Stories by Michael Kan

China was brutal to US tech firms in 2014

Earlier this month, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook each welcomed China's top Internet regulator to their headquarters, for visits marked by smiles and laughter.

Patent battles risk disrupting Xiaomi's international expansion

There's blood in the water and it comes from Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone maker that risks becoming a target for patent holders that want the company to pay up.

Flaw in Alibaba's international e-commerce site put merchants at risk

An Israeli security firm has found a security flaw in Alibaba Group's international marketplace that could have wreaked havoc for the scores of merchants on the site.

China's Xiaomi steps into connected devices market with new air purifier

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking beyond typical consumer electronics and making a play for the home appliances market with a new air purifier that can be controlled via a mobile phone.

China reminds Apple on need to support privacy, security in its products

Apple can have access to China, as long as it protects users' privacy, a top Chinese official told the company's CEO last week.

Facebook welcomes Chinese regulator to US, even as site remains blocked

Facebook is still blocked in China, but its CEO Mark Zuckerberg was happy to welcome a top Chinese Internet regulator to the company's offices, where he again put his Mandarin language skills to use.

Disk storage market grows with inclusion of ODM vendors

Disk storage sales grew more strongly in the third quarter, helped by sales of non-branded storage gear sold directly to datacenters.

Apple, Xiaomi smartphones found violating privacy laws in Taiwan

Smartphones from Apple, Xiaomi and others have been violating Taiwan's privacy laws by collecting user data and sending it back to company servers, according to a government regulator.

Intel to invest $US1.6 billion in China plant to push mobile chip development

To push its mobile chips into the supply streams of more Chinese vendors, Intel is planning to invest up to $US1.6 billion over the next 15 years at a company semiconductor plant in Chengdu.

Cover-up involving underage workers at Samsung supplier alleged by labor group

The vocational school in Chengdu, China, offers courses in car repair, mechanics and electronics manufacturing, among others.

Apple's iPhone 6 may face patent dispute from Chinese vendor with look-alike device

Few have probably heard about Digione, but one of the Chinese company's latest products looks quite similar to the iPhone 6, and could potentially spark a patent dispute with Apple.

China's booming smartphone growth starts to fizzle

China's appetite for smartphones is starting to reach its limit, with growth in the once booming market expected to reach single digit levels next year.

China to open up Internet broadband market with upcoming trials

With China's Internet growth slowing, the country is opening up the broadband provider market to private enterprises as part of government sponsored trial.

Microsoft fingered as company forced to pay $136M in back taxes in China

Microsoft may be have been targeted in a Chinese government crackdown on tax evasion, at a time when the company is already facing an anti-monopoly probe related to Windows and Microsoft Office sales in the country.

China's Xiaomi delays international push into some foreign markets

Fast-rising Chinese handset maker, Xiaomi, is scaling back some of its international expansion plans, and won't be entering Latin American markets as soon as expected.

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