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AI giant SenseTime leads $199M investment in Chinese video tech startup

SenseTime may be best known as the world’s highest-valued AI company — having raised $620 million at a valuation of over $4.5 billion — but it is also an investor, too. The Chinese f

The well-funded startups driven to own the autonomous vehicle stack

At some point in the future, while riding along in a car, a kid may ask their parent about a distant time in the past when people used steering wheels and pedals to control an automobile. Of course, t

Walmart brings its partnership with JD.com into the food business

Walmart is bringing its partnership with JD.com into its grocery business. The Chinese physical store will stock products that customers can also buy through its Walmart virtual storefront on the Chin

Notes from Shenzhen — the next Greater Bay Area

I just walked into Shenzhen, and boy, is my mind boggled. Let me just get all my knee-jerk chorus-line reactions out of the way, before we get to the weird stuff: yes, this place is amazing. Yes, the

Google moves into Shenzhen in latest China expansion

A month after announcing plans to open its first AI lab in China, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen. The U.S. tech giant has opened an office in the Chinese city, which borders Ho

Despite challenges, startups see a bright future for tech companies in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s premier financial hubs, but can it be a destination for tech startups? That was the question put to a panel of experts at the TechCrunch China event in Shenzhen t

Will Amazon become a force in fintech?

Amazon is the tech giant most likely to become a dominant player in fintech, predicted James Lloyd, Ernst & Young’s fintech lead, when speaking on stage at TechCrunch and TechNode’s event in S

Join Didi and bike-sharing pioneers Ofo and Mobike at our Shenzhen event this month

TechCrunch is excited to announce that representatives from China’s top on-demand startups will be speaking at our inaugural event in Shenzhen. Didi Chuxing, the company that beat Uber out of C

Crunch Report | Mario Run Breaks App Store Record

Mario Run Breaks App Store record with 40 million downloads, OurMine hacks Marvel and Netflix Twitter accounts, Snap opens R&D office in China, SARA is Facebook's new innovation advantage and Uber

A quick look at the state of hardware technologies in China and beyond

Recent developments in the hardware world show just how far China's star has risen and how dominant the country has become in the world of technology hardware manufacturing, development, and innovatio

Meet the 8th class of hardware startups from HAX

An accelerator called HAX held its 8th Demo Day for hardware startups in San Francisco yesterday. Best known for bringing companies in its portfolio to Shenzhen, China for about 15 weeks to get to kno

Firefighting drone serves as a reminder to be careful with crowdfunding campaigns

And then there's this: an Indiegogo campaign for the world's first firefighting drone. As a lover of both drones and crowdfunding campaigns, I nearly wet myself with excitement. But alas. The campaign

Eight Lessons From The Hoverboard Craze

Are those the hoverboards we are looking for?

Market Volatility And New Laws Shape US-Sino Tech Investing

As China learns and the rest of the world is reminded that having established a stock market, Beijing cannot control it simply by diktat and investors and buyers who deal with China are feeling less s

Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies

As the Greater China Investment Partner for 500 Startups, I have been finding myself fielding an increasing number of questions about the manufacturing process in China, especially as we see more inve

We Have Entered The Golden Age Of Hardware Hacking

Hardware is the new hotness. This has been true for some years now: but today, the acorns planted by Arduino, TechShop, Kickstarter, lean prototyping, etc., are finally beginning to sprout into oaks.

Reminder: Let’s Meet In Hong Kong And Shenzhen (Updated)

Just a reminder that we’ll be meeting up in Hong Kong and Shenzhen tomorrow and Friday. The time for the Hong Kong meetup has been changed to 9 to 11pm because of prior commitments. It’s b

Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei Sellers Are Struggling As Phones Get Cheaper

This is the ground floor of one of the electronics malls in Shenzhen’s famed Huaqiangbei district. Huaqiangbei is a stretch of large malls and shops in the Southern Chinese province, and due to

Behind The Scenes: How Apple Keeps Grey Marketeers From Buying Out iPhone Stock In Shenzhen

Getting an iPhone in China has always been hard. For most of its life-cycle, the phone has been unavailable in the Mainland except through the grey market. Now that Apple is allowed to sell units in <

CrunchGear in China: The Ex-Pats

I’m sitting on a darkened patio of a club called Viva in the Futian district of Shenzhen. It’s not too late – about 1am – and the place is busy but not full. It’s mostly
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