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Chinese Internet Laws Target Government Control And Online Bullying

A new law voted unanimously yesterday by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress will enhance the Chinese government’s control over the Internet. Neither the actual text nor the commencement date of the full law has yet been released. But Chinese domestic media report that the law gives the government far-reaching and vague powers […]

Alibaba Will Offload U.S. Assets

Alibaba has agreed to sell four of its American e-commerce assets to U.S.-based social shopping platform OpenSky. Alibaba will give OpenSky 11main.com, Auctiva, Vendio and SingleFeed in exchange for about a 37% stake in OpenSky. No financial details or exact timing on the deal are yet available, according to reports in foreign media. 11main.com is […]

Foreign Governments Join Chinese E-commerce Leader To Promote Global Trade

Alibaba is working directly with foreign embassies in China to expand its influence and sales potential around the world. The e-commerce company has opened 11 official country pavilions on its Tmall Global platform and cooperative partnerships between Juhuasuan, Alibaba’s group-buying platform, and 26 foreign embassies in China. A total of 11 countries, including United States, […]

BlueFocus Acquires Stakes In Two Chinese Mobile Ad Companies

Brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group will acquire two major mobile advertising companies Domob Limited and Madhouse Inc. The report revealed that BlueFocus will acquire a 100% stake in Domob Limited and a 95% stake in Domob Network Technology for USD289 million; and the company will acquire a 51% stake in Madhouse Inc. for USD61.2 […]

Baidu May Create Online Sports JV With British Firm

Chinese search engine company Baidu is rumored to be talking with U.K. digital sports media group Perform Group to establish a joint venture in China. Perform’s core business is purchasing digital copyrights of various high-level sports events, displaying those events on online with its powerful digital editing capacity, and attracting money with its traffic. In […]

Baidu Will Acquire Japanese Advertising Company

Chinese search engine company Baidu announced that they will acquire a controlling stake in popIn, a native advertising company in Japan. According to the terms of the transaction, popIn’s existing management team will be able to independently operate its businesses within the enterprise architecture of Baidu. On the completion of the acquisition, Baidu’s advertising platform […]

Longmaster Begins Internet Medical Deal With Chinese Search Engine

Guiyang-headquartered Longmaster Information & Technology Company Limited has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu to establish an Internet medical platform. With the strategic partnership, the two parties will also strive to improve awareness of Internet hospital brands and explore the value of medical big data. Using data from the hospital resources, Longmaster and Baidu […]

NetEase Forms Internet Tourism Company With HNA

China’s Hainan Airlines Tourism Group and Lede Technology, a subsidiary of NetEase, have formally signed a cooperation agreement in Hangzhou to establish a new online travel company. Financial terms of the arrangement were not immediately available. HNA and NetEase had previously signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement in December 2014. Based on the framework agreement, […]

Baidu Invests In Israeli Content Recommendation Company Taboola

Online content recommendation company Taboola has gained a strategic investment infusion from Chinese search engine company Baidu.com. The two parties plan to introduce Taboola’s content recommendation services into the Chinese market. Taboola just completed its series E financing of USD117 million in February 2015. The new investment from Baidu further proves the industry’s confidence in […]

China’s Tencent Invests In Another American Mobile Game Firm

Tencent reportedly invested USD60 million in the acquisition of a 20% stake in Pocket Gems, a start-up mobile game company in America. Tencent will gain one position on the board of directors at Pocket Gems, according to reports in foreign media. Founded in 2009, Pocket Gems is headquartered in San Francisco and the company is […]

58.com Acquires ChinaHR.com

Chinese classified information website 58.com announced that the company has acquired the well-known recruitment website ChinaHR.com. However, no financial details were immediately available. On the completion of the acquisition, ChinaHR.com will maintain its independent operation, brand, and team. As a result of the acquisition, Ireland’s Saon Group, former parent company of ChinaHR.com, will withdraw itself […]

Profit Drops For China’s Three Top Telecom Operators

China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom published their performance for the first quarter of 2015 and all of them reported a net profit decline during the period. China Mobile said that the company’s operating revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was CNY160.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.9%; while its net profit was […]

JD.com Formally Launches Cross-border E-commerce Platform

Chinese B2C e-commerce provider JD.com formally launched its cross-border Internet shopping services, which allows Chinese users to conveniently purchase quality products from many countries and regions such as the U.S., France, U.K., and Japan. This new platform will first offer over 150,000 kinds of products and 1,200 brands in 450 stores. Those products cover maternal […]

China’s Baidu Bids Sayonara To Japanese Search Engine

Following several years’ operation in the Japanese market, Chinese search engine company Baidu announced a decision to close its Japanese search engine service Baidu.jp. A spokesperson from Baidu confirmed that the Japanese search engine has been shut down. However, the spokesperson quoted in local Chinese media said they will not rule out the possibility to […]

