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Mandarin Q&A for Mark Zuckerberg - Posted 1 day, 19 hours ago
Not only was Facebook co-founder and CEO ... [Lost Remote]

Mandarin Q&A for Mark Zuckerberg - Posted 1 day, 19 hours ago
Not only was Facebook co-founder and CEO ... [AllFacebook]

Mark Zuckerberg Joins Board of China's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management - Posted 2 days, 19 hours ago
If Facebook can't hurdle over the Great Wall of ... [AllFacebook]

What Barriers Must Internet.org Overcome to Connect the Remaining 4.4B People with No Access? - Posted October 1, 2014
The goal of Internet.org -- the initiative ... [AllFacebook]

Fake Facebook Account on China's Sina Weibo Attracts 80K+ Followers Before Being Shut Down - Posted September 9, 2014
Internet users in China are apparently so eager for a taste of Facebook, which is banned in their country, that more than 80,000 followed a Fac... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Most Users of Facebook, Other Social Networks Blissfully Unaware of Security Risks - Posted August 18, 2014
Despite warning after ... [AllFacebook]

Social Media Newsfeed: Zynga's Future | Facebook Incentivizing Rules - Posted August 8, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

PR Firm Edelman Unsure of China Chief Whereabouts - Posted August 1, 2014
It may turn out to be a false alarm. But for now, this dispatch by Beijing Reuters correspondent Megha Rajagopalan is rather ala... [morningmedianewsfeed]

PR Firm Edelman Unsure of China Chief Whereabouts - Posted August 1, 2014
It may turn out to be a false alarm. But for now, this dispatch by Beijing Reuters correspondent Megha Rajagopalan is rather ala... [FishbowlNY]

Social Media Newsfeed: William Shatner Blasts Facebook Mentions App | Social Media at Work - Posted July 28, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Handler to Host Netflix Show | NYT, WaPo, Mozilla Team Up - Posted June 20, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Handler to Host Netflix Show | NYT, WaPo, Mozilla Team Up - Posted June 20, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. ... [FishbowlNY]

Who Is On Mark Zuckerberg's Friends List? - Posted June 10, 2014
Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their fr... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Facebook Eyes Sales Office In China - Posted May 12, 2014
Facebook is banned in China, but a... [AllFacebook]

Facebook SPMD Kenshoo Ramps Up Asian Operations - Posted April 30, 2014
Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer and predictive media-optimization tec... [AllFacebook]

When Democracy Falls From The Sky Thanks To Google And Facebook - Posted April 21, 2014
The Internet is the ideal channel through which to publish and circulate photos and videos of atrocities, and it is a place where citizens can organize to better resist and overthrow their oppressors -- that is, provided they can gain access ... [AllFacebook]

China's Banks Close More Bitcoin Accounts Following PBOC Deadline - Posted April 18, 2014
(CoinDesk) There is continued uncertainty for bitcoin exchanges in China as some large-volume exchanges reported verbal closure notices from banking partners. Exchanges OKCoin and Huobi said they had bank accounts closed as of Friday afternoon China time, posting the news on their respective sites. China ha... [Bitcoins Insider]

First Soft Bitcoin ATM Interface Launched by BTC China - Posted April 16, 2014
(Coinreport) BTC China has devised a new web-based app that allows smartphone users to become "walking bitcoin ATMs." Known as the Picasso ATM, the soft bitcoin ATM interface is functional without the need of expensive investments put into hardware. Bitcoiners can sell bitcoins with the app anytime, anyplace, anywhere, after uploadi... [Bitcoins Insider]

Bitcoin Price Drops 10 Percent as Chinese Exchanges Stop Bank Deposits - Posted April 11, 2014
(CoinDesk) Bitcoin prices crashed Thursday as Chinese businesses began receiving official deposit shutdown notices from banks, confirming recent suspicions of an impending crackdown. Exchanges will stop account recharging via bank accounts between now and April 15. Even though the news ... [Bitcoins Insider]

China Bitcoin Crackdown Leads To Exchange Shutdown - Posted April 7, 2014
(WebProNews) BTC38, one of China's biggest bitcoin exchanges, informed its users that third-party payment processors would be suspended. The news came following a major crackdown by the People's Bank of China. China's major financial institution has previously come out strongly against the bitcoin. A... [Bitcoins Insider]

