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China plans e-cigarette regulation as industry booms

China plans e-cigarette regulation as industry booms China is taking steps to regulate its blossoming vaping market as health concerns over electronic cigarettes increase in recent times. China’s National Health Commission has begun research into e-cigarettes and plans to issue legislation for the industry, said the head of the health authority Mao […]

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China’s coffee upstart Luckin pushes into India and Middle East

China’s coffee upstart Luckin pushes into India and Middle East Luckin continues to expand at jaw-dropping speed as it announced plans to open shop overseas for the first time. On Monday, the Starbucks challenger from China said it has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint venture with Americana […]

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Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric

Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Now that boom has busted with derelict bikes littering the streets of cities. Meanwhile, a new race has started for two-wheelers with motors — and one of the main players […]

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China’s Didi removes 300,000 drivers amid safety overhaul

China’s Didi removes 300,000 drivers amid safety overhaul 2018 was the year when Didi Chuxing, the ride-hailing company that defeated Uber in China, vowed to put safety ahead of rocket-ship growth after two deadly passenger incidents. One way it works to ramp up safety is a stricter vetting process for drivers. The […]

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Intel and Baidu partner on Nirvana Neural Network AI training processor

Intel and Baidu partner on Nirvana Neural Network AI training processor At Baidu’s Create conference for AI developers in Beijing today, the company and Intel announced a new partnership to work together on Intel’s new Nervana Neural Network Processor for training. As its name very clearly states, this forthcoming chip (NNP-T for […]

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China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widens

China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widens Audio apps are flying high in China. In 2018, online listeners in the country grew 22.1% to surpass 400 million, at a rate far exceeding that of the mobile video and e-reading populations, according to market researcher iiMedia. But the fledgling sector […]

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Carrefour sale shifts the balance of power in China’s new retail battle

Carrefour sale shifts the balance of power in China’s new retail battle Hot on the heels of Amazon’s decision to shutter its local marketplace, Carrefour — another global commerce giant — is switching up its approach to China, and shifting the balance of power between the country’s tech giants. Carrefour, which is […]

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California has let two Chinese startups offer robotaxis to the public

California has let two Chinese startups offer robotaxis to the public China’s driverless cars are coming for passengers in the United States. AutoX and Pony.ai just became the first Chinese companies allowed to offer fully self-driving cars in the state of California, according to notices posted on the website of the California […]

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Google to face shareholders on censored ‘Dragonfly’ search in China

Google to face shareholders on censored ‘Dragonfly’ search in China Another day, another shareholder suit. This time it’s Google in the spotlight. Shareholders have tabled a resolution which, if passed, would demand Google put the brakes on its controversial search engine efforts in China. The program, internally dubbed “Dragonfly,” is said to […]

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Telegram faces DDoS attack in China… again

Telegram faces DDoS attack in China… again The popular encrypted messaging service Telegram is once again being hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in Asia as protestors in Hong Kong take to the streets. For the last several days, Hong Kong has been overrun with demonstrators protesting a new […]

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