Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

China issues 4G TD-LTE licenses, paving the way for more iPhone sales

For now, China is only issuing licenses to operate LTE TDD networks

NSA spying scandal accelerating China's push to favor local tech vendors

The NSA spying scandal has put a strain on the China business of Cisco and Qualcomm, the companies said recently

Acer needs to focus on brand building, tablets under new leaders

As it searches for a new president and chairman, Acer looks for ways to shed its reputation as a low-end seller of notebooks.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire still a minor player in China's tablet market

Chinese users had to wait for over a year before Amazon.com officially brought its Kindle Fire tablet to the country back in June. But so far, shipments of the products have been very low as competition in the country's tablet sector continues to remain fierce.

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A quiet social network makes China happy in recent crackdown

China welcomes foreign Internet sites, but says they must follow relevant regulations.

Another Apple supplier faces criticism over labor conditions in China

A manufacturer of glass coverings for Apple is drawing accusations of worker exploitation from Hong Kong labor groups concerned with several employee suicides at its factory in China.

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Foxconn invests $40 million in Pennsylvania to tap research, talent

Don't expect any U.S.-made iPhones yet, but electronics supplier Foxconn Technology Group is expanding its manufacturing presence in the nation with a new US$40 million investment to tap research and talent in Pennsylvania.

Acer's president and replacement CEO abruptly resigns as founder takes helm

Acer's upcoming CEO has abruptly resigned from the troubled PC maker, in a surprise move that will result in founder Stan Shih temporarily taking over leadership.

Eight-core smartphone chips could become mainstream in China with new MediaTek processor

Taiwan's MediaTek could help make eight-core chips a norm in the Chinese market, putting pressure on Qualcomm's own business in the country.

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China's ZTE wants to reach consumers directly with its Nubia smartphone brand

The name Nubia might conjure up images of Africa, Egyptian pharaohs and early civilization. But ZTE hopes that one day, it'll also be remembered for smartphones.

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ZTE prepares to launch a smartwatch next year

Chinese handset maker ZTE is planning to launch a smartwatch next year, making it the latest company to throw its hat into this emerging gadget segment.

China to tighten hold on Internet, citing worries about nation's stability

China is moving to tighten its grip over social networking services even more, citing possible threats to stability.

China's Baidu faces lawsuit from rivals, MPAA over video piracy

Chinese search giant Baidu is facing a chorus of complaints for allegedly stealing online video content from rivals, resulting in a 300 million yuan (US$48.9 million) lawsuit against the Internet company.

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Foxconn mulls building TVs, display panels in Arizona

Aiming to produce more electronics with the "Made in USA" label, Foxconn said Saturday it was considering setting up a factory in Arizona.

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Do-or-die time for Acer as it hunts for winning strategy

With consumers flocking to tablets and smartphones, Acer’s once-thriving PC business has been left in the dust.