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Uber's independent run in China hits a dead end (The 3:59, Ep. 87)

Uber merges its Chinese business with local competitor Didi. We also talk about Tesla shacking up with SolarCity, and discuss Pokemon Go.

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Conventional wisdom says US tech giants can't operate independently in China, since the government there likes to favor Chinese businesses. Uber tried to buck that sentiment, but it looks like conventional wisdom was right this time. Uber has agreed to sell its Chinese business to local competitor Didi Chuxing.

Also on today's podcast: Tesla's merger deal with SolarCity, as well as Pokemon Go and its latest update.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Uber's independent run in China hits a dead end (The 3:59, Ep. 87)

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