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Baidu Taps $12 Billion to Challenge Alibaba in Consumer Services

bloomberg.com — Robin Li wants to tap Baidu Inc.'s $12 billion in cash and equivalents to reshape China's largest search engine company. For the past decade, Baidu has been China's No. 1 choice for search results and online maps. Now the company's billionaire founder is determined to make it the first place consumers go to for movie tickets, home delivery and car services.

Baidu Earnings Miss Analysts’ Estimates, Sending Shares Down

bloomberg.com — Baidu Inc. posted second-quarter earnings that missed analysts' estimates, sending shares of China's largest Internet search provider down in late U.S. trading. Earnings were $1.81 per ADS excluding some items, Baidu said in a statement, compared with the $1.88 average of analysts' predictions compiled by Bloomberg.

Baidu Returns to Profit Growth Amid Search Engine’s Mobile Push

bloomberg.com — Baidu Inc. returned to profit growth as an expansion in mobile services spurred record revenue at China's largest Internet search provider. Second-quarter net income climbed 3.3 percent to 3.66 billion yuan ($590 million), compared with the 3.9 billion yuan average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales climbed 38 percent, matching expectations.

China: Smartphone Makers Squirm as Sales Stall

bloomberg.com — Quarter after quarter, Xiaomi could do no wrong. Less than five years after its founding, the Beijing-based company became the No. 4 smartphone maker on earth, its well-built and relatively cheap devices trailing only Samsung Electronics, Apple, and Lenovo in global shipments.

Foxconn Starts Manufacturing Smartphones in India Amid Modi Push

bloomberg.com — Foxconn Technology Group started making its first smartphones in India as part of the Taiwanese company's plan to expand in the South Asian nation. Production has started in Andhra Pradesh state in the nation's south east, Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo said, declining to comment further. Models for clients Xiaomi Corp.
Jul 14, 2015

ICYMI; Make in India has arrived! Foxconn Starts Manufacturing Smartphones in India Amid Modi Push bloom.bg/1HZEOTw via @business

Tsinghua Pursuit of Micron Shows China’s Determination in Chips

bloomberg.com — Zhao Weiguo is becoming the poster child for China's determination to become a semiconductor powerhouse. Zhao, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd, has prepared a $23 billion bid for Micron Technology Inc., according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Any deal for the U.S.
Jul 14, 2015

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em: Tsinghua Pursuit of Micron Shows China’s Determination in Chips bloom.bg/1HZI8y2 via @tculpan

Start Your Own Smartphone Company for $1,000

bloomberg.com — Walk through a metal gate, sidestep a pile of boxes, take an elevator to a floor of serviced offices and enter the latest battleground for Samsung Electronics Co. In a small suite in Shenzhen, southeastern China, Cathy Chang is helping clients from around the world create their own smartphone brand.
Jul 13, 2015

Barriers to entry are plummeting. Anyone can challenge @Samsung in the #smartphone business for $1,000 bloom.bg/1eXA2Zo via @business

Jul 13, 2015

Start Your Own Smartphone Company for $1,000, No Experience Needed @McClatchyMobile bloom.bg/1eXA2Zo

Jul 13, 2015

RT @Robert_Fenner: Nice work from @tculpan and @jwgale. Smartphone company a la carte. Start Your Own Smartphone Company for $1,000 bloom.bg/1eXA2Zo

Jul 14, 2015

Want your own smartphone brand? It's this easy, starting from just $1,000! (Just don't tell Samsung) bloom.bg/1eXA2Zo via @business

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Faulty Credit Card-Sized Connector Led to Crash of 20-Ton Plane

bloomberg.com — A faulty connector about the size of a credit card helped trigger a series of mechanical and human failures that led to the crash of a 20-ton aircraft in February, killing 43 people, investigators in Taiwan found. Microscopic tests of a soldered connector joint on the TransAsia Airways Corp.
Jul 02, 2015

One small connector. One big tragedy. A Faulty Credit Card-Sized Connector And the Crash of a 20-Ton Plane bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @tculpan: One small connector. One big tragedy. A Faulty Credit Card-Sized Connector And the Crash of a 20-Ton Plane bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @tculpan: One small connector. One big tragedy. A Faulty Credit Card-Sized Connector And the Crash of a 20-Ton Plane bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Xiaomi Comes to Americas With Brazilian-Made Smartphone at $160

bloomberg.com — Xiaomi Corp. will start selling smartphones in Brazil this month, its first market for the low-priced devices outside Asia. The Redmi 2 will sell for 499 reais ($160) online as the company's first phone made outside China, Hugo Barra, vice president of Xiaomi Global, said in a phone interview from Sao Paulo.

Apple’s new iPhone to get new pressure-sensitive feature

vancouversun.com — Apple Inc.'s suppliers have started initial production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen, people with knowledge of the matter said. Its newest iPhones, in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, will have a similar exterior design, the people said.
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Jul 30, 2015

JUST IN: Baidu to spend up to $1 bln to buy back shares. (Its market cap has dropped $12 bln this week)

Jul 29, 2015

JUST IN: .@htc is investing $10m into WEVR Inc

Jul 27, 2015

RT @PCH_Intl: Going to #RISEConf this week? Catch @tculpan's fireside chat with @liamcasey on 20 years of business in China riseconf.com/schedule

Jul 23, 2015

@shenmaxiu @fryan @DaniellesCave That is freaky. To be clear, I wasn't the first to discover it. Was pointed out to me, & many had noticed

Jul 23, 2015

Smartphone Politics: In Taiwan type "不加入" (don't join) on iPhone, and it suggests "國民黨" (the KMT). pic.twitter.com/L58SjGb2rp

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