Posts Categorized: Social Media


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Why Did Alibaba Invest $586 Million in Sina Weibo?

Yesterday we learned that the rumors that had been swirling for months were true: e-commerce giant Alibaba has invested a huge chunk of cash...

  • April 30, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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Report: Baidu Acquires Social Video Rival PPS For Up to $400 Million

China’s leading search engine, Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), is said to have acquired a rival social video site for $300 million to $400 million. T...

  • April 25, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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Indonesian President Now #1 Asian Nation Leader on Twitter (And Has Lots of Parody Accounts Too)

Since the Indonesian president joined Twitter as @SBYudhoyono just 11 days ago, his official account has now reached 1.56 million followers....

  • April 24, 2013
  • at 4:55 pm
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Vietnamese Prostitutes Are Using Facebook For Sex-Commerce

Despite Facebook’s stringent photo policy, some things always just slip through the cracks. And this time, it’s prostitution. Th...

  • April 24, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Says $200M Should Go to Building a Social Network for the Youth

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Says $200M Should Go to Building a Social Network for the Youth

Last month, there was a considerable amount of online chatter about Vietnam’s prime minister planning to throw down $200 million to bu...

  • April 22, 2013
  • at 8:00 pm
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Hong Kong’s Zorpia: Is This a Real Social Network or Just a Spammer? [UPDATE]

I first came across Zorpia a couple months ago, when I got an email saying that a friend — we’ll call him Mike — had ̶...

  • April 22, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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Hike app update

How You Feeling? India-Made Hike App Adds Status Updates and Moods

We saw the India-made messaging app Hike launch last summer and then go global in December. In the fast-moving world of social media, that m...

  • April 18, 2013
  • at 10:30 pm
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Just.me Launches as a Messaging App to Kill Off Facebook, Looks to Asia for Big Boost

Oh great, another messaging app. But now that these are clearly ubiquitous social tools, we’ll have to get used to seeing new ones lau...

  • April 17, 2013
  • at 12:00 pm
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5 Mobile Apps Chinese Smartphone Users Can’t Live Without

Besides WeChat, it’s worthwhile to remind ourselves of the other mobile apps that the Chinese use to connect with each other in China.

  • April 16, 2013
  • at 9:02 pm
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Alibaba Gets More Social, Takes Stake in Sina Weibo for $586 Million

China’s top e-commerce company has secured what could be the biggest web deal of the year in the country. Alibaba, which has been a lo...

  • April 29, 2013
  • at 10:42 pm
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The Biggest Brands on Social Media in Southeast Asia in 2013 (INFOGRAPHIC)

The crew at Bangkok-based social analytics firm ZocialInc has fired up its ZocialRank platform to see which brands are doing the best on Fac...

  • April 24, 2013
  • at 10:05 pm
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With One New App, Every Sina Weibo Post Can Be Easily Translated into English

A couple of months ago we previewed the creation of a new kind of third-party app for Sina Weibo – one that would translate the mostly...

  • April 24, 2013
  • at 3:00 pm
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Remember “China’s Facebook”? It’s Fighting Back Against WeChat With a New Messaging App

Once hailed as “China’s Facebook”, Renren (NYSE:RENN) has had a rough few years. First overtaken by microblogging (with new rivals Sin...

  • April 23, 2013
  • at 2:30 pm
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WeChat Officially Steps Foot Into Singapore Market with First TV Commercial [VIDEO]

Tencent’s social messaging application WeChat has announced today that its expansion plans have officially traveled down south to the shor...

  • April 22, 2013
  • at 4:44 pm
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How A Japanese Craigslist Became Instantly Profitable In Vietnam

For startups that are hoping to build products for everybody, here’s a case study that proves the power of focusing on niche, under-served...

  • April 19, 2013
  • at 8:00 pm
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Food App Burpple Featured in 14 Countries in Apple App Store

Singapore-made food app Burpple was featured on the front page across 14 countries in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks.

  • April 18, 2013
  • at 9:08 pm
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Kaifu Lee: Rumors of Weibo’s Death Are Exaggerated

We’ve written a lot about the rise of WeChat and the danger it poses to Sina Weibo. Last night, a weibo post (ironically enough) sugge...

  • April 17, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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Wish.vn: A Foray Into Medical Startups in Vietnam

There aren’t too many startups in Vietnam that are making a foray into medicine. In fact, I only know two: Wish.vn and Yton.vn. Let’s fo...

  • April 15, 2013
  • at 5:02 pm
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