Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Wednesday, 13/4/16

Arab youth rejecting ISIS; Next 15 results; new funding for Blis; HTC launches new smartphone; Panama Papers and the CIA?; Victoria's Secret dumps swimwear; building a brand on a shoestring.

HTC has released its latest HTC 10 smartphone (source: HTC)
HTC has released its latest HTC 10 smartphone (source: HTC)

Young Arabs increasingly reject ISIS and call for regional stability: ASDA'A BM study

Ever greater numbers of Arab youth are spurning the extremist group and believe it will fail, despite it being their biggest concern, according to an ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller report.

Next 15 secures £30m acquisition fund as US leads surge to FY profit growth

Next 15 has reported a rise in pre-tax profits of nearly a third for the year to 31 January 2016, and revealed that it has secured a £30m (US$42.8m) funding package to fund previous and further acquisitions.

Blis secures US$25 million to advance location-based behavioural insights

Ad-tech provider Blis, which focuses on behavioural insights derived from location data, has raised US$25 million in funding for its next phase of growth, including a US debut.

HTC 10 launched as firm looks to revive struggling smartphone fortunes

Taiwanese electronics firm HTC has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, as it looks to revive its struggling device sales amid intense competition.

Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers

Bradley Birkenfeld is the most significant financial whistleblower of all time, so you might think he'd be cheering on the disclosures in the new Panama Papers leaks. But today, Birkenfeld is raising questions about the source of the information that is shaking political regimes around the world.

Victoria's Secret may 'tread water' upon swim exit

Strategic changes at Victoria's Secret, including the decision to exit multimillion-dollar categories such as swim, are likely to cause near-term shakiness for parent company L Brands, according to one analyst.

How a 22-year old built a brand with US$12K

If you think it takes big money to get your company's name out there, think again.

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