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How is Meituan competing against Alibaba, Didi, and Ofo?

Editor’s note: A version of this article by Tingyi Chen first appeared on WalktheChat. WalktheChat specializes in helping foreign organizations access the Chinese market through WeChat, the largest social network on the mainland. Meituan, a company focused on providing lifestyle O2O services, is planning on its IPO aiming to value $60-80 billion.  The company was valued at […]

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Next gen robotics, artificial intelligence, and education informatization: The future is at TechCrunch Hangzhou

From Chinese professional Go player Ke Jie and Go-playing computer program AlphaGo’s man vs. machine battle, to social humanoid robot Sophia and iPhone X’s facial recognition unlock feature, artificial intelligence has become part of a wider national security strategy. If it is said that 2017 was the year AI took off, then 2018 is the […]

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China is a unique market and this startup is helping foreign hardware makers to crack it

China is arguably the world’s largest manufacturing center for smart devices thanks to the quick rise of hardware hubs like Shenzhen. Groups of foreign entrepreneurs come to the country in search of more affordable parts, efficient manufacturers, cheap labor, crowdsourcing, and the vibrant startup community. But even though their products are manufactured here, it is […]

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The siege of Douyin

Blocks, viral videos, accusations, and lawsuits: controversies surrounding short video sites in China continue to mount. The protagonists? Toutiao’s Douyin and Tencent’s WeChat. A post dated May 22 on Douyin’s public WeChat account, “Sorry, Douyin fans”, accused Tencent of discrimination by taking down a lot of individual “healthy” video posts, while simultaneously accusing the company […]