10 must-read tech stories from China this week


CTW - China tech news this week

Miss out on our China coverage last week? Worry not! Here’s our regular roundup of the top tech stories from the Middle Kingdom.

1. The Big Bang Theory and 3 other US TV shows banned from China’s video sites

China’s censors remove a handful of popular US TV shows from domestic video streaming sites, though it’s not yet clear why (and likely never will be).

2. Chinese city bans taxi finder apps (apart from ones the municipal government created)

Suzhou bans Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, two of China’s most popular taxi-hailing apps.

3. China’s girliest smartphone maker launches new model with 13MP selfie camera

Meitu makes cosmetics and all sorts of other girly products, but did you know that they also make a girly smartphone?

4. Alibaba and UCWeb team up to make another Chinese search engine, this time on mobile

The Chinese ecommerce firm’s latest bid to dominate smartphone screens sees it teaming up with the popular UCBrowser.

5. Ecommerce titan Alibaba goes multimedia with $1.22 billion investment in video site Youku

Another massive investment for China’s leading online shopping firm.

6. China’s Ctrip invests over $200 million in an online ticketing site

One of China’s most popular travel sites dumps a large sum of cash into local ticketing service LY.com

7. China doesn’t want ‘losers’ to become trendy, bans hugely popular web series

…And, yet another show gets pulled from the Chinese internet, this time a raunchy domestic web series.

8. China’s top search engine clamps down on P2P lending sites after spate of money-stealing frauds

P2P lending in China = bad news.

9. It’s finally official: Xbox One to hit China in September

Microsoft’s latest Xbox offering will be the first foreign video game console to officially hit Chinese shores.

10. Bitcoin takes a beating in China as Tencent’s epayments service and two major banks pull the plug

Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Tencent’s Tenpay payment service each issued statements forbidding their account holders to make bitcoin transactions.

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