China

Apple has to think different about China

Rather than the local media and government coming around to the way Apple does business, Apple is learning that its usual playbook for success doesn’t necessarily work in China.

Google Wins Reprieve as China Renews Its License

The Chinese government has renewed Google’s license to operate in that country after the search giant changed the way it handles visitors to the Chinese version of its website. But despite the renewal, the tension between Google and the Chinese government seems unlikely to disappear completely.

Greentech in China: Who to Know, Where to Start

As Google’s ongoing standoff with Chinese authorities has demonstrated, doing business in China can be a labyrinthine task. Who do greentech entrepreneurs need to know to start doing business in China, and how can you start making those connections?

Google's Chinese Standoff Continues: So Why Not Just Leave?

Google says its search services have been partially blocked in China, as it waits for a decision on whether its licence to operate there will be renewed or not. The company has now tried several times to find a way of remaining in China while still refusing to filter its search results. All of which raises an obvious question: Why doesn’t Google just leave China altogether?

Soros Joins Yahoo As An Alibaba Investor

Alibaba Group, the part-Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) owned Chinese e-commerce giant, has a new investor in George Soros. Alibaba says Soros’ Soros Fun…

Do You Have What It Takes to Do Business in China?

China has historically been a tough market for foreign companies, and when it comes to doing business on the Internet, it’s getting even tougher when it comes to doing business on the Internet. Here are three tips to consider before investing time and energy there.

China Now Blocking Google Mobile Services

Google’s mobile services are at least partially blocked for users in mainland China, according to the page that Google set up recently to track which of its services are available to users in that country.

Google and China: What You Need to Know

The ongoing battle between Google and China sometimes reads like a spy novel, featuring a giant tech company clashing with totalitarian overlords and cyber attacks by shadowy forces. Here’s our take and what you really need to know about this epic confrontation.

Google Hacking Tied to China, But Not Conclusively

In the last week at least four major newspapers have each run their own original reporting about the hacking that led Google to threaten it may significantly alter its business in China (which it hasn’t). But the anonymously sourced stories don’t paint a clear picture.

How Much Will It Cost Google to Exit China?

Google earlier today made a bold decision — it stopped censoring results on Google.cn, its Chinese destination. This will most certainly get the company banned from China and it is going to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars.

Baidu COO Ye Quits

Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU) COO Peng Ye is leaving the Chinese internet giant. Baidu says Ye is leaving due to “personal reasons;” somewhat suspiciou…

Baidu Lands A Big Mobile Distribution Deal

Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU) — which already dominates Google (NSDQ: GOOG) in the Chinese web search market — has now landed a major mobile distribu…

Has Sina’s $1 Billion Media Deal Collapsed?

A deal between Chinese portal SINA and Focus Media may be falling apart. SINA agreed to purchase some assets from Focus Media (NSDQ: FMCN) i…

Baidu Is Looking To Buy Companies

Hoping to expand its already dominant position in the Chinese internet market, Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU) is on the hunt for an acquisition. CFO Jen…

HTC To Sell Android Smartphones In China

HTC will start selling an Android-based smartphone in China next month in an attempt to double its sales in the world

Illegal G1’s “Pouring” Into China

US-ordered G1’s have been “pouring into China” illegally since it was released in the US on October 26 through T-Mobile, reports Pacific Ep…

Can Olympics Boost Mobile TV In China?

The current quality of mobile TV may not be quite up to snuff in China, but that may not matter to those Chinese consumers hoping to tune in…

RIM’s Blackberry Debuts In China Market

RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) is entering the Chinese market at the end of the month through its exclusive distribution deal with China Mobile to carry i…

Google: New Products, Acquisitions In China?

