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Microblog comes in China Microblog comes in China(0)

Both well-established internet companies and small Internet startups recently launched microblogs or similar services in China, reported IDG News Services.

China has at least 340 million Internet users who are overwhelmingly young. Among them about 124 million people already use social-networking sites, and half of those write some type of microblog post daily, according to a government survey.

Earlier this year, portal company Sina launched what has become the best-known microblogging service. One reason Sina is doing well could be that it is an established provider with experience in catching and deleting sensitive information, said analysts.

But the main reason is probably Sina’s use of celebrities to draw users, said analysts. Chinese celebrities are among the most-followed users on Sina’s service, called Sina Microblog in Chinese. Some of the actors, singers and famous businessmen posting messages and pictures have hundreds of thousands of followers.

Sina promotes their accounts on the main page of its microblog service.

Microsoft recently launched a microblog-style site linked to its Windows Live Messenger program, which is widely used for instant messaging in China. Microsoft says the service is not a microblog, but it lets users post 140-character messages and displays them alongside messages from friends on a scrolling timeline. Top Chinese search engine Baidu has also launched a microblog-style service linked to its popular message board system, though the help page for the service does not call it a microblog.

Source : Konaxis

Porn P2P video sites Porn P2P video sites(0)

BTChina, a BitTorrent site whose closure has caused a media uproar, has emptied its Web site except for a message saying the country’s broadcasting regulator shut it down for lacking a license to offer online videos. VeryCD, another popular service that says it is based on the eMule file-sharing program, appeared to become the latest casualty of the clampdown when it went offline Wednesday afternoon, though it posted a statement blaming the outage on server problems and saying service might resume the next day. China’s broadcasting regulator has now shut down hundreds of video Web sites in its campaign, according to local media.

Before this latest move, regulators have cranked up their work to eradicate porn accessed by mobile phone and called for more control of vulgar content in online PC games. Last week state Broadcaster CCTV also criticized Google and local rival Baidu over pornographic search results, following a row between authorities and Google earlier this year that peaked when Google services including Google.com were briefly blocked in the country.

China this year has already closed thousands of Web sites and arrested dozens over online porn. Authorities call the content harmful to children and appear to see porn as a scourge on traditional culture.

Source : Konaxis

Tencent had no comments on the rumors of its bidding on Friendster Tencent had no comments on the rumors of its bidding on Friendster(0)

Analysis pointed out that the participation in bidding meant that Tencent was accelerating overseas expansions.

This morning foreign media reported that the Friendster – “father of social networking sites” would be sold to an Asian buyer at the end of December with 100 million U.S. dollars and Tencent was among the Bidders.

About this, Tencent Investor Relations Department did not give a positive response on the matter when communicating with the Sina science and technology, just saying that Tencent “would not comment on market rumors”. Meanwhile, the Tencent Public Relations said they had no idea on this incident.

Analysts said the involvement in bidding Friendster meant that Tencent was speeding up the pace of overseas expansion, and Friendster has a certain market share in Southeast Asian markets including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, which will help Tencent rapidly expand the local business.

Friendster began to find a buyer as early as in July , the site’s brief fact sheet sent to potential acquirers said its number of global registered users was more than 100 million and it attracted more than 100,000 new users everyday, strongly promoting the influence and bright prospects of Friendster in the Asia Pacific region.

Excitement Net Zhang He: TV series cost have risen to 40,000 yuan per episode Excitement Net Zhang He: TV series cost have risen to 40,000 yuan per episode(0)

Meanwhile, Zhang He said it would generate greater values to allow the video sites medialized.

Starting form this year, online video copyright increasingly caused more concerns. Zhang He revealed that at present the cost of video websites to buy television series was 10000-20000 yuan per episode, while in last year the average cost was about 4000-5000 yuan, but the recent purchased TV series reached 40,000 yuan level.

Concerning the purchasing price increase trend, Zhang He believed no need to worry too much, the market could naturally adjust to the overall industry. About the mentioned 40,000 yuan TV series, Zhang He said it would generate profits from copyright distribution, cooperations with operators, as well as 3G and advertising.

Turning to anti-piracy issue, Zhang He said that pirated video site hurt very much the development of the industry, legal action is excitement nets’ last resort. At the same time Zhang He said that the copyright issues in video industry is too difficult to resolve, “have no much confidence in self-innovation of the industry”.

Besides, Zhang He also said to Sina science and technology that, through the anti-piracy practices to expand the market share is not a true awakening, but playing the “muddy the waters” in the industry. What worried Zhang He most was after the current wave of fighting against Internet piracy video passed, the industry’s piracy would continue to develop.

“Video sharing is a very narrow thing, all people should not all go this way” in the eyes of Zhang the online video industry still has many left blanks. He believes that there are a lot of space in genuine video sites expanding the way to survive. “to medialized the video sites is more valuable” Zhang He cited an example.

Google Books in China Google Books in China(0)

The China Written Works Copyright Society told AFP its data showed at least 17,922 books had been scanned and included in Google Books, the Internet giant’s project to digitise millions of books and post them online.

