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Apple CEO visits Chinese startups Ofo and Keep

In his recent visit to China’s capital, Apple CEO Tim Cook went to bike-rental company ofo’s offices on Tuesday, fueling speculation about whether the American technology giant may invest in the Chinese bike-rental startup, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting (in Chinese). Accompanied by ofo CEO Dai Wei, Cook visited the startup’s headquarters in Beijing […]

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Beijing drafts regulations mandating smart locks for bike-rentals in the city

The Beijing government is soliciting public opinion on draft guidelines aimed at reining in the disorderly expansion of the city’s bike-rental sector, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The draft guidance provides that rental bikes should meet national and industry standards, and requires rental bikes should be equipped with smart locks and the satellite positioning system. […]

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8 questions about Chinese tech we will see answered in 2017

In the tech industry, new innovations are constantly supplanting old ideas and seemingly stable companies can find themselves facing unexpected challenges. However, the trends we saw started in 2016 posed questions that have yet to be answered. Here are eight of them we think will be answered in 2017. 1. Can Alipay effectively deter the aggressive rise […]

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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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Ofo announces partnership with China’s GPS for smart locks

Ofo has announced a strategic partnership with BeiDou Navigation, a Chinese government-backed sattelite positioning system, that will see ofo bikes equipped with Beidou-enabled smart locks, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting. Under the agreement, ofo’s bikes furnished with the BeiDou-enabled smart lock will be first launched in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province. In addition, users […]