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Tech giants tussle for a piece of China's smog forecasting cake

IBM, Microsoft land contracts to predict air quality in one of the world's top carbon emitter

Heavy smog shrouds the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, as seen from The Bund on Dec 23.


AIR pollution in China could be big business. Two of the world's largest technology firms, IBM and Microsoft, are vying to tap the nascent, fast-growing market for forecasting air quality in the world's top carbon emitter.

Bouts of acrid smog enveloping Beijing prompted the...