Robotaxi rivals Pony and WeRide join Chinese ride-hailing service OnTime’s $153M round

This is an interesting day when we see two of China’s major robotaxi foes come together, offering a clue to how the industry is evolving in the country. WeRide.ai and Pony.ai, which both operate out of China’s southern metropolis Guangzhou and California,...

‘Always on and watching’: A former Xinjiang prisoner describes life inside China’s detention camps

For 10 months in 2018, Ovalbek Turdakun was a prisoner in one of China’s notorious detention camps, where he was tortured, subject to horrific conditions and under constant surveillance. In a makeshift courtroom inside the detention camp he was being held,...

China’s game engine Cocos raises $50M, goes beyond games

Cocos Technologies, a China-based game engine provider that has been around since 2010, just announced it has picked up $50 million in a Series B funding round in a bid to work on development and move beyond games. Investors include CCB Trust, a subsidiary of China...

Twitter leads call for EU lawmakers to ‘think beyond Big Tech’

In a formalization of an earlier Twitter-led push to try to exert influence over fast-forming European digital regulations, the social media firm has used its Twitter Spaces platform to host the official kick-off of a policy advocacy lobby group that’s being...