Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Monday, 07/12/15

Edelman China reveals health PR partnership; MSNBC apologises over San Bernardino media gaffe; Dentsu Aegis Network grows in the Philippines; Amazon teams up with Baidu; smartphone sales slowing; Samsung to pay Apple in patent fight; China's corruption crackdown and its impact on the economy

Edelman signs China health comms partnership

Agency will team up with Tsinghua Institute of Health Communication over study on how consumers interact with health care content

MSNBC issues mea culpa for role in San Bernardino media frenzy

However, other networks were not so quick to apologise for rushing into the apartment of the two accused San Bernardino shooters.

Denstu Aegis Network acquires Philippines' Aspac Creative Communications

Move expands Dentsu Aegis Network's footprint in Southeast Asia.

Amazon teams up with Baidu in latest crack at China 

Amazon has partnered with Chinese internet giant Baidu which will provide search features, apps and online video on the US e-commerce site's tablets in China.

Smartphone market set for slowest ever growth

The smartphone market is set for its slowest ever year of growth, according to new figures, while overall shipments for wearable technology continues to soar.

Samsung to finally pay Apple $548 million in patent dispute

Samsung fought until the bitter end to avoid paying Apple, but the company now says it will finally hand over the more than $548 million it owes for infringing the patents and designs of its biggest smartphone rival.

How China’s anti-corruption drive is hurting growth

Chinese authorities' anti-corruption campaign has knocked between 1 percent and 1.5 percent off the country's gross domestic product (GDP) annually over the past two years and continues to hit the economy, BNP Paribas has said.

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