8 must-read tech stories in China this week


CTW - China tech news this week

More IPOs, more game consoles, and more online censorship are all in store for China. Here’s our top stories from China this week.

1. China’s top car rental site files for IPO to raise $400 million, but chooses Hong Kong over New York

The startup had just a few hundred self-drive rentals in 2009, but it’s now grown to 55,400 vehicles, according to China Auto Rental’s IPO filing.

2. One week after its IPO, Chinese ecommerce firm JD hops on the WeChat train

About two months after Tencent (HKG: 0700) purchased an 18 percent stake in it, Chinese ecommerce site JD (NASDAQ: JD) has finally been integrated into WeChat (or Weixin, as it’s known domestically), Tencent’s monster messaging app.

3. WeChat and other messaging apps forced to ‘clean up’ as China’s latest web crackdown continues

State news agency Xinhua reports today that seven web companies with messaging services have agreed to take part in a month-long campaign to clamp down on “illegal and harmful information” inside these apps.

4. Top Chinese messaging app makes big ecommerce leap with opening of WeChat stores

Allowing major brands to open stores inside WeChat was a threat to Alibaba’s Tmall, and now the inclusion of smaller merchants is a challenge to Alibaba’s Taobao.

5. Which Chinese tech companies benefit from cyber security row with US?

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s PRISM and NSA revelations, several Chinese IT firms’ stock prices rose sharply.

6. A portrait of China’s biggest tech CEOs: visionaries, copycats, and playboys

If there’s just one person on this list that the average Chinese person has heard of, it’s probably Jack Ma.

7. China’s Xunlei, once ousted for piracy, has another go at US IPO

The company’s prospectus says it’s the 12th-largest internet company in China measured by user base, which stands at over 300 million monthly unique visitors as of March 2014.

8. Sony finds Chinese partner to make PlayStation consoles in China

A Shanghai Stock Exchange statement shows that the two companies have registered two new ventures together, and the industry giant will have a 70 percent stake in one venture and 49 percent in the other.

That’s all for this week, folks! For our full spread of China coverage, you might like to subscribe to our China RSS feed.

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