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September 04 2012

09:31

Sina Weibo even censors its own posts on its microblog

The Next Web :: Part of the reason that Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, has been allowed to become so widespread is its willingness to appease the government by actively censoring posts. Apparently, the company is even willing to censor its own messages.

A report by Josh Ong, thenextweb.com

September 03 2012

18:19

China: Xinjiang breaks 2m broadband users, 70pc coverage

Tech In Asia :: China News Service announced yesterday that Xinjiang, China’s massive western province, has reached 2 million broadband users, and 70 percent broadband coverage across the regions administrative villages. Broadband users in the province have doubled since 2009, when Xinjiang broke the one-million-users barrier.

A report by C. Custer, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China
18:18

Tech In Asia :: China News Service announced yesterday that

Tech In Asia :: China News Service announced yesterday that Xinjiang, China’s massive western province, has reached 2 million broadband users, and 70 percent broadband coverage across the regions administrative villages. Broadband users in the province have doubled since 2009, when Xinjiang broke the one-million-users barrier.

A report by C. Custer, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China

September 01 2012

13:43

Instagram's had a good run in China, but will Facebook ruin things?

The Next Web :: Considering that Facebook has been inaccessible in China for several years, mainland Instagram users have voiced concern that the service will be disrupted after Facebook takes over the reins.

A report by Josh Ong, thenextweb.com

August 29 2012

07:09

China's Tencent raises $600m from notes offering

Tech In Asia :: China’s biggest web company by revenue, Tencent, has today set a price of $600 million, and a rate of 3.375 percent, on a senior unsecured notes offering. This will raise $594 million for the social media and gaming company.

A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China Tencent

August 27 2012

08:33

Chinese Pinterest clone Mogujie raising C round at estimated $200m valuation

Tech In Asia :: Mogujie, China’s Pinterest + ecommerce referral startup, is reportedly raising series C funding. According to TechWeb, the investor who is leading the round is most likely IDG.

A report by Willis Wee, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China

August 22 2012

07:19

Foreign journalists 'intimidated' in China: Press groups

DOHA Centre for Media Freedom :: Foreign press associations in China expressed alarm Tuesday over recent incidents of intimidation directed against foreign media workers, including the alleged beating of a Japanese journalist.

A report by AFP, www.dc4mf.org

August 21 2012

08:13

Tencent's WeChat app pushes into social media marketing via QR codes

Tech In Asia :: The world’s biggest group messaging app, Tencent’s WeChat – or “Weixin” as it’s called in Chinese – is taking an interesting turn in China. It is now also a platform for social media marketing, allowing blogs, newspapers, TV shows, brands, and celebrities to reach out directly to the app’s 100+ million users.

A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China Tencent

August 20 2012

09:54

Revamped Sina Weibo set to come with Google+ style sharing

memeburn :: Chinese blog Techweb claims to have exclusive screenshots of the new version of the social network. The release, called “Version 5″ was first outed as existing by Sina CEO Charles Chao during the company’s earnings call last week.

A report by Nur Bremmen, memeburn.com

August 15 2012

09:36

Tencent, China: Revenues up 56pc, mobile growth only modest

Tech in Asia :: China’s biggest tech company in terms of revenue, Tencent, has just revealed its 2012 Q2 and half-year financial results. The stats show the company – which has stakes in gaming, social media, e-commerce, and more – growing yet further.

A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China Tencent
07:40

China Daily Show: Why I’m leaving China: We need to talk. About us.

China Daily Show :: So you’ve finally decided to break up with China. You’ll probably want to write a blog post or newspaper article about it, then. Too busy packing? Here’s our handy delete-as-necessary CDS guide to posing that crucial ‘Dear Zhang’ piece!

A "letter" by chinadailyshow.com

China Daily Show on Twitter

HT: Mark Little, here:

RT @chinadailyshow Why I’m leaving China bit.ly/ROe37L

— mark little (@marklittlenews) August 15, 2012
Tags: China

August 10 2012

05:44

'My kidney for an iPad': Trial opens in China

Tech In Asia :: Remember that dismal story of the young Chinese man who sold his kidney to buy an iPad last year? Justice is now close to being served, with the trial underway of five people who were arrested in April this year.

