Bike-sharing startup Mobike's Japanese subsidiary receives strategic investment from LINE

The partnership will enable 71 million LINE users to sign up and use Mobike service directly from the messaging platform 

ICO bans are irrelevant as the momentum it has created is unstoppable, says Global Brain Venture Partner Takashi Sano

Both fiat and crypto currencies have their respective roles to play; as long as a nation exists, fiat currency will also exist and it will never disappear, he says 

Read this or die: Top stories from November 23

Because we know we’d die a little inside if we missed these top stories 

Regulators raid Airbnb office in Japan over suspected antitrust practices

The home rental company allegedly forced users to sign contracts promising not to list on rival sites 

Captain's Log, Nov 09: Singtel Innov8 joins Qubole's US$25M funding; Goldman Sachs to invest US$876M in Japanese startups

Also in the news is Tencent's earmarking of US$4.5B to fund the growth of Chinese content producers and clampdown on copyright plagiarism on its various platforms 

Asia building the future for better quality of life with smart cities: MIT report

The smart cities report cited a willingness to experiment and engage with the private sector as key positive steps 

Planning to IPO in 2019, Qoo10 has quietly grown into Singapore's top e-commerce destination

Qoo10 is trying to build an ecosystem, and in doing so become the big ship in the rising e-commerce tide 

iPhone 8 Plus cracks open for two users in Asia, batteries may be to blame

Reports of iPhone 8 battery issues are leaking online in Asia, reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy 7 debacle 

MatahariMall raises US$16M from offline Lippo Group cousin: DSA

The deal increases Matahari Department Stores' stake in MatahariMall to 16 per cent 

Captain's Log, August 7: Singapore media giants ink potential advertising partnership

Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp announced today an effort to build an online advertising marketplace for their most valuable properties