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10 must-read tech stories in China this week

CTW - China tech news this week

Here are the most read stories about China’s tech developments in the past week.


1. Xiaomi launches new flagship smartphone (live blog)

Xiaomi reveals it sold 57.36 million phones in its first three years of operation today as the company launches a new flagship smartphone.


2. New Xiaomi Mi4 unveiled: here’s everything you need to know

Here are all the facts, stats, and specs – and a bunch of photos – on the Xiaomi Mi4 that was unveiled today.


3. WeChat first: a new frontier in China beyond Android and iOS

As WeChat slowly opens up to the world, no developer that wants to break into China should write it off as too closed to consider.


4. Alibaba has a second attempt at making a social network

Ecommerce titan Alibaba has a new social network. It’s a sort of Instagram that’s based around tagging brand names that appear in your photos.


5. Chinese startup behind Dolphin mobile browser sells 51% stake for $91 million

The Chinese developer of Dolphin, a popular web browser for Android and iOS, has sold a 51 percent stake for US$91 million.


6. China spends more money on mobile ads than the rest of the world combined

Asia accounted for 27 percent of all Android app installs in the world in Q2 2014. Most money spent on ads comes from China, the majority of it aimed at Asia.


7. Duolingo brings free English language learning to 5 new Asian markets

Duolingo, the language-learning app that’s translating the internet, arrives in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Indonesia.


8. China web giant Baidu launches search engine in Brazil

The Portuguese-language version of Baidu, dubbed Baidu Busca, currently covers web, images, and video searches.


9. China’s boom in smart TVs and foreign TV shows is about to be hit with a serious clampdown

China’s online video sites have boomed in recent years, with surprisingly little in the way of regulation compared to the nation’s heavily locked-down broadcast TV. Now the nation’s 450 million online video viewers watch 5.7 billion hours of videos every month, according to numbers from iResearch.


10. Hands-on with the new Xiaomi Mi 4 (VIDEO)

Xiaomi’s new flagship phone, the Mi 4, was revealed in Beijing yesterday, and Tech in Asia was on site to get a hands-on demo.


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