China’s big hack. 

You may have seen some headlines about China managing to slip extra chips onto servers operated by Apple, Amazon and other US tech companies. This is a link to the Bloomberg piece with the original…

China and the race for AI dominance. 

Here’s an interesting perspective from Wired UK that’s heavy on quotes from Kai-Fu Lee, one of the most famous technologists in China (he’s been an exec at Apple, Microsoft and Google). The author thinks China…

P.F. Chang’s goes to China. 

Per the WSJ article, so far, it’s going better than Taco Bell’s attempt to break into the Mexico market. “The chain says it isn’t trying for real Chinese cuisine; diners want to know what Americans…

The Three Body Problem

Author: Cixin Liu, Translated By: Ken Liu This book is Chinese-language science fiction, translated into English. I’ve heard from a few folks that it’s all the rage among China’s tech community, and I couldn’t resist a…

DNA surgery on embryo removes disease. 

A Chinese team has used a DNA editing technique called base editing to remove a genetic disease called beta-thalassemia from a human embryo. “Base editing is an advance on a form of gene-editing known as Crispr, that is…

A look inside a Chinese bitcoin mine. 

“Located in a decaying industrial park on the outskirts of town, the mine employs about 50 and consists of eight single-story, warehouse-like buildings, each 150 meters (492 feet) long. Seven of them host 21,000 machines…

A non-US retail success story. 

Sometimes it’s easy to get myopic, forgetting that there are many great retailers outside of the US market. This Bloomberg article highlights A.S. Watson Group, which plans to open 1,400 stores this year – a…