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Past articles by Sarah:

Didi Chuxing’s diversification gains momentum as it buys large stake in Hyundai Insurance China

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, has forayed into insurance, ramping up its diversification efforts even as the deadly coronavirus outbreak hits demand for its bread and butter transport services. → Read More

CES Asia the latest tech event to be called off amid global spread of coronavirus

CES Asia scheduled for June in Shanghai has been postponed, the latest major tech event forced to shelve plans amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Didi works with railway stations to smooth passenger rides home ahead of Lunar New Year

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, is working with train stations in over 50 cities to improve access to ride-share services in an effort to move passengers around quickly during the biggest travel season of the year. → Read More

Meituan Dianping co-founder Wang Huiwen to retire amid management revamp

The senior management shuffle at Meituan, China’s largest on-demand services provider, follows recent leadership changes at major internet companies Alibaba and Baidu. → Read More

Tencent, Sequoia lead US$80 million funding for VipKid’s new education brand Dami Wangxiao

A sub-brand of Chinese online education platform VipKid has secured US$80 million in fundraising led by Sequoia Capital and internet giant Tencent Holdings, indicating that tech-enabled education remains a hot investment sector in the country. → Read More

China adds Huawei, Hikvision to ‘national team’ on AI efforts

Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment supplier, will take the lead in the research on AI infrastructure and software. Surveillance systems giant Hikvision will cover initiatives related to video perception. → Read More

Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision stockpiles crucial parts to guard against potential US ban

Hikvision Digital Technology, China’s top surveillance camera provider, has sharply increased its stockpile of components and finished products amid concerns that the US may bar it from doing business with American suppliers like it did with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies. → Read More and Baidu still lag the likes of Waymo in US tests but the gap is narrowing in autonomous driving

The annual disclosures offer an insight into how the industry’s leading players are progressing and how competition between the US and China is shaping up → Read More

Chinese, US scholars jointly develop AI model to improve diagnosis of sick children

While artificial intelligence is shaping up as a new battleground between China and the US in areas such as autonomous cars, data collection and the military, there is one application where both sides are happy to cooperate: health care for kids. ... → Read More

Is Trump’s AI executive order a Sputnik moment for the US?

US President Donald Trump’s executive order on artificial intelligence may be short on details, but its broader significance lies in his administration’s recognition that China has become a strategic competitor in a critical technology, industry watchers say.... → Read More

More than half of world’s AI unicorns are in China, says report

China is home to the most number of artificial intelligence start-ups valued at US$1 billion or above, according to CB Insights, a research firm that tracks venture capital activity.... → Read More

Kick back with a nice Kindle? Some still prefer a good old paperback

When unveiled the Kindle about 11 years ago, the device was not the first e-reader in the market. But the Kindle generated such demand and enthusiasm from consumers around the world that it popularised e-books more than any e-reader or tablet. ... → Read More

This Beijing hub is home to 10 major AI labs driving China’s tech ambitions

Zhongguancun is often referred to as China’s equivalent to Silicon Valley, thanks to its heritage as an innovation hub encompassing the country’s top two universities and a number of incubation centres for start-ups.... → Read More

Huawei to push AI, Schubert in upcoming Mobile World Congress publicity amid US indictments

Huawei to release its first foldable 5G phone and showcase 5G achievements at four-day event in Spain → Read More

China’s ride-hailing leader Didi Chuxing seen overhauling its operations to enhance safety amid lay-off reports

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, has undertaken a “major overhaul” of its operations to enhance safety and efficiency as the company seeks to regain public confidence rocked by two passenger deaths last year.... → Read More

Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains

Like many urban Chinese consumers, Shenzhen civil servant Gao Jian has had a long-held belief that the quality of domestic smartphone brands paled in comparison with foreign brands, especially Apple.... → Read More

China’s work ethic stretches beyond 996 as tech companies feel the impact of slowdown

For Keith Ding, who works for a big Chinese tech company, the country’s infamous 996 work culture – where employees are expected to be in the office from 9am to 9pm, six days a week – is not going away any time soon.... → Read More

Access to Microsoft’s Bing search engine restored in China

Microsoft’s Bing is available to mainland Chinese users again after being inaccessible since late Wednesday, assuaging concerns that the government was blocking the search engine.... → Read More

Baidu draws ire of netizens for promoting its own content in search results

When Baidu launched its Baijiahao platform in 2016, it was touted as the search giant’s answer to ByteDance’s Jinri Toutiao news aggregator and Tencent’s WeChat official accounts, giving independent publishers a platform while helping it generate more advertising revenue from online content.... → Read More

Envisioning a future of smooth, quiet taxi rides with no grumpy driver in sight

Almost everyone I know has a horror story involving a taxi driver. In Beijing, where I live and work, the smoggy city’s notorious traffic jams elevates these encounters to a whole new different level.... → Read More