April Fools: CEO of Bitcoin Officially Bans China - Posted April 2, 2014
(CoinDesk) Disclaimer: This article was posted as part of CoinDesk's April Fools' Day coverage. Following rumors of China's plans to ban bank transfers to bitcoin exchanges, the CEO of bitcoin has decided to ban China. The decision was unanimously approved by bitcoin's shareholders, the Bitcoin Board of Directors, HaCkerz4BITZ and ... [Bitcoins Insider]

DataPoint: Will FunPlus' Family Farm Find FarmVille-Size Success? - Posted March 21, 2014
This week brought news that social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a series-B round. ... [AllFacebook]

OKCoin Raises $10 Million to Become China's 'Largest Exchange' - Posted March 17, 2014
(CoinDesk) OKCoin, the exchange claiming to be China's largest by trading volume, has announced a $10 million Series A funding round. The investment round was led by Ceyuan, one of China's earliest venture capital firms, followed by Mandra Capital, VenturesLab and numerous high-profile angel inves... [Bitcoins Insider]

Social Media Newsfeed: LinkedIn in China | Zuck Defends WhatsApp Purchase - Posted February 25, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

China 3D Printing Military and Commercial Aircraft Components - Posted February 10, 2014
(3Ders.org) China is the world's largest manufacturing country and as such is very interested in developing and integrating 3D printing technology. The aerospace industry is an important market for the production of 3D printed parts. China believes that 3D printing technology will promote its upgrading of the... [Inside 3D Printing News]

China Set to Expel Second NYT Reporter - Posted January 27, 2014
In the weeks since we first reported about the plight of Austin Ramzy, his bosses at the New York Times h... [morningmedianewsfeed]

China Set to Expel Second NYT Reporter - Posted January 27, 2014
In the weeks since we first reported about the plight of Austin Ramzy, his bosses at the New York Times h... [FishbowlNY]

Here Comes the Bitcoin Taxman - Posted January 23, 2014
(TIME) Bitcoin has generated a lot of buzz because of its ingenuous design, but how widespread its use will become has just as much to do with government policy as any of the virtual currency's inherent qualities. Bitcoin prices, for instance, plunged in December following a decision by the Chinese central bank... [Bitcoins Insider]

How Bitcoin Is Like North Korea - Posted January 13, 2014
(SFGate/Business Insider) Citigroup currency analyst Steven Englander is out with a long Sunday note talking about everyone's favorite topic: digital currency. In it, he makes an important observation about the extreme inequality in the Bitcoin world: Best estimates are that there are about 1 million holders... [Bitcoins Insider]

The Bitcoin Price Crossed $1,000 Again - Posted January 6, 2014
(CoinDesk) The price of Bitcoin has, once again, reached $1,000 on popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. The first time the price of Bitcoin reached this level was on Nov. 27 after interest in the cryptocurrency spiked across the world, but primarily in China. A few weeks later, the price started to tumble after... [Bitcoins Insider]

One Chinese Smartphone Company Sold 18.7 Million Smartphones in 2013 - Posted January 3, 2014
Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi was able to sell 18.7 million smartphones last year - up 160% from the previous year. That's a staggering total of $5.2 billion USD, a ma... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Facebook Holds Steady At 127 Out Of 137 Countries In December 2013 World Map Of Social Networks - Posted January 2, 2014
Facebook remains the dominant social network in 127 of the 137 countries analyzed in the ... [AllFacebook]

Walmart's Chinese Donkey Meat Got a Little Too Foxy - Posted January 2, 2014
In what may be 2014's biggest revelation to date, we now know that the fox says "I'm not a donkey." Three things we learned from today's Wall Street Journal story: ... [PRNewser]

Chinese Bitcoin Exchange OKCoin Accused of Faking Trading Data - Posted December 23, 2013
(CoinDesk) OKCoin, once the second largest mainland China-based Bitcoin exchange (after BTC China) according to volume, has been accused of faking its trading volume data. The website stopped taking new deposits in the aftermath of the Chinese central bank implementing a ban disallowing banks ... [Bitcoins Insider]

In Wake of Bitcoin Price Crash, Reddit Bans 'Meaningless' and 'Emotional' Posts on the Virtual Currency - Posted December 19, 2013
(IBT) Reddit has banned "meaningless posts about the price" of Bitcoin and any emotional posts on the virtual currency -- for now at least. The announcement on the content-sharing website said that the last time the price of... [Bitcoins Insider]

