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China Mobile iPhone orders start officially this week

China Mobile iPhone orders start officially this week

One of the bigger keys in Apple's move into China for iPhone retail sales in China Mobile has signed their final deal: they'll begin orders this week. There's little doubt now that Apple will be making big plays for the international market with their iPhone devices, especially now that China sales are ramping up. China Mobile's first offering of the iPhone will begin with the newest device, the iPhone 5s.

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Baidu, China Telecom remove Bitcoin following Chinese bank prohibition

Baidu, China Telecom remove Bitcoin following Chinese bank prohibition

The so-called "Google of China", Baidu, has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment on any of its online properties -- as has China Telecom. This near-synchronous cessation of payment transactions for the two companies in the digital currency, many believe, exacerbated the recent sudden downturn of Bitcoin's long and unprecedented rise in value. The USD Bitcoin value currently stands at $679.43 according to CoinDesk, down from $1,147 just before the People's Bank of China all but outlawed the payment option for banks.

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Oppo Find 7 tipped as first to Snapdragon 805, 2560 x 1440 display

Oppo Find 7 tipped as first to Snapdragon 805, 2560 x 1440 display

There's nothing like a next-generation smartphone rumor to start your day off right, especially when it comes from the folks at Oppo. The brand Oppo has presented several surprisingly interesting devices in the recent past, notably the Oppo Find 5 and the Cyanogenmod-laden Oppo N1. This week we're to understand that the Oppo Find 7 is under construction, with some wholly next-level specifications.

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Bitcoin banned in China banks

Bitcoin banned in China banks

Bitcoin has suffered a blow in China this week as the country's central banking authority has banned all China-based banks and payment systems from using any form of the virtual currency. This does not mean that everyday users of Bitcoin are banned from taking part in Bitcoin transactions, only that banks are barred from top to bottom.

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Apple and China Mobile pen iPhone deal after months of rumors, says sources

Apple and China Mobile pen iPhone deal after months of rumors, says sources

Rumors and speculation regarding an Apple and China Mobile partnership have been around for a long time, and such would represent a huge move on Apple's part. Back in September, sources spoke to the Wall Street Journal claiming that Apple would be sending iPhone 5c models to China Mobile, though they couldn't confirm whether an actual deal had taken place. Now a new source has cropped up, this time telling the WSJ that a deal has, indeed, been signed.

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Huawei CEO to French media: “We have decided to exit the US market”

Huawei CEO to French media: “We have decided to exit the US market”

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has some words for the US government and US tech companies. In light of a push in recent years by some officials and tech execs to shun Huawei and ZTE based on their alleged collusion with the Chinese government to spy on the US, Zhengfei said Huawei is "exiting the US market." However, the statement should be seen as a stern statement of things to come rather than an immediate game plan if international suspicions don't cool off.

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Foxconn seeks to move high-end device production from China to US

Foxconn seeks to move high-end device production from China to US

Foxconn -- accused exploiter of student laborers, rumored catalyst for alleged PlayStation 4 sabotage, installer of suicide nets for bullied workers at its exploding plants, and outgoing manufacturer of iPhones and other electronics -- wants to open a Foxconn-branded plant for high-end electronics like smartphones and tablets in Arizona, USA. Foxconn chairman and president Terry Gou recently met with Arizona governor Janice Brewer, Unwired View reports, to discuss setting up shop in her state. The news first appeared in the Chinese press. [UPDATE: The company is also investing in a Pennsylvania plant to the tune of $30 million.]

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Qualcomm, Cisco execs cite spy suspicion for shaken China tech trade

Qualcomm, Cisco execs cite spy suspicion for shaken China tech trade

We've been covering the NSA and other spy agencies pretty faithfully here at SlashGear, and while all that cloak-and-dagger, hack-and-spy, Big-Brother-Is-Watching-You drama can be provocative, that's not why we cover it. We cover it because it affects the tech industry and, by extension, the gadgets we obsess over. The reverberations of mass data surveillance by governments do eventually make their way down to consumer tech. Today we're seeing one way spying has chilled the industry that underpins our toys. Take the recent decline in US tech sales in China and yesterday's statements by executives from Qualcomm and Cisco, for example.

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