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.


China messaging apps

WeChat is crushing text messaging, people in China now only send about 1 SMS per day

New figures from China's MIIT show that people in China now send an average of 39.8 text messages per month – which is barely more than on...

  • June 23, 2014
  • at 6:23 pm
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China tech news this week

13 must-read tech stories in China this week

Need to catch up on the Middle Kindgom's most recent tech happenings? We've rounded up the week's top stories for your weekend reading pleas...

  • June 22, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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‘China’s answer to Pixar’ raises US$20 million from GGV Capital, first movie to come in 2015

The self-proclaimed “China’s answer to Pixar” was founded by Tudor founder Gary Wang over a year ago after Tudou merged with Youku.

  • June 20, 2014
  • at 11:49 am
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Tujia series C funding

Tujia gets cozy $100 million funding to grow holiday home rental site in China and overseas

The Airbnb-esque Tujia got a monster series C funding to help grow its business in China and overseas.

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 9:37 pm
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Chinese flirting app Momo shuts down its English version, which you didn’t know existed

Momo, the popular Chinese flirting app that recently crossed the 100 million download mark, has announced that it will shut down its inter...

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 4:56 pm
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China Xiaozhu site like Airbnb

China’s budget-minded Airbnb clone gets $15 million in funding

One of China’s top Airbnb-like sites, Xiaozhu, has secured US$15 million in series B funding to help it grow. It comes nearly 18 months af...

  • June 17, 2014
  • at 7:12 pm
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5 arguments for foreign startups in China to register in Hong Kong

Besides a joint venture, other options include the Cayman Islands, Singapore, and other tax havens, but all have larger barriers to entry.

  • June 17, 2014
  • at 4:38 pm
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Alibaba issues new IPO filing, reveals people spent $272 billion on Taobao and Tmall in past year

Alibaba issues new IPO filing, reveals people spent $272 billion on Taobao and Tmall in past year

China’s ecommerce titan Alibaba filed new information with the SEC overnight. It includes details about spending and growth on its two mai...

  • June 17, 2014
  • at 11:02 am
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China cracks down on Apple’s iMessage as national web cleanup continues

The measures include tools to monitor and prevent spam messages, which the ministry says are prevalent on the iOS default messaging app.

  • June 16, 2014
  • at 12:30 pm
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Why India must fix its obsession with software services and pivot to products

Bangalore arrived on the world stage in the nineties as a hub for software services and outsourcing. This rode on the back of a global rise ...

  • June 23, 2014
  • at 12:26 pm
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Weibo Payment

Weibo’s mobile wallet will soon allow friends to send money to each other

More than six months after China’s Twitter-esque Sina Weibo launched a mobile wallet, the social network is about to roll out user-to-user...

  • June 20, 2014
  • at 1:42 pm
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Depth-VR 3D glasses

With Depth-VR, a Chinese startup wants to bring 3D and motion detection for cheap into gaming

A Chinese startup is working on a gadget that will bring an immersive, 3D experience to gaming for a very low price – for less than US$70....

  • June 19, 2014
  • at 4:22 pm
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Yu-Link co-working space in Shanghai

Shanghai’s Yu-Link is a co-working space that helps startups cut through China’s red tape

Not far from the bustle of Shanghai’s main railway station there’s a co-working space dedicated to the hustle of tech entrepreneurs.

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 7:59 pm
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Chinese startup gets $30 million investment to put all the country’s pawn shops into a single marketplace

51dang functions like a peer-to-peer lending website--a fast-growing trend in China among the under-financed--except it uses pawned goods as...

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 12:00 pm
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China seeks record $42 million fine in prosecution of online video piracy app

China seeks record $42 million fine in prosecution of online video piracy app

Authorities in China are seeking to impose a fine of nearly $42 million on this renegade app. That would make it China’s biggest piracy-re...

  • June 17, 2014
  • at 5:29 pm
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Alibaba’s updated IPO prospectus reveals new details about UCWeb acquisition

The deal cost Alibaba US$479 million in cash and 12.3 million company shares for the remaining one-third of UCWeb.

  • June 17, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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China, smart body scales maker Picooc gets funding

China’s Picooc, maker of smart body scales, gets $21 million in funding

China-based health-tracking gadget maker Picooc, best known for its smart body scales, has raised US$21 million.

  • June 16, 2014
  • at 4:50 pm
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China tech news this week

12 must-read tech stories in China this week

Chinese tech companies like Alibaba, Zhaopin, Qihoo, and Yongche continue their march overseas. Read on to find out what the top tech storie...

  • June 15, 2014
  • at 7:10 pm
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