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.

Autonavi apps

Autonavi reaches 137 million users of its mobile map app, but investors spooked by shrinking revenues

Autonavi (NASDAQ:AMAP), maker of China’s top mobile map app, has revealed its Q2 2013 financial report. The company – which is Apple...

  • August 29, 2013
  • at 11:30 am
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Xiaomi Red Rice launch

Android VP Hugo Barra has left Google, said to be moving to Xiaomi

(UPDATE: It’s now officially for real; see the new post). Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of product management for Android,...

  • August 29, 2013
  • at 10:04 am
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9 startups to look out for from China Axlr8r

China Axlr8r, the country’s premiere startup accelerator, has just graduated another round of startups that are now seeking investment...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 6:28 pm
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China’s crackdown on rumors is making speech impossible

It should be fairly clear to everyone that China’s government is taking its crackdown on internet rumors quite seriously. Even talk on...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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online shopping

China’s e-commerce market to hit $71 billion in sales in Q2; these are the top 10 e-stores

China’s e-shoppers now number over 240 million, who collectively spend an average of $40,000 per second. But the nation’s e-comm...

  • August 28, 2013
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Beijing gets serious about real-name registration, old numbers no longer exempt

China has required real-name registration when users buy phones for years now, but nobody seemed to take the requirements all that seriously...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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Shanghai police have investigated 170 suspects for creating 380 online rumors

Just last week we ran a quick story about several Chinese black PR operatives getting arrested for starting online rumors about, among other...

  • August 27, 2013
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Nuomi will split from Renren and do an IPO following Baidu’s big investment last week

Boy, the folks at Nuomi have been busy lately. After quietly losing buckets of money for a few years, the Renren subsidiary netted a big Bai...

  • August 27, 2013
  • at 12:29 am
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.CN websites come under attack, cripples Sina Weibo, Amazon.cn, and Bank of China

China’s national registry of websites ending in “.cn” was hit by a denial-of-service attack yesterday. Several websites with the...

  • August 26, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Hugo Barra joining Xiaomi in October

CONFIRMED: Xiaomi hiring ex-Android VP Hugo Barra, starts new job in October

Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin has just confirmed the big rumor swirling around the tech scene in the US and China this morning ...

  • August 29, 2013
  • at 10:58 am
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china smartphone

What Chinese consumers want in a mobile phone, and what worries them about domestic brands

Are you trying to sell a mobile phone to the Chinese market? If you make mobile phones, you probably are, considering that China’s mob...

  • August 29, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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China’s OPPO teases upcoming smartphone with sexism and lame laddishness

Chinese smartphone maker OPPO will launch a new flagship phone soon that’ll have some kind of touch-enabled rear. This feature has turned ...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 4:15 pm
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Camera360 series B funding

China’s Camera360 gets $18 million in fresh funding, reaches 150 million users

The startup behind China-made photo app Camera360 has once again clicked with investors, revealing that it has secured $18 million in series...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Spreading rumors on WeChat is a crime, say Chinese internet police

Recently we’ve seen a couple stories about police cracking down on Sina Weibo rumor-spreaders. But Weibo isn’t the only platform...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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Hex, the open-source 3D-printed nanocopter, flies through Kickstarter goal in just a few hours

The smartphone-controlled, 3D-printed, fully customizable, Arduino-compatible, and completely open-source personal nanocopter looks even coo...

  • August 27, 2013
  • at 10:30 am
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Sina’s WeChat competitor WeMeet might have a fatal flaw

Everyone in China seems in a hurry to rush after WeChat now for some reason. Why they waited until the app had more than 200 million active ...

  • August 27, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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First impressions: Sina releases WeChat competitor, WeMeet

WeMeet rolls your Weibo feed, RSS feeds, and a chat app all into one. The defining characteristic is the app's focus on groups.

  • August 26, 2013
  • at 10:39 pm
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Why did Baidu buy a controlling stake in Nuomi?

After rumors had been cropping up for some time, Chinese search giant Baidu finally confirmed its investment of $160 million in Renren group...

  • August 26, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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