Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers IT, telecom and Internet in China for the IDG News Service.

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In China, Apple overtaken by Xiaomi in smartphone rankings

Apple saw a dip in its smartphone market share in China as the company was overtaken by local rival Xiaomi, a seller of low-priced handsets that has been making waves in the country's tech industry.

China investigating IT suppliers linked with Apple for polluting rivers

Local authorities in China are investigating two electronics suppliers linked with Apple and also reportedly HTC of dumping heavy metals in the country's rivers after watchdog groups accused them of damaging the environment.

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Qualcomm says eight-core processors are 'dumb'

Eight-core processors are "dumb," as the consumer wants an experience that comes from more than just throwing cores together, a Qualcomm executive said, referring to new eight-core chips announced recently.

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Samsung readies dual-mode 4G TDD/FDD LTE phones for China

Samsung Electronics is positioning itself to be one of the first handset vendors to tap into China's upcoming market for 4G services by introducing new Galaxy S4 phones capable of operating on both FDD and TDD LTE networks.

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China's Xiaomi launches $129 handset ahead of rumored budget iPhone

China's popular Xiaomi smartphone company is diving into the country's low-end handset market with a new product, taking note of the rumors that Apple is preparing its own budget iPhone.

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HTC lays plans to make more money by selling crappier phones

HTC plans to introduce a series of mid-tier and entry-level smartphones later this year as a way to regain market share, after posting disappointing financial results in the second quarter.

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Apple supplier Pegatron slammed for alleged labor abuses in China

Apple supplier Pegatron is facing criticism from a watchdog group for poor working conditions at its factories in China.

Taiwan's MediaTek to launch a 'true' 8-core chip later this year

Smartphone and tablet chip vendor MediaTek has unveiled an octo-core processor it says can run all eight cores simultaneously when active.

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China's Alibaba Group taps smart TVs for online shopping

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group plans to enter the country's smart TV industry with a set-top box product for streamlining online shopping on big screen televisions.

We're not saying Glass is coming soon, but Google is making all the right production moves

Google appears to be preparing to ramp up production of its Google Glass product with an investment in a Taiwanese chip maker that manufactures components used in the wearable device.

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UK to probe Huawei's cybersecurity evaluation center

The U.K. government is launching a review of a vetting process for products from Huawei Technologies, reflecting continuing security concerns about the Chinese company.

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Chipmaker TSMC reports Q2 profit up 24 percent

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said its net profit in the second quarter grew 23.8 percent year over year, driven by demand for faster and power-efficient chips for mobile phones built with its new 28-nanometer manufacturing process.

China's Internet users grow to 591 million

China's Internet populace grew to 591 million by the end of June, as more new users in the country relied on handsets to go online, according to a non-profit research group.

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China's Baidu to acquire local app stores for $1.9 billion

China's largest search engine Baidu is planning to acquire two leading app stores in the country for $1.9 billion, as the company seeks to expand its presence in the mobile Internet space.

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Head of Google China leaves post, to be replaced by executive from Europe

Google's leader for its China operations, John Liu, is leaving his position as the company continues to maintain a low-key presence in the nation following heated disputes over online censorship.