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Josh Horwitz is a correspondent for Quartz

Josh is a correspondent for Quartz who covers internet business and technology in Asia. He has lived in Shanghai, Beijing, and the great city of Taipei, where he studied Mandarin through the Taiwan Ministry of Education's Huawei Enrichment Scholarship. He now calls Hong Kong home. Josh's obsessions include China's internet, streaming media, and the future of transportation. He'd love to hear from you.

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In China, Facial Recognition Is Used to Buy KFC, Board Planes, and Catch Drug Users

September 4, 2017 China is facing a tech boom that’s equal parts inspiring and alarming. Over the past several months, private companies and government entities have successfully deployed facial recognition technology for a number of different purposes, ranging from shopping to public safety. The speed of the rollout is a sign of how...

Houston Also Had a Disastrous 'Once-in-500-Year' Flood in 2001

August 28, 2017 Tropical storm Harvey, which made landfall in Texas on Friday as a hurricane and was later downgraded, has left at least five people dead, and large parts of Houston under water. Many weather watchers, stunned at the storm’s scope, dubbed it a “once-in-500-year flood.” Wow - Now experts are calling...

Just in Time for Its Stellar Earnings, China is Going After Alibaba

August 18, 2017 File under: how to rain on a parade. August 17 Alibaba reported yet another winning set of quarterly financials. Revenue was up 56 percent on-year hitting $7.4 billion, and operating profit more than doubled over the same period to hit $2.88 billion. While investors will likely be pleased, the Chinese...

Apple’s Next Big Moneymaker is Its Biggest Headache in China

August 11, 2017 For Apple, this summer is closing with good news and bad news. On the one hand, its financials suggest that as iPhone sales plateau globally, it can count on software to spur growth. Revenue in Apple’s “Services” category—which includes sales in the App Store, as well as Apple Music subscriptions...

After China’s Crackdown, Now Russia Is Banning VPNs Too

July 31, 2017 It’s been a gloomy week for internet freedom. On July 29 Russian president Vladimir Putin formally signed a law (link in Russian) that prohibits the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other internet proxy services. The law was published on July 30, and will be implemented from November 1....

China’s Sleeping Giant in the Global Artificial Intelligence Race

May 3, 2017 As internet giants all over the world herald their advances in artificial intelligence, one company has been conspicuously absent—Tencent, the Chinese social media giant, now worth over $300 billion. But the company’s relative silence in matters of artificial intelligence looks set to change quickly. On May 2 Tencent confirmed it...

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Rex Tillerson Had Exactly 23 Words in Response to North Korea's Missile Launch

April 5, 2017 On the morning of April 5 in Asia, officials in South Korea and the US discovered that North Korea had launched yet another projectile missile towards Japan. But the Trump administration doesn’t have much to say about it. In response to the news, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson issued...

US Anti-Missile Batteries Arrive in South Korea, Touching Off Geopolitical Tumult

March 8, 2017 East Asia woke up this morning to a geopolitical nightmare, as tensions mounting from separate, ongoing incidents involving the Korean peninsula began to converge. A military conflict doesn’t appear to be on the immediate horizon. But relations among a variety of nations—including China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Malaysia, and...

Nearly 100 Tech Companies Have Filed a Court Document Opposing Trump’s Immigration Ban

February 6, 2017 Nearly 100 American companies have filed an amicus brief expressing their opposition to an executive order by President Donald Trump that places immigration restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. They filed the letter late Feb. 5 to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently weighing an appeal...

An Initiative to 'Clean Up' China’s Internet Will Make it Even Harder to Jump the Great Firewall

January 25, 2017 China’s Great Firewall just got greater. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which oversees regulation of the internet, published a notice Sunday that points to a possible crackdown on virtual private networks, the primary tool that internet users in China use to access banned websites and services. While this...