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Pinduoduo E-Commerce Firm Had Nearly 12-Hour Working Shifts on Daily Basis, Employee Says



A former employee at China’s Pinduoduo on Wednesday told state news agency Xinhua of long working hours at the ecommerce firm after the recent death of an employee there.

“When I was working at Pinduoduo, I started working at 11am and usually finished at 11pm or 12pm, six days a week,” the employee, who gave his surname as Wang, told Xinhua.

Pinduoduo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. It earlier confirmed that a female employee collapsed while walking home from work with a colleague on December 29 and later died in hospital. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

Pinduoduo is one of China’s Internet giants, a sector under fire by the authorities and facing new rules aimed at reining them in.

The labour protection department of the district in Shanghai where Pinduoduo is headquartered is looking into the company’s working hours and employment contracts, the Beijing Youth Daily reported last week.

“Anti-trust is the big background,” said Liu Wanyong, former senior editor at China Youth Daily. “So the Chinese media attack big Internet firms that they believe to be ‘monopolistic’ because it’s the politically correct thing to do.”

Wang came to the attention of Chinese social media watchers after he released a video in which he described long working hours and said he had been fired for posting a photo of a Pinduoduo employee being carried away in an ambulance.

The company told Reuters it had fired Wang because he had previously made a series of “malicious” comments about Pinduoduo on social media.

The Xinhua report was read 1.29 million times on Wednesday, and topics mentioning Pinduoduo and its company culture have been among the top trending ones on China’s Twitter-like Weibo over the past week.

Wang did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Poco C3 Crosses 1-Million Sales Mark in India, Gets a Limited-Period Discount



Poco C3 sales in India have surpassed the milestone of one million units, Poco India announced on Thursday. The budget smartphone was launched in the country in October as a slightly tweaked version of the Redmi 9C that debuted in Malaysia in June. Poco C3 competes against the likes of Realme C11, Infinix Smart 4 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy M01. It comes with triple rear cameras, waterdrop-style display notch, and a MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. Poco C3 also includes up to 32GB of onboard storage option.

Poco C3 crossed the one-million sales mark in a little over three months since its launch in the Indian market. The smartphone has also received a discounted price that is applicable until January 24.

Poco C3 price discount

Under the limited-period discount, Poco C3 is available at Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB + 32GB storage variant, while its 4GB + 64GB storage model comes at Rs. 7,999. Both prices show a Rs. 500 cut from its regular pricing and are applicable through Flipkart. Customers can also avail a 10 percent instant discount via HDFC Bank cards.

Poco C3 was launched with a price tag of Rs. 7,499 for the 3GB + 32GB storage option, while its 4GB + 64GB storage variant debuted at Rs. 8,999. The latter received an official price cut in January that brought it down to Rs. 8,499.

Poco C3 specifications

Poco C3 runs on MIUI 12 for Poco, based on Android 10. It features a 6.53-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with a waterdrop-style notch. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, coupled with up to 4GB of RAM. It comes with the triple rear camera setup that houses a 13-megapixel primary sensor. For selfies and video chats, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera at the front.

In terms of storage, Poco C3 has up to 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). It packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging.

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Mi Watch Lite India Launch May Be Imminent After Allegedly Receiving BIS Certification



Mi Watch Lite has received the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification as per a tipster, hinting that it will be launched in India soon. The smartwatch made its international debut last month and now appears to be on its way to India. Mi Watch Lite looks like a rebranded model of the Redmi Watch and is also listed on BIS as ‘Redmi’, suggesting that it could launch as a rebranded Redmi smartwatch in India. Xiaomi’s latest smartwatch comes with 11 workout modes and is touted to offer up to nine days of battery life.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification shows Mi Watch Lite carrying model number REDMIWT02, as tipped by tipster Mukul Sharma. While the certification doesn’t reveal any other details, it suggests that Xiaomi could be launching the smartwatch in India soon. It was unveiled internationally last month and will likely be available with Pink, Ivory, Olive, Navy Blue, and Black strap options.

Mi Watch Lite price in India (expected)

As mentioned, the Mi Watch Lite is a rebranded variant of the Redmi Watch, which was launched in China in November at CNY 299 (roughly Rs. 3,400). We can expect the India price of the Mi Watch Lite to be similar.

Mi Watch Lite specifications, features

Mi Watch Lite features a 1.4-inch (320×320 pixels) square LCD display. It offers 11 sports modes, including cricket, open water swimming, indoor cycling, walking, and more. The smartwatch has 5ATM resistance, as per the company, that allows it to work in up to 50 metres of water. It has heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, and offers guided breathing exercises as well.

The smartwatch by Xiaomi has a 230mAh battery that takes around two hours to completely charge. It has a battery life of up to nine days in a typical usage scenario and up to 10 hours in continuous GPS sports mode. Mi Watch Lite has over 120 watch face options. It has notifications for calls and messages, music controls, and weather support. It can be connected to smartwatches on Android as well as iOS by downloading the supported app.

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