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CMC, HG Capital Lead $26M Round In Chinese Social Media Ranking Firm

CMC Capital, a Chinese investment firm focused on the media and culture sector, and Chinese private equity firm HG Capital, have led a RMB180 million (US$26 million) series B round in Newrank, a Shanghai-based social media content monitoring and ranking start-up.

Fortune Capital also participated in the round, according to a company announcement.

“In the past few years, a large number of content start-ups and new media companies have been established because content distribution is being decentralized, and original content are becoming really innovative,” said Li Ruigang, chairman at CMC Capital. “Newrank is the leading platform in the new media market with its knowledge in data and social media. We are optimistic about the future of Newrank, and will support the company’s developments in data consulting, marketing, e-commerce and copyright distribution.”

Founded in 2014, Newrank provides ranking services for content published on Chinese media platforms, including WeChat official accounts and Weibo accounts, where users have turned to for content consumption.

The company currently monitors over ten million WeChat official accounts. As of February 2017, it oversees the daily activities of over 350,000 high-quality accounts, covering 20 sectors and 30 cities, the company claims.

Newrank also partners with a number of media platforms including social media platform Weibo, personalized news app Toutiao, video platform iQiyi.com and Youku Tudou and distribute its rankings and data.

The company previously raised a RMB20 million (US$2 million) series A round from SkyChee Ventures in 2015. Last year, it raised an undisclosed amount of series A+ round from Zhen Fund, Banyan Capital and Weiying Capital.

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Vinci The New Super Headphone | Music Meets Artificial Intelligence

Vinci may just revolutionize the headphone industry

First, the issue of having to carry your device (cell phone/music player) in your pocket or on an arm band is resolved with Vinci’s internal storage, touchscreen interface, and independent data through mobile internet and/or Wifi. This is truly the first of it’s kind for a headphone as it does not require additional third party devices and can be controlled via Amazon Alexa based voice assistant. Of course, Bluetooth connectivity is also available for those that want to use their phone for more of a personal experience.

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Lifestyle vacation provider Tsingpu closes A round, invests in Blossom Hill

Beijing-based lifestyle holiday company Tsingpu Travel announced on March 20 that it has received RMB 200 million in its series A round funding. The round was backed by Sunshine Insurance Group’s investment arm, SkyChee Ventures and Satisde Capital.

Tsingpu Travel raised RMB 68 million in the 2015 angel round supported by Fengyun Capital, China Lodging Group and Heyi Capital.

In the meantime, Tsingpu Travel has become a “major shareholder and close partner” of Blossom Hotel Investment Management in Suzhou, operator of boutique hotel Blossom Hill, through a strategic investment.

Tsingpu Travel provides vacation service in scenic resorts and aims at becoming China’s largest cultural holiday operator. The company has built experience centers in popular travel destinations such as Yunan, Fujian and Zhejiang

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FiFish grabs the attentions, brings CES innovation award home!

FiFish is the first underwater drone for consumer market, It fulfills the demands of customers with desires of underwater exploration, and provides a brand new way for photographers, diving and water sport lovers, and underwater explorers.

As a convention recognized internationally, CES’s awards are considered as ” the Olympic awards in consumer electronic industry”. After last year’s debut, FiFish has another “intimate contact” with this industry this year.

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Forbes – Social Media Keeps Chinese Consumers Spending Large On Life’s Little Things

Li is part of a phenomenon that is sweeping across large swathes of China: people are increasingly shifting their consumption of even routine everyday things to more premium categories. “Once people learn about good things, they can’t get over them easily,” says Xu Ke, 27, founder and CEO of Eqingdan.com (literally translated as “the list”), a Beijing-based start-up that offers shopping guides that end up showing the likes of Li more sophisticated offerings for things that they are looking to buy.

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Muzen Wins 2017 CES Innovation Award

In a move that is bringing new quality to the experience of internet radio and audio streaming, Mr. Dejun Zeng, the passionate radio technologist known as the “Father of the Tube Amplifier” in China, is expanding his company, Muzen Audio Group, to the United States.

The company is premiering in the U.S. at CES, where they are receiving a 2017 CES Innovation Award for their new AM/FM/internet radio and Bluetooth speaker product (the fifth CES Innovation Award to be received by Mr. Zeng). With its vintage design, the internet radio product serves as a bridge from the past to the future.

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The $99 Peripheral that Turns Your Smartphone Into a Laptop

There’s a good chance your smartphone has more processing power than a 1985 Cray-2 Supercomputer. What it doesn’t have is a display big enough for a spreadsheet, or a keyboard good for more than cramped fumbling.

Enter the Superbook, currently available for $99 through a Kicksterter campaign. It looks like a slim laptop, but it doesn’t have its own storage or processor. Instead, it gets its power and data connection from your Android phone, via a simple USB cable and a free app. In addition to the keyboard and screen, the Smartbook has a battery, which will last 8 hours and actually charge your phone as you use it.

Together, a phone and the Smartbook are plenty for basic word processing, email, and web browsing—all most people really need.

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