Patrick Smith Recalls Bloomberg, Tribune Apologies - Posted December 18, 2013
The headline for Patrick Smith's latest Salon op-ed is a good one: "Get Over Yourself, New York Times. You're Not Standing Up to Anyone." ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Patrick Smith Recalls Bloomberg, Tribune Apologies - Posted December 18, 2013
The headline for Patrick Smith's latest Salon op-ed is a good one: "Get Over Yourself, New York Times. You're Not Standing Up to Anyone." ... [FishbowlNY]

China Bans Payment Companies from Working with Bitcoin Exchanges, Sources Claim - Posted December 17, 2013
(CoinDesk) Sources close to China's Central Bank Monday reported that the institution has banned third-party payment companies from doing business with Bitcoin exchanges. A reputable source told CoinDesk that the People's Bank of China met with most of the top third-p... [Bitcoins Insider]

Three Held After Bitcoin Investors Claim 4.6M Yuan Stolen - Posted December 17, 2013
(The Hong Kong Standard) China's first Bitcoin fraud case has reportedly been cracked by police, and three suspects have been arrested. Liu, Jin and Huang - who operated a Bitcoin trading platform in Zhejiang province targeting mainland investors - were suspecte... [Bitcoins Insider]

China Lands on the Moon, Immediately Takes a Selfie - Posted December 16, 2013
Does this lunar soil match my outfit? Landing on the moon is definitely a big deal; no "kind of" involved. So of course it didn't surprise us to learn that China eagerly broadcast its lunar arrival via all available cha... [PRNewser]

Time Beijing Bureau Chief on the Hazards of Her (Hopefully, Continuing) Job - Posted December 12, 2013
Before heading back to New York City for the holidays, Hannah Beech joked with friends in China that she might not be back. That's because once again, the renewal of her yearly journalist visa is coming down to the New Year's Eve wire. B... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Time Beijing Bureau Chief on the Hazards of Her (Hopefully, Continuing) Job - Posted December 12, 2013
Before heading back to New York City for the holidays, Hannah Beech joked with friends in China that she might not be back. That's because once again, the renewal of her yearly journalist visa is coming down to the New Year's Eve wire. B... [FishbowlNY]

Which Countries Have More Facebook Developers? - Posted December 10, 2013
Facebook outlined which countries have the highest concentration of developer... [AllFacebook]

Baidu Stops Accepting Bitcoins After China Ban - Posted December 9, 2013
(Bloomberg Businessweek) Baidu, China's biggest search engine, stopped accepting bitcoins after the nation's central bank barred financial institutions from handling transactions, triggering a drop in the virtual currency. Bitcoin fell more than 20 percent and was quoted at 4,250... [Bitcoins Insider]

World Powers React to the Bitcoin Boom - Posted December 9, 2013
(Al Jazeera) World powers have scrambled in recent weeks to react to the rise of Bitcoin. Publicity from U.S. Senate hearings and a black market website that used the currency saw the value of Bitcoin skyrocket from $13 in January to $1,242 on Nov. 29 - higher than the price of gold... [Bitcoins Insider]

China Restricts Banks' Use of Bitcoin - Posted December 6, 2013
(The New York Times) China moved on Thursday to restrict its banks from using Bitcoin as currency, citing concerns about money laundering and a threat to financial stability. The action comes as monetary authorities around the world have begun to confront the issue of Bitc... [Bitcoins Insider]

Five Held Over Bitcoin Scams in China and Germany - Posted December 5, 2013
(BBC) The German authorities said they arrested two people following an investigation into malware that generated the virtual currency by infecting its victims' PCs. Xinhua reported three people have been detained in China after a trading platform was shut without warning, cutting off investors from their funds. The cases do not appear to... [Bitcoins Insider]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Champion's New Channel | China Inspects Bloomberg | Apple Buys Topsy - Posted December 3, 2013
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Champion's New Channel | China Inspects Bloomberg | Apple Buys Topsy - Posted December 3, 2013
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. ... [FishbowlNY]

Why China is Leading the Global Rise of Bitcoin - Posted November 19, 2013
(CoinDesk) The Bitcoin story in China sounds like a mini-metaphor for the Chinese economy itself: while the rest of the world was looking elsewhere, its citizens worked to acquire vast amounts of new wealth before bursting into the headlines only recently as a superpower. As of this November, China is home to... [Bitcoins Insider]

China is Hungry for Bitcoins, as Currency Hits Record High - Posted November 13, 2013
(PBS NewsHour) CNNMoney reports that the price of one Bitcoin hit a record $395 Saturday on the Mt. Gox exchange, which allows users to exchange their legal tender for the digital currency. (At the time of this writing, the currency rested at $365.) In December 2012, one coin w... [Bitcoins Insider]

