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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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24 Nov 2017

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial bans high-interest loan products

HONG KONG Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate Ant Financial has banned consumer loans with annual interest rates above 24 percent from its Alipay platform, a move which comes as China's government increases scrutiny of lightly regulated online lending.

23 Nov 2017

Exclusive: China's SenseTime plans IPO, U.S. R&D center as early as 2018

HONG KONG Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up SenseTime Group, valued at more than $2 billion, is planning an IPO and aims to open a U.S. research and development center as early as next year, its founder told Reuters.

21 Nov 2017

Tencent on global path as it surpasses Facebook in valuation

HONG KONG China's biggest social network and gaming firm Tencent Holdings , which last week reported forecast-beating quarterly results, is close to making Malaysia the first foreign country to roll out its WeChat ecosystem, an executive told Reuters.

15 Nov 2017

Tencent's focus on digital content after stellar third quarter

HONG KONG Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd said it will invest more in its digital content businesses spanning publishing to film-making after its third quarter net profit surpassed expectations on Wednesday.

14 Nov 2017

Backing Big Brother - Chinese facial recognition firms appeal to funds

(This Nov. 13 story has been refiled to clarify that SenseTime is dual-based in Hong Kong and Beijing in eighth paragraph) | Video

10 Nov 2017

Video games could be next for Snapchat, China's Tencent says

SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG Chinese gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd on Thursday flagged video games and ad sales as areas where it thinks it could help Snapchat owner Snap Inc after acquiring a 12 percent stake in the U.S. firm.

02 Nov 2017

Lenovo buys controlling stake in Fujitsu PC unit; second quarter profit drops

HONG KONG Lenovo Group has agreed to buy a majority stake in Fujitsu Ltd's personal computer unit for up to $269 million (£204.8 million), in a bid to corner a larger share of a market that is battling weak sales as more people switch to mobile devices.

31 Oct 2017

Face++ raises $460 mln, led by Chinese state fund - source

HONG KONG China's biggest facial recognition firm Megvii, more commonly known as Face++, has raised $460 million in a fresh round of financing, drawing investment from a Chinese state fund, Ant Financial and Foxconn Technology, a source with direct knowledge of the fundraising told Reuters.

31 Oct 2017

Face++ raises $460 mln, led by Chinese state fund - source

HONG KONG, Oct 31 China's biggest facial recognition firm Megvii, more commonly known as Face++, has raised $460 million in a fresh round of financing, drawing investment from a Chinese state fund, Ant Financial and Foxconn Technology, a source with direct knowledge of the fundraising told Reuters.

27 Oct 2017

China Unicom's 9-month profit doubles, but warns of tough Q4

HONG KONG, Oct 27 China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd said its net profit for the first nine months of the year more than doubled, helped by business reform and cost savings, but it reiterated that its earnings would come under pressure in the fourth quarter.

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