Posts Tagged: regulations


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Want to be a successful startup? Settle in Thailand, but register your company elsewhere

Some successful startups in Thailand even recommend newbies to head over to other nearby countries to register their company. Why is that?

  • April 18, 2014
  • at 11:07 am
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma slams monopoly power as banks introduce new curbs on mobile payments

Alibaba’s Jack Ma slams monopoly power as banks introduce new curbs on online payments

Mobile commerce, online savings funds, and QR code-based m-payments are all under threat in China right now. The People’s Bank of China (P...

  • March 24, 2014
  • at 9:41 pm
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WeChat and Alibaba hit as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards

WeChat and Alibaba hit roadbumps as China bans online payments made using QR codes, virtual credit cards

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued an edict late yesterday that bans two particular things: epayments made via QR codes, and onl...

  • March 14, 2014
  • at 2:10 pm
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Pakistan’s Telecom Regulator is Falling Apart

As we reported earlier, Pakistan’s telecom industry is pretty crazy. It has some of the highest taxes in the world, and operating in t...

  • July 26, 2013
  • at 9:30 am
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China’s Virtual Telecom Market May Be Worth $11 Billion

Recently, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced a plan to permit telecom companies to lease out the...

  • January 22, 2013
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China to US: Stop Posting Beijing Air Pollution Levels on Twitter

The AP is reporting this afternoon that a senior Chinese environmental official has told foreign embassies in Beijing to stop reporting on t...

  • June 5, 2012
  • at 5:39 pm
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Sina Weibo’s User Contract is Not a Big Deal

There’s been an awful lot of hubbub about Sina Weibo’s planned introduction of a user contract. The terms will reportedly be imp...

  • May 11, 2012
  • at 1:00 pm
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Government Demands Back-Taxes from Tmall Merchants, Price Increase on the Horizon?

Taxes in China are weird. In practice, plenty companies get away with operating more or less under the table. This is as true in e-commerce ...

  • April 13, 2012
  • at 12:00 pm
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China’s Attempt to Banish Online Rumors is as Vague as the War On Terror

The ‘Internet Society of China’ (ISC) has today released a paper entitled Written Proposal on Resisting Internet Rumors that aim...

  • April 9, 2012
  • at 2:20 pm
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Indonesian government toys with imposing 20% import taxes on foreign-made smartphones

The ministry reasons that they need to protect the local handset manufacturers from the onslaught of overseas brands flooding the country. T...

  • April 11, 2014
  • at 5:33 pm
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China's central bank considering tough regulations on online payments

After last week’s clampdown, China reportedly considering tough regulations on online payments

Late last week, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) moved to curb the rapid growth of online payments by banning in-person payments made usi...

  • March 18, 2014
  • at 12:56 pm
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New regulations force China’s e-stores to offer hassle-free, 7-day product returns

All e-commerce sites operating in China must soon offer hassle-free seven-day product returns to their customers. This new regulation from C...

  • February 18, 2014
  • at 2:16 pm
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Chinese Government Rep Says E-Commerce Sites Have Evaded Billions in Taxes

On Wednesday, NPC representative Wang Tian made a rather shocking accusation: Chinese e-commerce platforms have permitted sellers to evade m...

  • March 8, 2013
  • at 12:00 pm
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Chinese Broadband Customers Finally Getting the Right to Choose Providers

Life can be difficult for broadband internet users in China. Speeds are increasing fast, but they’re still well below the internationa...

  • January 5, 2013
  • at 12:35 am
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Sina Weibo’s New Credit System is Just a Number-Crunching Way to Ban Loose-Lipped Users

Sina Weibo’s new points-based ‘credit’ system is now live, representing a new sort of user contract in which microbloggers...

  • May 29, 2012
  • at 10:30 pm
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China’s Supreme Court Proposes New Rules for Online Rights Infringement

China’s highest court has published a draft version of regulations publicly to seek opinions from experts and the public at large. The...

  • April 26, 2012
  • at 11:50 am
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SARFT: Internet Celebrities to be Banned from TV

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, a government bureau tasked with eliminating all television programming ot...

  • April 11, 2012
  • at 12:00 pm
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MIIT Sets Target for China’s Broadband Growth: 50% of Users on 4 Mbps Connections in 2012

Since late last year, broadband speed in China — especially in major cities — has been a hot topic of conversation, and ISPs hav...

  • April 3, 2012
  • at 1:00 pm
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