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  • Electronics, Entertainment
    November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Printing Press: Reading China’s eBook rush

    China. Embracing eBooks?

    China's brick-and-mortar bookstores have been bested by the likes of Shanda, Amazon, and Dang Dang. Online booksellers now look to outflank each other as they vie for the local eBook market. “Digitalization” connotes a streamlined, coordinated process, but eBooks have attracted hardware manufacturers, telecom giants, as well as e-Commerce generalists. A workable framework integrating published content, delivery platforms and hardware like e-readers and tablets remains elusive. ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Entertainment
    November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Scratching: e-Commerce and China’s state lottery

    China Sports Lottery. Feeling lucky?

    In China, the fastest way to get rich is to do business with the government. For a few, this means dealing with powerful relatives or classmates; for most everyone else, it means playing the government-run Welfare and Sports Lotteries. Created in the mid-80s to bolster state welfare programs, the lotteries were an ideological break of sorts for a Communist government that previously banned all forms of gambling. Even with government monopolies in place, the government turns a blind eye to informal, local lotteries. But China's e-Commerce giants are now pushing the boundaries, setting up popular, nationwide lottery distribution channels, often without official approval. ...Read More

  • Entertainment, Hospitality
    November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Red chips: Is gambling in the cards for China?

    Mahjong Style.

    “Put one and a half Chinese together and you will find gambling“ says Fong See, patriarch and protagonist of On Gold Mountain, a Chinese family history. Fong made the observation in 1920, but it still holds true. Gambling has been banned on the Mainland since 1949, but the action lived on, initially in neighborhood mahjong parlors and more recently in Macao's glittering casinos. With all the talk of bankrupt local governments, capital flight, and the need to boost private consumption—legalizing gambling in the People's Republic might be too good to be true.  ...Read More

  • Entertainment September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Climax: Porn star relieves Sino-Japanese tensions

    Sora Aoi. Island hopping.

    Today is September 18, the annivesary of the Mukden Incident which served as a pretext for Japan's full-scale invasion of Northern China. The date provides a historical backdrop for the recent friction between China and Japan. And when chauvinism and testosterone levels reach their peak, it is time to call in a professional. As Japanese brands suffer boycotts and attacks across China, Japan's most famous porn star rises above the fray in an effort to relieve tensions.  ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Entertainment, Trends
    July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

    In tune: Karaoke and the future of Chinese m-Commerce

    ChangBa. Like a virgin.

    China's Karaoke parlors are notorious for "value-added" services, including in-house hostesses that perform "Like a Virgin". Karaoke remains a popular pastime in the Middle Kingdom, but is eclipsed by new ways of socializing both offline and online. In attempt to combine the old with the new, a small Beijing company recently launched a mobile app that allows users to browse and share Karaoke performances by and with friends and strangers, as well as record their own. The app is "inspired" by existing products, but includes several unique features, including full integration with what might become China's largest mobile commerce platform.  ...Read More

  • Entertainment, M&A
    May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Wanda: American dreams and Chinese realities

    Wanda malls, open and under construction, across China.

    America gave the world mainstream cinema and integrated shopping malls. Both industries originated in Europe and grew to their current size in American hands. Now a Chinese company is aiming to out-size Americans at both. Dalian Wanda is building the world's largest retail and entertainment operation, but its expansion depends on China's now-slowing housing market. ...Read More

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