Data Sheet—How Chinese Competitors Slipped Past Starbucks and Amazon

The China operations of two iconic Seattle companies have been in the headlines lately. Amazon announced last week that it will close its floundering domestic e-commerce business in China, ending a fifteen-year struggle for market share. And on Monday, Luckin Coffee, the scrappy Beijing-based startup that is on the verge of overtaking Starbucks as China’s […]

Eye on A.I.— Why You Should Be Concerned About China’s Gains in Artificial Intelligence

Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are rapidly improving their artificial intelligence, challenging current U.S. tech leaders like Google and Amazon. China’s so-called BAT companies, as New York University business professor and futurist Amy Webb calls them in her latest book, The Big Nine, get a big boost from their government’s funding and tech-friendly […]

How China’s Surveillance State Reflects ‘Black Mirror’

This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. Tuesday’s South China Morning Post features a harrowing profile of David Kong, one of the more than 13 million Chinese citizens officially designated a “discredited individual.” In 2015 after […]

Data Sheet—How China’s Surveillance State Reflects ‘Black Mirror’

Tuesday’s South China Morning Post features a harrowing profile of David Kong, one of the more than 13 million Chinese citizens officially designated a “discredited individual.” In 2015 after his publishing venture collapsed and he failed to repay debts of about $240,000, Kong was branded a deadbeat and his name entered onto public blacklist maintained […]

Alibaba’s Adhesive Buttons Help the Visually Impaired Interact With Smartphones

A design team led by DAMO Academy, the $15 billion research initiative formed by China’s premier e-commerce site, Alibaba, is working to make smartphones more accessible to the blind and visually impaired. There are more than 1.4 billion smartphones in China, more than anywhere else in the world. China also has the highest population of […]

Investing in China: All Bets Are Off

Last August, in my first post for Adam’s Data Sheet newsletter, I warned that Chinese tech companies might be headed for a “capital winter.” Alas, that dire prediction appears to be coming true. The Economist, citing research by CB Insights, noted last week that, in the last three months of 2018, deals to commit venture […]

Mark Zuckerberg Has WeChat Envy—and That’s Terrifying

Trade talks between the U.S. and China appear to have bogged down in recent days, in part over U.S. concerns China isn’t doing enough to prevent its companies from ripping off American technologies. But I find no small irony in the fact that, even as negotiators from the two countries haggle, the founder of one […]

Alibaba Eyes U.S. Small Businesses in New Tie-Up With Office Depot

Alibaba’s business-to-business trading platform has forged its first U.S. partnership with a large company as it teams up with Office Depot. Alibaba.com baba will create a new online destination to access the business supplies distributor’s network and build out its offering to small businesses in the U.S. The partnership gives the Chinese online retailer access […]