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Today’s top tech news, August 1: Huawei overtakes Apple to take number 2 spot




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Ubisoft opens new studio in the Philippines, Wishbeer and Plizz on Live, Go-Viet launches, and Stripe’s Partner Program


Huawei overtakes Apple, takes no. 2 spot – [Channel NewsAsia]

Huawei took the second-place spot in the global smartphone market race during the second quarter of this year, according to this report by Channel NewsAsia.

The China-based electronics company shipped 54.2 million handsets, overtaking the 41.3 million shipped by United States-based Apple – the first time since 2010 that Apple wasn’t in the top 2 spots in the smartphone market.

South Korean electronics company Samsung retains top spot.

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Ubisoft opens new game studio in the Philippines – [Rappler]

French game developer and publisher Ubisoft officially opens its Philippine studio, according to this report by Rappler.

It’s the first triple-A game studio in the country, housing over a hundred local game developers and looking to hire 200 more.

The studio is located inside the De La Salle University Science and Technology complex, who Ubisoft will continue to partner with to tap into and better equip future Filipino game developers.


Wishbeer and Plizz launches crowdfunding campaign on SET – [Press release]

Wishbeer and Plizz launches on Live, a crowdfunding platform on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, according to a press release.

Live aims to standardise the process of crowdfunding and offers the opportunity for Startups and SMEs wishing to expand their business to pair up with investors who wish to participate in the growth of the company from the initial period.

Wishbeer, an omni-channel beer/beverage platform in Thailand, aims to raise a minimum of ฿20,000,000 (~US$600,500) to fund the expansion of their platforms and sales channels both online and offline. Plizz, a startup providing technology-powered accounting services to SMEs, aims to raise a minimum of ฿5,000,000 (~US$ 150,000) to improve their structure and resources to support expansion.

The campaign for both Wishbeer and Plizz began on the 23 July 2018 and end on 20 September 2018, when the shares can be traded.


Go-Viet officially launches – [e27]

Indonesia ride-hailing giant Go-Jek makes international debut in Vietnam as Go-Viet.

Go-Viet will be available in 12 districts in Ho Chi Minh City and is being launched with the first two services Go-Bike (passenger transportation) and Go-Send (express courier). In addition to Vietnam, Go-Jek also plans to operate in Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.


Stripe launches Partner Program to help global user base discover partners – [Press release]

Stripe today launched its first-ever Partner Program to help its millions-strong user base discover new, reliable partners, according to a press release.

Stripe’s Partner Program will give its partners access to a new partner portal with educational materials and best practices for building secure, reliable integrations to Stripe as well as access to millions of Stripe users through a listing on Stripe’s “Works With Stripe” gallery. Partners who undergo a formal security review and verification process will also get a Stripe Verified Partner badge and logo.

The technology company builds economic infrastructure for the internet and its ecosystem is already comprised of thousands of informal tech partners. This program gives companies of all sizes access to this set of high-growth, tech-forward businesses as trusted partners.

“Partners have integrated with Stripe for years—in fact, more than half of our fastest-growing users take advantage of one or more Stripe extensions,” said Claire Hughes Johnson, Stripe COO. “But as Stripe is increasingly getting pulled up-market, our users have asked for an easier way to discover new platforms and apps, so we’re delighted today to announce our Partner Program.”

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