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11 of our hottest tech stories, lists, and features for your weekend reading

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Wanna catch up on Asia tech news? Worry not! Check out or list of the hottest stories from the past seven days on Tech In Asia!

1. Chinese city bans taxi finder apps (apart from ones the municipal government created)

The Suzhou municipal government banned popular taxi-hailing apps Didi Dache and Kuaidi dache. But are the new rules enforceable?

2. China’s girliest smartphone maker launches new model with 13MP selfie camera

Meet Meitu, a brand that makes a smartphone for the ladies.

3. Alibaba and UCWeb team up to make another Chinese search engine, this time on mobile

There’s a war going on in China over which tech giant dominates smartphone real estate. Ecommerce firm Alibaba’s latest attempt to dominate mobile screens is to launch a search engine, pitting it directly against Baidu.

4. Ecommerce titan Alibaba goes multimedia with $1.22 billion investment in video site Youku

The Chinese ecommerce player made yet another bid in content, this time sinking over a billion US dollars  into one of the country’s most popular video streaming sites.

5. Blackberry’s mobile payment system misses 2013 targets, may go cross-platform

BBM’s money transferring app bombed last year.

6. China doesn’t want ‘losers’ to become trendy, bans hugely popular web series

Online video in China bites the dust again as a raunchy domestic comedy gets yanked from Sohu

7. UC Browser woos Indonesia, sees market share double to 11%

China’s most popular mobile browser isn’t just popular in China – it’s got a loyal following in India and in Indonesia.

8. Foxconn invests $2.2 million into microblogging company Mig33

It might seem like an unlikely partnership, but it’s actually the Taiwan manufacturing firm’s latest commitment to nurturing web-based businesses.

9. It’s finally official: Xbox One to hit China in September

Say hello to the first foreign console to officially reach Chinese shores.

10. Bitcoin takes a beating in China as Tencent’s epayments service and two major banks pull the plug

Tenpay, China Construction Bank, and Bank of China each bow out of Bitcoin.

11. Hong Kong taxi-booking startup Taxiwise gets acquired

Hong Kongers used to booking red cabs through Taxiwise will likely do so in the future on IKKY, an as-yet unlaunched reservations startup.


Lists

1. 8 Indonesian-made Android apps that you need to try

Check out what Indonesia’s top mobile developers are cooking up.

2. 14 popular ecommerce sites in Singapore

Get your shopping on!

3. 10 signs you’re an Asia tech nerd (and that’s good)

Breaking down the most prominent symptoms of Asia-tech-nerd-ism.

4. 15 GIFs that explain my relationship with China’s internet

Surely anyone who’s lived in China before can relate to this.

5. 5 reasons why I’m starting to hate hackathons

In which Tech In Asia‘s Paul Bischoff calls ‘baloney’ on the global hackathon trend.


Features

1. Guanxi 2.0: how WeChat groups are changing the game in China’s tech and startup scene 

Tech In Asia dives into the wild world of WeChat group chats.

2. This startup wants to make loyalty points as liquid as cash

Giift wants to be LinkedIn for gift cards.

3. Vietnam’s ecommerce: if you’re offline, you go online and if you’re online, you go offline

Vietnam is just one country where the lines between offline and online purchases are blurry.

4. How Uber’s trek across the US will set the course for its run in Asia

We made a table that breaks down how Uber disrupts the traditional taxi industry, and take a look at three case-studies in the US that might shed light on its fate in Asia.


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