If you thought cockroaches were bad, thank god you didn’t live in the days when four-winged flying reptiles roamed the Earth.
Scientists have discovered fossils in China belonging to a terrifying-looking four-winged dinosaur, the Guardian reports. Measuring 1.3 metres, or a little over four feet, the Changyuraptor yangi is the largest four-winged dinosaur ever found, and is 60 percent larger than the four-winged dino in second place (suck it loser).
Made In China
From two people dying attempting to rescue a cell phone from an open-pit toilet, to the mother and son who drowned after a gaming-related argument, people in China seem increasingly willing to make major sacrifices for #tech.
A loving set of Chinese parents holds their tech so dearly, they were willing to sell both of their children to Fujian-based traffickers in order to commit more time and money to their online gaming, Games In Asia reports.
Made In China
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.
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Watch out, Uber.
Yongche, China’s leading rideshare app, is planning to expand to New York and San Francisco, Bloomberg reports. Yongche founder and CEO Herman Zhou told Bloomberg he hopes to compete with Uber, and expects his company will one day be valued as high as the American rideshare giant, which recently hit $17 billion.
What a week it’s been for space travel! Yesterday, we told you about the Israeli group that’s trying to send the Torah to the moon. Now, let us share with you the tale of three Chinese volunteers who ate bugs for three months to see if they’d make good astronaut food.
For 105 days, three Chinese volunteers lived in a sealed-off biosphere and ate a diet consisting mainly of mealworms, the Daily Mail reports.
Made In China
Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week, and tell you what you need to know, and why it matters.
This week’s deal: GGV Capital, a V.C. firm that focuses on tech companies in the U.S. and China, has raised their fifth fund at $620 million.
The Chinese tech world is like a parallel universe — the Chinese have their own social networks, ecommerce platforms, gaming empires and mobile chat clients. But GGV Capital has had a hand in both worlds for over 10 years, and now that the two markets are colliding, they stand poised as a major power broker between the Chinese and American tech worlds.
China is currently planning a feat so astonishing, it might even put Elon Musk’s hyperloop to shame. The country is hankering to build a railway that would connect China to the United States, the Washington Post reports. The “China-Russia-Canada-America” line would span 8,000 miles, according to an engineer at the Chinese Academy of Engineering — making it even longer than the daunting Trans-Siberian Railroad.
Gaming the System
While most of us are still on YouTube trying to figure out how exactly 3D-printing works, China is building some serious stuff with the technology.
WinSun, a private Chinese firm, used 3D-printers to build 10 full-sized, single story houses in a single day, the BBC reported.
Gamers across China can reacquaint themselves with their basement couches, because they’ll finally be allowed to buy videogame consoles for the first time in over a decade.
According to Reuters, the Chinese government has temporarily lifted a 13-year-long ban on the sale of gaming consoles, making room at long last for Xboxes, Playstations, Read More
China’s “Great Firewall,” which blocks users from accessing foreign websites and social media services, might soon be imploded. [South China Morning Post]
Once an $83 billion company, BlackBerry is the target of a $4.7 billion buyout offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings. [AllThingsD]
Thumping music, arty projections and the phrase “ad exchanges” makes Aol’s advertising week presentation sound miserable. [Wall Street Journal]
Need another reason to be glad that you don’t live in Florida or Texas? Residents in those states are targeted the most by text spammers. [The Dallas Morning News]
With the JOBS law in effect, Betaworks’ new Openbeta initiative lets users crowdfund startups they’re interested in. [GigaOM]