Pony Ma: Tencent is building networks to connect people, things, and intelligent devices

At today's Tencent 2018 “Cloud + Future” Summit in Guangzhou, CEO Pony Ma introduced his new vision for the Tencent Cloud platform, dubbed the “three-net” concept (三张网), local media is reporting. The essence of the concept is to build up the "three nets"—IoP (Internet of People), IoT (Internet of Things), and IoI (Internet of Intelligence)—within the Tencent ecosystem. Pony Ma at Tencent 2018…

Next-gen technologies need a use case to have an impact: JD CTO Zhang Chen

JD is very serious about AI and other emerging technologies. The online retailer wants to lead China’s innovations not only in terms of business models but also in technologies. “Technology underscores many facets of our business. It is a big focus for us, in addition to user experience, logistics, and fintech, among other areas,” Zhang Chen, JD’s CTO, told TechNode. Over the past few years, we…

Troubled ride hailing company Yidao Yongche gets second wind with former Baidu Waimai chief

China’s ride-hailing market might be in for another stir. Former chairman of Baidu’s food delivery platform Baidu Waimai, Gong Zhenbing, is moving on to become the CEO of ride-hailing platform Yidao Yongche, The Paper is reporting (in Chinese). Yidao went through a rough period in April and May last year after a cash squeeze that led to protests from its drivers over payments. Three of Yidao’s…

Google Duplex announcement highlights key differences between US and Chinese markets

At the Google I/O conference, Sundar Pichai, CEO of the company, revealed what perhaps will be the killer feature for Google’s Assistant aspirations. In a series of real phone calls, Google Duplex was able to interact with real humans to book appointments and get information. Duplex’s ability to simulate a real human was stunning: Not only can it understand spoken English with its insouciant…

ChinaBang 2018’s top 5 AI startups

The times they are a-changin’: in 2016, widescale commercial application of artificial intelligence was still a faraway high-tech dream. The ChinaBang Awards did not even have a specialized category for this technology. 2017 marked a new milestone—China decided to become the world’s strongest AI power. In the same year, ChinaBang gave out awards to three best AI products, giving a glimpse of the…

President of DiDi Reseach leaves company to reportedly set up driverless truck venture

Much like in Silicon Valley, the self-driving scene in China is going through a turbulent period. Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing lost the president of DiDi Research Dr He Xiaofei which has reportedly set up its own driverless truck venture. The news has been confirmed by DiDi to TechNode. According to 36Kr, He Xiaofei left his job quietly as early as last year when it was rumored that…

What does Alibaba’s takeover of Ele.me mean? This is what China is saying

This week has been brimming with rumors on Alibaba’s takeover of food delivery platform Ele.me. Media reports stated that Alibaba plans to purchase food delivery platform Ele.me for US$9.5 billion. Both Alibaba and Ele.me have declined to comment on the rumors but we know one thing: something is definitely cooking between the pair. Beijing Hualian Department Store, a shareholder in Hong…

E-commerce giant JD will build tens of thousands delivery drone landing pods

China’s skies are about to get as busy as its streets. Chinese e-commerce platform JD has just won the first national pilot for unmanned areal vehicle (UAV) delivery logistics and will be allowed to build tens of thousands UAV landing platforms or drone pods across China. No timeline has been announced for the project’s implementation. The Jingdong Group was awarded the pilot by China’s…

Node Worthy 17: AI, blockchain, and Tencent’s move into the offline world

This week we talk the recent EmTech China conference, AI, blockchain, and Tencent's move into the offline world. Download this episode Links Blockchain buzzwords, changes, and challenges: EmTech China blockchain panel EmTech China reveals what jobs will be left for humans after AI takes over Tencent may invest in Carrefour China as internet giants extend retail war…

WeChat mini programs 1 year on: Key figures and trends

January 9th was WeChat mini program system's first birthday. Throughout its first year, some startups picked it up and developed their own mini programs. There is now an ecosystem of mini programs. The advantage the small, light programs have is that WeChat users don't need to download anything, they just start the mini app from within WeChat, saving time and memory space on the phone. At the…