A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China iPad

August 09 2012

05:16

China's IM chat service Xiaomi hits 1m concurrent online users

The Next Web :: Miliao, the group chat service from up-and-coming Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, passed a new milestone on Wednesday when it achieved 1 million simultaneous online users.

[Josh Ong:] Mobile messaging apps have seen rapid adoption in Asia and are blurring the lines between full-feature social networking services as they add features.
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A report by Josh Ong, thenextweb.com

Tags: China

August 08 2012

04:40

Xiaomi acquires team behind MSNLite: To build an Apple Facetime rival?

Tech In Asia :: The makers of China’s hottest homegrown smartphone, Xiaomi, has made a curious acquisition in the form of the team behind the third-party messaging app MSNLite. The financial details of the deal haven’t been revealed, but Xiaomi’s co-founder, Huang Jiangji has confirmed that it has occurred, and described the Microsoft MSN clone as the best MSN client software.

A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

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Tags: China

August 06 2012

04:54

Removing negative reviews: Baidu staff delete posts for cash

Global Times :: Three employees from Baidu, China's largest search engine, have been arrested for being paid to delete online posts on its website, the company confirmed Sunday. The three were suspected of colluding with external partners to delete online messages. Another employee was also fired for attempting to delete posts for cash, but not arrested.

A report by Deng Jingyin, www.globaltimes.cn

HT: Josh Ong, The Next Web

Tags: Baidu China

August 03 2012

10:14

Sina Weibo: A digital megaphone to more than 300 million Chinese

Associated Press | Tech Wire Asia :: China’s Twitter was raucous Thursday with horn-tooting over Beijing’s gold rush at the London Olympics, a digital reflection of the nation’s exuberant mood — embellished with flashing emoticons. Earlier passions have been ignited on the site by a deadly high speed rail crash and outrage over factory pollution.

A report by AP, www.techwireasia.com

August 02 2012

18:07

China keeps up block on Bloomberg website

CNN :: Bloomberg's news website remains blocked by China's state censors a full month after it detailed the riches amassed by the family of Xi Jinping, the man who is expected to be the country's next president. Although periodic outages of foreign media websites in China are common, the month-long total blackout of Bloomberg is an unusually harsh response.

A report by Simon Rabinovitch, FT.com, edition.cnn.com

05:16

In Olympics outburst: Chinese celeb posts personal info of US swim official on Weibo

Tech In Asia :: Ah, the Olympics. Uniting nations in mutual distrust and nationalist, self-righteous anger for over a century. And so it came to pass this morning that one of China’s leading tech luminaries, Li Kaifu – former Google China head – posted a small graphic to his 15 million Sina Weibo followers containing personal info about John Leonard, the US swim official who first voiced doubts about the gold medal performance of Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen.

A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

August 01 2012

05:18

Through the lense of social media: The horrible truth about Beijing’s new homeless

Tea Leaf Nation and social media reporting: "We source our materials from major social media services in China, including, but not limited to, Sina Weibo, Sina Blog, Tencent Weibo, Sohu Weibo, Mop Community and Tianya Community." (Quote source)

Tea Leaf Nation :: The recent devastating floodwaters that hit China’s capital ten days ago may have receded, but thousands of residents who dwell in Beijing’s basement tenements–many migrant workers with few other options in the expensive capital–have been left homeless, their subterranean flats flooded. And it appears that authorities, as well as many netizens, couldn’t seem to care less.

Tea Leaf Nation on Twitter

A handpicked report by Jimmy, tealeafnation.com

04:50

Chinese retailer Suning achieves triple-digit growth online

Tech In Asia :: This is why retailers need a strong presence in e-commerce. Chinese electronics retailer Suning, China’s fourth-largest e-commerce site and the largest offline retailer in the e-commerce space, has posted unaudited results for 2012 H1 that show its online operations, at Suning.com, saw a 130 percent rise in sales year-on-year, climbing to 5.9 billion RMB ($934.61 million).

A shift? - A report by Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Tags: China
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