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has already flagged its interest in tackling China’s online population through the mobile phone. Now the company’s presi…

Baidu Trails Google In Mobile Search In China

Despite its supremacy in many other parts of the world, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has had a difficult time taking the lead in China’s Internet por…

Google Mobile In China

It seems China is the new Japan… VentureBeat has an interview with Andy Tian, in charge of Google (NSDQ: GOOG)

2.1 Million Chinese Mobile TV Viewers

The Broadcasting Worldwide (BCWW) convention in Seoul has heard some interesting stats about mobile TV in Korea and China, the Korean ones S…

WPP Invests in Chinese Media Fund

WPP has invested an undisclosed amount in the Chinese media venture capital firm China Broadband Capital Partners, reports Telegraph. The fu…

Earnings: Hurray Revenues Down 20.4 Percent

Chinese mobile content company Hurray has released its second quarter results for the three months ending June 30th. Total revenues fell 20.…

Xinhua Finance’s War Of Words With WSJ

Xinhua Finance Media, the Chinese financial new gathering agency which in March did a U.S. IPO, has been given the page one treatment by WSJ…

Mobile Newspapers Too Depersonalized

Chinese research company CCID Consulting has pointed out some problems with mobile newspapers — focussed on China but relevant everywhere.…

Linktone Buys Into eChinaMobile

Chinese company Linktone has signed an agreement to purchase 49 percent of eChinaMobile, a subsidiary of payment company eChinaCash. As a re…

Google To Add SMS Service To Search In China

Google will add mobile messaging functions to its online search in China, according to reports in TMCnet. “When people search local informat…

CMMB Free For Two Years?

Hidden behind a subscription wall at Telecom Paper is the news that “the Chinese homegrown mobile TV standard, China Mobile Multimedia Broad…

Earnings: Hurray Revenue Falls 3.3 Percent

Chinese mobile content vendor Hurray has reported first quarter revenues fell 0.9 percent year-on-year to $16.6 million. Revenues from mobil…

Chinese Mobile TV Standard CDMB Approved

The China Association for Standardization has approved and issued the China Digital Multimedia Broadcast (CDMB) mobile TV handset standard a…

China New Spate of Local Online Media IPOs?

So suggests this Reuters story, citing the example of Eastday.com, Shanghai’s biggest online news portal…the story says that the site, own…

China Plans To Cut Mobile Service Charges

China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) said on its official Web site that China should implement one-way charging as well as cut dow…

Prices Too High For China Mobile

China Mobile indicated during its earnings call last month that it was looking for overseas acquisitions. Now CEO Wang Jianzhou has told the…

Qiao Xing Mobile Announces NY IPO

Chinese company Qiao Xing Universal Telephone has announced that its major subsidiary Qiao Xing Mobile Communication — a handset manufactur…

Alibaba.com Plans IPO: Report

Chinese B2B site Alibaba.com is planning to go public later this year in an IPO which could raise $1 billion, reports the New York Times. Th…

Earnings: China Unicom Profits Rise 41 Percent

China Unicom has released its first-quarter results for the three months ending March 31st. Its Q1 profits rose 41 percent year-on-year to 1…

Mobile Barcodes In China

All forms of mobile advertising have been in the media a lot lately as the industry wraps its head around ad-supported rather than fee-based…

Hurray Signs Deal With Chinese Broadcaster

Chinese mobile music distributor Hurray has signed an exclusive agreement with Beijing TV Media to create interactive services for the broad…

Sina.com Lines Up Labels For Music Service

Chinese content vendor Sina.com has reached agreements with Sony, BMG Universal, Warner, EMI and Rock Records to launch a digital music plat…

China Cracks Down On Virtual Currencies

There’s a lot of reports of the Chinese government’s decision to ban any new internet cafes for a year, but Forbes was one of the few sites…

Match.com Acquires International Dating Sites

Dallas-based online dating site Match.com has changed its strategy of organic growth by acquiring two international dating sites reports AP.…

Sina Reports Fall In Q4 Profits Due To Mobile

Chinese web portal Sina Corp has reported that its Q4 profits fell 15 percent due to a drop in revenues for mobile services and higher expen…

China

Mobile search has come out of nowhere to be the de facto mega-trend of 2007. Recognizing that online search is the interface to all content…

CDC Mobile To Invest $20 million In BBMF Group

CDC Mobile plans to invest $20 million in Japan’s BBMF Group as part of its plan to gain first mover advantage in the Chinese 3G (or 4G) mob…

China

Messaging and alerts services continue to be the money-makers, but mobile music, games and Mobile TV are also making considerable gains in C…

Cellphone Ads Are Easier Pitch in China

The WSJ has an article on the potential of mobile advertising in China, which reportedly seems to be following the Japanese market of a thri…

Chinese Will Buy Cheap 3G Handsets

[By James Pearce]
A survey released in China last week claimed that 77 percent of Chinese mobile phone users are keen to buy 3G handsets wh…

Web 2.0 in China: Build Or Buy?

