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Node Worthy 07: O2O blockchain and smartwatches for China’s left behind children

Masha talks about O2O applications for blockchain (finally something more than finance!); Frank talks about left behind kids in Guizhou and the tech solution the government there have found to keep them out of trouble. Download this episode Links Masha Borak: Blockchain is shaking up O2O in China and turning cryptocurrency into Pokémon Go NEO?China’s Ethereum?is […]

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O2O is awesome: Being a tech blogger in Shanghai

Editor’s note: This was produced in partnership with Start Alliance, a business network between the most vibrant startup hubs around the globe. Start Alliance supports startups to adapt business models to international requirements and accelerates corporate innovations. Partner cities are Berlin, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai. I have worked in four startup cities: Silicon Valley, […]

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China tightens inspection over O2O food delivery

China’s food inspection authorities on Thursday released new regulations for O2O food delivery services. The new rules require the restaurants registered on the apps to have offline stores and to be licensed with certifications to run food-related businesses. On top of that, the authorities stated in the regulations that food providers need to publicize more accurate […]

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Alipay teams up with Fave for O2O expansion in SEA

Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of Alibaba group, has announced a partnership with Fave, Groupon’s successor in Southeast Asia, to provide cross-border payment. The tie-up will first bring this service to Singapore. Through this deal, Alipay users will be able to make payments via the Alipay app at restaurants and offline retailers that are part […]

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Blockchain is shaking up O2O in China and turning cryptocurrency into Pokémon Go

Blockchain used to be all about finance, but not anymore. Today, new territories are being explored and companies are popping up across multiple sectors. O2O and marketing are also among them—areas in which Chinese companies have traditionally been fast innovators. VeChain, a blockchain firm with offices in Shanghai, Singapore, and Paris, sees the technology as […]

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Meituan expands O2O business into homestay

China’s O2O giant Meituan announced yesterday the launch of its homestay business – Zhenguo Homestay (榛果民宿 in Chinese), taking another step to branch out into more O2O verticals, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The homestay service has listed some properties in tier-one cities as well as some popular travel destinations on its app and plans […]

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Tencent to challenge Alibaba’s new retail with new investment in Yonghui’s Super Species

The land grab between Tencent and Alibaba has recently extended to the retail space. On December 8, Chinese media Caijing Magazine reported that Tencent had purchased a stake in Super Species, the new retail unit of one of China’s largest supermarket chain operators Yonghui Superstores. Following the report, Yonghui shares jumped to its daily limit in […]

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58‘s logistics unit and GOGOVAN merge to take on Asia’s intra-city logistics market

58 Home, the on-demand service subsidiary of Chinese classifieds giant 58.com (NYSE: WUBA), announced on Monday that its freight business unit 58 Suyun has entered into a merger with Hong Kong startup GOGOVAN. Once rivals in the space, the two companies will combine to become the largest intra-city logistics and freight online platform in Asia, according to a statement […]