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China’s tech giants are having FOMO on NFTs

In mid-April, a group of industry associations in China issued a warning against the potential financial risks of non-fungible tokens, digital assets that represent real-world objects or intangible go

Alibaba-backed Deeproute further slashes L4 driving costs to $3,000

Only four months after Deeproute.ai announced it planned to sell its self-driving solution at an attractive $10,000, the Shenzhen and Fremont-based startup said it has further slashed the cost by appr

Ant Group buys Singapore’s 2C2P to further global payments ambitions

Quietly, Alibaba’s fintech affiliate Ant Group has been building a global cross-border payments network by partnering with or investing in third-party e-wallets, banks, remittance services and o

Wrapped in red tape, China’s startups give up their mainland dreams

Like many ambitious Chinese who graduated college abroad during the 2010s and aspired to be the next Jack Ma or Pony Ma, Lucas returned to his motherland to build his own internet startup. Two years i

How social commerce is bridging Southeast Asia’s infrastructure gaps

Today social networks are more powerful than ever, and startups and corporations are innovating new commerce models that leverage the greater reach available to us.

Stenn banks $50M on a $900M valuation for a platform to finance SMBs that trade internationally

Globalization has been one of the biggest trends in e-commerce in the last decade: internet rails facilitate a much wider marketplace of would-be consumers and a selection of items for them to buy; an

Study of Apple’s ATT impact highlights competition concerns

An interesting new study of 1,759 iOS apps before and after Apple implemented a major privacy feature last year which required developers to ask permission to track app users — aka App Tracking

Sequoia-backed SwooshTransfer raises millions of dollars to automate cross-border payments

China’s export-oriented e-commerce has been flourishing over the last few years as the world demands its electronics, fast fashion, sporting gear and other everyday goods. While the country&#821

China’s Zhiyi Tech raises $100M to help fashion brands predict bestsellers

In China, livestreaming promotion is emerging as a popular way for brands and influencers to reach consumers, challenging the traditional e-commerce model where users browse static pictures, read revi

AR glasses maker Nreal nabs $200M funding in 12 months

China’s augmented reality startup Nreal is on a roll. The company, which hopes to bring AR to the masses by making bright-color, lightweight smart glasses, has just received $60 million in a Se

How Europe has expanded its bid to disrupt Big Tech

The European Union’s co-legislators reached political agreement on a major reform of digital competition rules late yesterday, which will introduce up-front obligations and restrictions (literal

China’s microblogging giant Weibo faces delisting risks in US

U.S. regulators have hastened their pace to enforce a law that could delist Chinese companies of which accounting papers can’t be inspected. The addition of Weibo, the Twitter equivalent of Chin

China’s EV chassis maker PIX raises $11M to build its own smart vehicles

The autonomous driving industry in China has enjoyed a boom over the past two years, with both institutional and corporate investors pouring money into a driverless future. Companies thriving in the d

New data underscores a slowing e-commerce market

New data from Pinduoduo and results from Alibaba and others from Q4 2021 hint that the pull-forward model of recent e-commerce growth is the most likely. For startups, it's somewhat mixed news.

Profishop banks $35M from Tiger Global for its ‘just in time’ B2B supply storefront

B2B marketplaces have been in many ways slower to modernize than their consumer counterparts when it comes to e-commerce. Today, a startup that has been a trailblazer in that space is announcing some

Has China’s signaled regulatory reprieve come too late?

That China is potentially retreating from the posture it struck last year is incredibly important not only for companies directly impacted by the news, but also startups looking to build there.

China’s tech firms in limbo amid COVID resurgence, US scrutiny

2022 is not looking any easier to many Chinese tech companies. The slew of new cyberspace regulations introduced over the past year or so, from anti-competition rules to restrictions on the use of alg

This Week in Apps: Apps blocking Russia, Walmart adds virtual try-on, Netflix’s trivia game

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Knative becomes a CNCF project

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is home to many of the most important modern open source projects, including Kubernetes. Today, the CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee announced th

New regulation in China to hit food delivery giants’ profit model

Between 2016 and 2020, the number of people who ordered food online in China doubled to 400 million. The boom was in part thanks to the generous subsidies shelled out by the country’s food deliv
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