Stories by Michael Kan

Google Play taps Chinese developers for paid apps, despite block

Even though China has blocked access to Google Play in the country, the app platform is still hoping to bring aboard more Chinese-made apps, and help them make money from international customers.

Qualcomm to tap server market with the help of China

Qualcomm wants to enter the server market, but it won't do it alone, and will tap expertise in China to build the low-power chips.

Apple to Xiaomi: Easier said than done to become top smartphone vendor

A day after China's Xiaomi said it wanted to become the world's number one smartphone vendor, an Apple executive weighed in and told the Chinese company to hold its horses.

China's Xiaomi makes $300 million investment in Baidu's online video site

Although better known for its smartphones, China's Xiaomi is spending big to prop up its fledgling smart TV business, with a new investment in an online video company belonging to Chinese search engine Baidu.

Blocked messaging app Line looks for comeback in China

Months after its messaging app was blocked in China, the company behind Line is "optimistic" it can bring the service back to the country in the near future, in spite of the government's growing censorship of the Internet.

China disrupts some websites linked to US content delivery network

It's no surprise when China censors a site with anti-government content, but starting last week the country has potentially cut access to scores of non-political sites with a block on U.S. content delivery network EdgeCast Networks.

Apple app store taps large Chinese banking card provider UnionPay

Millions of Chinese will now be able to buy from Apple's App Store through the country's major domestic banking card provider, in a deal that could help the company squeeze even more revenue from one of its biggest markets.

Suspected WireLurker malware creators arrested in China

Beijing police have arrested three people suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware that may have infected as many as hundreds of thousands of Apple users.

Warner Music strikes deal in China to stem piracy, spur sales

China's rampant piracy has made the country an unfriendly market for digital music, but the U.S,'s Warner Music Group hopes to change now that it has cut a distribution deal with one of the country's biggest Internet firms.

Alibaba rakes in $US9.3bn as Chinese splurge online during Singles' Day

In a monumental e-commerce splurge, Chinese consumers bought a whopping $US9.3 billion in goods on Alibaba Group's sites on Tuesday, as part of a major online shopping festival that took the country's Internet market by storm.

Xiaomi rises fast in China's tablet market, but Apple still top dog

Fast-rising smartphone maker Xiaomi has quickly become one of China's biggest tablet makers as well, but Apple is still holding steady as the country's top vendor, according to new data.

China's e-commerce binge tests logistics, rakes in sales

What happens when the world's most populous country goes on an online shopping binge?

China works to rein in online comment threads

Porn, rumors, and anti-government content are all being targeted in China's latest push to filter online public expression.

With China saturated, Lenovo focuses on foreign markets for smartphone growth

China may be the biggest smartphone market in the world, but according to Lenovo, the boom days are over.

Qualcomm faces probes in US, Europe on top of China investigation

Chipmaker Qualcomm is facing regulatory investigations in the U.S. and Europe in addition to an ongoing anti-monopoly probe in China.