Tencent removed and reprogrammed two chatbots named BabyQ and XiaoBing from the company’s QQ...
by Natalie Ornell | May 25, 2014
At China Change, 26-year-old blogger and former editor at qq.com Zhang Jialong explains why he...
by Samuel Wade | Nov 15, 2012
At Tea Leaf Nation, Natalie Thomas points to signs that netizens are growing disillusioned with social media as a force for social and political change, as apparent victories turn out to be hollow and numbness sets in. While...
by Xiao Qiang | Feb 10, 2010
Francois Bougon reports for AFP: The 384 million people now online in China, where the need to build connections (guanxi) has always been vital, have fostered an explosion in web networking, led by instant messaging and...
More Reactions to the “Fabricated Cardboard-Filled Dumplings Story” from Chinese Media and Cyberspace
by Xiao Qiang | Jul 20, 2007
CDT yesterday followed some first-time online reactions from netizens to the news that the cardboard-filled dumplings story is fabricated. What about China’s mainstream media? Are there voices other than Xinhua’s official version of this story now? Here are excerpts from an editorial on the Southern Metropolis Daily, translated by CDT: …… if we look into […]
by Michael Zhao | Apr 11, 2007
Much praise has been showered on China’s passing of its first private property law. Is it time now for one on virtual properties? From Virtual China (photo: QQ dolls via chinanews.com.cn): CNNIC reports that 61% of gamers have had virtual assets stolen and 77% feel that the current online atmosphere is unsafe for virtual assets. […]
by Eric Kaltman | Mar 30, 2007
From the Wall Street Journal: “China’s fastest-rising currency isn’t the yuan. It’s the QQ coin — online play money created by marketers to sell such things as virtual flowers for instant-message buddies, cellphone ringtones and magical swords for online games. In recent weeks, the QQ coin’s real-world value has risen as much as 70%.
by Mo Ming | Jan 2, 2007
From Virtual China Blog: Tencent, QQ.com‘s parent company, is being sued by an angry user for impersonating a friend and getting him to link through to a contest site. Damages sought: 40,000 Q coins, and 445 5-digit QQ numbers (see previous post on the value of QQ numbers). Is this the first time that a […]
by Xiao Qiang | Jan 22, 2006
From Beijing Youth Daily, via Chinese E-Govenmence Net: (translated by CDT) Starting today, when netizens visit all the main portals of Shenzhen city, Guangdong, they will see two cartoon figures “Jingjing” and...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 18, 2005
Nanfang Zhoumo (Southern Weekend), one of China’s most popular newspapers and part of the independent-minded Southern Daily Group, has published a lengthy report on government efforts to censor the Internet. [UPDATE: ESWN...
by Xiao Qiang | Aug 10, 2005
From The EastSouthWestNorth blog: News media know that they have to keep the excitement level up in order to keep their audience. But news media know that they depend heavily on external development and events (such as the The Fuzhou Bus Explosion), which are beyond their control. During times when nothing new and exciting is […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 25, 2005
From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: A plan by the mainland’s dominant instant messenger portal, QQ, to require that organisers and governors of chat groups register their real names has triggered a storm of protest among users. QQ has more than 400 million registered users, and membership is required to take part […]
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- VOA Chinese – Year 2020 in Review: Xi Jinping steps up crackdown on independent journalists with unprecedented intensity
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