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Slow growth aside, Singles’ Day displayed its value to China retail

Slowing retail growth and competition from other shopping festivals took toll on China’s Singles’ Day. Original Link

China spins real life Frankensteinian gene-editing tale

Gene-editing is of enormous significance in the prevention and treatment of human disease. But caution is not a bad thing. Original Link

Bytedance adds fuel to India’s ethnic and religious fires

India has become the battleground for Chinese internet companies’ proxy war. Fake news is their chief weapon. Original Link

Can foreign startups bridge China’s tech gap?

Speaking to a crowd at a conference in Tel Aviv recently, the head of one of the world’s largest online […] Original Link

New Retail tech is backbone of Singles’ Day for Alibaba

Double 11 will showcase New Retail technology like never before, in stores and warehouses, both in China and abroad. Original Link

I’m a Zhihu user. My Zhihu Credit score is 564

Zhihu’s credit experiment serves as a barometer for the health of the Chinese internet.  Original Link

China’s quest for tech chutzpah goes through Israel’s Silicon Wadi

Israel’s thriving tech hub offers China access to deep tech and tight connections to Silicon Valley. Original Link

Blockchain rules expose China’s Achilles’ heel 

Closer scrutiny of blockchain could stifle China’s tech and innovation aspirations. Original Link

China must take bold action to attract foreign trailblazers

The world has two tech superpowers—the incumbent and the rising rival, emerging as separate and competing players. Original Link

3 reasons why AI won’t replace human translators… yet

The public response to a scandal around “AI-powered translation” reveals how much AI is taken for granted. Original Link

Chinese tech stocks feel early winter chill

Global equity markets have had a rough week, but Chinese tech stocks are having a particularly painful time. Original Link

Bytedance’s teen protection problem

How and when are content platforms like Bytedance’s responsible for protecting their underage users? Original Link

TechNode Reviews the OnePlus 6

Does this cost-conscious premium phone match up with its higher-end competitors? Original Link

Aliexpress Russia could be a match made in heaven

The Aliexpress with Mail.ru deserves as much attention as Jack Ma’s abdication. Original Link

Sorry Apple, your “most advanced” features are already commonplace in China

I wanted to buy an Apple Watch 4, but suddenly I feel embarrassed. If I don’t use an iPhone, why would I buy an Apple Watch? Original Link

Dashed hopes and expectations: Israeli startups view China with a wary eye

As you walk into the high rise office in central Tel Aviv overlooking Ayalon Highway, which cuts through this bustling […] Original Link

Chinese tech giants burn cash and users are paying for it

Two recent tech scandals serve as cautionary tales for why we need to balance profitability and public goodwill. Original Link

Google’s internal dissent over China plans sheds light on broader transparency issues in China

Like Schrodinger’s cat, most people and businesses in China, in relation to the law, can be considered something like “Schrodinger’s criminal.” Original Link

1 bad reason and 1 good reason to be less optimistic about Tencent

Recent government moves essentially amount to extra regulatory lock-in for Tencent. The biggest companies are the ones best placed to be able to deal with it. Original Link

Eight years later, Google Search won’t beat Baidu

There is little chance that Google’s return will change the established scene in China’s search engine sector. Original Link

Google in China: 5 winners, 4 losers, and 3 questions

What does Google reentering China mean for everyone else in a notoriously fierce competitive environment. Original Link

Welcome to the new TechNode

This was going to start like many of my other “State of TechNode” letters, but I really hate repeating myself.

Instead, I want to talk about what its like to be a TechNode reader. As a TechNode reader, I’m interested in China’s tech scene for a few different reasons (not all mutually exclusive):

  • I’m in the technology or finance industries and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening in China
  • I’m an entrepreneur and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening with China’s technology and startup
  • I’m a China watcher and want to absorb as much as possible about what is happening here
  • I live outside of China, but my business depends on getting accurate and timely information about what’s happening there

As a TechNode reader, unfortunately, the site has lacked clarity for some time. As the English editorial team has grown, the lack of clarity has bled over increasingly into our site. Our taxonomy was wacky and we didn’t do a good job delineating our content. That changes today.

To better serve our diverse but niche readership, we’ve studied the best practices from around the web to not only create a new visual style but more importantly, create a much better experience. We’ve updated the visual language (and will be standardizing across our network over time), created clearer categories, made it easier to find and read about the topics you’re interested in, and most importantly made a clear distinction between longer features and shorter news.

