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Made In China

iPhone 6 Goes On Sale in China to Minimal Excitement

The Apple Store in Beijing's Sanlitun shopping district. (Wikimedia Commons)

New Yorkers might have lined up for days leading up to the iPhone 6’s launch, but the gadget’s debut in China — which happened Friday morning — doesn’t sound like it was met with the same level of enthusiasm.

A mere 100 customers lined up outside the Apple Store in an upscale Beijing shopping district to pick up their pre-ordered new iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper also described the event as “decidedly low-key.” Womp womp. Read More

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Mice Bucket Challenge? Chinese Scientists Apparently Freezing Rodents Alive to Test Limits of Viral Stunt

SAY IT ISN'T SO. (www.dfic.cn)

Created with the harmless intention of raising money to fight disease, the ALS ice bucket challenge has produced some terribly unfortunate side effects — take the teen who jumped off a cliff to his death, or the man who accidentally engulfed his head in a ball of fire.

Now, if numerous Chinese news sources are to be believed, scientists at the Affiliated Hospital of Henan Institute for Health are conducting awful experiments on mice, all in the name of the viral social media challenge. The experiments reportedly involve submerging the mice in ice water and timing how long it takes before they die.  Read More

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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

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China Plans To Build An Underwater Train To America

Next stop, 'Murica! (Wikimedia Commons)

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. Read More

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Finance Sector Racheting Up IT Spending–But Not So Much In New York

shanghai stock exchange

Investment in information technology (read: data centers and developer salaries) fell hard in 2008 and 2009 but is trending back up in a big way, according to a new forecast by London-based global market research agency Ovum. “Spending on IT by the financial markets industry will hit almost $90 billion by 2015, driven by strong growth in Asia-Pacific and a bounce-back in the hedge funds sector,” according to a press release.  Read More