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Qualcomm settles Chinese antitrust suit, fined $975 million

Qualcomm settles Chinese antitrust suit, fined $975 million

Another tech giant has bowed down to Chinese might. After 14 months of investigations and negotiations, US-based chip maker Qualcomm has agreed to settle the antitrust dispute brought upon it by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Among the concessions and changes it will be making to its licensing fees, Qualcomm is not contesting the fine being imposed upon it to the tune of $975 million. It is the largest fine paid by any company in China to date.

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Tesla in China will install free charging stations for owners

Tesla in China will install free charging stations for owners

Tesla will soon be installing free charging stations in its Chinese customers' homes, the auto maker's China president Zhu Xiaotong has revealed. This comes after Elon Musk revealed that the company's sales in China dipped during the fourth quarter of last year, failing to meet the company's anticipated sales numbers. The reasons for this are being cited as possible concerns about how far one can travel in a Tesla car, and inadequate information among local buyers about the reality of charging cars rather than pumping gas into them.

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China now has over 500 million mobile Internet users

China now has over 500 million mobile Internet users

According to Chinese authorities, China now has 557 million unique mobile Internet users. That’s an 11.4% increase over the previous measurement a year or so before. This is an important metric to keep in mind as the smartphone and tablet market booms in China, but equally important for commerce. The same report also notes that China had roughly 649 million Internet users total, and that online-to-offline businesses (those where you buy in-app but receive physical goods or services) is growing in a big way.

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Moto X hits China, has 1 million pre-orders in first week

Moto X hits China, has 1 million pre-orders in first week

When Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google, the collective mind share assumed Lenovo wanted inroads into the North American smartphone market to spread their own devices to carriers. That might be true, but the opposite end of the spectrum is having the more immediate impact. In China, where the mobile handset market is bursting at the seams, Apple and Xiaomi are quickly asserting themselves. No to be left out, Lenovo-owned Motorola announced their flagship Moto X would become available for pre-order on January 27. They’ve already got one million potential customers.

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Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Seems like it's an investment run this week. After the rumored Microsoft investment in Cyanogen, Inc., another startup is getting an infusion of cash from a giant. This time, that startup is former crowdfunding darling OUYA and the giant is Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Word on the street is that Alibaba is investing around $10 million in OUYA with the goal of putting OUYA's catalog of Android games inside Alibaba's set-top boxes for the Chinese market.

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Jurrasic World for real: new “dragon” dinosaur turns up in China

Jurrasic World for real: new “dragon” dinosaur turns up in China

At 15-meters long, Qijianglong (pronounced “CHI-jyang-lon") was not a small dinosaur. Half of its length was made up of neck, while a tiny head sat on one end and a four-legged hulk of a body sat at the other. The digging site at which this animal was found was first discovered in 2006, and only now have paleontologists gotten to a point where they're comfortable confirming the new species, long neck and head included. This creature is from the mamenchisaurids family and the sauropodomorpha (sauropod) suborder - long necked, plant-eating dinosaurs found all around the world.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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Apple crushes it in China

Apple crushes it in China

Perhaps you expected that Apple's last seven quarters in China were going to be an indicator of a less-than-stellar holiday quarter reported this week? Analysts like Ben Bajarin suggested earlier this month that Apple's China iPhone sales would be monstrous, and could very well overtake sales in the USA - as it turns out, this wasn't very far off the mark. With $16,144,000,000 in profit in Greater China this quarter alone, year-over-year change was a whopping 157%, and Apple boosted sales in China quarter-to-quarter by 70%.

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Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

This week the folks at Cablevision released a WiFi calling service called Freewheel without the iPhone and without the Samsung Galaxy S5. What does this say to the two biggest names in smartphone manufacturing inside the United States? What does it say to those consumers that seek out Samsung or Apple because they've seen their friends using said brands on phones? It says - clearly - that you don't need a top-end phone to go about your normal, everyday smartphone business. And you don't need a Galaxy phone or an iPhone to launch a nation's-first service like all-WiFi calling.

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iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

When it became clear that Apple was going to be able to enter China to grow their worldwide smartphone sales market, it was expected that this would be a major expansion. What we're hearing today is that Apple's sales of iPhones in China this quarter very likely surpassed those here in the United States. Estimates come from UBS and Creative Strategies, both analyst groups suggest that Apple's next quarterly earnings run-down will be a bit of a shocker.

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