* Trip.com Group Ltd., formerly called Ctrip, is considering a second stock market listing in Hong Kong, Reuters reports, citing four people familiar with the development. The online travel service provider, which is listed on the Nasdaq but has its headquarters in Hong Kong, reportedly tapped Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase and China International Capital Corp. Ltd. for the listing. NetEase Inc. and Baidu Inc. also had preliminary discussions with the Hong Kong bourse for a secondary listing.
* China Mobile Ltd. is looking to enter India by establishing a cloud network in the country, Mint reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The wireless carrier wants to come as a holding company and is in talks with Indian telecom operators Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd. on the investment opportunity.
* Tsai Ing-wen was reelected as Taiwan's president by a landslide margin based on a campaign rejecting China's overtures toward the island, according to media reports. Her victory could further intensify tensions with neighboring China, which considers Taiwan as its territory, according to Reuters. Taiwan earlier halted the sales of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. smartphones that listed "Taiwan, China" in time zones and contacts, as the labeling did not reflect the facts of the country.
* Amazon.com Inc. plans to sell ads on other streaming platforms such as Sony Corp.'s PlayStation, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Amazon intends to insert technology that would put some of the TV app owners' ads on the streaming services, using consumer behavior data from the company's e-commerce platforms.
* Rakuten Mobile Inc. said it would set up an edge-computing hub at Queen's University Belfast. Under the deal, the company will provide support to the university over the next three years to train researchers and carry out collaborative research on edge computing.
* SK Telecom Co. Ltd.'s joint venture with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., which aims to provide broadcast solutions for the TV industry, plans to start offering ATSC 3.0 broadcasting services in the first half of the year, JoongAng Ilbo reports. Called Cast.era, the JV will be based in Arlington, Va.
* LG U+ is joining hands with Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC to produce augmented reality-enabled content, Money Today reports. The two companies will create a joint fund for AR content production.
* Home Box Office Inc. is developing a limited series based on the critically acclaimed Korean movie "Parasite," Variety reports. The film's director Bong Joon Ho and "The Big Short" showrunner Adam McKay are both in talks to executive produce the series.
GREATER CHINA (MAINLAND CHINA, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN MARKETS)
* Xiaohongshu, a social media and e-commerce startup, is in early discussions to raise funds at about US$6 billion valuation, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News. The Tencent Holdings Ltd.-backed platform is reportedly looking to raise up to US$500 million from investors.
* Intel Corp. struck an agreement with Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd. to establish a joint innovation laboratory. The companies will collaborate on products and technology and form a joint project team in areas of high-performance computing, including storage, network, cloud, AI and security.
* Shanghai is targeting full 5G coverage in 2025, Yicai reports. The city also expects to have all networks, applications and hardware to support Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6, by 2025.
* Youku Tudou Inc. is looking to boost its short video offerings through self-production, co-production, content buying and a profit-sharing scheme with content providers, 36Kr reports. The platform's new videos will be under 15 minutes long with no restrictions on genre.
* Shenzhen Techo Telecom Co. Ltd. formed a partnership with Inspur Electronic Information Industry Co. Ltd. in areas such as innovation, artificial intelligence and edge computing, Securities Times reports.
INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA
* Bharti Airtel's US$3 billion fundraising scheme has been oversubscribed by more than three times, garnering pledges between US$9 billion and US$10 billion, The Economic Times (India) reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company is raising the capital through a private placement of equity shares and the sale of foreign currency convertible bonds.
* SoftBank Group Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son wants to expand company investments in Indonesia, and is looking at supporting a new smart city in the country, Reuters reports. Son earlier said he was interested in funding the development of Indonesia's new capital city that will be located on the island of Borneo.
* Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority extended the deadline for 5G network license bids to Feb. 17, The Straits Times reports. The move aims to give operators more time to submit their proposals.
* CAT Telecom PCL and TOT PCL will both participate in the February 5G spectrum auction despite objections from private telecom operators, Matichon reports. The two state-owned operators are expected to go after different bands because they are about to be merged.
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
* Telstra Corp. Ltd. provided an update on the expansion of its services and 5G rollout at CES 2020. The company said it is working with partners to develop and test smarter ways to roll out its 5G network in the local market. According to the telco, a quarter of the phones it has sold since mid-2019 are 5G-compatible.
Conference Chatter: CES 2020: Foldable devices, the next big trend in handheld technology: Major hardware manufacturers including Intel, Dell and Lenovo have all jumped onto the foldable-device bandwagon, unveiling a range of new products at this year's CES.
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Nozomi Ibayashi, Myungran Ha, Emily Lai, Ed Eduard and Wil Hathaway contributed to this report.
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