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10 must-read tech stories in China this past week

CTW - China tech news this week

Here are the most read stories about China’s recent tech developments that you should know about.

1. OnePlus to make its own Android ROM, ditch CyanogenMod: report

New Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus, which just released its first flagship phone in May, will move its software engineering team from China to Taiwan where it will create its own Android ROM

2. China’s popular WeChat messenger tests Facebook-esque “Like” button, and it looks strangely familiar

China’s popular WeChat messenger introduced a “Like” button for articles that users read.

3. From sign up to checkout, a complete English guide to shopping on Taobao and Tmall

Unfortunately, there’s no English version of Taobao and Tmall, so if you can’t read Chinese, then the sites can be a bit daunting, even with Google Translate.

4. 500 Startups-backed travel startup wants to open up more of China to foreign tourists

“Very cheap, very cheap. Special price for you.” With those words of false promise, many a tourist to China has been ripped off.

5. China now has 486.5 million 3G subscribers, but only 14 million on new 4G network

China now has close to half a billion 3G subscribers, according to the newest data from the country’s three telcos.

6. Huawei shipped over 34 million smartphones so far this year thanks to big screens and emerging markets

Chinese gadget maker and telecoms giant Huawei shipped 34.27 million smartphones in the first six months of the year, the company revealed today.

7. Branding the Chinese government

While there’s still a lot of censorship, China’s government is now taking a far more subtle approach to grooming its image using social media. Here’s how.

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