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Ensogo to cease all operations in Southeast Asia

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You may want to hold off from shopping on any of Ensogo’s marketplaces. The troubled ecommerce platform announced this week that it will cease all operations in Southeast Asia amid job cuts that halved its staff of 600 at the start of the year and accusations of delayed payments to its merchants.

In a statement to Tech in Asia, the Australia-based company said it “will no longer provide financial support to its subsidiary Southeast Asian flash sales and marketplace business units.” “These business units will be shut down. All staff have been informed and communications will be made to customers in the coming days,” Ensogo added.

The firm said the decision was made to preserve capital “for new investment opportunities.” Co-founder, Kris Marszalek, who was named CEO in 2014, has stepped down without a successor in place.

Ensogo started as a daily-deals website in 2010 but later pivoted from offering coupons and limited-time offers to selling all kinds of products. When business didn’t seem to be going well, it went from being a Groupon rival to being Amazon’s and Lazada’s. Ensogo has websites in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.

It remains to be seen what will happen to items customers have already bought and paid for, but it appears Ensogo will have a lot on its plate in the coming months. Customers in Thailand have already taken to Facebook to complain that some stores are no longer accepting Ensogo coupons.

Source: Tech in Asia

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Barack and Michelle Obama join forces with Netflix

Are you ready to watch with the Obamas?

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Netflix announced that former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama signed a partnership with the streaming service under an entity named Higher Ground Productions over a press release and a twitter post.

In case you’re wondering why the former White House residents are teaming up with Netflix, the Obamas stated they want to share the experiences of the fascinating people they meet.

The two always believed in the power of storytelling. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” said President Barack Obama.

Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who’s proud to have the Obamas on board.

SEE ALSO: Netflix adds HDR support for new Sony and Huawei phones

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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Instagram will tell you how much time you spend on the app soon

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Just how much time do you spend stalking on Instagram? You may not know the answer now, but Instagram knows. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to check.

According to TechCrunch, code hidden on the Instagram app showed a “time spent” feature under “Usage Insights.”

It’s still unclear how the function would work. When it was discovered, it was also unclear whether Instagram was testing out the option for eventual rollout, until Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say:

As of now, there’s still no news on when “time spent” would roll out, but the move is unsurprising. Tech companies are now moving towards features that allow users to monitor usage time and statistics. Earlier this month, Google announced similar functions on digital well-being for Android P that includes a dashboard that will give you information on your phone usage.

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