Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Thursday, 31/3/16

Honestbee endangered meats campaign not a prank; PR professional confirmed dead in Brussels attacks; DAN buys Darwin Marketing; Chinese bank woes; Samsung Pay takes on Apple; gloomy Asian forecasts; US retro swag is back.

Vinyl and jukeboxes are making a rapid comeback, among other iconic US products
Vinyl and jukeboxes are making a rapid comeback, among other iconic US products

Honestbee exotic meats campaign not an April Fools prank, urges patience for grand reveal

Food delivery company has been condemned online for its campaign advertising rare animal meat for sale, but says it is part of a bigger game.

PR professional Aline Bastin confirmed dead following Brussels terrorist attacks

Aline Bastin, a press and comms manager at a Brussels-based rail industry association, has been named among the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in the city.

Dentsu Aegis Network acquires Darwin Marketing in China

Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) has acquired China-based Darwin Marketing (????) Limited and integrated the agency with its digital performance subsidiary iProspect (????).

Chinese banks are ‘un-investable’: Fund manager

Private investors should steer clear of China's mammoth banks, whose precarious state pose a risk to the world economy, an asset manager specialising in Asia told CNBC.

Samsung Pay follows Apple into China

Samsung has launched its mobile payments service Samsung Pay in China, following rival Apple into the world's second-largest economy.

Gloom ahead for this former fast-growing region

Asia's emerging economies, once home to double-digit growth rates, will see momentum stall over the next two years, warns the Asian Development Bank.

Iconic US products making a comeback

Retro consumer products — from vinyl records and jukeboxes to the Polaroid camera — are back in vogue. Companies are rushing to meet demand.

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