Made In China

Chinese Search Giant Reportedly Copying Google With Self-Driving Bikes

We bet all these Shanghai cyclists wish their bikes could do the biking for them. (Wikimedia Commons)

Hot on the heels of Google’s plans to roll out self-driving cars, a search giant in China is rumored to be developing its own fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Chinese search engine Baidu is said to be developing the world’s first driverless bicycles, Tech in Asia reports. Though Baidu hasn’t officially confirmed the project, sources say the bikes could be revealed before the end of 2014. Read More

CENSORSHIP

Mongolian Government Bans 774 Phrases from Internet Including ‘Asshat’ and ‘Male Genitalia’

Here are some people in Mongolia. (Getty)

It’s a good thing Betabeat isn’t based in Mongolia, because we wouldn’t be able to publish words like “dicks” and “ass-pirate.”

According to Tech in Asia, who spotted the announcement on Mongolian news site Shuum, the Mongolian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has just released a list of 774 words and phrases banned from appearing on local websites. Read More

Potent Quotables

Yahoo’s Lead Designer ‘Admits the Company Needs to Change’

A few weeks ago, we took note of Yahoo’s failed attempt at unloading some major assets, namely a massive stake in Chinese internet monolith Alibaba, and Yahoo! Japan, both of which were weighing heavy on the company’s books. The result of the failed deal? For one thing, we wondered if the lobbying firm retained in Washington DC by Alibaba—who Yahoo was going to sell their stake of the company back to in the failed deal—wasn’t about to get busy in a bid for control of Yahoo, seeing as how a Chinese telecom giant owning an American Internet company won’t sit pretty on first sight with…a lot of people.

For another, Yahoo’s stock took a hit, reaching a three-month low not a week later.

And now, according to All Things D’s Kara Swisher, we’re about to watch another seismic shift in Yahoo’s operations, in the form of corporate restructuring and layoffs. In fewer words: This is about to get ugly. Read More