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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Travel site Yikuaiqu gets funding to be China’s tour guide

Chinese travel services website Yikuaiqu today announced a series A funding round worth “millions of dollars” led by Shenzhen High-te...

  • January 27, 2014
  • at 4:30 pm
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Baidu's heat map shows massive Chinese New Year migration

Baidu uses data to track world’s largest human movement as Chinese New Year begins

Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) has launched a heat map of where Chinese travelers are heading to, coming from, and which routes are most popular dur...

  • January 27, 2014
  • at 12:15 pm
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14 must-read tech stories from China this week

Missed out on China’s top headlines last week? Here’s our round-up of the best tech stories coming from the nation. 1. Screensh...

  • January 26, 2014
  • at 3:01 pm
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Celebrate Chinese New Year by putting your face into a seasonal GIF

Chinese New Year is just one week away. If you’re celebrating it, you’re probably preparing things like food and fireworks. You ...

  • January 24, 2014
  • at 4:43 pm
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Chinese e-commerce giant JD boosts travel offerings with acquisition of hotel booking app

Chinese e-commerce company JD – the closest rival to Alibaba’s Tmall in China – has acquired a startup company to boost it...

  • January 23, 2014
  • at 5:29 pm
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Apple gets serious about Siri in Asia with job postings for Chinese and Japanese writers

Apple has posted listings on its jobs page for “Siri Writer/Editor” in Japanese and Chinese, indicating that the company will ra...

  • January 23, 2014
  • at 11:36 am
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Alipay woos Chinese tourists as it forms more partnerships with overseas retailers

Alipay, the payments branch of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, today announced it would provide its offline payment services to three majo...

  • January 22, 2014
  • at 7:01 pm
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Screenshots of next WeChat update show LinkedIn integration and a makeover for Android

China’s most popular messaging app and social network WeChat’s upcoming version 5.2 update will likely come with LinkedIn integr...

  • January 22, 2014
  • at 5:02 pm
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Baidu’s image-recognition software isn’t perfect, but it’s super smart and will make you laugh

Baidu, the Chinese internet giant that made its name with search, just released an updated version of its Baidu Translate app yesterday for ...

  • January 21, 2014
  • at 9:00 pm
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WeChat’s 5.2 update adds LinkedIn profiles, location sharing, and voice-to-text capability

WeChat has rolled out its 5.2 update for both the domestic Chinese version as well as its international counterpart. The new update adds dep...

  • January 27, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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Baidu launches search engine in Thailand, Brazil, and Egypt (Update: all taken offline)

Baidu, China’s top search engine, has quietly launched its search site over the weekend in Thailand, Brazil, and Egypt. The sites are loca...

  • January 27, 2014
  • at 11:50 am
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Alibaba invests $15 million in US-based luxury e-commerce site

New York-based 1stdibs, an online American retailer for fancy interior design, decoration and fashion, just raked in $15 million in series ...

  • January 24, 2014
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Baidu acquires remaining stake in Renren’s daily deals site

Back in August last year, Chinese search engine Baidu acquired the majority stake in Renren’s (NYSE:RENN) group buying site for $160 milli...

  • January 24, 2014
  • at 11:25 am
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Tesla has announced the price of the Model S in China, and it’s much lower than expected

Tesla, the electric car company founded by Elon Musk, just announced that its Model S vehicle will retail for RMB 734,000 (about $120,00) in...

  • January 23, 2014
  • at 4:20 pm
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Square-like Chinese startup QFPay swipes $16.5 million in series B funding

QFPay, maker of a Square-like gadget for taking e-payments via a smartphone, has secured series B funding worth $16.5 million, 36Kr reports ...

  • January 22, 2014
  • at 9:40 pm
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Bombshell story gets the Guardian blocked in China – AGAIN

UK-based newspaper The Guardian seems to be really pushing someone’s button in China as its website has been blocked in China today. I...

  • January 22, 2014
  • at 5:42 pm
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Gartner: China will buy 400 million smartphones in 2014, penetration to pass 90%

Market research firm Gartner predicts 443.5 million mobile phones will be sold in China in 2014, and 90 percent of them will be smartphone...

  • January 22, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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Taobao rescues Chinese travelers needing a visa

Beijing resident Hu Xiaodi just received her passport back in the mail with a fresh visa for her upcoming trip to Thailand after Chinese New...

  • January 21, 2014
  • at 8:44 pm
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