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Startups Weekly: SoftBanks second act

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I noted some challenges plaguing mental health tech startups. Before that, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you don’t subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here. accelerating its IPO plans and targeting a September listing. We don’t…

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Alibaba to help Salesforce localize and sell in China

Salesforce, the 20-year-old leader in customer relationship management (CRM) tools, is making a foray into Asia by working with one of the country’s largest tech firms, Alibaba. Alibaba will be the exclusive provider of Salesforce to enterprise customers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and Salesforce will become the exclusive enterprise CRM software suite sold by Alibaba, the companies announced on Thursday. The Chinese internet has for years been dominated by consumer-facing services such as Tencent’s WeChat messenger and Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace, but enterprise software is starting to garner…

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Trapped in Wood: Haunting Sculptures Carved by Tung Ming-Chin

Tung Ming-Chin is an incredible artist from Changhua, Taiwan that is best known for his sculptures of objects and figures that appear to be trapped in wood. Tung received his BFA and MFA from the Taipei National University of the Arts and he was won numerous awards for his woodcarvings and sculptures as well as had his work featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions all across Taiwan. Below you will find a selection his works and you can see many more at the Taiwan Contemporary Art Archive.…

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Multilayered Timelapse Captures the Chaotic Beauty of Scooters in Taiwan

“Multiverse” is a short film by Hiroshi Kondo that captures the scooter culture of Taiwan. On Vimeo he explains: A crowd moving in one direction. People who flow in a moment. A scene where the difference with other people disappears and looks uniform. There are many different kinds of life there. You can feel invisible energy when you see a large mass of individuals.   I set myself in the streets of Taiwan, and I multilayered a lot of time to create a new timeline that reflects individuals. With Music…

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This Little Kid Playing Classical Gas on Ukulele Is What You Need Right Now

On the streets of Taipei, a young phenom is seen playing a stirring rendition of Mason Williams’ Classical Gas on ukulele. This amazing performance is a rendition of Classical Gas as played by Tommy Emmanuel (also worth a watch). Apparently the young child, named Feng E, is continuing to blossom into a gifted musician and you can follow his progression on Facebook and Youtube. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/little-kid-playing-classical-gas-on-ukulele/

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‘I know he is alive’: wife of Taiwan activist seized by China pleads for release

Lee Ming-che has been detained by Beijing authorities amid a targeting of activists, dissidents and scholars based abroad The wife of a Taiwanese human rights activist detained in China for over a month without charge has vowed to take her fight for justice to the US and European Union, urging them to pressure Beijing to release him. It has now been 40 days since Lee Ching-yus partner, best friend and confidante

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Trekker found after surviving 47 days lost in Himalayas

Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, from Taiwan was trapped in a remote Nepal valley with his girlfriend but she died three days before rescuers found them Two Taiwanese trekkers who went missing in a remote area of Nepal seven weeks ago have been found but only one survived the ordeal. Liu Chen-chun, 19, died just three days before the rescue team located the couple in the Dhading region of central Nepal, but her boyfriend managed to survive despite running out of food. Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, is being treated in hospital in Kathmandu…

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