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Blockades and IPOs: China’s Great Firewall gives its companies an advantage over Western counterparts

China is making it even harder for Western companies to bring their services into the country. The New York Times reports that the Chinese government has “draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks” to “tighten internal security,” and in doing so it’s made it even harder for companies like Google to offer [...]

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Alibaba: A tasty dish (just don’t ask how it’s made)

“When you trust, everything is simple. When you don’t trust, things get complicated.” Jack Ma Alibaba is here. Much like a pregnancy, the IPO involved years of planning, months of gestating, and, finally, weeks of mounting hype. The NYSE midwifed the offering with the utmost care to avoid another Facebook, and the result was a [...]

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Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Rolls-Royce, Design/Style, Luxury The term “luxury” gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the [...]

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Shenzhen’s Towering City Within a City Will Battle a Tide of Smog

A few years ago, you’d probably never heard of Shenzhen. Now the tiny Chinese fishing village has grown into a certified megalopolis, with 10 million residents, a thriving tech industry, and a gorgeous world-class airport . To cement its rising status in the world economy, Shenzhen has announced its most ambitious project yet: A green [...]

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Thiel: Alibaba is “fundamentally a political investment” that I wouldn’t make

With Alibaba set to have the biggest IPO in history, investors around the world are looking to handicap the mysterious and largely misunderstood Chinese Internet company. Speaking to CNN Money’s Erin Burnett yesterday, PayPal co-founder, early Facebook, LinkedIn, Palantir, and Yammer investor, and former PandoMonthly guest Peter Thiel expressed some not so enthusiastic views on the company. [...]

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Geely to provide engines to Formula 4

Filed under: Motorsports, China, MISC, Racing Formula One may get the lion’s share of attention, but it’s far from the only formula racing series. The FIA Formula E Championship just kicked off in China this past weekend, for example – and while FIA President Jean Todt was in town, he also announced the latest engine [...]

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Nissan-Dongfeng’s Leaf-based Venucia e30 EV goes on sale in China

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Nissan, China Nissan‘s proverbial other shoe has dropped on the other side of the world. The Japanese automaker, along with Chinese company Dongfeng, has started selling the Venucia e30 battery-electric vehicle in the world’s most populous country. How the sister vehicle to the Nissan Leaf will fare remains to be seen, but [...]

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Formula E has first big crash in dramatic final-corner battle for victory

Filed under: Motorsports, China, Videos, Racing The electric racing series Formula E has just made its world debut on the streets of Beijing, and some motorsports have gone whole seasons between crashes as dramatic as the last-lap scrap between Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost in China. The incident happened in the last gasps of the [...]

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Chinese university patents crazy single-track rescue motorcycle

Filed under: China, Technology, Police/Emergency, Motorcycle, Design/Style, Off-Road Students at China’s Chang’an University have applied for a patent on the bizarre creation seen above, according to Visor Down. It’s clearly based on a motorcycle, and this oddity appears to be an attempt at a conversion to remove the wheels and replace them with a single, [...]

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Geely reveals new GC9 flagship sedan

Filed under: Sedan, China, Misc. Auto Shows, MISC Geely makes the bulk of its news these days resulting from its acquisition of Volvo, but the Chinese automaker has its own product line in addition to its adopted Scandinavian, and this is its new flagship. Called the GC9, Geely’s new top-of-the-line sedan draws on the KC [...]

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Honda reveals XR-V crossover in Chengdu

Filed under: Crossover, Hatchback, Honda, Misc. Auto Shows, Design/Style Global automakers have been moving largely towards global products, but that doesn’t mean it can’t tweak them for local tastes. Take Honda, for example, and its new compact crossover. Unveiled late last year as the Vezel, the crossover is expected to arrive in Europe and North [...]

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Huobi’s new fixed-interest bitcoin investment product should have the hairs on your neck standing at attention

Beijing based bitcoin exchange Huobi has introduced what amounts to the first virtual currency certificate of deposit (aka, CD) in a fixed income investment product that it’s calling the Dig-VC. The company describes the financial product as “The World’s First Hashing Power Mortgage.” Under the terms of the 60-day investment program, which is offered through [...]

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