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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Acer to launch 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, unveils 5.7-inch smartphone

Windows 8 is joining the 8-inch tablet bandwagon with a new device from Acer that will launch later this month and come with a price tag between $400 and $500.

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Foxconn's Hon Hai sets up new research center in Sharp's backyard

Foxconn's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has set up a new research center devoted to display and touch technologies in Japan that could end up hiring staff away from Sharp.

14-year-old worker found dead at possible Asus supplier in China

A 14-year-old worker has been found dead after working at an electronics factory in China that may make products for Asus, another potential case of underage labor abuse in the country.

Need cash? Then you'll need ID at Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox

Mt. Gox is requiring all users to verify their accounts in order to make non-bitcoin currency deposits and withdrawals, less than a week after U.S. authorities said they shut down online payment processor Liberty Reserve for alleged money laundering.

Microsoft eyes enterprise market with new services center in China

Microsoft is expanding its enterprise services in China with a new Global Service Delivery Center in the country, the second of its kind in the world, the company said Wednesday.

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IDC: Server market revenue down 7.7 percent in first quarter

Server revenue worldwide was down 7.7 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, as weak economic conditions and server consolidation by customers slowed sales, according to research firm IDC.

MediaTek launches quad-core tablet chip

Taiwan's MediaTek has launched a new quad-core ARM processor for tablets that is slated to be used in an upcoming IdeaTab device from Lenovo.

Taiwan faces resistance over SOPA-like anti-piracy proposal

A proposal in Taiwan to enforce copyright laws by blocking access to top piracy sites is facing concerns that the measures could impinge on Internet freedoms on the island.

Samsung ships 12.5 million smartphones to Chinese market

Samsung Electronics shipped 12.5 million smartphones to the Chinese market during the first quarter, the most it has shipped to the country in a single quarter, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

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Nokia files cases against HTC One in the US

Nokia is targeting HTC's latest slate of smartphones, including the HTC One, with new legal action in the U.S. that demands the Taiwanese company cease the alleged patent infringement.

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Lenovo's profit soars while the PC industry struggles

PC sales in China and high growth in smartphones shipments helped boost Lenovo's net profit for its fiscal fourth quarter by 90 percent year-over-year.

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Chinese search engine wars heat up

China's Baidu has long dominated the country's search market. But a local rival to the company is bolstering its own search services with the help of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

EU investigation could affect business from China's 4G deployment

The European Union may be trying to protect its telecom equipment industry with its recent threat to investigate China over networking equipment imports. But the move could end up hurting the chances of Western vendors intent on supplying technology to China's upcoming 4G services launch, according to analysts.

Foxconn reports three possible suicides at factories in China

Three workers at Foxconn factories in China have fallen to their deaths in recent weeks and police are investigating, according to the company.

Foxconn factories are making progress, but working hours still exceed Chinese laws

Employees at the Chinese factories of Apple supplier Foxconn continue to work beyond the country's legal limit of 49 hours a month, according to a report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA). But the Taiwanese manufacturer is making overall steady progress in improving the working conditions at a select group of factories in China, it said.