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Air China’s Facebook Marketing Campaign Takes Off

We’re always on the lookout for creative online marketing campaigns from companies here in Asia. But we were somewhat surprised to hea...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 5:30 pm
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Japan To Get ‘Chocolate Phone’ on Valentine’s Day

Last night we told you about our talk with Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, who told us their plans for a Valentine’s Day launch of...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 4:05 pm
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Nokia Launches Asha 300, Collaborates With Fellow Finns Rovio

At the Kempinski Ballroom in Jakarta yesterday, Nokia (HEL:NOK1V; NYSE:NOK) launched its new addition to the Asha line with the new Asha 300...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 11:09 am
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Southeast Asia and Japan Through a German’s Lens [PREVIEW]

Serkan Toto is one of the more prominent bloggers covering startups and innovation across Asia on TechCrunch, Asiajin, and his own blog. He ...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 9:08 am
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Angry Birds Coming to Facebook on Valentine’s Day [EXCLUSIVE]

Speaking exclusively to Penn Olson today in Jakarta, Peter Vesterbacka, the ‘Mighty Eagle’ of Rovio, and Henri Holm, the SVP of Rovio As...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 11:50 pm
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Japanese Mobile Ad Company Mediba Continues Outward Growth With Korea Office

In 2011 we wrote quite a bit about Japanese internet companies expanding their businesses abroad, like GREE, DeNA, and CyberAgent, just to n...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 9:35 pm
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Real-life puzzle game hits Singapore this weekend

For a wired generation used to playing games on the computer or smartphone, the Real Escape Game offers an alternative, novel way to have fu...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 4:47 pm
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NTT Com to Acquire 74% Stake in India’s Netmagic Solutions

We just received word from Japan-based NTT Com that it plans to acquire a 74 percent stake in Netmagic Solutions, a datacenter service in In...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 3:30 pm
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Apple Shows Big Revenue Growth in US and Japan, Stays Focused on China

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced its financial report for the first fiscal quarter of 2012, reporting revenue of $46.33 billion (PDF) which...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 11:35 am
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Pleco: Chinese Character Recognition App Finally Comes to Android [REVIEW]

After months of rigorous testing, feedback from hundreds of voluntary testers, and seven beta versions, the Android iteration of Pleco dicti...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 4:39 pm
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Mandarin Madness Game-ifies the Learning of Chinese Characters

Chinese characters can look like arcane codes, cryptic communiqué, that conspire to obscure the meanings of an ancient culture. But new, hi...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 12:45 pm
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Mixi and DeNA Announce Social Commerce Partnership

Japanese social networking giant Mixi and leading social gaming platform DeNA have announced a partnership in field of social commerce. The ...

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 10:00 am
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Three startups that make staying fit more fun

Find out what Fitness Buffet, Playlor! and SixReps.com does.

  • January 26, 2012
  • at 9:00 am
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Japan’s Docomo Experiences Another Network Service Disruption

Early this morning I noticed a barrage of Twitter messages complaining of a Docomo (NYSE:DCM) service outage here in Tokyo. According to a B...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 10:30 pm
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Free Coupons a Big Business for Freecharge.in, Secures More Funding From Sequoia

The Indian startup Freecharge.in has announced this afternoon that its has secured funding worth Rs. 20 crores (US$4 million) from Sequoia C...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 5:07 pm
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That Ain’t Very Rock ‘n’ Roll! Rolling Stone Website Blocks Itself in China

Access Denied! That’s the message greeting China-based readers of Rollingstone.com, the online version of the iconic music and cultura...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 4:10 pm
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Report: Half of All Retweets on Sina Weibo are Spam

We’ve long been concerned about just how many of the 250 million users of Sina Weibo are real, and not spam or zombie accounts. Now a ...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 12:15 pm
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Blaast Launches in Indonesia, Collaborates With XL

Blaast officially launched yesterday at the Kempinski Ballroom in Jakarta. Collaborating with telco XL, Blaast has brought its service to mo...

  • January 25, 2012
  • at 9:38 am
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