Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Thursday, 19/5/16

LCFC in Thailand again; the Google/Facebook bias problem; Malaysia Airlines' new agencies; food prices a threat to China; Apple invests in India; Alibaba in spat with IACC; what is Google Home?

Jack Ma's having a spat with the US anti-counterfeit authorities. (World Economic Forum/Flickr)
Jack Ma's having a spat with the US anti-counterfeit authorities. (World Economic Forum/Flickr)

Leicester City arrive in Thailand to celebrate and make amends

English Premier League champions have arrived in Bangkok to soak up the local euphoria generated by the club's Thai ownership, and banish memories of its last trip.

Google and Facebook control over news sparks concerns about 'hidden agendas'

When most of the global online population gets its news from Google and Facebook, any hint of bias in how that information is presented is cause for alarm.

Malaysia Airlines refreshes agency roster

Malaysia Airlines Berhad has refreshed its agency roster, appointing GroupM, Rally Worldwide and Mirum Singapore to support the national carrier’s global marketing and branding strategy.

Food may knock US$160b off China GDP: UN

Higher and more volatile global food prices could knock $161 billion off China's economy and $49 billion off India's, the United Nations has warned.

Apple opens iOS developer center in India in search for growth

Apple is planning to open a centre in Bangalore, India, to help support and develop app makers, as it looks to the country to stoke future growth.

Alibaba hits back over IACC snub, says big brands 'kidnapped' anti-fakes group

At the last minute, Alibaba has scrapped founder Jack Ma's high-profile appearance at the U.S. anti-counterfeiting coalition's conference.

Google reveals Google Home

Google announced Wednesday a voice-activated home device, similar to Amazon Echo, to launch later this year.

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