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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 will reportedly set up a new office in Taiwan which will be engaged in platform advertising sales.
Chinese information technology solutions provider Ultrapower’s wholly-owned subsidiary is helping China’s biggest mobile provider compete with instant messaging apps like Facebook’s Whatsapp, Tencent’s Wechat, and Apple’s iMessage.
Kingsoft Corporation Limited signed a joint operation framework agreement for games with Huaduo Group.
Chinese search engine company Baidu recently reached an agreement with Nokia to provide map services to Chinese users outside China as Baidu aims to develop international businesses through mobile services.
Crushing masses of people, airborne viruses, and smelly air are not the only threats for travelers on Beijing’s subway system as a hacker has revealed a new technology exploit that can bring havoc to the capital city’s underground transportation maze.
China’s Suning announced plans to increase its strategic investment in PPTV, a Chinese video website. At the same time, its board of directors appointed Fan Zhijun, executive president for Suning in East China, as chairman of the management committee at PPTV. Suning said that over the past year of transition, the strategic integration of PPTV […]
If China’s top Internet search engine controls Chinese literature the way it delivers Internet search results, be prepared for Baidu.com to censor, misrepresent, and deliver books to Chinese readers in a way only a book-burner could love. Baidu is now extending its government-influenced Internet monopoly into the Chinese literature sector. Baidu Literature announced its establishment […]
Chinese classified information website 58.com announced the launch of a new housekeeping service brand named “58 Daojia” and appointed Chen Xiaohua, chief strategy officer of 58.com, as chief executive officer of “58 Daojia”. 58 Daojia provides location-based service booking, on-site services, and online payment and reviews. This project was initially launched in July 2014. Currently, […]
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced that the company plans to invest USD10 million to purchase shares of Youku-Tudou from the secondary market, which will enable the playing of Youku-Tudou contents on Xiaomi devices. Xiaomi will also buy Youku-Tudou shares from the open market. The two parties will make a joint investment of an unknown sum […]
Chinese Internet portal NetEase.com announced that the company will officially close its blog services and recommends users to move their blogs to LOFTER, a microblog service at NetEase. According to NetEase, the blogs moving to LOFTER will maintain the same contents. Meanwhile, the company will completely shut down its blog services in the coming weeks. […]
Chen Yizhou, chief executive officer of Renren, says the company is planning to sell some non-core businesses to improve their profitability and they are also considering investment and expansion opportunities in America and Hong Kong. Chen revealed during an interview with local Chinese media that under the current model it is hard for the company […]
Chinese B2C e-commerce website JD.com and China Post Group have reached a strategic deal to jointly develop an e-commerce platform targeting cities below third-tier size in China. With the cooperation, JD.com will provide various products, including PCs, digital products, home and kitchen supplies, and cosmetics, for China Post’s “people-benefit project”. Those products will reach 13 […]
Xueqiu.com, a Chinese social investment website, has completed its third round of financing of USD40 million with investors including Renren.com and Morningside Ventures. Xueqiu’s products include its website and an application for smart devices. Officially launched in November 2011, Xueqiu has been providing data inquiries, information, and interactive communications services to Chinese investors. Its services […]
Tencent Holdings Limited is investing USD70 million into Ting Ting Group, the owner of Chinese online healthcare service community DXY.cn. Tencent gains a minority equity stake of DXY on a fully diluted and as converted basis, and the deal is expected to close soon. DXY plans to invest the capital into developing healthcare products for […]
Microsoft will officially close its instant messaging service MSN in China on October 31, 2014. Microsoft already shut down MSN services worldwide in March 2013, with the exclusion of the Chinese mainland market; and the company started promoting its other communications product Skype. According to Microsoft, Chinese MSN services will be shut down on October […]
Chinese classified information website Ganji.com announced its latest executive team structure, covering strategy, sales, business development, and marketing. Former Alibaba executive Chen Guohuan has been appointed chief operating officer of Ganji.com; former Taobao executive Zhu Xiaoping has been appointed vice president of Ganji.com’s channel department; and former Alibaba B2B business unit executive Wang Zhenghong has […]
During the first half of 2014, the number of adults using the mobile Internet in Taiwan reached 9.87 million. The Taiwan Network Information Center published a report on the broadband network usage in Taiwan in 2014, which said that over the past three years, Taiwan’s Internet growth rate maintained a rate of over 70% and […]
American mobile game developer Kabam announced that the company has gained a USD120 million investment from Alibaba Group. Kabam said in a statement that the funding will help the company realize growth and Alibaba will assign an executive to join the board of directors at Kabam. Kabam’s valuation reached over USD1 billion during this round […]
Even though its founder pledged to avoid online gaming because his son developed an online game addiction, Alibaba has now launched its own cloud gaming platform. Cloud gaming at Alibaba aims to merge game interaction and data operation on cloud servers and transmit the real-time pictures back to the TV screens of users. With this […]
With a newly-minted IPO under its belt, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc. announced today that is now taking pre-orders for Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30, 2014, through JD.com’s Mobile QQ […]
Chinese search engine company Baidu announced in Tianjin that the company’s developer start-up center in the city has been formally established. This is Baidu’s newest regional start-up center following those already operational in Chengdu and Xiamen. This new Tianjin Baidu developer start-up center is located in Hongqiao district. With an office area of over 3,000 […]
According to data from the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce, Letv has registered a new company named Letv Mobile Smart Information Technology (Beijing) Company Limited, with registered capital of CNY20 million. The business scope of this new company covers production and development of mobile phones and sales of communications devices, electronic products, mechanical equipment, […]
Cheetah Mobile, a subsidiary of Kingsoft, announced that the company has reached an agreement with Zoom Interactive, a Hong Kong online marketing company, on a full acquisition for USD30 million. The USD30 million consideration will reportedly include USD20 million in cash and about USD4 million in Cheetah Mobile restricted class A ordinary shares. In addition, […]