For China’s Web Portals, Controversy Sells

The Wall Street Journal looks at the role of China’s web portals in the recent spate of Internet scandals: Take the scandal known in China as “Tigergate.” In the fall, a farmer in China’s Shaanxi province...

Government organizes trip for China’s Internet elite to improve their ‘political quality’  

From the Interfax today: Internet Media Association recently organized an educational trip for China’s leading Internet media companies with support from the Internet Affairs Bureau of China’s State Council. Internet Executives participating in the trip included NetEase Founder Ding Le and Sohu Founder Charles Zhang, two of the richest men in China. …… “The trip, […]

China’s Net portals under threat

“The shifting fortunes of China’s Internet portals are likely to take a turn for the worse as short-messaging services (SMS) are gradually becoming less of a goldmine. From stricter government regulation to lower charges for voice calls, the hitherto lucrative SMS business is facing multiple dangers in the months ahead, the China Business Weekly newspaper […]

China’s Web Portals Open a Door to Risk (New York Times)

“Founded in the late 1990’s, the three Internet companies embraced e-commerce, online advertising and other revenue models but failed to turn a profit until 2002, when they began to provide Internet content, for a fee, to users of China’s nearly 200 million cellphones. On their phones, cellular subscribers can receive sports news, jokes or advice […]

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