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China Roundup: facial recognition lawsuit and cashless payments for foreigners

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Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people...

China plans e-cigarette regulation as industry booms

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China is taking steps to regulate its blossoming vaping market as health concerns over electronic cigarettes increase in recent times. China’s National Health Commission has...

Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric

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Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Now that boom has busted with derelict bikes littering the...

China’s Didi removes 300,000 drivers amid safety overhaul

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2018 was the year when Didi Chuxing, the ride-hailing company that defeated Uber in China, vowed to put safety ahead of rocket-ship growth after...

Carrefour sale shifts the balance of power in China’s new retail...

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Hot on the heels of Amazon’s decision to shutter its local marketplace, Carrefour — another global commerce giant — is switching up its approach...

California has let two Chinese startups offer robotaxis to the public

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China’s driverless cars are coming for passengers in the United States. AutoX and Pony.ai just became the first Chinese companies allowed to offer self-driving...

Telegram faces DDoS attack in China… again

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The popular encrypted messaging service Telegram is once again being hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in Asia as protestors in...

China grants first 5G licenses amid Huawei global setback

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It’s official. After much anticipation, China named the first companies to receive 5G licenses for commercial use on Thursday. The announcement from the Ministry of...

China says apps should get user consent before tracking

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Chinese regulators might follow the European Union’s lead to make life harder for internet companies such as TikTok that closely track behavior of their...

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance...

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The Chinese government has been using a private company jointly owned by a U.S. investment firm and its Chinese counterpart to expand its surveillance...