Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

Taiwan fines Samsung for defaming HTC with fabricated reviews

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission said it was punishing Samsung with a $341,037 fine for deceiving consumers with its marketing activities.

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Round: few new features, but posh design

What different advantages can a curved screen bring to a smartphone? Well, not a whole lot. But Samsung's newest smartphone, the Galaxy Round, comes off as a posh device that may be the company's best looking handset yet.

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China Mobile posts rare profit decline of 8.8 percent in Q3

Despite its growing customer base, China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, saw a rare decline in profit for the third quarter in the latest sign that rival operators and local Internet companies are eating into its earnings.

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China's Huawei turns the table on security after Snowden NSA leaks

Analysts say that U.S. security concerns about the Chinese tech company don't carry much weight in the wake of revelations about NSA surveillance.

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Chipmaker TSMC reports earnings up 5 percent on record Q3 revenue

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. saw net profit for the third quarter rise 5 percent year on year as revenue hit a record, but the chipmaker warned that this could slip later in the year due to a slowdown in demand for high-end smartphones.

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HTC pins hopes on China to avoid becoming the next Nokia

Its fortunes in the West having stumbled, HTC is looking to the massive China smartphone market to keep it in business.

HTC's supersized One Max packs a 5.9-inch display and a fingerprint scanner

HTC's newest phone, the 5.9-inch HTC One Max, includes a fingerprint scanner -- although unlike the one in Apple's latest iPhone, it's located on the back of the device.

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China's Alibaba backs Amazon rival ShopRunner

Alibaba Group is targeting the U.S. market with a $200 million investment in ShopRunner, an online retailer that competes with Amazon.com, according to sources.

Lenovo Android laptop confirmed after user manuals leak online

Accidentally leaked user manuals from PC maker Lenovo show that the company is preparing a new laptop that runs Android instead of Windows.

Foxconn's handset operation in Indonesia to start next year

Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group wants to jump-start a new manufacturing operation in Indonesia next year, potentially bringing in more smartphones to the country.

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A tale of two Lenovos: How the company thrives in China

Consumers outside of China don't think of Lenovo much beyond laptops, but in that country the company has a wide reach. Explore the hidden—and larger—side of Lenovo.

Beats remembers Dre, buys out HTC stake

HTC is selling back the remainder of its stake in Beats Electronics, shedding its financial ties to the headphones vendor in a partnership that did little to help turn the smartphone maker's fortunes around.

China ends video game console ban with new Shanghai trade zone

China's 13-year ban on video game consoles is ending with the creation of a new free trade zone in Shanghai that will allow foreign-funded companies to sell game systems nationwide.

Microsoft eyes China's gaming market with new joint venture

Microsoft is entering China's gaming market with a new joint venture, the latest sign that its Xbox console soon arrive in the country.

China's Tencent expands search engine presence with Sogou deal

Tencent is spending $448 million to buy a stake in Chinese search engine Sogou.