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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5 tips all expats should consider before launching a startup in China

Rui Ma is close to closing her 10th early stage tech investment in Greater China since joining the global seed fund and accelerator 500 Star...

  • March 17, 2014
  • at 5:13 pm
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Alibaba issues statement, set to IPO in New York

A statement issued by Alibaba today confirms that the ecommerce company will not go public in Hong Kong. Rather it is in process to IPO in t...

  • March 16, 2014
  • at 3:49 pm
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Sina Weibo files for US IPO, aims to raise $500 million

Ending months of speculation, China’s top Twitter-esque social network, Sina Weibo, has filed for a US public listing. Sina Weibo R...

  • March 15, 2014
  • at 6:43 pm
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WeChat and Alibaba hit as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards

WeChat and Alibaba hit roadbumps as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued an edict late yesterday that bans two particular things: epayments made via QR codes, and onl...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 2:10 pm
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WeChat clamps down on political content, bans several outspoken bloggers

An alleged crackdown on WeChat this week led to at least a dozen public accounts being unexpectedly blocked. The accounts, most of which app...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 12:32 pm
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Cough up the money: Panasonic will pay employees sent to China a pollution bonus

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic (TYO:6752) will pay its employees working in China extra for putting up with the poor air quality, ac...

  • March 13, 2014
  • at 8:30 pm
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China outbound visa service ByeCity secures $20 million from Alibaba, CBC Capital

ByeCity, a travel service for Chinese nationals needing a visa for outbound trips, announced today that it secured US$20 million in a seri...

  • March 13, 2014
  • at 4:50 pm
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What you need to know about China’s 700 million smartphones and tablets

By the end of 2013, China had 700 million active smart devices, according to the latest report from Umeng, the country’s largest app ...

  • March 13, 2014
  • at 11:20 am
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These numbers from Asia’s half-trillion dollar ecommerce market will blow your mind (INFOGRAPHIC)

Take the world’s most populous continent and combine it with one of the best things about the internet and you have a recipe for huge ...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 4:24 pm
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China’s social media landscape in 2014

Xiaomi to launch a phablet as it shows interest in bigger screens – will a Xiaomi tablet be next?

Beijing-based phone maker Xiaomi is set to get bigger – first in terms of market size as it spreads throughout Southeast Asia, and now...

  • March 17, 2014
  • at 2:30 pm
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9 must-read tech stories in China this week

Major developments from Tencent and Alibaba this week as they take their e-commerce battle up another notch. But even these mighty firms hav...

  • March 16, 2014
  • at 10:32 am
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Compared to the iPhone 5s, this chart shows the iPhone 5c has bombed in China

Compared to the iPhone 5s, this chart shows the iPhone 5c has bombed in China

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t going to tell everyone precisely how much of each model it sold in every country, so we need to find an alte...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 10:01 pm
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LinkedIn ramps up hiring efforts in China, set to launch Pulse news reader app in Chinese

LinkedIn, the global social network for working professionals, has ramped up its hiring efforts in China after officially launching there ba...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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As Chinese snap up more overseas property, Juwai grows to 1.5 million active users

As Chinese snap up more overseas property, Juwai grows to 1.5 million active users

When we first looked at Juwai two years ago, we immediately thought, yes, this makes a lot of sense. It’s an online property marketpla...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 9:29 am
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ZTE set to release China’s first games console later this month

According to Bloomberg, China’s second-largest game developer and operator The9 (NASDAQ:NCTY) has partnered with ZTE (HKG:0763; SHE:000063...

  • March 13, 2014
  • at 7:22 pm
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Online food ordering service Meican gets $10 million funding to grow in China

Online food ordering site Meican has secured US$10 million in series B funding to help it grow and expand into more cities across China. Nok...

  • March 13, 2014
  • at 1:28 pm
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Hong Kong startup makes stylish ebikes for global market

Startup makes electric bikes that are the perfect blend of hi-tech and hipster

Electric bikes are a great way to take the pain out of cycling for those who want to avoiding jumping into a gas-guzzling car. But they̵...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 9:38 pm
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Virtual credit cards boom in China as Tencent issues one for WeChat users

Within 24 hours of Alibaba announcing it would hand out one million “virtual credit cards”, rival web giant Tencent (HKG:0700) reveal...

  • March 12, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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