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Rita Liao

Covering China tech for @TechCrunch | Formerly @SOSV @BowdoinCollege | [email protected]

Shenzhen or off the grid

Joined on 27 July, 2017

https://techcrunch.com/author/rita-liao/

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Replying to @petesweeneypro: Stimulating interview with Huang Yasheng, one of my favourite China minds and expert on the fin relationship. He argues…

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Stimulating interview with Huang Yasheng, one of my favourite China minds and expert on the fin relationship. He argues that Wall Street, far from helping China reform its financial system, is propping up and polishing the state-led model. Worth a read:

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Quoted @jshieber

Here are (some) steps founders can take to get reporters to write about their companies (a thread). (Caveat: this thread is not exhaustive and really applies only to me)

PR folks👇

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Just been reminded that Xiami's utopian founders originally named the app EMUMO aka "earn music & money"...

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Quoted @ritacyliao

Rumor has it Xiami虾米 is shuttering. I began using it in 2008 and had to give up in 2017 when it lost a ton of music rights despite having been acquired by Alibaba. I still think it's the best music app ever made in China, from UI, community to discovery

It's official. Alibaba says Xiami's music streaming app is closing today.

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Now, Livox itself is a mystic company supposedly ‘incubated’ by DJI as an ‘independent’ company. But a source told me it’s just a team within DJI billed as a separate entity. The distancing possibly stems from fears of US scrutiny. DJI was recently added to the entity list.

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Thought I was just looking at some regular company partnership but it turned out to encapsulate some of the complexities in the US China tech war.

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Xpeng has been accused by @elonmusk of alleged IP theft. The use of lidar actually signifies its deviation from @Tesla, which advocates the use of cameras and neural networks rather than the “fool’s errand.”

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Replying to @danwwang: My annual letter:


This year I discuss China's institutional strengths as well as its growing repress…

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My annual letter:


This year I discuss China's institutional strengths as well as its growing repressiveness; technology as a means to avoid decadence & complacency; Proust; the party's main theory journal; biking in Beijing; a culinary ranking; and more.

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Replying to @LichtSpektrum: With even more updated, juicy detail.

Giga-Sweatshop Meets Corporate Overlords: an Exclusive Look Into How Tesla China…

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With even more updated, juicy detail.

Giga-Sweatshop Meets Corporate Overlords: an Exclusive Look Into How Tesla China Runs its Shanghai Gigafactory 3

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Quoted @TechCrunch

TikTok parent ByteDance hiring for AI drug discovery team by @ritacyliao

This is not a surprise given ByteDance has been trying to diversify. Baidu, Tencent and Huawei have all dabbled in AI assisted drug discovery and other health-related fields.

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Quoted @TechCrunch

Asia’s casino capital Macau to host a CES alternative in 2021

“I think Hong Kong and Macau are the only ones that could host a very international and neutral event that people would like to join and won’t feel like that’s a very government event.”

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Replying to @danwwang: Pretty amazing that the Central Economic Work Conference, which concluded on Friday, lists science and technology work as the…

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Pretty amazing that the Central Economic Work Conference, which concluded on Friday, lists science and technology work as the top priority for 2021. @ZichenWanghere notes that that sci-tech was never broken out before, much less take first spot.

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Replying to @zackwhittaker: Breaking: Citizen Lab says dozens of Al Jazeera journalists
had their iPhones silently hacked by a "zero-click" exploit…

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Breaking: Citizen Lab says dozens of Al Jazeera journalists
had their iPhones silently hacked by a "zero-click" exploit to deliver Pegasus, a spyware built by NSO Group. Another London-based reporter had her phone hacked with a rare zero-click, zero-day.

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Replying to @WenyiJi: 万能青年旅店要发新专辑了。十年了。

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万能青年旅店要发新专辑了。十年了。

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Quoted @TechCrunch

Alibaba 'dismayed' by its cloud unit's ethnicity detection algorithm by @ritacyliao

Founders and PRs in China tend to brush off sensitive topics by saying 'as a tech company we aren't interested in politics' and so forth. But as they seek international expansion they can't dodge scrutiny anymore.

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This is also the first time China has fined VIEs over anti-competitive practices. An early effort to put regulatory scrutiny over the controversial VIE structure first created to skirt Chinese restrictions on foreign investment in sensitive TMT areas

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The anti-trust regulator is also looking into the Huya-Douyu merger which clearly forms a game streaming monopoly in China

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Quoted @TechCrunch

China fines Alibaba, Tencent's e-book subsidiary over anti-trust violations by @ritacyliao

The 500,000 yuan ($76,000) fine is paltry for these muti billion dollar deals; it's more of a warning to internet firms who have been expanding and striking deals under the nose of Beijing

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How many times do we have to tell PRs that journalists don’t work for their marketing department?

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