Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Tuesday, 2/2/16

Jack Morton names new China MD; Google's UK tax deal; The Social team is launched; Samsung names launch date for S7; flights getting cheaper; the growth of IoT; China's stock crisis

Jack Morton China hires new MD

Evie Loo takes over from Adam Charles, who vacates the position after six years.

There's no sweetheart tax deal, Google comms chief Peter Barron tells BBC

Google EMEA's vice-president for comms and public affairs has appeared on BBC's The Andrew Marr Show to defend the firm's tax arrangements in the UK.

JWT and Mirum debut The Social Team to bridge gaps

J Walter Thompson (JWT) and Mirum Singapore have launched The Social Team, a new social-media offering that provides clients access to digital, analytics, content, strategy and creative expertise across both agencies through one specialised team.

Samsung names date for Galaxy S7 with VR focus

Samsung has sent out the invites for the launch of its latest flagship device this month and it will have a big focus on virtual reality (VR) as consumer electronics firm look to new gadgets to drive profit in a slowing smartphone market.

Airlines scrap fuel charge on Hong Kong flights as oil price plunges

A decade-old fuel surcharge on flights originating from Hong Kong was scrapped on Monday, after the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said falling fuel prices meant it was no longer warranted.

An Internet of Things that will number ten billions

Soon every device you own — and nearly every object you can imagine — will be connected to the Internet.

China stocks saw worst Jan since 2008

If you thought 2015 was bad for Chinese equity markets, this year's started on an even more rocky note.

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