The trust dilemma of continuous background checks – TechCrunch

First, background checks at startups, then Huawei’s finance chief is arrested, SoftBank’s IPO is subscribed and I am about to record our next edition of TechCrunch Equity. It’s Thursday, December...

China’s Didi restructures key units to improve safety following passenger deaths – TechCrunch

China’s largest ride-hailing operator Didi Chuxing announced on Wednesday a major restructuring, which trails a series of tweaks to its core businesses following two separate passenger murders that happened...

Alibaba replaces video streaming boss amid anti-corruption probe – TechCrunch

A top-level reshuffle is sending shockwaves across one of China’s biggest online video businesses. Yang Weidong has stepped down as the president of Alibaba’s video streaming unit Youku, the...

China’s Infervision is helping 280 hospitals worldwide detect cancers from images – TechCrunch

Until recently, humans have relied on the trained eyes of doctors to diagnose diseases from medical images. Beijing-based Infervision is among a handful of artificial intelligence startups around the world racing...

Europe’s ride-hailing companies aren’t scared of Uber – TechCrunch

Uber is speeding toward a historic IPO next year that could value it as high as $120 billion, but that doesn’t scare its rivals that operate across Europe. Speaking on stage at TechCrunch...

China’s iQiyi to offer $500M convertible note as content costs balloon – TechCrunch

Chinese video streaming service iQiyi is raising new cash as it feels the squeeze from surging content costs. The video business, which is owned by China’s online search giant Baidu,...

Alibaba-backed parenting site Babytree starts taking orders for downsized IPO – TechCrunch

A lot of Chinese millennials may be delaying or opting out of childbearing, but those who have committed to parenting often go all out to ensure their children grow up...

WeChat e-wallet teams up with Line to target Japan’s 7M Chinese tourists – TechCrunch

China’s biggest chat app WeChat is set to make its payments service more ubiquitous in Japan, a popular outbound desitnation for Chinese tourists. On Tuesday, the Tencent-run messenger unveils a...

Hospital in China denies links to world’s first gene-edited babies – TechCrunch

News of the world’s first ever gene-edited human babies being born in China caused a huge stir on Monday after the MIT Technology Review and the Associated Press brought the project to light. People in...