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Social Games Big in Asia, But How are They Doing in India?

We’ve written much here on this blog about social gaming in Asia, particularly in China and Japan. But we don’t hear too much about the ...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 11:20 pm
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The Bold Step Forward and the “Fuck, Just Do It” Moment

So… we just launched our event. Hitting the publish button on our announcement felt like we were announcing our new startup. It felt great...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 10:18 pm
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Global Times Attacks Ai Weiwei, Calls For Authorities to Crack Down on “Illegal” Microblogging

Avant-garde artist Ai Weiwei is no stranger to microblogs, or to controversy. Nor is Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the state-run Global ...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 9:00 pm
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Singapore’s Swiff Works Like Square, But For B2B

As many already know, Square, the oh-so-convenient mobile payment system, is only available in the U.S. So Asians like me can only read and ...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 4:25 pm
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Why China’s Coolest Blogger Doesn’t Use Microblogs

Han Han might be China’s biggest celebrity blogger, which is a pretty impressive title for an infrequently-updated traditional blog to...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 2:19 pm
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Startup Arena: Pitch, Demo, and Battle For US$10,000

We publicly announced Startup Asia Singapore yesterday and the feedback has been pretty good (thank you), especially for Startup Arena. Star...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 10:44 am
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Expedia Snaps Up Renren’s Share of Chinese Online Travel Service eLong

Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), the US online travel giant, has further increased its stake in the comparable Chinese site eLong (NASDAQ:LONG). It ha...

  • November 21, 2011
  • at 11:00 pm
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Social Media Innovation Flourishes During Thailand Floods

Byron Perry is the founder of hyperlocal and user-generated city website Coconuts Bangkok. A wise man once said that necessity is the mother...

  • November 21, 2011
  • at 9:00 pm
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Our First Event: Startup Asia Singapore Launches with CEOs, Founders, and PARTY!

Finally! — Today we’re announcing Startup Asia Singapore, our first and very own tech startup event. We have attended and blogged about ...

  • November 21, 2011
  • at 4:13 pm
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Going For Gold, 360Buy Launches a Luxury Brand Store, Called 360Top

360Buy, the Chinese B2C e-commerce site that’s currently in second place in that sector, has now diversified from its usual fare of bo...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 10:58 pm
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With Bangkok Floods Ongoing, RIM Relocates Devcon Asia 2011

According to an e-mail sent out to the press, RIM (NASDAQ:RIMM) is officially relocating Blackberry Devcon Asia 2011. Thailand was supposed ...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 9:11 pm
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3 Alternative Weibo Mobile Apps For iPhone and Android That Have More Eye-Candy

Like with Twitter, the best mobile apps for firing off Weibo missives are not the official ones that the respective companies – such a...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 8:00 pm
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DeNA Taps Vietnamese Game Studio VNG to Make Mobile Social Games for Mobage

The Japanese company DeNA (TYO:2432) has announced this afternoon that it is tapping a Vietnamese games studio called VNG to bring new socia...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 3:10 pm
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Yahoo Koprol, in Major App Update, Now Integrates With BBM6

Yahoo Koprol, the first location-based social network in Indonesia, has announced that a major update to the Koprol app for BlackBerry has i...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 11:45 am
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Letao CEO: I’m Cutting 80% of Ad Expenditure – Let’s Stop the E-Commerce Price Wars

B2C e-commerce site Letao.com is cutting its advertising budget by 80 percent, says its CEO, Mr. Bi Sheng, as it burns through approximately...

  • November 22, 2011
  • at 9:30 am
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Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun Crowd-Sourcing Decision to Expand Smartphone to CDMA

If his Weibo account is to be believed, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has spent at least one sleepless night considering whether or not his company sho...

  • November 21, 2011
  • at 10:00 pm
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GREE and KDDI Join Forces to Sue DeNA, Asking for 1 Billon Yen

The continuing competition between GREE (TYO:3632) and DeNA (TYO:2432) is getting even more interesting, as we just received a note that GRE...

  • November 21, 2011
  • at 8:40 pm
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MSN Mall Closes, as Microsoft Rethinks its E-Commerce Strategy in China

MSN China has shuttered its MSN Mall, a B2C e-commerce site, in an apparent restructuring of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) approach to Chi...

  • November 21, 2011
  • at 3:40 pm
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