Chinese Web Video Rivals To Merge

US-listed Chinese online video rivals Youku.com and Tudou unveiled merger plans Monday in a deal worth approximately $1 billion, according to Bloomberg: The proposed deal will strengthen the new company’s ability to compete with...

Web Giants Fight Amid TV Entertainment Purge (Updated)

Chinese television broadcasters have implemented deep cuts to their lineup of prime-time entertainment programming, reducing the number of such shows from 126 to 38 in order to comply with tough new government restrictions that...

Why China’s Web Copycats Succeed

Paul Delinger gives some background on why copycat Chinese Internet applications can flourish, for China Tracker: When it comes to Internet and mobile application development, it is often said that the most popular model is...

Movie Star in the Making: China’s Answer to YouTube

From The Guardian: Tudou – China’s answer to YouTube – was started in January 2005 (a month before YouTube) by 35-year-old Gary Wang. Nearly four years later, Tudou has some 12 million users a day and 75...

Door Cracks for Video-sharing Web Sites

Caijing has the latest on the regulations covering video-sharing websites: Three small Web sites have won government licenses for video-sharing services in China, a move seen as a signal that Beijing authorities may be widening...

Tudou Survives with a Spanking

“To live or to die?” The Chinese version of Youtube, Tudou(土豆) had its first brush with mortality after being officially listed as “slightly unhealthy” web. From RConversation: Jeremy Goldkorn at Danwei reports...

China Boosts Most Internet Users As Tudou Rumors Fly

China has more Internet users than any other country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper estimates that there are 228.5 million Internet users compared to 217.1 million in America: BDA estimates that China’s online...

Tudou Shutdown Reports: What’s Going On?

Speculation continues to swirl around the fate of Chinese YouTube copycat Tudou, which continues to function despite reportedly being slapped with a shut down order by the State Authority for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT;...

Video: Year of the Rat, Rise of the Hamster

Only five days into the Year of the Rat, and already prices have tripled – on hamsters. According to BBC News in Beijing, the hamster is now China’s must-have pet: Pet shop owners say stocks are running low –...

Tech Boom Sweeps China, But Some Sense a Bubble – Ariana Eunjung Cha

China’s the place where everyone wants to invest…right? Its tech sector, laden with both high expectations and unclear results, calls some things into doubt. For more information on the tech boom’s status and its possible future, read on. From The Washington Post: Over the past decade, start-ups have proliferated throughout China, thanks to an aggressive […]

Give Us Back Our Youtube! – Kenneth Tan

From Shanghaiist: As many of you would know by now, Youtube has been blocked in China. Looks like we got happy too soon about the unblocking of Blogspot.Danwei asks if the block has come as a result of the ongoing 17th Party Congress. Well, Marc van der Chijs, founder of the Shanghai-based Tudou.com , doesn’t […]



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