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[Update: Site now redirects] LeEco's website goes down as the company's financial troubles worsen

Chinese tech giant LeEco tried to enter the US market in late 2016 with a variety of Android-powered phones and TVs, but the company expanded too quickly. Just two days later, the CEO admitted that in a leaked memo, and two months later the company halted trading of its own stock due to massive losses. LeEco tried to sell its Silicon Valley property in March, it pulled out of buying Vizio, and 70% of the US workforce was let go.

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[Update: Task force formed] LG is officially leaving the Chinese smartphone market

The last LG phone that was offered to the Chinese market was 2016's G5 SE, a downmarket version of the not very well-liked G5, meaning that the Korean company had all but left the country. However, we now have confirmation from an LG official that LG's mobile phone business is pulling out of China.

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[Update: Ajit Pai responds] White House security document proposes a nationalized 5G wireless network

Billions of devices, from phones and tablets to self-driving cars and connected dishwashers, are thirstily awaiting the rise of 5G wireless connectivity, and the big wireless carriers are scrambling to bring these powerful new networks to market. According to documents obtained by Axios, however, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile might be nudged out of the race to 5G—not by an industry competitor, but by the U.S. government.

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Xiaomi Mi Box 4 will reportedly be announced in China on January 29

Xiaomi's Mi Box is one of many set-top boxes running Android, and the third generation was released in China in late 2016. An international model running Android TV 6.0 was released shortly afterwards, simply called 'Mi Box,' but that received mixed reviews. Now it looks like the fourth-generation Mi Box will be unveiled on January 29, according to reports from Chinese media.

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No, OnePlus is still not sending your clipboard data to China

OnePlus can't catch a break lately. While it's made some legitimate mistakes (eg. the credit card hack), there have also been some incidents where hysteria took precedence over common sense. That was the case with the clipboard story a few weeks back, and now there's another clipboard-related accusation making the rounds. A Twitter post claims OnePlus is identifying and uploading clipboard data like bank account numbers to a Chinese server, but the company says this is incorrect. The file in question specifically stops the OS from monitoring certain types of data, and it's not even active in OxygenOS.

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The Vivo X20 Plus UD, the first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, will cost ~$565 in China

At CES, we got to check out an in-display fingerprint sensor on a device from Chinese manufacturer Vivo. This type of scanner has been rather popular with the rumor mill for some time now, but Vivo is the only company to have gone ahead and put it in a production device. The X20 Plus UD is the world's first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and it's now up for pre-order in China for the equivalent of $565 USD.

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Google Maps returns to China after eight-year absence [Update: Nope]

Google famously pulled its services out of the Chinese market in 2010 rather than comply with the government's censorship requirements, but it's dipping a toe back in today. Google has re-launched Google Maps for China, but not via the same app we have in the rest of the world. Most people will access it via a web page, but iPhones get an app. Hey, it's a start.

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Nokia 6 (2018) is now official, with a mid-range Snapdragon 630 chip and 'bothie' camera mode

After being leaked by a Chinese retailer just yesterday, the second generation Nokia 6 is now official. Thanks to a page on Nokia's China website, we can confirm a lot of the details we learned yesterday. The 2018 version is in many ways an iterative update, but it also makes some improvements, not least upgrading to a mid-range Snapdragon 630 chipset instead of the lower-end 430 that came with last year's model.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus come with 18:9 displays, big batteries, and prices starting at 799 CNY ($121 USD)

Few tech companies offer better bang for the buck than Xiaomi. That trend continues with the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, which were just announced. Both the 5 and 5 Plus sport 18:9 displays with rounded corners, larger-than-average batteries, and low, low prices. These phones are virtually indistinguishable from flagships on the exterior, and the internals aren't half-bad either.

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Xiaomi targets $50 billion valuation as it considers IPO next year

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is currently in talks about a potential Initial Public Offering (IPO) as early as next year. Top company executives will be hoping for a valuation of at least $50 billion, with some of them optimistically holding out for an even higher figure.

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