Winklevoss Twins Say Bitcoin Market to Hit $400B, Urge Regulators Not to Push Innovation to China - Posted November 13, 2013
(Forbes) Speaking at the Dealbook conference in New York, the Winklevoss twins said they expect the Bitcoin market has the potential to reach a capitalization of $400 billion, while asking... [Bitcoins Insider]

From Walmart To Bitcoin: The CEO Behind the Chinese Exchange Sending BTC to New Highs - Posted November 11, 2013
(Forbes) Bitcoin continues marching to new highs this month, despite the rather ominous news this week that one of the major wallet services, Inputs.io, was robbed of over 4,000 BTC, or $1 million worth of U.S... [Bitcoins Insider]

The Chinese are in Love with Bitcoin, and it's Driving the Digital Currency's Prices into the Stratosphere - Posted October 31, 2013
(Business Insider) Remember when Bitcoin prices crashed after the government shut down illicit online emporium Silk Road? That now seems like a distant memory. Since reaching a low of $109 on the Mt. Gox exchange the day of the Oct. 2 Silk Road incid... [Bitcoins Insider]

42% Of The World's Internet Users Don't Live Where You Think They Do - Posted October 10, 2013
When I give my Social Media Is Bullshit presentations, I always start out with ... [SocialTimes.com]

'Fortune' Cover Story: Sheryl Sandberg - Posted October 10, 2013
The cover of the Oct. 28 issue of Fortune features a look at "The Real Story" behind Facebook Chief Operating Officer ... [AllFacebook]

Chinese Government to Tourists: Don't Pick Your Nose or Pee in the Pool - Posted October 4, 2013
The Chinese government doesn't just want to present its own best face to tourists; it also wants its tourists to present their best faces to the rest of the world. This Wednesday the China National Tourism Administration ... [PRNewser]

STUDY: Facebook Still Tops In Social Login, But Market Share Slipping As Google Plus Sign-In Gains - Posted October 2, 2013
Facebook is still dominant when it comes to social login, but its share of the sector slipped slightly in the third quarter, as Google Plus Sign-In began to chip away at its lead, according to a ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook In China? Not So Fast - Posted September 26, 2013
Facebook and Twitter in China? Not so fast: Chinese daily newspaper People's Daily contradicted a report earlier this week by Hong Kong paper th... [AllFacebook]

China To Lift Ban On Facebook, Other Sites, But Only In Shanghai Free-Trade Zone - Posted September 24, 2013
Well, it's a start: Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that are currently blocked in ... [Lost Remote]

China To Lift Ban On Facebook, Other Sites, But Only In Shanghai Free-Trade Zone - Posted September 24, 2013
Well, it's a start: Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that are currently blocked in ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Meets With Head Of China's State Council Information Office - Posted September 11, 2013
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg... [AllFacebook]

Beyond The Great Wall: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Promotes 'Lean In' In China - Posted September 10, 2013
Unlike the social network she works for, Facebook Chief Operating Officer S... [AllFacebook]

China's 'Black PR' Industry Uses Social Media Influencers to Spread False Gossip - Posted August 27, 2013
It seems that even the notoriously corrupt Chinese government worries about PR ethics. Earlier this year we reviewed a telling report on what's known as China's "blac... [PRNewser]

Sina Weibo, China's Twitter, Valued At $6 Billion - Posted August 14, 2013
Most mainstream social media networks - Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube - are banned in China, leaving Chinese social media users to log onto Sina Weibo (China's Twitter), Renren (China's Facebook), Te... [AllTwitter]

Hollywood Reporter Names New Asia Bureau Chief - Posted August 7, 2013
There has been a changing of the guard with regards to The Hollywood Reporter's on-the-ground coverage of China. Replacing the Hong Kong-based Clarence Tsui as Asia Bureau chief is the Beijing-located ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Hollywood Reporter Names New Asia Bureau Chief - Posted August 7, 2013
There has been a changing of the guard with regards to The Hollywood Reporter's on-the-ground coverage of China. Replacing the Hong Kong-based Clarence Tsui as Asia Bureau chief is the Beijing-located ... [FishbowlNY]

WALL STREET: Mediatech Capital Partners' Porter Bibb Critical Of Facebook - Posted July 24, 2013
Mediatech Capital Partners Managing Partner Porter Bibb was critical of Facebook in an appearance on CNBC's "... [AllFacebook]

