Posts Categorized: Social Media



Sina Weibo appoints agent to set up office in Singapore and Indonesia for expansion

We’ve received news that Sina Weibo has officially expanded to both Singapore and Indonesia, appointing a new company called Trends Med...

  • August 30, 2013
  • at 6:25 pm
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Chinese “black PR” firm controlled hundreds of verified Weibo users, raked in millions

As China’s war on rumors continues, it seems black PR firms — firms that spread rumors and false reports about competitors for c...

  • August 30, 2013
  • at 11:30 am
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Foodshot, a sleek Instagram for food lovers from Vietnam

Vietnam's got a host of very sleek designers and they're finally rising up into the spotlight with cool foodie apps like Foodshot.

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 5:00 pm
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Spreading rumors on WeChat is a crime, say Chinese internet police

Recently we’ve seen a couple stories about police cracking down on Sina Weibo rumor-spreaders. But Weibo isn’t the only platform...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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Shanghai police have investigated 170 suspects for creating 380 online rumors

Just last week we ran a quick story about several Chinese black PR operatives getting arrested for starting online rumors about, among other...

  • August 27, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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First impressions: Sina releases WeChat competitor, WeMeet

WeMeet rolls your Weibo feed, RSS feeds, and a chat app all into one. The defining characteristic is the app's focus on groups.

  • August 26, 2013
  • at 10:39 pm
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Bhutan opens up to tech and startups, with an inclination towards Chinese social media

Bhutan opens up to tech and startups, with an inclination towards Chinese social media

Bhutan, famous for its concept of Gross National Happiness and guardianship of Tibetan Buddhism, is a land of many contrasts. It welcomed Ti...

  • August 24, 2013
  • at 10:00 am
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Line considering an IPO to boost global expansion

Line recently surpassed 230 million users worldwide, and says 300 million would be the threshold for an IPO.

  • August 23, 2013
  • at 11:51 am
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Line says there’s no official request from Thai government to investigate chats

At yesterday’s annual event for NHN’s popular messaging app, Line, it was annouced that Thailand, with 18 million users, is the second l...

  • August 22, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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Philippine telco bundles chat apps with phone plans for free

Chat apps are one of the biggest trends in Asia today. In the Philippines, Globe Telecom recognizes that. Last month, Globe bundled Viber...

  • August 30, 2013
  • at 1:30 pm
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Frrole forays into social intelligence for marketing

Microsoft-backed Indian startup Frrole forays into social intelligence for marketing

Bangalore-based social intelligence startup Frrole has launched enterprise software for the media and entertainment (M&E) sector. Amarpr...

  • August 29, 2013
  • at 5:00 pm
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China’s crackdown on rumors is making speech impossible

It should be fairly clear to everyone that China’s government is taking its crackdown on internet rumors quite seriously. Even talk on...

  • August 28, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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Qraving food? Find the tastiest food in Jakarta with Qraved

Find a good place to eat in Indonesia’s capital and share the pictures of your favourite foods – that’s the idea behind Qraved, a ...

  • August 27, 2013
  • at 12:50 pm
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Sina’s WeChat competitor WeMeet might have a fatal flaw

Everyone in China seems in a hurry to rush after WeChat now for some reason. Why they waited until the app had more than 200 million active ...

  • August 27, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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.CN websites come under attack, cripples Sina Weibo, Amazon.cn, and Bank of China

China’s national registry of websites ending in “.cn” was hit by a denial-of-service attack yesterday. Several websites with the...

  • August 26, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Reality check: Vietnam is NOT banning chat apps

It turns out Vietnam's not actually banning chat apps, it is adding policy and regulation that will help to manage the growth of chat apps. ...

  • August 23, 2013
  • at 3:30 pm
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Official ‘Indonesia.Travel’ tourism site plans expansion, will add hotel booking

Indonesia.Travel is the official tourism website run by Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy since 2009. Potential tourist...

  • August 23, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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To find the best Korean food in LA, forget Yelp or Foursquare

In keeping with my theme of diaspora studies using Asia-made messaging apps, today I’m venturing into Korean territory with KakaoPlace (pi...

  • August 21, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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