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AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis

AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis Residents of Shenzhen will see truly driverless cars on the road starting Thursday. AutoX, a four-year-old startup backed by Alibaba, MediaTek and Shanghai Motors, is deploying a fleet of 25 unmanned vehicles in downtown Shenzhen, marking the first time any autonomous driving […]

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Despite global headwinds, Chinese hardware startups remain to take on the world

Despite global headwinds, Chinese hardware startups remain to take on the world Bill Zhang lowered himself into lunges on a squishy mat as he explained to me the benefits of the full-body training suit he was wearing. We were in his small, modest office in Xili, a university area in Shenzhen that’s […]

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Tencent leads $100M Series B funding round into China-based esport provider VSPN

Tencent leads 0M Series B funding round into China-based esport provider VSPN Further confirmation that the esports market is booming amid the pandemic comes today with the news that esports ‘total solutions provider’ VSPN (Versus Programming Network) has raised what it describes as ‘close to’ $100 million in a Series B funding […]

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More Chinese phones could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network

More Chinese phones could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network Over a third of the world’s smartphone sales come from Chinese vendors Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo. These manufacturers have thrived not only because they offer value-for-money handsets thanks to China’s supply chains, but they also enjoy a relatively open mobile ecosystem, […]

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China’s electric SUV maker Li Auto raises $1.1 billion in U.S. IPO

China’s electric SUV maker Li Auto raises .1 billion in U.S. IPO Trade tensions between China and the U.S. have not stopped Chinese companies from eyeing to list on American stock exchanges. Li Auto, a five-year-old Chinese electric vehicle startup, raised $1.1 billion through its debut on Nasdaq on Thursday. The Beijing-based […]

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Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out

Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out It’s not often Silicon Valley gets behind a single cause. Supporting net neutrality was one, reforming government surveillance another. Last week, Big Tech took up its latest: halting any cooperation with Hong Kong police. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and […]

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Facebook and WhatsApp halts reviews of Hong Kong demands for user data

Facebook and WhatsApp halts reviews of Hong Kong demands for user data Facebook has confirmed it has suspended processing demands for user data from Hong Kong authorities following the introduction of a new Beijing-imposed national security law. A spokesperson for the social networking giant told TechCrunch it will “pause” the processing of […]

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Geek+, the Amazon Kiva of China, lands $200 million Series C

Geek+, the Amazon Kiva of China, lands 0 million Series C Geek+, a Beijing-based startup that makes warehouse fulfillment robots similar to those of Amazon’s Kiva, said Thursday that it has closed over $200 million in a Series C funding round. That bumps total capital raised by the 5-year-old company to date […]

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China Roundup: Alibaba to add 5,000 staff to cloud unit

China Roundup: Alibaba to add 5,000 staff to cloud unit Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we have updates from Alibaba’s rapidly growing cloud computing unit, […]

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Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts removed from Apple’s China store

Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts removed from Apple’s China store Before June each year, content and media platforms in China anxiously anticipate a new round of censorship as the government tightens access to information in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This year, Chinese users lost access to […]

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