Japanese E-commerce Firm Makes Chinese Rebate Investment

Japan-based Rakuten has taken a minority stake in Fanli.com, one of China’s online rebate and rebate-based flash sale companies. The C-series round values the Chinese online shopping company at approximately USD1 billion. As part of this investment, Kevin H. Johnson, CEO of Ebates, a Rakuten Group company, will join Fanli’s board of directors. Rakuten’s investment […]

Chinese E-commerce Customer Complaints Up 174.4% In Q1 2015

Consumer complaints during the first quarter of 2015 for Internet shopping increased by 174.4% year-on-year to 24,100 cases, according to statistics published by State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China. The State Administration revealed that China’s nationwide industry and commerce administrative units received a total of 1.701 million consumer complaints, reports and inquiries in […]

China’s Leading Classified Information Websites Announce Merger

Chinese lifestyle service platform 58.com announced a merger with its classified information listings competitor Ganji.com. According to the agreement, 58.com will acquire an approximately 43.2% fully diluted equity stake in Ganji.com for a combination of share consideration and cash, including approximately 34 million newly issued ordinary shares and USD412.2 million in cash. Meanwhile, the two […]

Google Freezes Chinese Websites And Certificate Authority

Thousands of Chinese websites will soon be marked unsafe by Google’s Chrome browser. Adam Langley, a Google security engineer, says, “On Friday, March 20th, we became aware of unauthorized digital certificates for several Google domains. The certificates were issued by an intermediate certificate authority apparently held by a company called MCS Holdings. This intermediate certificate […]

Alibaba Becomes Exclusive Distributor For BMG In China

BMG, a music business subsidiary of Germany’s Bertelsmann Group, has signed an exclusive online music distribution agreement for the Chinese market with Alibaba. Under the agreement, Alibaba will become the exclusive online distributor of BMG music and artists in the Chinese market. Alibaba will sell those products on its own platforms such as Xiami.com. In […]

Yandex Teams With Chinese E-commerce For Cross-Border Payments

Chinese and Russian technology companies plan to jointly launch an e-commerce platform which aims to promote the cross-border trading between China and Russia. Russian online payment system Yandex.Money will start handling payment services for China online payment platform TradeEase. This project is expected to be launched in summer of 2015 and its turnover is expected […]

China’s Cheetah Mobile Acquires MobPartner For USD58 Million

China’s Cheetah Mobile has acquired the entire stake in the global mobile marketing company MobPartner for USD58 million. The payment will be reportedly realized in cash and stock. Fu Sheng, chief executive officer of Cheetah Mobile, said that by integrating Cheetah Mobile’s large and increasing mobile traffic with MobPartner’s global advertiser resources, leading mobile advertising […]

Amazon’s Flagship Store On Tmall.com Begins Trial In China

Amazon China Z.cn announced that its official flagship store on Tmall.com has started trial operation and will be formally launched in April 2015. This flagship store will initially provide Chinese netizens with directly procured imported products, including shoes, food, wine, kitchenware, and toys. Products sold on Amazon’s Tmall flagship store will be delivered via Amazon […]

What Twitter Can And Can’t Do In Hong Kong As It Views China

Hong Kong’s geographic proximity to mainland China belies the gulf in business practices, Internet laws, and access that Twitter will find between the refined transparency of Hong Kong and the nuances and perils of the mainland Chinese Internet sector. Twitter announced plans this week to open an office in Hong Kong. Though the company says […]

What’s The Future For Taxi Apps In China?

On Valentine’s Day, two of China’s taxi-hailing apps agreed to merge. But is this a good business decision and does it benefit consumers in China? China’s two leading taxi-hailing apps Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache jointly announced on February 14, 2015, that the two companies will realize a strategic integration and they will hold an […]

Game Over For Zynga’s Beijing Office

American game developer Zynga announced that the company will close its office in Beijing. Zynga announced the decision while publishing its performance report for the fourth quarter of 2014. The company said that they will cut the 71 jobs in Beijing office and the related expense of USD7 million will be included in the first […]

Chinese Internet Company Sets Domain Name Record With USD17 Million Purchase

How much is a good website domain name worth these days? An insider from Qihoo 360 confirmed that the company has invested USD17 million, which is about CNY110 million, to acquire the top-level domain 360.com. This top-level domain was previously owned by telecom carrier Vodafone. At present, the domain has directed to Qihoo 360’s search […]

Possible Class Action Suit Against Alibaba For Disclosure Failures

Alibaba and its executives may feel the sting of American jurisprudence as law firms line up for possible class action lawsuits in the United States against the Chinese e-commerce company. At least five law firms so far have expressed intentions to commence class actions against Alibaba. For example, a complain from Robbins Geller Rudman & […]

Facebook To Establish Office In Taiwan

Facebook will reportedly set up a new office in Taiwan which will be engaged in platform advertising sales.