Posts Categorized: Social Media


KakaoTalk's KakaoPlace app

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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Line adds Line Music, Line Mall and video calling

Line will roll out music service, e-commerce, and video calls later this year

Line is revealing a lot of stuff at the messaging app’s annual event in Tokyo today. The three major new features coming to Line app have ...

  • August 21, 2013
  • at 4:15 pm
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Line prepaid cards launch

Line to launch prepaid cards at convenience stores in Japan and Taiwan

NHN’s popular messaging app Line is having its annual conference today. The Tokyo event, which is also being live-streamed online, has jus...

  • August 21, 2013
  • at 1:25 pm
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After TV ads, KakaoTalk tops the app stores in the Philippines

Korea’s KakaoTalk has just been launched in the Philippines some two weeks ago, where it rolled out a series of TV advertisements featur...

  • August 20, 2013
  • at 8:00 pm
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Renren new products

Life after fame: Renren, once “China’s Facebook”, tries and tries again to remain relevant

Every so often I open up Gmail’s spam folder to see if anything important has been misdirected there. Typically, I find at least one notif...

  • August 19, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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#RescuePH uses social media and new site to crowdsource information about flood victims

Once again it’s typhoon season in the Philippines. When heavy rains and storms happen in the country, flooding is the next thing people wo...

  • August 19, 2013
  • at 3:07 pm
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CTW - China tech news this week

9 must-read tech stories in China this week

This week was all about numbers. And this being China, they're going to be massive numbers. Prepare for a numbersgasm.

  • August 18, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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China’s 591 million web users, infographic

All the facts and stats on China’s 591 million web users (INFOGRAPHIC)

As we noted recently when we looked at the newest stats from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China now has 591 millio...

  • August 15, 2013
  • at 4:48 pm
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Messi helps WeChat reach 100 million users outside of China

Boosted by Messi’s endorsement, WeChat scores 100 million users outside of China

Just six weeks ago we noted that the China-made messaging app WeChat had 70 million users outside of China. But today that number has rocket...

  • August 15, 2013
  • at 12:17 pm
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Vietnam is on the verge of banning chat apps like Viber, Whatsapp, Line, Zalo, and WeChat

Vietnam is just about to ban chat apps across Vietnam, this is very bad news for folks like KakaoTalk, Viber, Line, and Zalo, who have been ...

  • August 21, 2013
  • at 5:35 pm
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Line reveals latest user numbers, august 2013

Line reveals latest user numbers in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia

At today’s annual event for NHN’s popular messaging app, Line, the company revealed a bunch of new user numbers in various countries. Li...

  • August 21, 2013
  • at 3:15 pm
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After 4 years of veggie stealing, Renren shuts down ‘Happy Farm’

Happy Farm (and its English Zynga clone Farmville) made a big splash in the casual gaming world back in 2009, and for a few years, it was di...

  • August 21, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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Conspiracy theories swirl as WeChat suffers a service outage the day Yixin launches in China

Coincidence or conspiracy? That’s the question some Chinese mobile users are asking (mostly in jest) after popular chat app WeChat suf...

  • August 20, 2013
  • at 12:33 am
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Baidu Indonesia

With a Jakarta office opening soon, here are 8 products Baidu plans to launch in Indonesia (UPDATED)

Updated on October 16th: Baidu has clarified to us that Japanese typing apps Baidu IME and Simeji are specifically for Japanese-speaking use...

  • August 19, 2013
  • at 7:55 pm
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New mobile chat app Maaii focuses on voice calls, challenges Viber, Line, and WeChat

Maaii, a Hong Kong-made mobile chat app, has made a big impact in Southeast Asia recently. The app allows users to chat and make free or low...

  • August 19, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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selfie protests

In the Philippines, selfies become a form of protest

Have you ever heard of a “selfie”? For those who haven’t, it’s a photo you might take of yourself with your smartphone, generally in...

  • August 15, 2013
  • at 8:00 pm
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What Can Entrepreneurs Learn From Line? (VIDEO)

Here's our recap of our first ever Tech in Asia Meetup in Taipei, featuring Craig Chen from LINE Taiwan.

  • August 15, 2013
  • at 3:36 pm
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First look at Netease and China Telecom’s WeChat clone Yixin

I’ve written before about how Netease and China Telecom are reportedly working on a WeChat competitor and why such an endeavor is doom...

  • August 15, 2013
  • at 10:50 am
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