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Why Weibo Needs to Win the War with WeChat

At Tech in Asia, Charles Custer surveys the stakes in the brewing battle between between Sina Weibo and Tencent’s Weixin (or WeChat). Weibo, he argues, has repeatedly helped local social and environmental issues coalesce...

Facebook, China and Innovation

As Facebook made its stock market debut on Friday morning, and with observers wondering if and when the company will attempt to enter the China market, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos stepped back from the flurry of Chinese...

Sina Sees 60% of Weibo Users Verified by Deadline

Reuters reports that Sina expects 60% of users of its Weibo service to meet a March 16th real name verification deadline, suggesting that the requirement will gain greater traction than a similar attempt to regulate mobile phone...

US Trails China In Almost Every Mobile Usage Trend

ReadWriteWeb reports new research from Forrester which finds China leading the way by most measures of mobile technology adoption. The study found that users in Chinese (and Indian) cities were far more likely than Westerners to...

A Village With Only One Restaurant

Danwei’s Jeremy Goldkorn translates a joke currently being passed around on Sina Weibo and beyond: There is a village that only has one restaurant. Everyone in the village has to eat at that restaurant. Villager: Why...

Censorship in Asia: Against the Tide

The Economist’s Banyan blog surveys the state of censorship in Asia, following the Malaysian Prime Minister’s conclusion that “in today’s borderless, interconnected world, censoring newspapers and...

“Real Names” Policies Are an Abuse of Power

Social media researcher Danah Boyd attacks Google+ and Facebook’s insistence on the use of real names, a requirement which has also sparked protest among Chinese users. Over and over again, people keep pointing to Facebook...

Google+ Blocked Before it Opens? (Updated)

Google’s new social-networking site, Google+, which is still in the invitation-only beta phase, has already been blocked by the Great Firewall. From the Washington Post: Just Ping and the Greatfirewallofchina.org website...

China Restricts Popular Report-a-Bribe Websites

The Associated Press charts the swift rise and fall of iBribery.com, a site for logging cases of corruption which attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors, a swarm of imitators and finally the censors (though not, yet,...

Will the World be Sina Weibo’s Oyster?

In a guest post for TechRice, Andy Mok charts a course toward world domination for Sina Weibo … or at least toward dominance in the non-Western world, should European and North American consumers prove “too...

‘China’s Facebook,’ Renren, Files for IPO

China’s largest social networking site, Renren, is the latest Chinese IT company to go public on the U.S. stock market, CNN reports: Renren said in its filing that it is the leading social networking site as measured by...

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