Michael KanBeijing correspondent, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

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.

HTC cutting jobs at US operations

In another sign of trouble at HTC, the Taiwan-based smartphone maker started downsizing its U.S. operations on Friday, cutting an undisclosed number of staff.

SK Hynix shifting more production to DRAM after price jump

SK Hynix will increase DRAM production at its headquarters, the company said Friday, following a price spike in memory chips after a fire at a company factory in China.

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Apple's new iPhone 5c struggles to satisfy in China, but bright spots remain

The cost of the iPhone 5c isn't impressing consumers in one of Apple's most important markets.

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Apple's 'budget' iPhone 5c costs over $700 in China

In China, Apple's entry-level iPhone is actually quite expensive.

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China Mobile to release voice-over LTE phones next year in 4G push

China Mobile, the country's largest mobile carrier, will release its first voice-over-LTE phones next year as part of its plan to bring a full range of handsets to its upcoming 4G network.

China to jail Web users whose 'defamatory' posts are viewed or re-posted too many times

In perhaps China's toughest push to crack down on online defamation, authorities have unveiled measures that could send Internet users to jail for up to three years if found guilty of posting slanderous rumors.

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China frees journalist incriminated by Yahoo-provided email records

A Chinese journalist who was jailed because of incriminating email records provided by Yahoo has been freed by local authorities after serving over eight years in prison.

Apple supplier of iPhone criticized for labor violations in China

A labor watchdog group is slamming one of Apple's suppliers for allegedly exploiting its Chinese workers to build the upcoming budget iPhone.

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China's Xiaomi unveils low-priced smart TV, new Tegra 4 smartphone

China's Xiaomi -- which recently hired former Google executive Hugo Barra -- showed off a new 47-inch television that it says is the most affordable on the market as well as its next-generation flagship phone.

Fire-hit SK Hynix DRAM plant in China to resume operations soon

A fire at a SK Hynix memory chip plant in Wuxi, China will have no impact on the company's DRAM production, the company said on Thursday, adding that the factory will resume operations soon.

Microsoft's Nokia deal could benefit other Windows partners, analysts say

Microsoft's plan to buy Nokia's phone business and have a larger presence in hardware devices has so far brought little response from PC and smartphone vendors in Asia. But the deal could end up bringing dividends to Microsoft's long-time partners in the region by revitalizing the Windows ecosystem, according to analysts.