Sage Brennan has a good column this week about the online startups (Web 2.0 ones, as he describes it) in China, and whether it makes sense f…

Yahoo China Head Quits After A Month

The Baidu effect: Yahoo China’s president has resigned after barely 40 days on the job, said its Chinese owner Alibaba.com, which is revampi…

China Telecom Denies Plan To Buy Stake In MTN

Telecom Asia is reporting that China Telecom has denied a rumor it will buy South African telco MTN. The rumor was on a Dow Jones report say…

News Corp Keen For Telstra Content Deal

After its deal with China Mobile News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has indicated a desire to do a similar deal with Australian incumbent, Te…

New Telco Regs Halve Earnings Of Tom Online

Telecom Asia: Chinese internet portal Tom Online has reported a severe drop in year-on-year earnings and profit after Chinese mobile carrier…

Hurray Buys Stake In Chinese Record Label

According to a press release, Chinese mobile content company Hurray! will buy 30% of Chinese record label Beijing New Run Entertainment for…

China.com Signs Content Acquisition Deal

China Tech News: China.com has signed a content acquisition deal with China-based BDL Media Ltd…BDL seems to do English language content,…

China: Bright Future For Mobile TV?

The China Daily newspaper is touting a bright future for mobile TV, but not necessarily for the local standard.
On the pro side: “Liu said m…

Chinese Mobile TV Decision Favors TV Stations

There’s some more analysis of China’s decision to enforce its homegrown mobile TV standard. Apparently it will allow the state-owned televis…

China To Enforce Homegrown TV Standard

The Chinese government will force operators to use a homegrown mobile TV standard, STiMi (which stands for Satellite Terrestrial Interactive…

China Aims For Mobile TV Standard

I’m all for countries developing their own intellectual property, but me-too efforts that start out several years behind the competition are…

Mobile Services For China Cultural Chart

The China Cultural Chart (a Chinese cultural pageant which brings Chinese performers from the region to compete) will offer mobile content b…

GMO Targets China Mobile Content Leadership

Malaysian company GMO (listed on London’s AIM) has acquired a 20% stake in China’s Wisdom Choice Investments for RM60.42 million in a move t…

New MVNO To Focus On Chinese-Americans

Another MVNO has launched in the US, this one focused on Chinese-Americans. The big drawcard for Red Pocket Mobile is the ability to call Ch…

Hong Kong Trials DVB-H

Hong Kong operator PCCW has announced plans to trial DVB-H for six months…this is in addition to the 3G TV effort using CMB it is running.…

China Rolls Two More Mobile TV Specs

Another two mobile TV technologies are attempting to get off the ground by taking advantage over the confusion surrounding the Beijing 2008…

Some Recent Mobile Content Deal Announcements

— China Unicom is improving its music service via a deal with Global Music International. The main intention seems to be to offer “western…

Wireless China Gets $1.2 Million Funding

Wireless China, a mobile content services firm based in Beijing, has raised a $1.2 million seed round of funding. The round was co-led by Sh…

China Mobile Launches Music Club

China Mobile has launched a mobile music club dubbed M.Music. The club will offer full-track downloads to members, as well as “access to the…

China’s DMB Network

Guangdong Mobile Television Media (GMTM) is in the process of building a DMB network in Guangdong, with 42 separate RFS antenna systems whic…

Warner Music In China Wireless Venture

Warner Music has signed a deal with Chinese operator China Unicom to sell music to the carriers 130 million wireless users…or those with t…

230M Chinese WAP Users By 2008

IResearch has predicted the number of WAP users in China will grow from 72 million in 2005 to 100 million this year, and 230 million by 2008…