Chinese Social Network Sina Weibo Allows Non-China Users To Login With Facebook - Posted July 24, 2013
Facebook may still be blocked in China, but that hasn't stopped that country's leading social network, Sina Weibo, from tapping... [AllFacebook]

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Brings Radian6 Listening Coverage To Russia And China - Posted July 15, 2013
Marketers can now "listen" to about a billion additional social media users, thanks to Salesforce Marketing Cloud's ... [AllTwitter]

Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook Is 'A Much Stronger Company' Compared With One Year Ago - Posted June 20, 2013
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandbe... [AllFacebook]

Who's Listening to You Online? [Cartoon] - Posted June 14, 2013
First marketers began listening to our online communications and then the government. Can't a guy buy a gallon of milk in peace? ... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visits Poland - Posted May 23, 2013
When does a "spontaneous" one-day holiday to ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: Fate Of Israel Development Center, Employees Holding Up Facebook-Waze Talks - Posted May 13, 2013
Facebook's efforts to acquire satellite navigation startup Waze in a deal potentially valued at as high as $1 billion ha... [Lost Remote]

REPORT: Fate Of Israel Development Center, Employees Holding Up Facebook-Waze Talks - Posted May 13, 2013
Facebook's efforts to acquire satellite navigation startup Waze in a deal potentially valued at as high as $1 billion ha... [AllFacebook]

Why Are Western Celebrities On Sina Weibo Instead Of Twitter? - Posted May 7, 2013
Have you seen Iron Man 3 yet? It opened in North America on May 3. But Robert Downey Jr. fans in China got to see the blockbuster film starting May 1. Indeed, Hollywood has been making a major play for the Chinese market. ... [AllTwitter]

Baidu Opens Machine Learning Lab Next to Apple Headquarters - Posted April 18, 2013
Liam Tung of ZDNet reports, "China's answer to Google, Baidu, has opened a lab dedicated to machine learning research near Apple's Cupertino headquarters. Baidu's CEO Robin Li in January announced the search company's ambition to become a leader i... [semanticweb.com]

'Chinese Foursquare' Points to Foursquare's Road Not Taken - Posted April 10, 2013
The version of Foursquare's iOS app released today marks a significant milestone in the location-based social network's reinvention as a local search engine, but its Chinese counterpart Jiep... [SocialTimes.com]

YouTube Reaches 1B Unique Monthly Users - Posted March 21, 2013
Facebook has company in the ... [AllFacebook]

Chinese Social Media Landscape [INFOGRAPHIC] - Posted March 8, 2013
So, Twitter is definitely a sensitive subject in China. As we reported in November 2010, a Chinese bride was arrested - on her wedding day - because of something she retweeted. The Chine... [AllTwitter]

Infographic: The Not-So-Worldwide Webs - Posted March 6, 2013
Where are all the cool kids from the Netherlands hanging out online? Hint: it's not Facebook. This snack-size infographic shows which regional social networks are popular in different parts of the world. China, Japan, Spain, Latvia, and yes, the Netherlands, all have their own social media sites. "While the country-specific networks mirror the... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Could Be Bigger Than China By 2016 - Posted February 5, 2013
Facebook can't legally get into China, but in a few years, the social network might be bigger than the country. A new blog post from... [Lost Remote]

Chinese Billionaire's 'Fresh Canned Air' Stunt Doing Quite Well, Thanks - Posted February 5, 2013
Chinese billionaire/philanthropist Chen Guangbiao's uniquely capitalist campaign to "protesting" air pollution has attracted a good bit of Western media attention over the past few weeks. Here's the crazy thing: it's working! Chen first began selling his "canned fresh air"... [PRNewser]

Hackers in China Have Been Attacking The New York Times Since October - Posted January 31, 2013
When the editors at The New York Times delivered the well-reported piece exposing the extreme wealth... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Hackers in China Have Been Attacking The New York Times Since October - Posted January 31, 2013
When the editors at The New York Times delivered the well-reported piece exposing the extreme wealth... [FishbowlNY]

Facebook Changes PayPal Direct Deposit Policy For New Developers In Several Countries - Posted January 28, 2013
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its... [AllFacebook]

Android: Facebook's Springboard To The World - Posted January 10, 2013
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always said that his goal for the company is to connect the world. ... [AllFacebook]

Vietnam, Brazil Are Among Facebook's Fastest-Growing Countries - Posted January 8, 2013
Facebook is increasingly becoming an international phenomenon, as Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said t... [Lost Remote]

