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From Periscope search pains to China's discomfort with free speech, mobile livestreaming challenges grow

Periscope, the Twitter-owned live streaming mobile app, is continuing to add features such as GoPro compatibility and default archiving. But correctly curating live streams as they're in progress is still a challenge, making it tough sometimes for users to find content through a text or tag search. So Periscope is working with Cortex, Twitter's machine learning R&D unit, on a livestream scanning system.

IDC: Oppo, Vivo knock Lenovo and Xiaomi from top-5 smartphone vendor list in Q1

Samsung cemented its position as the world's No 1 smartphone vendor in the first quarter, according to fresh data from IDC, and Apple maintained its second-place status. But a couple other names among the top five may surprise you.

International woes: Disney on ice in China, Netflix's global push leaves analysts cold

DisneyLife, the SVOD service launched last year in several countries outside the U.S., is off the screens of Chinese viewers according to Alibaba, the media company that licensed the service in the country. Ostensibly, DisneyLife was shut down for "service upgrades," but The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the issue, said regulators put a halt to the service.

Huawei sees 33% increase in net profit on rising sales of smartphones, network gear

Huawei posted a 33 percent increase in net profit in 2015 over the previous year thanks to soaring smartphone sales and increasing demand for 4G network gear.

Motorola President Rick Osterloh leaves as Lenovo restructures

Lenovo said Motorola President Rick Osterloh will leave the company as the Chinese parent company restructures its organization and divides its mobile efforts into two primary business groups.

Apple challenged by slowing iPhone sales in urban China, upgrades to Android in U.S.

Sales of the iPhone over the three-month period through January have slowed in urban China to their lowest levels since late 2014, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Which is more bad news for Apple in a sagging global smartphone market.

iQiyi's cancelled Oscars stream may signal trouble for U.S. media companies trying to break into China

As viewers in China prepared to settle back and watch a bilingual live-stream of the 88 th Academy Awards, word spread that iQiyi's stream had been abruptly cancelled.

Netflix subscriber numbers could 'more than double' by 2020, research firm says

A new report estimates that despite intensifying competition and the possibility of subscriber saturation, Netflix will have more than 175 million subscribers within four years-- more than double its current worldwide subscribership of 75 million. And the vast majority of that growth will still be in the United States.

ESPN, Tencent ink partnership deal to live-stream sports content in China

Sports network ESPN will have a presence on Chinese online video provider Tencent's platform following a deal between the two companies. Under the agreement, ESPN will create and distribute locally-focused live sports content in China across Tencent's digital platforms.

T-Mobile MVNO US Mobile brings Xiaomi and Meizu phones to America

A little-known MVNO is bringing two Chinese phone manufacturers to the U.S. market. And one of them is a powerhouse.