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2018-05-16 04:38:37

China’s “lunar palace” research project has broken the world record for the longest time humans have spent living in a closed environment, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

A team of eight university students from Beihang University in Beijing spent a total of 370 days in the 150-square-meter simulated moon base. The lab was designed as a self-sustaining ecosystem of plants, animals, and microorganisms, and the project’s aim was to monitor and record the participants’ physical and psychological responses to living in a closed environment.

Originally slated to last 365 days, the project was extended for an additional five days as a psychological test of how the participants would react to unforeseen circumstances. The previous record of 180 days was set by the Soviet Union in the early 1970s. (Image: IC)

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Ma Jun, the securities analyst who was filmed sucking a male industry friend’s nipples at a rowdy dinner last month, has been penalized by his company for the shenanigan.

Founder Securities demoted Ma from executive director to senior vice president and deducted his 12-month bonus, a person close to the issue told The Paper on Wednesday. Ma was disqualified from his industry’s competitive “New Fortune” analyst prizes after a video of the incident went viral, triggering public debate over the lengths some analysts are willing to go to impress industry colleagues in the run up to the awards. “New Fortune” later suspended this year’s prizes.

Liao Lei, a female colleague of Ma who was also involved in the scandal, is still employed as normal, the source told The Paper. (Image: Weibo)

Republished with permission from Caixin Global.

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China is canceling the release of big-budget war film “Unbreakable Spirit” — starring Bruce Willis and Fan Bingbing — just weeks after the Chinese actress was fined tens of millions of dollars for evading taxes.

The film’s director, Xiao Feng, said Wednesday on his Weibo account that it was “time to let go of” the film, which took him eight years to make, suggesting that the movie will not open in Chinese cinemas on Oct. 26 as had been scheduled. Website Sina reported that the film’s marketing team confirmed cancellation of the Chinese premiere. It is unclear if it will be released outside China.

The film, which tells the story of the Japanese bombing of China during World War II, also stars Adrien Brody and reportedly features art direction by Mel Gibson. (Image: Douban)

Republished with permission from Caixin Global.

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China’s leading ride-hailing platform, Didi Chuxing, will recruit 1,000 Communist Party members to its customer service division to promote passenger safety, the company announced Tuesday via its WeChat account.

According to the post, Didi plans to expand its existing in-house customer service team of 5,000 by adding 3,000 more positions, one-third of which will be for Party members. The ride-hailing firm also said it intends to establish a special working group to ensure that Party recruits play a crucial role in security assurance and emergency response.

The app has introduced several new safety measures following the alleged murders of two Didi passengers this year. Skeptical netizens, however, have criticized the company’s latest initiative as “a stunt to shirk its own responsibility.” (Image: IC)

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China’s on-demand delivery platform, Dada-JD Daojia, announced a collaboration with French retail giant Carrefour on Tuesday.

Partly owned by e-commerce giant, JD Daojia had already been providing delivery service for 158 Carrefour stores in 31 cities since September, and will now expand to nearly 200 stores, according to a press release sent to Sixth Tone. Carrefour’s sales slumped by 6.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018, but according to JD Daojia the partnership has boosted the French retailer’s weekly sales sevenfold.

In August, JD Daojia raised $500 million in funding from and Walmart, which partnered with the Chinese retailer in 2016. JD Daojia claims to have 25 million active users in 45 Chinese cities and to deliver some 1 million orders every day. (Image: VCG)

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The high court in Jiangsu has upheld a previous verdict and ordered ByteDance to pay 110,100 yuan ($15,900) to a media outlet for copyright infringement, The Paper reported Tuesday.

In 2015, Nanjing-based Modern Express sued content aggregator Jinri Toutiao’s parent company, ByteDance, for republishing six of their articles without permission. Despite Toutiao’s claim that four of the articles were republished from partner organizations and the others posted by third-party users, an intermediate court ruled in the newspaper’s favor.

As China’s digital media landscape expands, there have been increasing concerns about intellectual property rights violations. In May, tech giant Tencent said it would reevaluate its investment in a new media outlet after it was accused of “article laundering.” (Image: VCG)


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A park in Hangzhou known for its long, pink grass was trampled by hordes of tourists after gaining fame on social media as a photo hot spot, a local paper reported Sunday in a front-page story.

Long popular as a site for wedding photos, the park was opened to the public during the National Day holiday in October. But before long, web celebrities were flocking to the area to shoot videos for their fans, who then followed suit. By Tuesday, the hashtag “internet celebrity garden destroyed” had been viewed over 130 million times on Weibo.

The trampled grass was mown on Sunday to deter tourists from damaging the area further. “Douyin has become a guide for locusts,” read an upvoted comment under a Beijing News post about the incident. “Whatever place it hypes up, they go off to destroy it.” (Image: @都市快报 on Weibo)

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Grassroots cadres have complained that the expectation to participate in a high number of groups on WeChat is leaving them distracted and exhausted, Hubei Daily reported Monday.

An official in community management told the outlet that colleagues post updates in the more than 30 work-related groups she belongs to, and that she “has to read them all in case I miss [any information].” Two other officials also indicated that they must join a new WeChat group each time a project is launched and upload pictures to prove the completion of every task.

At the end of the report, the writer for Hubei Daily said the groups are “tools that cannot replace work itself” and urged that more attention be paid instead to the practical results of public service. (Image: VCG)

2018-10-12 08:50:37

Authorities in Zhejiang province arrested 21 people for the production and sale of fake drugs and unlicensed medical instruments worth over 300 million yuan ($43 million), The Beijing News reported Thursday.

The report said police first found the plastic surgery products, including facial injectables like hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin, being sold on WeChat earlier this year. They then tracked down the suppliers in Jiangxi and Henan provinces, where more than 3,000 fake drugs and 25,000 unregistered instruments were seized.

In the past, counterfeit products and unlicensed practitioners have negatively impacted the health of consumers. Last year, a woman in Jiangsu province lost sight in her right eye from illegally-administered injections intended to reshape her nose. (Image: IC)

2018-10-11 09:05:08

Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay has cautioned users to be wary of potential digital theft after multiple Apple accounts linked to its service were hacked.

The Alibaba-affiliated company said Wednesday on Weibo that some linked accounts had been compromised, resulting in financial losses for users. Consumers can use Alipay for purchases on Apple’s app store and iTunes without additional authentication. Losses suffered by affected users range from a few hundred to over 10,000 yuan ($1,400), Shanghai Observer reported.

According to its statement, Alipay was told by Apple that actions had been taken to address the issue following the Chinese company’s pleas to investigate. Apple’s China office didn’t respond to Sixth Tone’s request for comment by time of publication. (Image: VCG) 

2018-10-11 07:22:19

With the unveiling of a new vinegar-flavored ice cream in Shanxi province, many sweet-toothed netizens are turning sour.

The unique dessert recently went on sale at an ice cream shop in Taiyuan, a city in a region renowned for its 2,000-year history of vinegar production. The business owner told China News Service that the frozen treat is for those “brave enough to try new things.” Some social media users, meanwhile, have jokingly suggested that it be “served with dumplings.”

This summer, a shop in Chongqing began serving Chinese chili oil-laced ice cream to customers craving the taste of hot pot. The spicy flavor’s influence has been extending to other domains as well, with hoodies sold at New York Fashion Week this year even bearing the image of a chili sauce entrepreneur famous in China. (Image: @人民日报 on Weibo)