startup's guide to securely handling data amidst GDPR and other privacy regulations

Even if you do not operate from within the EU, as long as you have customers or clients who are citizens, you need to be compliant 

[Updated] Traveloka reportedly has acquired rival OTAs PegiPegi, Mytour, TravelBook

Traveloka is said to have acquired the companies through a shell company named Jet Tech, which is based in Singapore 

Why writing an Academy piece is like going back to school

Looking back at the past few months with e27 Academy, there are plenty of things to take note of 

These are the first six investments made by Thailand-focussed 500 TukTuks II

These first investments come after 500 TukTuks II bagged investment from Thai giant corporates 

Meet the two Southeast Asian startups attending GSMA's accelerator programme

All the 11 startups will be receiving equity-free grant funding from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund 

Umitron gets US$2M funding to provide its AI fish feeding tech to farmers in Peru's Lake Titicaca

Umitron claims its technology will reduce the need for farmers to visit each individual cage every day for feeding and observation