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Alibaba-Xinhua venture makes the news for video-hungry Chinese

Company uses cloud-based AI technology to generate quick clips

A Xinhua Zhiyun avatar reports on people needing to show proof of COVID-19 status. (Screenshot from Haokan Video)

HANGZHOU, China -- Chinese, like their peers elsewhere, are getting more and more of their news via videos. At the same time, the country's news organizations are under increasing financial pressure as advertisers shift their purchasing to top online platforms like those of Tencent Holdings.

Based in the historic eastern city of Hangzhou, four-year-old Xinhua Zhiyun Technologies has developed a solution for the country's news providers: an automated system powered by artificial intelligence to generate video news clips and known as Media Brain.

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