2012's Top Chinese Social Media Branding Stories - Posted January 2, 2013
Capturing the Chinese market is every marketer's dream. More than a billion potential customers in a newly open society that continues to grow more and more infatuated with brand-name goods? We can certainly see why everyone's so interested. So what are the world's largest companies doing to familiarize ... [PRNewser]

Facebook Is Top Social Network In 127 Countries - Posted January 2, 2013
Facebook is now the top social network in 127 of the 137 countries analyzed in the December 2012 version ... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook On The Rise In Russia, India, Brazil - Posted December 11, 2012
As Facebook shoots past 1 billion users, countries all over the world are becoming more plugged in to the social network. People in Brazil, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and India love Facebook, as there has been 41 percent growth in those countries this year, according to a new infographic from BestFreeOn... [AllFacebook]

Highest Percentage Of Opera Mini Users Accessing Facebook? Macau - Posted November 30, 2012
If you were asked to guess which country had the highest percentage of users of Opera mobile Web browser Ope... [AllFacebook]

People's Daily Runs With Kim Jong-un 'Sexiest Man' Spoof - Posted November 27, 2012
The People's Daily unambiguously describes itself as "the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China". Based on that description and a few handy stereotypes, you might expect the rag to be a humorless collection of articles offering nothing but effusive praise for the nati... [PRNewser]

Google+ Blocked by the Great Firewall of China - Posted November 9, 2012
The Chinese government has blocked Google+ and other Google products while the Communist Party holds its 18th Party Congress in Beijing. In addition to users in China receiving an error message when they attempt to access Google-owned sites, foreign website owners will not be able to track Chinese visitors through Go... [SocialTimes.com]

The Communist Party Guide to Damage Control - Posted October 29, 2012
We're going to make a somewhat bold assessment: If the People's Republic of China weren't a one-party country, the ruling Communist bureaucracy's PR efforts would not be particularly effective. Party spokesmen (and they're always men) have no discernible sense of humor, and they aren't too skilled in ... [PRNewser]

China and the Internet of Things - Posted October 29, 2012
John Riley of Computer World UK writes, "I've started this blog on the ... [semanticweb.com]

China Blocks New York Times After Article Discloses Prime Minister's Extreme Wealth - Posted October 26, 2012
China has blocked access to The New York Times's website (both in English and in Chinese) after the paper published a pi... [morningmedianewsfeed]

China Blocks New York Times After Article Discloses Prime Minister's Extreme Wealth - Posted October 26, 2012
China has blocked access to The New York Times's website (both in English and in Chinese) after the paper published a pi... [FishbowlNY]

Report: There Are 63.52 Million Facebook Users In China, Despite Ban - Posted September 28, 2012
Laws are meant to be broken, including, apparently, the one ban... [AllFacebook]

Chinese Social Network Copies Facebook's Timeline - Posted September 14, 2012
China may not have Facebook, but it looks like the country is getting timeline. ... [AllFacebook]

Report: Facebook Search Engine Would Immediately Capture 25 Percent Of Market - Posted September 14, 2012
If Facebook were to launch its own sea... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Has No Plans Yet To Add China - Posted September 7, 2012
China, the world's most populous country at 1.3 billion people, has blocked its citizens from accessing Facebook. It does... [AllFacebook]

LG, Microsoft Seek To Give Siri Some More Competition - Posted June 21, 2012
Siri's got more company: LG Electronics Quick Voice is scheduled to make its appearance on the LG Optimus Vu Android smart phones at the end of the month. Now there are three voice-enabled mobile personal assistants, including the ... [semanticweb.com]

Renren Appoints New Independent Director - Posted June 15, 2012
Renren, the "Facebook of China," has added a new friend. Chuanfu Wang, a manufacturing executive who was named BusinessWeek's Star of Asia in 2003, will replace Ruigang Li as an independent director on the company's board. Wang is the founde... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook User Growth Rate Slows In April, But Does It Matter? - Posted June 11, 2012
According to the latest figures from comScore,... [AllFacebook]

INFOGRAPHIC: Is China Ripe For Facebook's Taking? - Posted June 4, 2012
Ch... [AllFacebook]

The Rise of Social Media in China [Infographic] - Posted May 29, 2012
It's easy to assume that America is the hub of world social media -- especially considering the origins of Facebook -- but the truth is that recent surveys of Chinese Internet users have shown that 95% of them use social networks, putting it on track to become the biggest social media... [AllFacebook]

