6 Must-Read Tech Stories in China This Week

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iPhone? iPhone iPhone; iPhone iPhone iPhone. iPhone! But iPhone? Yes, iPhone. Here are your top stories for China this week. 1. iPhone, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone!

Yes, this week the iPhone 5 was announced, and we talked quite a bit about what that means for China, and then I whined about about how we talked about it too much. All in all, a productive week for Apple coverage. 2. Google lays the smackdown on China’s Aliyun OS

On the same day as Apple's new device, the Acer A800 was due to launch, but the whole thing has been postponed, possibly cancelled forever. Google’s central argument is that Acer is a part of Google’s OHA of Android partners, and so shouldn’t be making devices for Alibaba’s Aliyun OS. Here’s a timeline of events:

3. Alifest, Alifest!

Speaking of Alibaba, we hit up Alifest and listed to its founder Jack Ma talk about the company and dispense advice to entrepreneurs. This week we also heard about Taobao's international expansion, and Alipay's speed on mobile devices. 4. No 4G Soon For China

We heard a grim pronouncement from MIIT this week: China isn't getting 4G anytime soon. As if that weren't grim enough, we also heard from China Mobile that there's little chance the company will be offering the iPhone 5 officially. 5. WeChat Hits 200 Million Users

What the whaaaaaat? We knew WeChat was a beast, but that's just crazy. In honor of this accomplishment, we also took a look at WeChat's keys to success. 6. 360Buy to Expand into Games

Speaking of news that is crazy, we learned that e-commerce giant 360Buy plans to expand into gaming to increase profitability. I wonder if they've asked the guys at Sina Weibo how that worked out for them...

That’s all for this week, folks! For our full spread of China coverage, you can click here or subscribe to our China RSS.

  • Man drives three-wheeled Mustang along a Texas highway 1 hour 2 minutes ago
    Man drives three-wheeled Mustang along a Texas highway

    Some things in life are hard to explain, like why a dentist insists on asking you questions when you clearly can't respond. Or why we call pants "a pair" even though it's just one. Or how about this puzzler: Why a person would drive their Mustang along a Texas highway despite it missing a wheel? Life is full of little mysteries, I guess.

  • How a mom stole a car in under 60 seconds 19 hours ago
    How a mom stole a car in under 60 seconds

    “I didn't steal your car but I think my mom may have. It's a long story. I'll explain, but your car is safe and sound," read the flier posted in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It’s a strange tale that began when Cheyrl Thorpe was asked by her daughter Nekisia Davis to dog sit her Pomeranian at her apartment, according to New York Magazine.

  • All-new 2015 Subaru Outback reestablishes higher ground 21 hours ago
    All-new 2015 Subaru Outback reestablishes higher ground

    Much of Subaru’s modern day success in America can be attributed to one car: the Outback. Born in 1994 as a response to the growing popularity of SUVs, the Outback established a winning formula of combining a high-riding suspension, butch body cladding and big round fog lights to its comfortable, no-nonsense Legacy wagon. It is the kind of unique product that only a quirky company like Subaru could build, and was one that kept Subaru from slipping into ubiquity even as traditional SUVs and crossovers have taken over the world.

  • Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers
    Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers

    Singaporeans on social media reacted angrily to news that tissue sellers at hawker centres and street corners are being required to pay for an annual licence.

  • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry
    Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media.

  • ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says
    ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The “huge” statues at a Hindu temple in Batu Caves and Buddhist temple in Penang are an affront to Islam as the religion forbids idolatry, a retired Court of Appeals judge...