Telco Acquisitions

There’s a couple of telco deals being reported…
“China Mobile Communications is reportedly on the verge of acquiring Millicom Internationa…

Hurray! Q1 Profit Down 83.5%

“Wireless music distribution company Hurray! Holding Co. Ltd. said today that first-quarter profit took an 83.5% dive due to continued weakn…

China Mobile In Talks With Google

China Mobile and Google are in talks about mobile search (nothing definite yet)…Google has recieved criticism for offering a censored sear…

Mobile TV Will Land In Guangdong

A mobile TV trial will launch in China on May 17 (World Telecommunication Day), running in the southern province of Guangdong. “This new ser…

MTV Eyes Chinese Mobile Market

MTV wants to expand into China via internet and mobile services…foreign broadcasting is tightly restricted by the Chinese government, but…

Sina’s CEO Resigns; Profits Tank

It takes a strong heart to invest in any of the Chinese portals these days…the yo-yo game is crazy. Sina, one of the big three (or four, d…

Ringback Tones Popular in China

Ringback tones, the perpetually-pregnant-with-promise tones, are big in China now…operators China Unicom and China Mobile are experiencing…

ROK Gets

Rok has scored a pretty big deal for its streaming TV solution…its signed a deal with China Mobile worth

Mobile Newspaper Services In China

A nice story on how some newspapers in China are launching mobile services…In Shanghai, Wenhui-Xinmin United Press Group and Jiefang Dail…

AOL Re-enters China With Language Site

It is the day of retries…first CNET entering TV market again, and now AOL re-entering China, in a smaller way than before. AOL has formed…

Chinese Mobile Music To Hit US$1.7B By 2008

Forbes: Analysys International has predicted that revenue from China’s wireless music market will hit 13.5 billion Yuan (almost US$1.7 billi…

WangYou Media Gets $5 Million Funding

WangYou Media, a Beijing-based provider of online diary, video and other content hosting, has raised just under $5 million in VC funding fro…

DMB Moves In China

UK company RadioScape “has won contracts to supply five more Digital Multimedia Broadcast (DMB) and Enhanced Packet Mode (EPM) transmission…

China Pushes For Mobile TV For 2008 Olympics

Research firm In-Stat reports that mobile TV in China will gather momentum in 2007 and grow to 94 million subscribers by 2009. Naturally, th…

More Linktone Troubles: CTO Resigns

Changes continue at the Chinese mobile content provider: after Linktone CEO resigned last month, the CTO Ye Xin and human resources VP Zhen…

Linktone CEO Resigns, New Search On

Chinese mobile content troubles continues: LInktone’s CEO Raymond Yang resigned…The company did not disclose a reason for Yang’s departure…

Sina’s Mobile Troubles Continue

From the Q4 conference call transcript on SeekingAlpha:
— The mobile value-added service revenue grew 3% sequentially, but declined 31% ye…

Earnings: Sina’s Profit Drop, Outlook Cut

Things are certainly hard for the Chinese portal triumverates: Sina said quarterly profits plunged 21 percent on softening mobile service sa…

Yao Ming Backs Chinese Digital Music Service

This is kinda interesting: a new music download site in China, called Top100.cn, launched last week, and has backing/investment from NBA sup…

The Chinese Online Game Market: A Report

A good report on the Chinese online gaming market, by Bear Stearns…companies like Netease, The9, and Shanda. Download the 37-page PDF from…

Shanda Acquires Casual Games Firm Gametea

Shanda, one of the biggest online gaming firms in China, has bought out Gametea, an online casual games platform that develops and operates…

Yahoo China Not Exiting Portal Business

So says Alibaba CEO Jack Ma (who now own Yahoo’s China business)…this comes after Yahoo relaunched its Chinese home page last month, with…

Earnings: Sohu.com Profits Dip, Sales Higher

Cinese online media company Sohu.com said its Q3 profits slipped despite higher revenues…it has net earnings of $8.03 million, down 3.6% f…

Earnings: Sina.com’s Profits Down

Chinese portal Sina said its profits in Q3 fell by a bigger-than-expected 37 percent due to ad costs to attract subscribers to a mobile phon…

