“China’s e-commerce, m-commerce and payments lead the world. It is the largest e-commerce market (KPMG), and is home to Alibaba, with its US$25 billion IPO, the largest in history. Alipay, China’s answer to PayPal, is the world’s largest online payment service.”

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“Dior’s Tokyo pre-fall event represents an emerging strategy by the great Parisian fashion houses to retain status by detaching themselves from the decline of France, and reposition themselves as global brands.”

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“Fashion estore WearYouWant has secured US$1.5 million in funding to help the startup grow its business in the fledgling Thai ecommerce market. This series A funding is led by Digital Media Partners (also a seed round partner) along with Japan-based OPT SEA. Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners and co-founder Julien Chalté also contributed.”

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Singapore’s second largest telecommunications company StarHub has announced Crowdtivate, which it calls the world’s first telco-backed crowdfunding platform.

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  1. Rocket Internet-Backed Fashion Site Zalora to Launch Marketplace in Asia
    Zalora, a fashion e-commerce site that has raised $238 million from investors such as Rocket Internet and Access Industries, plans to launch its marketplace in South East Asia early this year.
  2. Why We Heart It Could be the Next Big Social Network
    For a taste of who uses the image-based social network We Heart It, look no further than Facebook.
  3. The Best British Startups
    Britain’s tech economy stretches way beyond London. From Edinburgh and Newcastle to Bristol and Brighton, digital clusters are thriving. We highlight some of the best.
  4. Anna Wintour, “The Fashion Fund” to Air on Cable
    Condé Nast’s artistic director and editor in chief of Vogue will star in the newest iteration of “TheFashion Fund,” a televised documentary that lifts the curtain on the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition.


Soul to sole: Eye surgeon Anthony Vipin Das has developed shoes that see for the blind
TED Blog reports that Le Chal is a new haptic shoe which uses vibrations and GPS technology to guide the blind.

A shirt that reveals your baby’s secrets even while it sleeps
These clothes help you stay in-the-know of your baby’s thoughts and wellbeing, even when they are sound asleep. DeviceMAG has more.

New Japanese craze: Knickers for iPhones’ nether regions
Do you think your iPhone is showing off too much? No worries, you can now dress its lower regions with pants that come in 8 different designs. Read more about the latest Japanese craze on The Register.