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[Podcast] China Tech Weekly April 2: Tencent buys a 5% stake in Tesla

Editor’s note: This originally appeared on China Tech Insights, an English research unit affiliated to Tencent’s Online Media Group. This week: Baidu confronted with another executive departure Tencent expands investment in e-vehicles WeChat to push further into EU/US Didi considering 6B in new investment from SB Smaller Didi rival Shouqi considering new partnership Bike-sharing startups team […]

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Bike-rental startup ofo lands series D+ backed by Alibaba’s Ant Financial

The funding spree continues in China’s bike-rental sector. Bike-rental startup ofo announced over the weekend that it raised an undisclosed amount in its Series D+ from Alibaba’s financial arm Ant Financial. Under the deal, ofo cooperate with Ant Financial in the fields of e-payment, credit system and globalization process. The announcement came less than two […]

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Shanghai mulling bike-rental regulations

Shanghai is mulling rules to regulate the sizzling yet reckless development of the city’s bike-rental sector, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The new rules, expected to be introduced in May and come into effect in June or July this year, are the latest government efforts to deal with the growing problems emerging with the bike-rental […]

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Updated: Cracks appear in DiDi and ofo partnership sparking doubts over ofo’s $700 million funding round

Insiders from ofo have confirmed to local media that ofo’s executive chairman, Chief Financial Officer, and other senior executives went on a “vacation” in July this year. A rift between ride-hailing giant DiDi and bike rental mammoth ofo might be the reason behind the event, Bianews has reported. ofo has since published a statement denying […]

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China Transportation Wars 2.0: Bike Sharing

The dust kicked up by ride sharing has settled, but the air is again charged with electricity. This time, it’s bike sharing, and companies are losing no time stocking up on ammo. The latest news is that Ofo, a dockless bike sharing company which started on campus, has completed a C round totaling 130 million […]