“Google has violated a widely-accepted international copyright rule that any scanning, collecting and using of protected works should obtain permission and pay a fee before usage,” society deputy general-director Zhang Hongbo told AFP.

The society is a body tasked by China’s government with collecting information on copyrights involving written material.

Zhang said the books involved the works of at least 570 Chinese writers and new complaints from writers and publishers were coming in every day.

“None of the writers we contacted said he or she received any notice from Google for the usage of their works,” Zhang said, adding they had not been paid either.

Zhang said his group would ask Google to acknowledge the infringement of Chinese copyrights and seek a negotiated solution, but he did not rule out a lawsuit.

Source : Konaxis

China Mobile to run E-Book service like Amazon China Mobile to run E-Book service like Amazon(0)

Datang, a telecom equipment vendor, will start selling an e-reader that supports China Mobile’s 3G standard late this month, said the company. The device has a 6-inch screen and can play music and receive news feeds in addition to displaying e-books. It will cost around 3,000 yuan (US$440), well above the $300 price tag on the Kindle.

But e-books in China face strong competition from free, often pirated content that can be downloaded from many Web sites and cheaply-priced pirated paper books widely sold on Chinese streets.

Local companies Hanwang Technology and Founder Technology also plan to sell e-readers for China Mobile’s 3G standard.

Datang plans to release a color e-reader in 2011 and may make other models targeted at groups such as students, a strategy used by rival Hanwang.

Source : Konaxis

Social Networking site Renren Social Networking site Renren(0)

The site changed its name from xiaonei.com last month in order to attract a wider user base of white collar workers.

According to Beijing-based Oak Pacific Interactive (OPI) figures, the service had an estimated 40 million users who had registered their real names, making it one of the most powerful social network services in China.

OPI is the largest operator of social networking websites in China, after taking ownership of the one of the most viewed in the country, MOP.com, information technology portal Donews and xiaonei. It employs 1,200 people.

One of the reasons for xiaonei’s success, said Chen, lay in the fact that it had developed into a platform for third parties and their applications, with a special emphasis on entertainment features.

Liu Ning, from the technology sector consulting company BDA China, said: “It’s quite early for a social network service to make money in just two or three years. Most, both in and out of China, find it difficult to make a profit. It’s likely that 51.com could also break even but others, even the popular kaixin001.com, are still losing money. ”

Source : Konaxis

First video had a net loss of 11.27 million Hong Kong dollars in first half of 2009 First video had a net loss of 11.27 million Hong Kong dollars in first half of 2009(0)

As of June 30, the first video in the first half has a total revenues of 70.38 million Hong Kong dollars, compared with same period last year of 53.575 million Hong Kong dollars; gross profit of 49.07 million Hong Kong dollars, compared with same period of 11.817 million Hong Kong dollars;

The first video in the first half had a net loss of 11.27 million Hong Kong dollars, compared with net profit of 8.9 million Hong Kong dollars; a net loss of 0.6 HK cents per share, compared with net profit of 0.5 HK cents.

Xianoei Facebook audience Xianoei Facebook audience(0)

Xiaonei.com, which has about 70 million registered users, was founded in December 2005. Its design and functions are very similar to that of Facebook. Both websites were originally targeted at university students. In China, the Xiaonei.com network is often used as a way to make new friends and even meet potential boy or girlfriends.

After the website was bought by Oak Pacific Interactive in October of 2006, it quickly became more commercialized, opening registration to workers in well-known companies in November 2007.

Renren.com was originally owned by a Hong Kong-based online company until the company closed down in 2001. Chen Yizhou bought the domain name in 2005, and launched it as a consumer information website there in 2006, but that venture failed in 2007, again leaving the website vacant – until now.

Source : Konaxis

Japan’s largest Q&A web site launched the Chinese version Japan’s largest Q&A web site launched the Chinese version(0)

Then, since the 31st of this month, they can go to the Chinese version of OKWave to find answers.

OKWave is Japan’s largest Q & A Web site with 1.5 million members and monthly views of more than 41 million. Information exchanged at this site is related to life, workplace, social and interests of about 10 major categories, with hundreds of small categories. The site is in cooperation the two companies: Chinese industrial company, Castle Peak Data Center, launching the Chinese service on July 31.

It is reported that during the launch of “OKWave China”, Chinese users can use Chinese to bring up various issues about Japan, Chinese in Japan or Japanese will answer these questions, and questions from the Japanese who have interest in China will be answered by Japanese in China or Chinese who can speak Japanese. As a platform for Chinese and Japanese people through questions and answers to have mutual exchange of information, people from these two countries will get answers to their concerned questions.

Hiroyuki Tanaka of OKWave said at a press conference that in Japan existing web site for foreigners or online community were mostly operated by foreigners, and most users were foreigners, but some answers were too general and vague, so that it was difficult for questioners to collect real valuable information about Japan. “OKWave China” is aimed at building a useful information platform for Japanese and Chinese people to exchange information to help solve doubts and worries.

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