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Megacities Are Growing So Fast We Need Satellites To Study Them

It’s difficult to track the growth of cities across multiple countries in a consistent way—especially considering tools like satellite imagery have only been around for a few decades. But this week, the World Bank Group released the results of an unprecedented, decade-long analysis of one of the world’s most interesting boom regions: East Asia. Read [...]

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Handicapping the chances that 2015 is really “the year of Apple Pay”

“I’m actually unbelievably shocked, positively shocked at how many merchants were able to implement Apple Pay in the middle of their holiday season. I think that this is the year of Apple Pay.” ~ Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking during yesterday’s earnings call. Apple’s near-term bullishness toward its Apple Pay business may come as a [...]

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Mercedes moves R-Class production to AM General in Indiana

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Hummer, Mercedes-Benz, China, Manufacturing/Plants, Crossover The R-Class may be produced in the US, but though it’s not available here any more, it hasn’t been killed off entirely. It’s still available in China, but now Mercedes has awarded the manufacturing contract to AM General in South Bend, IN. Continue reading Mercedes moves R-Class [...]

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Apple may have compromised everyone’s security for access to China

Apple is said to have given the Chinese government access to the software used in its iPhones to conduct “security checks” meant to ensure the privacy of China’s citizens. The revelation comes courtesy of a tweet from one of China’s state-run publications and a Beijing News report claiming Apple chief executive Tim Cook authorized the checks. [...]

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According To UPI’s Hacked Twitter Account, We’re Now at War with China

If you’re on Twitter this afternoon and you happen to be following the venerable news service United Press International, or UPI, you probably think the world is coming to an end. Behold. There go your weekend plans. According to various reports that are actually legitimate, UPI’s Twitter feed was hacked. The New York Post‘s Twitter [...]

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Tesla stock takes big tumble after Musk’s Detroit speech

Filed under: Earnings/Financials, Green, 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Tesla, China Tesla founder Elon Musk’s tough talk at the Detroit Auto Show about the company’s prospects damaged its stock price, which suffered a nine-percent drop. Continue reading Tesla stock takes big tumble after Musk’s Detroit speech Tesla stock takes big tumble after Musk’s Detroit speech originally [...]

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GAC WitStar provides your annual dose of Chinese-OEM conceptual weirdness from Detroit [w/video]

Filed under: Green, Weird Car News, 2015 Detroit Auto Show, China, Autoblog Black, Crossover, Concept Cars, Electric, Hybrid Crazy doors, a wooden floor and a fish tank for an arm rest; thanks for the memories, GAC. Continue reading GAC WitStar provides your annual dose of Chinese-OEM conceptual weirdness from Detroit [w/video] GAC WitStar provides your [...]

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Shanghai Motor Show may ban sexy female spokesmodels

Filed under: Etc., Government/Legal, Beijing Motor Show, Shanghai Motor Show, China This year’s Shanghai Motor Show has not ruled out banning promotional models that normally accompany cars on show stands, after models’ racy attire at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show was chastised for having “a negative social impact.” Continue reading Shanghai Motor Show may ban [...]

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Uber’s current legal battles could lock it out of nearly half the world’s GDP

If you look at a map of the regions in which Uber is fighting operating bans, one thing becomes clear: Uber’s entire business and certainly the veracity of its valuation are at stake. It’s not hyperbole to say that Uber is in battles in nearly all of its most important global markets. Whether you rank countries by [...]

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Spira4u foam car enters pilot production

Filed under: Green, China, Autoblog Black, Motorcycle, Bikes, Electric, Specialty Four years ago we posted on the three-wheeled foam car that made it to the round-of-four in X-Prize competition. Its inventor, Lon Ballard, created the vehicle for the sole purpose of lowering the number of road fatalities and has spent the intervening years refining the [...]

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Volvo Trucks buys half of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles

Filed under: Earnings/Financials, Volvo, China, Truck Volvo Cars may have been acquired by a Chinese automaker, but over at its former parent company, the tide of ownership has gone in the opposite direction as the Volvo Group has acquired 45 percent of Dongfeng’s truck operations. Continue reading Volvo Trucks buys half of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles [...]

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Automakers paying Chinese dealers for lower-than-expected sales

Filed under: Earnings/Financials, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Toyota, Car Dealers, China, Luxury Reuters reports that BMW has agreed to pay its Chinese dealers 5.1 billion yuan ($820 million) to help them overcome huge inventories and poor profits last year. Audi and Daimler have are also subsidizing Chinese dealers with hundreds of millions of dollars as the [...]

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First photo of the fully operative Chinese rivals to the US Navy F-18

The Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark—the first Chinese carrier-based fighter that is designed to match and even surpass the American F/A-18E/F Super Hornet—is no longer a test prototype. This photo shows fully operative serial units on the deck of the Liaoning, People’s Liberation Army Navy’s aircraft carrier. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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