The Rise of Social Media in China [Infographic] - Posted May 29, 2012
It's easy to assume that America is the hub of world social media -- especially considering the origins of Facebook -- but the truth is that recent surveys of Chinese Internet users have shown that 95% of them use social networks, putting it on track to become the biggest social media... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Appear In Background Of CCTV Documentary - Posted May 29, 2012
Maybe we're skeptical by nature, but it's hard to believe that an appearance in the background of a China Central Television documentary by Facebook Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and this then-girlfriend (and now wife) ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Smartphone in the Works? | Apple Rejects Flattr Apps | Wayne Coyne Talks Twitter - Posted May 29, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

A Look At Facebook's Potential For Growth In Japan, South Korea, China - Posted May 17, 2012
There's been talk lately about Facebook's growth potential among international markets. Much of this wil... [AllFacebook]

Post-Facebook IPO: Is China On The Horizon? - Posted May 7, 2012
Persistence pays, goes the motto, and, in some cases, more handsomely than others. Facebook's ambition to pursue a business relationship with ... [AllFacebook]

Chinese Online Video Rivals Youku & Tudou Merge In Deal Worth Over $1 Billion - Posted March 12, 2012
After years of fierce competition, online video giants Youku and Tudou are joining forces to create a single service to be called Youku Tudou Inc. in a deal estimated to be worth over $1 billion. For those unfam... [SocialTimes.com]

Pinterest Growing Fast in Asia Pacific Region - Posted February 27, 2012
Pinterest continues its surge as it grows in the Asia Pacific region. The site has attracted millions of users in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The site faces a large host of competitors internationally, including a recently launched ... [SocialTimes.com]

Chinese Flood Obama's Google+ Page with Humorous Comments - Posted February 27, 2012
China's dammed Internet wall is common knowledge -- Chinese users are blockaded from looking at Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other sites that their government doesn't allow. With all that pressure building up, though, the dam seems to have had a small crack, and it led to Obama's Google+ page. Some meddl... [SocialTimes.com]

Renren Stock Gets Lift from Upcoming Facebook IPO - Posted February 1, 2012
Investors have put some serious volume into investing in Renren, the "Chinese Facebook" over the last three days, seemingly identifying the site as a possible social media growth stock that can ride the coattails of Facebook. Between January 29th and the end of the 30th, the stock rose from around... [SocialTimes.com]

China Is Second Country To Applaud Twitter's New Stance On Censorship - Posted January 31, 2012
Twitter announced last week that it would start withholding tweets on a country-by-country basis, at the request of specific governments. And although the company has ... [AllTwitter]

China's Sina Weibo Overtakes Twitter's Record for Most Messages per Second - Posted January 26, 2012
On December 13th, 2011, Twitter users all over Japan broke a record by tweeting about during a television screening of Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky -- it's a famous anime that is known by all Japanese and Japanese tweeters tweeted quotes from the show during the entire program. That was... [SocialTimes.com]

China Expands Mandatory Real Name Policy to Entire Country - Posted January 20, 2012
Over the course of the last few years China has been running a trial of getting social networks to collect the full real names of all of their users. Currently on popular networks like the Twitter clone Sina Weibo and Facebook clone QQ, users have the ability to be anonymous.... [SocialTimes.com]

Vice Keeps Going..This Time into China - Posted January 3, 2012
While some media companies are scratching their heads trying to find ways to become profitable and cut costs, (usually by laying people off), Vice is doing the opposite: enjoying an estimated value of $1 billion (with $100 million in revenue) and looking to expand into China. A recent ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Vice Keeps Going..This Time into China - Posted January 3, 2012
While some media companies are scratching their heads trying to find ways to become profitable and cut costs, (usually by laying people off), Vice is doing the opposite: enjoying an estimated value of $1 billion (with $100 million in revenue) and looking to expand into China. A recent ... [FishbowlNY]

Cracking Down on Paid Posters with Semantic Analysis - Posted November 30, 2011
According to a new study, "paid posters are poisoning the internet with their untrustworthy content." The article... [semanticweb.com]

Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey: "Twitter Can't Compete In China" - Posted October 20, 2011
Twitter's co-founder and Chairman Jack Dorsey says that Twitter simply can't compete in China - but it's not Twitter's fault. Speaking at AsiaD, a conference hosted by All Things D, in Hong Kong on Thursday, Dorsey examined the state of Twitter in Asia. The region has largely embraced Twitter with one notable... [AllTwitter]