Here are the changes you most need to pay attention to:

  • We’ve explicitly separated features (reading time longer than 3 minutes) and news (reading time 1 minute or less). You can find both sections directly on our home page. Other pages do not discriminate between the two, only the homepage
  • Our categories are now buckets… big buckets. If you want to drill down into a topic, then our tags (found directly under the headline) are the way to go. Here’s a quick explanation of the categories:
    • The Numbers: Anything and everything dealing with data. We also tested “Data is the new sexy” and “The Facts” (I used to watch a lot of Dragnet re-runs when I was a kid)
    • Up and Comers: Devoted to the startups and entrepreneurs that need exposure. Alternatives were: Minicorns and New Kids on the Block… I think you’ll agree Up and Comers was the best choice
    • Heavy Hitters: On the opposite of the spectrum, the companies that get all the attention
    • On the Cusp: Emerging trends and how Chinese society is adapting to new business and consumption models. Think of it as “On the cusp of something big.”
    • With Chinese characteristics: Explainers and stories that highlight unique Chinese phenomena
    • Turf wars: Perhaps my favorite type of story, this category features stories that pit one big company against another. Alibaba vs Tencent, Tencent vs NetEase, etc etc
    • Views: All our editorial, op-ed, and opinion pieces

In subsequent updates, we’ll be adding in smaller features and improvements, but the big one will be our member’s section. This will allow you to have an actual presence on our site for managing your subscription option both for newsletters and the paid membership program (details to be announced at a later date), making comments on our articles, as well as submitting articles if you’d like to become a contributor.

Of course, there will be some bugs and minor problems. Please do let us know if you encounter any problems or have other feedback on the site.

Welcome to the new TechNode!

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Welcome to the new TechNode

This was going to start like many of my other “State of TechNode” letters, but I really hate repeating myself.

Instead, I want to talk about what its like to be a TechNode reader. As a TechNode reader, I’m interested in China’s tech scene for a few different reasons (not all mutually exclusive):

  • I’m in the technology or finance industries and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening in China
  • I’m an entrepreneur and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening with China’s technology and startup
  • I’m a China watcher and want to absorb as much as possible about what is happening here
  • I live outside of China, but my business depends on getting accurate and timely information about what’s happening there

As a TechNode reader, unfortunately, the site has lacked clarity for some time. As the English editorial team has grown, the lack of clarity has bled over increasingly into our site. Our taxonomy was wacky and we didn’t do a good job delineating our content. That changes today.

To better serve our diverse but niche readership, we’ve studied the best practices from around the web to not only create a new visual style but more importantly, create a much better experience. We’ve updated the visual language (and will be standardizing across our network over time), created clearer categories, made it easier to find and read about the topics you’re interested in, and most importantly made a clear distinction between longer features and shorter news.

Here are the changes you most need to pay attention to:

  • We’ve explicitly separated features (reading time longer than 3 minutes) and news (reading time 1 minute or less). You can find both sections directly on our home page. Other pages do not discriminate between the two, only the homepage
  • Our categories are now buckets… big buckets. If you want to drill down into a topic, then our tags (found directly under the headline) are the way to go. Here’s a quick explanation of the categories:
    • The Numbers: Anything and everything dealing with data. We also tested “Data is the new sexy” and “The Facts” (I used to watch a lot of Dragnet re-runs when I was a kid)
    • Up and Comers: Devoted to the startups and entrepreneurs that need exposure. Alternatives were: Minicorns and New Kids on the Block… I think you’ll agree Up and Comers was the best choice
    • Heavy Hitters: On the opposite of the spectrum, the companies that get all the attention
    • On the Cusp: Emerging trends and how Chinese society is adapting to new business and consumption models. Think of it as “On the cusp of something big.”
    • With Chinese characteristics: Explainers and stories that highlight unique Chinese phenomena
    • Turf wars: Perhaps my favorite type of story, this category features stories that pit one big company against another. Alibaba vs Tencent, Tencent vs NetEase, etc etc
    • Views: All our editorial, op-ed, and opinion pieces

In subsequent updates, we’ll be adding in smaller features and improvements, but the big one will be our member’s section. This will allow you to have an actual presence on our site for managing your subscription option both for newsletters and the paid membership program (details to be announced at a later date), making comments on our articles, as well as submitting articles if you’d like to become a contributor.

Of course, there will be some bugs and minor problems. Please do let us know if you encounter any problems or have other feedback on the site.

Welcome to the new TechNode!

Original Link

Welcome to the new TechNode

This was going to start like many of my other “State of TechNode” letters, but I really hate repeating myself.

Instead, I want to talk about what its like to be a TechNode reader. As a TechNode reader, I’m interested in China’s tech scene for a few different reasons (not all mutually exclusive):

  • I’m in the technology or finance industries and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening in China
  • I’m an entrepreneur and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening with China’s technology and startup
  • I’m a China watcher and want to absorb as much as possible about what is happening here
  • I live outside of China, but my business depends on getting accurate and timely information about what’s happening there

As a TechNode reader, unfortunately, the site has lacked clarity for some time. As the English editorial team has grown, the lack of clarity has bled over increasingly into our site. Our taxonomy was wacky and we didn’t do a good job delineating our content. That changes today.

To better serve our diverse but niche readership, we’ve studied the best practices from around the web to not only create a new visual style but more importantly, create a much better experience. We’ve updated the visual language (and will be standardizing across our network over time), created clearer categories, made it easier to find and read about the topics you’re interested in, and most importantly made a clear distinction between longer features and shorter news.

