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10 must-read tech stories in China this week

CTW - China tech news this week

China’s tech companies are becoming more visible overseas, with regional and global expansions, IPOs on NASDAQ, and greater media attention overall.


1. Xiaomi sets price for Singapore phone launch on February 21

The 4.7-inch screen Redmi will sell for S$169 (US$133), which is just a few dollars more than the WCDMA model sells for in mainland China.


2. VIPShop pays $112 million for controlling stake in cosmetics e-store

Chinese flash sales site VIPShop (NYSE:VIPS) has paid $112.5 million in cash to acquire a majority stake of cosmetics e-store Lafaso.


3. Here comes the first daily deals site from China to seek a US IPO

While Jumei looks like a risky investment as the first Chinese daily deals site venturing onto Wall Street, investors can take heart from the success of discount-oriented VIPShop (NYSE:VIPS), whose share price has rocketed from $6.50 to $114.56 since it IPO’d in early 2012.


4. Maker of China’s domestic desktop OS goes dark, leaves employees without pay

The maker of China’s state-backed domestic desktop operating system has terminated all of its employees’ contracts, liquidated its assets, and shut its doors


5. China’s smartphone shipments fall for first quarter in over two years: IDC

IDC expects China to remain a strong driver of global smartphone shipments, but IDC Asia senior research manager Melissa Cau states, but India has taken the number three rank globally and will see major growth in the near future, along with other emerging markets.


6. Lenovo’s newest earnings report is the envy of both smartphone and PC makers

Lenovo now holds 18.5 percent of global PC market share, its highest recorded ever.


7. What WeChat needs to learn from Facebook

WeChat is getting bloated, and despite a recent makeover on Android that cleaned up the interface, there’s only so much clutter a cosmetic redesign can streamline.


8. Report: Chinese Android developer acquires popular app store GetJar

Chinese Android app development company Sungy Mobile (NASDAQ:GOMO) has paid over $50 million to acquire the popular app store GetJar.


9. 21 million taxi rides have been booked on WeChat in the past month

WeChat is pushing hard to do a lot more things besides messaging.


10. China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover declared unfixable, dead

Just 10 weeks after blasting into space and about two months after landing on the moon, China’s ‘Jade Rabbit’ lunar rover has been declared dead.


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