Posts Categorized: Web


Baidu vs Google in China

Baidu down, Qihoo up, Google dead: 2013 was a year of drama for China’s search engines

Baidu down; Qihoo up; Google dead. That’s the summary of what happened to search engines in China in 2013. It was a year of big and dr...

  • January 7, 2014
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China's GFW unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites

In a rare move, China unblocks Chinese versions of Reuters and WSJ sites

China’s Great Firewall blocks a number of big-name sites every year. Last year, news sites were under fire for their reporting on Chin...

  • January 6, 2014
  • at 10:45 am
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Baidu has snapped up the rival e-book platform for RMB 191.5 million, which is $31.3 million.

Baidu boosts e-books offering with $31 million acquisition of rival site

Chinese search engine giant Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is wrapping up a year of big acquisitions with yet another buy-out. This time the target is ...

  • December 30, 2013
  • at 10:56 am
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Baidu Japanese IME app controversy

Japanese newspaper claims that Baidu’s typing tool is spying on what you write

Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun has accused Chinese web giant Baidu of making an app that’s a danger to users’ privacy. The p...

  • December 26, 2013
  • at 4:43 pm
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New and shorter “.id” domain will be available in Indonesia next year

Next year, Indonesians will have to get used to a brand-new ending to web addresses that sounds really short and sweet. It’ll be ‘.id’...

  • December 19, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
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With Ensogo founders’ backing, Thai startup WhatsNew aims to outdo Rocket Internet

Have you heard of Quidsi? The name might not be too familiar, but it might ring a bell when I say it’s an American company that owns and o...

  • December 16, 2013
  • at 6:10 pm
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China blocks Lantern proxy

China blocks censorship circumvention software Lantern after a surge of Chinese users

Authorities in China don’t like its citizens vaulting over the Great Firewall, bypassing its behemoth machine of online censorship. Th...

  • December 11, 2013
  • at 3:37 pm
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Thailand’s airports to get much faster (and more) free wi-fi hotspots

Although Bangkok is the number one tourist destination in the world, sadly the city’s airport is not even close to being one of the best. ...

  • December 5, 2013
  • at 5:45 pm
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Crowdworks, Japan’s biggest crowdsourced marketplace for professional creators, raises $10.7 million

Tokyo-based Crowdworks today announced it closed a $10.7 million funding round from CyberAgent, DG Incubation, and Denstu Digital Fund 1, ...

  • December 2, 2013
  • at 6:00 pm
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Former Google China boss, after quitting last year, reemerges at rival Qihoo

Former Google China boss, after quitting last year, re-emerges at rival Qihoo

Google China boss John Liu quit in July last year after nearly six torrid years in the role. But he’s been very quiet since then. Toda...

  • January 6, 2014
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Tencent hits the road (and goes off the beaten path) to create China's biggest 'street view'

Tencent hits the road (and goes off the beaten path) to create China’s biggest ‘street view’

Started with just three areas in late 2011, Tencent’s (HKG:0700) street view imagery is now the most comprehensive in China. In a coun...

  • January 3, 2014
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Thanks to this new website, Indonesians can now dig through election candidates’ CVs

One of the new things that the Indonesian general elections commission (KPU) is doing is running a page that lists the fixed candidates (DCT...

  • December 27, 2013
  • at 4:00 pm
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Thai real estate search site HipFlat gets $335,000 in funding, eyes Southeast Asia

Thailand-based online real estate search startup HipFlat has successfully raised $335,000 from various international investors including Sin...

  • December 23, 2013
  • at 12:00 am
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4 search trends Google saw in Asia in 2013

Check out the 4 search trends Google noticed in Asia in 2013

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been looking at the hottest search topics and online trends in Asia in 2013 – and here are the results. Let&#...

  • December 17, 2013
  • at 9:00 pm
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Indonesia has its own Cyber Monday with online shopping craze today

Approaching year’s end, 22 online retailers in Indonesia are participating in the National Online Shopping Day 2013 — the country’...

  • December 12, 2013
  • at 5:00 pm
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Thais can now buy Line stickers without credit cards

After Line brought its Web Store to Taiwan in October, Line finally introduced it to the Thai market. This makes Thailand the third country ...

  • December 9, 2013
  • at 12:30 pm
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YouTube in Pakistan

Pakistan video site comes up with a way to bypass country’s YouTube block

YouTube has been banned in Pakistan since September 2012, when a trailer for Sam Bacile’s controversial film The Innocence of Muslims ...

  • December 3, 2013
  • at 2:31 pm
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Startup Asia Jakarta 2013 hackathon: the winners

While Startup Asia Jakarta 2013 wrapped up last week, the event’s hackathon participants were still busy coding and preparing their four-m...

  • December 2, 2013
  • at 5:20 pm
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