Here are the changes you most need to pay attention to:

  • We’ve explicitly separated features (reading time longer than 3 minutes) and news (reading time 1 minute or less). You can find both sections directly on our home page. Other pages do not discriminate between the two, only the homepage
  • Our categories are now buckets… big buckets. If you want to drill down into a topic, then our tags (found directly under the headline) are the way to go. Here’s a quick explanation of the categories:
    • The Numbers: Anything and everything dealing with data. We also tested “Data is the new sexy” and “The Facts” (I used to watch a lot of Dragnet re-runs when I was a kid)
    • Up and Comers: Devoted to the startups and entrepreneurs that need exposure. Alternatives were: Minicorns and New Kids on the Block… I think you’ll agree Up and Comers was the best choice
    • Heavy Hitters: On the opposite of the spectrum, the companies that get all the attention
    • On the Cusp: Emerging trends and how Chinese society is adapting to new business and consumption models. Think of it as “On the cusp of something big.”
    • With Chinese characteristics: Explainers and stories that highlight unique Chinese phenomena
    • Turf wars: Perhaps my favorite type of story, this category features stories that pit one big company against another. Alibaba vs Tencent, Tencent vs NetEase, etc etc
    • Views: All our editorial, op-ed, and opinion pieces

In subsequent updates, we’ll be adding in smaller features and improvements, but the big one will be our member’s section. This will allow you to have an actual presence on our site for managing your subscription option both for newsletters and the paid membership program (details to be announced at a later date), making comments on our articles, as well as submitting articles if you’d like to become a contributor.

Of course, there will be some bugs and minor problems. Please do let us know if you encounter any problems or have other feedback on the site.

Welcome to the new TechNode!

Original Link

Welcome to the new TechNode

This was going to start like many of my other “State of TechNode” letters, but I really hate repeating myself.

Instead, I want to talk about what its like to be a TechNode reader. As a TechNode reader, I’m interested in China’s tech scene for a few different reasons (not all mutually exclusive):

  • I’m in the technology or finance industries and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening in China
  • I’m an entrepreneur and need to make sure I’m keeping up with and understand what’s happening with China’s technology and startup
  • I’m a China watcher and want to absorb as much as possible about what is happening here
  • I live outside of China, but my business depends on getting accurate and timely information about what’s happening there

As a TechNode reader, unfortunately, the site has lacked clarity for some time. As the English editorial team has grown, the lack of clarity has bled over increasingly into our site. Our taxonomy was wacky and we didn’t do a good job delineating our content. That changes today.

To better serve our diverse but niche readership, we’ve studied the best practices from around the web to not only create a new visual style but more importantly, create a much better experience. We’ve updated the visual language (and will be standardizing across our network over time), created clearer categories, made it easier to find and read about the topics you’re interested in, and most importantly made a clear distinction between longer features and shorter news.

Here are the changes you most need to pay attention to:

  • We’ve explicitly separated features (reading time longer than 3 minutes) and news (reading time 1 minute or less). You can find both sections directly on our home page. Other pages do not discriminate between the two, only the homepage
  • Our categories are now buckets… big buckets. If you want to drill down into a topic, then our tags (found directly under the headline) are the way to go. Here’s a quick explanation of the categories:
    • The Numbers: Anything and everything dealing with data. We also tested “Data is the new sexy” and “The Facts” (I used to watch a lot of Dragnet re-runs when I was a kid)
    • Up and Comers: Devoted to the startups and entrepreneurs that need exposure. Alternatives were: Minicorns and New Kids on the Block… I think you’ll agree Up and Comers was the best choice
    • Heavy Hitters: On the opposite of the spectrum, the companies that get all the attention
    • On the Cusp: Emerging trends and how Chinese society is adapting to new business and consumption models. Think of it as “On the cusp of something big.”
    • With Chinese characteristics: Explainers and stories that highlight unique Chinese phenomena
    • Turf wars: Perhaps my favorite type of story, this category features stories that pit one big company against another. Alibaba vs Tencent, Tencent vs NetEase, etc etc
    • Views: All our editorial, op-ed, and opinion pieces

In subsequent updates, we’ll be adding in smaller features and improvements, but the big one will be our member’s section. This will allow you to have an actual presence on our site for managing your subscription option both for newsletters and the paid membership program (details to be announced at a later date), making comments on our articles, as well as submitting articles if you’d like to become a contributor.

Of course, there will be some bugs and minor problems. Please do let us know if you encounter any problems or have other feedback on the site.

Welcome to the new TechNode!

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The China that can be understood is not the real China

The China that can be understood is not the real China · TechNode

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Instead of a new workstation, Smartisan should have made a KTV machine

Instead of a new workstation, Smartisan should have made a KTV machine · TechNode

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Google Duplex announcement highlights key differences between US and Chinese markets

Google Duplex announcement highlights key differences between US and Chinese markets · TechNode

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ZTE and corporate cultural fever in China

ZTE and corporate cultural fever in China · TechNode

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