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  • What's News? May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Amazon app store arrives

    Amazon has launched its own Android app store for Chinese users. Users can log on to Amazon to both download and purchase apps; at the same time, Amazon is rolling out a sales plan targeting app developers. In addition to its own e-book applications, the store will also feature other hot apps like Weixin and Angry Birds. Source: NBD

  • What's News? April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

    China Mobile reboots Fetion, eyes Weixin

    China Mobile revealed an update of its Fetion messaging platform. The latest version of Fetion features additional real-time video and audio functions. China Mobile is also considering expanding its services to a custom Android ROM. With a new premium on mobile messaging, China Mobile has lost millions of users to rivals like Weixin over the past two years. Source: China Daily

  • e-Commerce, Wellness
    November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Poke: Building a sex-toy empire on China’s Weibo

    Ma Jiajia and a friend.

    China's students have been at the forefront of various revolutionary movements, rallying for and against foreign ideologies and scolding their compatriots for taking too few or too many liberties. When it comes to the country's current sexual revolution, students contributed a fair share of the action but so far failed to provide intelectual leadership. But things are starting to change: Over the past few weeks, a young lady of 22 has risen to social media fame, providing online guidance and opinion on all things sexual. Unlike past revolutionaries, she is guided by mundane passions, trying to turn her tiny campus sex shop into a national e-Commerce empire.  ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Trends
    August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Wonderwall: Commerce and censorship, then and now

    Weipindao. Commercial? Social? Political?

    China's censorship apparatus is probably the world's largest online organization. Content deemed offensive to Chinese moral or political sensibilities is blocked (or "harmonized"). The Great Firewall is a key tool in the government's effort to maintain a "Harmonious Society", but it also protects the local industry from foreign competitors. Operating in a relatively pristine landscape devoid of traditional business models, China's web giants evolved in a way that blurs the lines between advertising, user-generated content, and commerce. As a result, Chinese censors have more information and more power, but they also face commercial pressures that make it impossible for them to function effectively.  ...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

  • e-Commerce, Electronics, M&A
    May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Red Blackberry: Will a Chinese web giant buy RIM?

    Blackberry China. Going local?

    RIM, maker of Blackberry, is dying. Following ongoing losses, layoffs, management changes, and a diminishing market share, the company hired J.P. Morgan and RBC to help it "review its strategic options". A this point, selling the company or parts of it is the most likely option. We expect the Microsoft-Facebook alliance will be interested, together with the usual hardware suspects, including those from Korea and Japan, and maybe even Amazon. But we think the best outcome would be for Blackberry to be sold to one of China's online media giants. And here's why. ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, M&A
    May 24, 2012 | 1 Comments

    Tencent’s next target: Amazon

    Tencent's QQ Music

    Tencent, China's largest online media company, anounced earlier this week that it would restructure into six new groups. The company hopes the restructure would allow it to use existing assets more efficiently. More importantly, Tencent hopes the restructure would allow it to leverage its dominance in online media to build an integrated e-Commerce platform. Huateng "Pony" Ma, the company's CEO, plans to invest USD 1 billion over the next five years in order to turn the company from China's Facebook to China's Amazon. ...Read More

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