Posts Tagged: China

China is often called a land of contradictions, and its tech industry is no different. Yes, the middle kingdom is the source of some hackers and copycats, but it’s also the source of some startling innovation, one of the world’s most unique and vibrant internet cultures, and some of the most passionate techies and gamers in the universe. China’s internet may be censored but that hasn’t stopped web, gaming, and mobile startups from springing up all over the country. Here at Tech in Asia we’ve got it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The hottest startups, the craziest copycats, and the darkest tales of censorship in Asia.


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Chinese ecommerce site for babies that originated on Taobao secures $20M from Sequoia Capital

Miyabaobei originally opened its shop on Taobao, China's biggest online shopping marketplace.

  • July 21, 2014
  • at 12:31 pm
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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.

  • July 18, 2014
  • at 3:15 pm
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Chinese startup developer of Dolphin mobile browser sells 51% stake for $91 million

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.

  • July 18, 2014
  • at 11:10 am
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China set to regulate smart TVs and foreign TV shows

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’...

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 7:38 pm
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Alibaba puts itself on the map, buys Autonavi in $1.5 billion deal

Alibaba puts itself on the map, buys Autonavi in $1.5 billion deal (Updated: shareholders approve)

Today Autonavi confirmed it has accepted the Alibaba deal for that acquisition price, pending the approval of shareholders.

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 7:15 pm
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Why is Xiaomi slow at Android updates? (Updated chart)

Despite scooping up Hugo Barra, Google’s former Android VP, Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi is still slower than some rivals at Android updates...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 2:46 pm
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This new startup touts uber-cool fashion designs for China’s hippest hipsters

Companies like Fab and Fancy carry the torch for US-based startups that turn a designer’s eye towards traditional ecommerce, but wha...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 11:00 am
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Alibaba inks deal with Mad Men and Hunger Games studio for exclusive content on its set-top box in China

Users of Tmall's set-top box in China next month will be able to watch shows and movies like Mad Men, Twilight, and The Hunger Games.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 12:31 pm
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How one San Diego startup is betting on bloatware to help Chinese OEMs get rich

Bloatware stinks. Fire up your Galaxy S5 and you’re guaranteed to be greeted with dozens of apps that are irrelevant to your interests. Th...

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 9:00 am
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Baidu-backed iQiyi launches in-house film studio, 8 movies in the works

Chinese streaming video portal iQiyi yesterday launched its own in-house film production studio, iQiyi Pictures.

  • July 18, 2014
  • at 4:42 pm
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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.

  • July 18, 2014
  • at 1:05 pm
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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 o...

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 9:00 pm
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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.

  • July 17, 2014
  • at 4:06 pm
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Despite witching hour broadcast in China, Weibo sees nearly 2 billion World Cup-related interactions

The World Cup final between Germany and Argentina aired at 4am in China, but that wasn’t enough to discourage many fans who watched the ga...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 5:00 pm
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Startup that buys China’s old phones and re-sells them gets $8 million investment

Aihuishou doesn't hold the inventory of the devices it collects or sells. They are sent to refurbishers who re-sell the used phones on the s...

  • July 16, 2014
  • at 12:31 pm
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Jack Ma: The C2B business model is an “undeniable trend”

Jack Ma says that recent advances in big data will make B2C business models obsolete. Firms must customize their products or die.

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 2:00 pm
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How Tiket became Indonesia’s booking champion and now plans for overseas expansion

Natali Ardianto used to be bad with people. But you would never guess it from the way he carries himself today. The loquacious, well-groomed...

  • July 15, 2014
  • at 11:14 am
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This Chinese startup that does your laundry just raised a fresh and clean seed round

Stuff-on-demand startups show no signs of slowing down in Silicon Valley, and that’s the case in China too. 24tidy, a startup that doe...

  • July 14, 2014
  • at 7:05 pm
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