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Tallest Woman Dies At 7’7″ In China

The world’s tallest woman, 39-year old Yao Defen, has died of undisclosed causes in China. Yao suffered from gigantism and had a tumor growing on her pituitary gland, which disrupted her growth pattern from a young age; at 15, she was already 6’7″. She spoke once about her infamous height, saying it caused her grief and unhappiness every day. “I …

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Alibaba Hits Huge $157 Billion Annual Sales Milestone

Alibaba announced today that its sites Tmall and Taobao Marketplace have combined to surpass RMB one trillion in annual sales, which is roughly equal to $157 billion. It’s not as much as Walmart, but for e-commerce, it’s pretty huge. The company hit the milestone on November 30. In a post on Alibaba’s Alizila blog, Jim Erickson writes: Speaking on Dec. …

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iPhone 5, iPad Mini, 4th-Gen iPad Get Release Dates For China

Apple announced Chinese release dates for the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini, and the 4th-generation iPad today. The Wi-Fi versions of the new iPads will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and the iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14. Apple’s latest iPad models are already available in 42 countries, and the iPhone 5 is currently …

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People Are Selling Bootleg DVDs Of TED Talks

Clearly, TED Talks have become really popular. In fact, earlier this month, TED announced that it has surpassed a billion video views, and that likely doesn’t even take into account the talks watched on Netflix or television. In fact, they’ve become so popular that despite being completely free to watch online, they’re being sold as bootleg DVDs in China: Emily …

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YouTube Presents Hosts First Ever Chinese-Speaking Band, Mayday

YouTube Presents, the site’s exclusive concert series, has been around for just under a year and half. In that time, they’ve hosted performances from Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine, Common, The Shins, Justin bieber, and Blondie. Today, YouTube is announcing the next band that will be featured on the series. Mayday, a five-piece alternative rock band from Taiwan will …

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Google Products Blocked In China As Communist Party Selects Leaders

Google saw its services blocked in China on Friday. GreatFire.org, which monitors Chinese Internet censorship, says it’s the first time since it started tracking it back in February of last year, that this has happened. The block reportedly includes google.com, mail.google.com, google-analytics.com, docs.google.com, drive.google.com, maps.google.com, play.google.com at least. Users can reportedly still access other country versions, such as google.co.uk. “The …

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Foxconn Is Bringing Manufacturing Plants To The US [Report]

A big sticking point during the presidential debates this year was the loss of jobs to overseas companies. Both candidates pointed fingers at China, a country that has taken on much of the world’s manufacturing. Now one of China’s most infamous companies, Foxconn, may be bringing some jobs back to the US. A report from Digitimes says that Foxconn is …

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Baidu Acquires Majority Stake In Chinese Video Property iQiyi

In a move that should seal its spot as the Google of China, Baidu announced that it has acquired a stake in online video platform iQiyi from Providence Equity Partners though the property is closer to a Hulu than to a YouTube. iQiyi, formerly known as Qiyi, was the first online video platform in China to focus exclusively on fully …

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White House Probe Reportedly Finds No Evidence Of Spying From Chinese Telecom

Earlier this month, the House Intelligence Committee accused Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE of spying on America. They feared that these two companies were investing in American telecoms only to gain access to critical American infrastructures. Turns out those fears may be unfounded. Speaking to sources familiar with the matter, Reuters has found that a White House probe into …

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Foxconn Confirms it Hired Underage Workers

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturing company famous for building Apple products such as the iPhone 5, today admitted that some of the workers at its facilities were under China’s minimum working age of 16. The company told CNET in an email statement that it had performed an internal investigation and found some workers at its Yantai facility in Shandong Province were …

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Zombie Apocalypse: It’s Still Not Over

Here’s one more insane zombie story to add to the growing pile: a 67-year old man got into an altercation with a 28-year old on a subway in China recently over the last seat on the train, and when the younger man wouldn’t give up the fight, the elder began chewing on his arm. This is at least the second …

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Chinese Company Reportedly Cracked Apple’s Proprietary Lightning Cable

For years, Apple fans could rely on cheap Chinese accessories to take the place of the expensive cables Apple sold for their iOS devices. The 30-pin connector that was in use up until the new iPad has been replicated time and time again. Apple changed all that with the Lightning connector by requiring an authentication chip that would prevent third …

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