Posts Categorized: Social Media



LinkedIn launches beta in mainland China, but many social features missing

LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) has officially launched a Chinese beta version of its professional social network under the name 领英, or Lingying. ...

  • February 25, 2014
  • at 11:47 am
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Only in Indonesia: Twitter votes come at a price on popular TV show

In previous seasons of the show fans did have to pay for SMS votes, but this is the first time Twitter has been included in the voting syste...

  • February 22, 2014
  • at 8:00 am
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5 reasons why WhatsApp can’t be number one in Indonesia

1. No free calls, 2. No fun features, 3. No marketing impact, 4...

  • February 21, 2014
  • at 3:09 pm
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Blued, a gay dude flirting app from China

China’s top gay flirting app gets funding, picks up 3 million users

Blued, a Grindr-style gay chat and hook-up app for Chinese guys, has secured series A funding to help it hire new staff and grow its user-ba...

  • February 21, 2014
  • at 11:34 am
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Tencent takes 20% stake in China’s Yelp, will add listings and restaurant reservations to WeChat

Tencent takes 20% stake in China’s Yelp, will add local listings and restaurant reservations to WeChat

Chinese web and social media titan Tencent (HKG:0700) has revealed this afternoon that it has taken a 20 percent stake in Dianping, a Yelp-s...

  • February 19, 2014
  • at 5:25 pm
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After Rakuten acquisition, Viber reveals it has 100 million active users

After Rakuten acquisition, Viber reveals it has 100 million active users

Earlier today, the popular messaging app Viber revealed it has been acquired by Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce titan. The $900 million dea...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 7:50 pm
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21 million taxi rides have been booked in WeChat in the past month

21 million taxi rides have been booked on WeChat in the past month

WeChat, the hugely popular messaging app in China, added the function to hail and pay for a taxi on January 6. Now, after more than a month ...

  • February 12, 2014
  • at 6:58 pm
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MomentCam adds GIF maker that animates your face, turns you into a WeChat emoticon

MomentCam, the China-made photo app that went viral around the world a few months ago, has come out with a major update. MomentCam users can...

  • February 10, 2014
  • at 4:42 pm
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Line adds a new theme store

Line gets colorful, adds new theme store in updated Android app

Messaging app Line has updated to v4.0 on Android, but it hasn’t resulted in a much-needed visual update for the old-looking app. Inst...

  • February 7, 2014
  • at 5:02 pm
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Japanese telco rumored to be chatting up Line, seeking stake in popular messaging app

The messaging app landgrab is on. Less than a week after Facebook bought out WhatsApp, and shortly after Rakuten acquired Viber, a report in...

  • February 25, 2014
  • at 11:36 am
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WeChat will soon allow celebrities and media to rake in money from ads

WeChat is popular because it has a lot of features besides messaging. In China especially, the app has evolved to include things like mobile...

  • February 21, 2014
  • at 9:37 pm
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Hike messaging app in India

Battling WhatsApp in India, Hike grows to 15 million users

There’s even more focus on messaging apps this week after Facebook’s buy-up of WhatsApp. The acquisition has also highlighted th...

  • February 21, 2014
  • at 1:49 pm
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Even with WhatsApp acquisition, Facebook doesn’t quite own Asia (yet)

News broke this morning that Facebook has acquired Whatsapp for a whopping $19 billion. What does this deal means to Asia, a continent fille...

  • February 20, 2014
  • at 5:46 pm
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Miss Indonesia pageant crowns beauties for being savvy with WeChat, YouTube, and social media

The Miss Online category was first introduced in 2011 by organizer MNC Media, while the other two titles were introduced this year.

  • February 18, 2014
  • at 1:00 pm
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With 350 million registered users, Line looks at mobile commerce for future growth

Generating over $330 million in revenue last year, Line has shown the world how a messaging app can earn boatloads of money. During a visit ...

  • February 14, 2014
  • at 9:30 am
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What WeChat needs to learn from Facebook

WeChat is doing things in China no other app in the world is doing right now. It manages to innovate with every update, having added social...

  • February 12, 2014
  • at 12:30 pm
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China tech news this week

6 must-read tech stories in China this week

China was quiet this week as people took most of the week off for lunar new year celebrations. Thankfully there were plenty of big numbers r...

  • February 9, 2014
  • at 11:00 am
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Jomblo wants to be Indonesia’s Facebook for singles

Jomblo wants to be a social dating site for singles, but at the same time it wants to be an online platform where single people can meet new...

  • February 7, 2014
  • at 3:45 pm
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