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In #Indonesia online shoppers aren't just buying electronics any more. This year they'll be buying more clothing and shoes, according to #Euromonitor In the next few years, other categories will grow even faster. http://www.forbes.com/sites/susancunningham/2015/09/23/online-sales-of-apparel-home-products-and-media-surging-in-indonesia-euromonitor/  #forbes   #startups  #ecommerce

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My story for #Myanmar's Mizzima online newspaper on the multinational meet on #rohingya  and #bangladeshi  migrant boat people crisis. At least the rescued will be safe for now. http://www.mizzima.com/news/delegates-pledge-money-protection-rohingya-boat-people-bangkok-meet

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Japan is the world’s oldest country—25 percent of its people are aged 65 or over. By 2040, that ratio is estimated to rise to the historically unprecedented level of 36 percent percent ... We, on the other hand, estimate that if labor-market dynamics remain unchanged, in that year the working population will have shrunk to 49 million—21 percent lower than what’s needed.        http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/asia-pacific/japan_lessons_from_a_hyperaging_society?cid=mckgrowth-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1503

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So what was the impact of the merger a year ago of mega freelance marketplaces #oDesk  and #Elance? Nothing obvious re payment rates and freelancer reputation enhancement. But Elance-oDesk seems to be pursuing employers in Asia--so not promising for workers in developed countries.

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Cars classifieds in Myanmar and taxi apps in Southeast Asia may beat Rocket Internet companies but Rocket has won the regional restaurant delivery race. #foodpanda #MyanmarCarsDB
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susancunningham/2015/02/21/myanmarcarsdb-pulls-ahead-with-frontier-digitals-investment/

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