Today's top tech news, August 7: Alibaba to merge food, lifestyle platforms and raise US$3B for them

Also, Xiaomi's component supplier to invest US$200 million in India, and more 

Japanese startup Cinnamon opens Taiwan R&D centre with offer of free AI courses

Cinnamon plans to open five AI research centers across Asia with a goal of employing 500 AI engineers by 2022 

Paytm teams up with SoftBank to launch QR code-based payment services in Japan

In Japan, cash is still the mainstream payment methodology, with the current cashless payment ratio remaining at 20 per cent 

Today's top tech news, July 20: SoftBank aims for SenseTime, Google develops Android successor

Facebook has to delay Whatsapp Pay launch in India, while Alibaba invests in sports retail and media 

AI-based auto-documentation tool startup Cinnamon raises US$9M funding

Cinnamon's Flax Scanner enables users to extract information from application forms, documents, and email, and to create formatted documents 

Where does a startup start in Asia? Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand all say here

Hong Kong and Taiwan are great for a startup looking to enter greater market; but if you are looking for a more self-sufficient market, you should consider Japan 

Japan’s Recruit Group invests in online financial matchmaking platform Rubique

Built on an Artificial Intelligence-based recommendation engine, Rubique’s platform has been integrated with financial institutions’ systems for real-time processing and providing online approvals to customers 

[Exclusive] Singapore blockchain firm ELECTRIFY takes major step to bring its P2P electricity marketplace to Japan

Singapore's ELECTRIFY has signed an MOU with TEPCO and hopes to make Japan a major market for its P2P electricity marketplace 

Fenox VC joins Japanese electric vehicles firm Terra Motors's US$10M Series B funding

Terra Motors manufactures electric scooters and three-wheelers for markets such as India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar