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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...

Learning to Live With Corruption

At Forbes, Shaun Rein argues that change must come from within: What resulted when Google publicly shamed the Chinese government? Greater mistrust of foreign Internet businesses and greater Internet regulation. Can you blame the...

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...

Booming Demand for TV on the Internet in China

The New York Times reports on the online video market in China: While Internet TV in the United States is in a nascent state, in China, it is already drawing a huge share of the world’s biggest Internet market, where an...

The Man Behind the Chinese Equivalent of YouTube

The L.A. Times’ profile of Victor Koo, the founder of YouKu.com: But please don’t call it YouTube: Less than a third of Youku’s content is user-generated, setting it apart from the U.S. video-sharing mega-site....

China’s Social Networks Bloom Without Twitter, Facebook

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...

China Licenses Online-Video Site

From Wall Street Journal: Chinese online-video site Youku.com said it has received a long-awaited license from China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, in a sign that China’s government may not...

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