There's an App to Pay for Vending Machine Products (in China) - Posted September 8, 2011
Developers all over the world have been taking Apple's slogan "there's an app for that" very seriously. The latest case in point comes from China where Ubox has apps for Android, iPhone and Java-based feature phones to provide mobile payment services for products in vending machines. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Banned Chinese Writer Liao Yiwu to Appear in New York City - Posted September 1, 2011
On September 13th, Chinese writer Liao Yiwu will appear in New York City for a reading, a musical performance and an on-stage interview organized by the Pen American Center. Liao (pictured, via) is a poet, novelist, musician, and documentarian, on... [GalleyCat]

Viral Radar: Real Madrid Soccer Team Plays Against 109 Kids...And Wins - Posted August 9, 2011
Real Madrid, voted the most successful football club of the 20th century by FIFA, has got no problem beating teams in their own league, which is why, to celebrate their 109th year, they decided to play against 109 Guangzhou children in China. Real Madrid proved their greatness--through the chaos of... [SocialTimes.com]

Flipboard App Content Apparently Blocked in China - Posted May 16, 2011
Most of us (including me) look at our various connected apps and cry foul when access is limited or unavailable because of wireless data coverage issues, server issues, or some technical glitch. Imagine if your access to content in an app was blocked altogether? That is what Flipboard CEO Mike McCue... [SocialTimes.com]

Renren -- The Facebook of China -- Raises $743 Million - Posted May 9, 2011
Shares of the Chinese social networking site Renren surged on their trading debut in New York on Wednesday. The company raised $743 million from the offering. Renren has been called China's answer to Facebook and is one of the few publicly traded social networking sites and the latest symbol of China's soaring... [SocialTimes.com]

3 Ways China's Weibo Could Actually Compete with Twitter - Posted April 26, 2011
Within China, Twitter is basically non-existent: people use Weibo, instead, a similar service previously available only in Chinese. On Monday, the Chinese company released an English translation of its iPhone app... [AllTwitter]

Is China Finally Accepting Facebook's Friend Request? - Posted April 14, 2011
It's how you plan your Saturday night, keep in touch with your childhood best friend, and snoop on your workplace crush. It's on your laptop, you Blackberry, and your iPad. Ask anyone under the age of sixty; Facebook is everywhere. Everywhere, that is, except China. But, is that about to change? Reports... [SocialTimes.com]

Bi Feiyu Wins the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize - Posted March 21, 2011
Chinese novelist Bi Feiyu (pictured, via) has won the 2010 Man Asian Literary Priz... [GalleyCat]

U.S. Soccer Star Is Bored, Checks in With The NYT From China - Posted January 24, 2011
The United States women's soccer team is currently in the middle of the Four Nations tournament in China. Th... [SportsNewser]

Chinese Bride/Activist Jailed for Single Retweet - Posted November 19, 2010
The past few weeks have been rife with news about people getting into trouble because of their tweets, but this appears to be the harshest punishment dolled out recently: A Chinese bride was arrested - on her wedding day - because of something she retweeted. The authorities... [AllTwitter]

Publicis in Talks with Chinese Government To Launch Comms College - Posted November 8, 2010
Publicis chief exec Maurice L vy is in talks with Chinese government officials to establish a communications university in one of ... [PRNewser]

Smuggled Kindle 3Gs Help Chinese Consumers Bypass Firewall - Posted November 1, 2010
Amazon may not have distribution in China, but Kindles are still making their way to the country through black market channels. These Kindle 3Gs are giving Chinese consumers full access to sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which are usually ce... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Diane Sawyer to Anchor 'World News' From China - Posted October 18, 2010
ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer" will originate live from China November 15-17, the network says. Sawyer will anchor, while correspondents David Muir and Clarissa Ward examine what makes China the second largest economy in the world. Sawyer... [TVNewser]

Third International Workshop Social Data on the Web, Shanghai, China - Cordis News - Posted August 3, 2010
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In China, a new era of Web censorship looms - Christian Science Monitor - Posted June 8, 2009
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Enterprise 3.0: Semweb Commercialization Options - Posted January 16, 2008
Back when I was an industry analyst (VP, E-Business Strategies at the META Group, since acquired by Gartner), I often had to critique emerging markets.  Unlike venture capitalists, industry analysts are privy to product roadmaps from publicly-traded companies, including the industry giants (Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, IBM).  And unlike i-bankers, they are... [semanticweb.com]

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