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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

techcrunch.com — Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face.
Oct 23, 2014

Kudos to Zuck for his "toddler" Chinese -- learning Asian languages while juggling work & living in West ain't easy tcrn.ch/1rleTZ1

Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

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Tencent Leads $350M Investment In China’s Koudai Gouwu, A Mobile-Focused Rival To Alibaba

techcrunch.com — Alibaba's record-breaking US IPO may give the impression that the company has the e-commerce market in China sewn up, but there are plenty of fast-growing competitors with an eye on disrupting the top dog. Koudai Gouwu (known as Pocket Shopping in English) is one such company, and it just announced a significant $350 million Series C funding round, as Technode first spotted.
Oct 23, 2014

Tencent just backed another startup that rivals Alibaba — here’s why Koudai Gouwu’s $350M funding round is important tcrn.ch/1pDWrKv

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review - Much More Than Just Civilization In Space

techcrunch.com — The Civilization series has repeatedly roped me in for disappearances that span hours and even days, and the newest instalment, Civilization: Beyond Earth continues that storied tradition. The civilization building and management simulation keeps a lot of what has worked about the series, and adds substantial new gameplay elements - this is no warmed-over expansion with some sci-fi facepaint, nor is it even just a sequel to the excellent Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.
Oct 23, 2014

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Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

techcrunch.com — Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further.
Oct 23, 2014

Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires 2 AI Teams In The UK, Partners W/ Oxford tcrn.ch/1uJp8Y2 @sohear totally saw this one coming btw

Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

techcrunch.com — Telegram, the security-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android apps today has introduced the option to register a username, although all users must still bind their account to a phone number.
Oct 23, 2014

Telegram now supports usernames -- if you're one of the 35M monthly users then that's a nice new addition tcrn.ch/ZIMpkj

Carmel Ventures Raises $194M From Investors Including Baidu

techcrunch.com — Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures has closed its latest investment fund worth $194 million. Called Carmel Ventures IV, the fund's investors include several major Chinese companies, including Baidu (the maker of China's biggest search engine), mobile services provider Qihoo, and financial conglomerate Ping-An. Other investors include Horsley Bridge Partners.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Carmel Ventures Raises $194M From Investors Including Baidu tcrn.ch/ZNCTN1 by @catherineshu

Oct 22, 2014

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Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Fara Warner is editorial director of Aol Tech and This Built America. In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Google and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women's eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella's karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech.