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China advances gold exchange launch, Singapore delays contract

China will launch its international gold exchange 11 days ahead of schedule, sources said on Tuesday, racing ahead in the scramble to set up an Asian bullion benchmark as rival Singapore is forced to delay its gold contract due to technical issues.

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Boeing

BOC Aviation orders Boeing planes worth $8.8 billion

BOC Aviation, the leasing arm of Bank of China(601988.SS), has placed the biggest order in its 20-year history for 80 Boeing (BA.N) medium-haul passenger planes, weeks after lessor SMBC Aviation ordered 115 Airbus jets.

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CME Group Weighs Keeping Illinois Headquarters

CME Group resumes electronic trading after glitch delays open

CME Group delayed the start of trade on its electronic platform by four hours on Monday due to technical problems, the latest glitch to hit the world's largest futures market operator.

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mig33

Foxconn's FIH pours $2.2M into Singaporean social media firm mig33

FIH, a handset manufacturing service provider of Foxconn, poured $2.2 million into Singaporean social media site mig33 to help the latter preload its apps into tens of millions of mobile phones every month.

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Google Inc

Google to shell out $207M for Dublin data center expansion

Mountain View, US-based search giant Google will shell out $207.7 million (€150 million) to expand its data center in Dublin Ireland to beef up its revenue generation through its cloud services.

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Aston Club

Australian payments app Aston Club takes home $1.5M in seed funding

Melbourne, Australia-based payments startup Aston Club took home $1.5 million in its seed funding round led by Chris Morris of Computershare to launch a mobile app that helps users pay their bar and restaurant bills.

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The Cocoa Trees

Singapore backs travel-focused chocolate retail chain The Cocoa Trees

Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd backed chocolate retail chain The Cocoa Trees with an undisclosed amount of fresh capital as the travel retail sector of Asia enjoys a sudden rise in income.

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Supahands

Malaysian startup Supahands wants to provide virtual assistants to Southeast Asian clients

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based outsourcing startup Supahands wants to help Southeast Asian clients save time and gain focus for more important tasks by providing them with multi-lingual and home-based virtual assistants who can do various tasks for them.

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In2Nite

Singaporean hotel booking app In2Nite raises $2.8M in funding for Asian expansion

Singapore City, Singapore-based same-day hotel booking app In2Nite raised $2.8M in a venture round led by IDG Ventures and other undisclosed investors to expand its reach across the Asian market.

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Japan

Japan pulls out investments in China, directs focus to South East Asian countries

The territorial dispute between China and Japan has caused the latter to pull out its investments from the country and redirecting its focus to other South East Asian countries where it has already funded companies with USD22.8 billion last year.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn reaches 300-million mark in registered users

Mountain View, US-based business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn already reached the 300-million mark in registered users worldwide, with half of that number coming from countries outside of its home country.

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Viddsee

Viddsee launches new site to promote Asian indie films on social network

Online video platform Viddsee launched its new site Viddsee BUZZ to promote independent films from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines on social media and help them go viral.

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GrabTaxi

GrabTaxi closes Series A round to conquer Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based taxi app GrabTaxi closed its Series A round with more than $1 million from Singaporean state-owned investment firm Vertex Ventures to conquer Southeast Asia.

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Ookbee

Thai e-book startup Ookbee lands $7M in Series B funding for Southeast Asian expansion

Bangkok, Thailand-based digital publication platform Ookbee landed $7 million in a Series B funding led by Japanese outsourcing firm Transcosmos to fuel its Southeast Asian expansion.

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International Enterprise (IE) Singapore

7 Singaporean firms seek investment opportunities in the Philippines

Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam said his country is conducting trade missions to its neighboring country, the Philippines, where seven companies are interested in investing in the infrastructure, transport, consumer services, and logistics sectors.

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