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Welcome back to Strait Up, our weekly newsletter that makes sense of what’s going on in Southeast Asia.

This week, we lift the curtains on Thailand’s second unicorn, corporate-owned Ascend Money, and how it can be used to measure the progress of the kingdom’s startup ecosystem. Also, one of the world’s largest tech companies, Google is about to eat the lunch of travel apps and services.

Last but not least, we have a sharp Q&A with an industry expert to discuss how Indonesia’s regulations change will impact the rooftop solar businesses in the archipelago.

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