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Myanmar's Internet innovators emerge amid connectivity boom

“Apple is like a religion to us.” Myo Myint Kyaw, the founder and CEO of RevoTech, a Yangon-based company which develops educational apps. (Photo by Sebastian Strangio)

YANGON -- It says a lot about Myanmar's tech scene that one of its pioneers is still in his 20s.

     Htoo Myint Naung was just 18 in 2004, when he built his country's first mobile phone app -- a simple program for sending text messages in the Burmese language. After graduation, when most of his classmates headed for greener tech pastures in Singapore or the U.S., he chose to stick it out in Myanmar, a country then languishing in a self-imposed digital dark age.

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