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QR codes making inroads into China

Zhang Xiaoning whips out her smartphone in front of a landscape print in the National Art Museum of China. But she doesn't want to take a picture -- instead, she uses her phone to scan a square printed with a mosaic of black dots next to the print. Scanning the QR code, as it's called, gives her detailed information about the print's creator, as well as the artistic style that was used to create the print. Beijing Lingdong Kuaipai Information Technology Co was one of the first Chinese companies to develop QR code scanning software. The company was established in 2010, but its QR code business didn't start to take off until last year.

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