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ZDNet

​Samsung SDS, Blocko to develop blockchain for Samsung Card

FinSMEs

Viva Republica, Maker of Toss, Closes $48M Series C Funding

Funding Payments
$48,000,000 Venture capital (Series C)
TechCrunch , ZDNet , e27 , +3

Korea’s top financial services startup lands $48M from PayPal and others

Asia Payments Funding
$1,700,000 Venture capital (Series A)
e27

Toss Lab raises US$1.7M Series A to compete with Slack-like apps in Asia

CoinDesk

Local Government in South Korea Taps Blockchain for Community Vote

Asia
$600,000 Undisclosed funding
ZDNet

​Kakao venture firm invests in connected car security startup

ZDNet

SK Hynix considering fresh bid for Toshiba stake, says CEO

Strategy Hardware
ZDNet

SK Telecom deploys LTE-R on Busan subway

Mobile providers
ZDNet

Samsung SDS gets certification for EMM solution on iOS

Bloomberg

SK Hynix Makes Bid to Buy Part of Toshiba’s Memory Chip Arm

Acquisition
TechCrunch

Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidation

Strategy
ReadWrite

Meet Viki, Nokia's new hire for their AI personal assistant

TechMoran

TNM and Kirusa bring InstaVoice services to Malawi

Apps & Services
GSMArena.com , ZDNet , TNW , +1

Nokia trademarks Viki, the name of its upcoming AI assistant

Mobile devices
PhoneArena

EU trademark filing by Nokia suggests that it is prepping a virtual assistant named Viki

$21,000,000 Undisclosed
Tech in Asia

Yello Mobile’s O2O arm has a merry Christmas with $21m funding

Asia Funding
Bloomberg

SK Hynix to Spend $2.6 Billion Boosting Chip Output for Mobile

Hardware Earnings
ZDNet

SK Telecom, Ericsson, Qualcomm to conduct joint 5G NR trial

$107,000,000 Venture capital
TechCrunch , Geektime.com

Podotree, Korean chat app Kakao’s content business, raises $107M at a $428M valuation

Asia Funding
$18,900,000 Venture capital (Series A)
FinSMEs

Eutilex Completes US$18.9M Series A Financing

Health Funding