Chinese Community Sites Fundings

Despite the slew of sites covering tech and digital media out of China, it is still very difficult to gets funding news from there (Pacfic E…

Streaming P2P TV Piracy Big In China

China has become the hotbed of P2P streaming distribution of live TV signals, exposing the world’s pay-TV operators to the kind of online pi…

Yeelion Gets $0.8 Million First Round

(down the page): Yeelion, a Chinese personalized digital media startup, has received $0.8 million in first round of funding, according to an…

Intel Invests in Chinese IPTV Company

Marking the first distribution from Intel’s recently-created $200 million Intel Capital China Technology Fund, the company reported today th…

Earnings: Tom Online’s Profits Stall

Tom Online, another one of the big online portal players in China, has reported flat profits for Q2. Its net income rose to $10.2 million fr…

Chines Payment Company 99Bill Gets Funding

Chinese online and mobile payment company 99Bill has raised an undisclosed first round of venture funding led by Doll Capital Management and…

Reactions/Follow Up on Yahoo-Alibaba Deal

The Yahoo-Alibaba deal has evoked a lot of reaction, both from analysts and the media, and some additional deal points:
— Xinhua: Ma Yun, C…

Online-Payment Firms Target China

Yahoo’s possible tie-up with Alibaba might be announced later tonight, and that would certianly fuel the e-commerce potential of China. The…

Earnings: Shanda Reports Higher Earnings

Shanda Interactive, China’s top online game operator said its Q2 earnings rose. Its net income rose 58 percent to 223 million yuan ($26.9 mi…

More On Yahoo-Alibaba Rumor

According to Pacific Epoch, the earlier rumor of Yahoo buying into Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba getting more fuel: Alibaba will transf…

Earnings: Sina’s Q2 Profits Fall 45%

Sina, one of the big Chinese portal players, posted a 45 percent decline in its Q2 profits, as the company continued to diversify its revenu…

Baidu Sued for Piracy Ahead of IPO

Baidu.com, China’s biggest Internet search engine which is partly-owned by Google (and has just filed for its IPO in U.S.), is being sued by…

Baidu May Be Valued At $800 million

Baidu, the Chinese online search engine which filed for an IPO earlier this week (after some rumors that Google might be interested), with a…

AOL’s Overseas Push

Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons says that AOL is looking to take its new AOL open-portal strategy outside of U.S. “We’ve been working with A…

Chinese Net Growth Hits Wall

Everyone’s turning sour on the Chinese Internet sector: “for now, the mythical land of hyper-growth known as China’s Internet sector remains…

Sina Q3 earnings up 24%; shares jump

The Chinese Internet services company reported a 24 percent jump in third-quarter earnings on higher revenue from advertising and mobile-rel…

Yahoo China Links With 12 Firms

Did Yahoo say it did not have portal ambitions in China? Well, thsi disproves it…it has formed a partnership with 12 Chinese companies to…

Reuters Targets China In Digital Media Push

Reuters has created a new role of head of consumer media for China…the head will lead the marketing and development of Reuters products fo…

Changing Scenario: Shanda vs Sina?

A change in the portal supremacy in China? This story argues that Sohu and Netease would fall out of that Chinese net portal trinity, and it…

IDG Establishing New VC Fund In China

IDG will establish a new $150 million fund in China in the first quarter of 2005. IDG plans to invest US$2.5 billion in China by 2020…
It…

Yahoo! To Acquire Sina?

I doubt it..seems more like a rumor…
The Chinese language story here…

Race for Chinese Content Heats Up

Two U.S.-based companies whose work centers on the Mainland Chinese marketplace are drilling down further into the converged wireless/wireli…

Tom Online Puts Faith In Java Games

Tom Online, the Chinese internet portal controlled by tycoon Li Ka-shing, said on Tuesday it would not suffer as much as rivals from slowing…

TOM A Worthy Rival To China Portals

TOM Online is a rising star in China’s Internet sector, challenging dominant portals Sina, Sohu.com and Netease.com.
TOM Online has received…