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  • Jul 10, 2014
  • Updated: 2:08pm

Instant Messaging

Asian messaging apps moving in on global tech giants' turf

Asian chat services KakaoTalk, Line and WeChat threaten to overturn the mobile order of things, usurping the role of Google, Apple, Amazon.com Facebook and telecommunications carriers as gatekeeper to the consumer.

Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 12:56am

300 million and clicking - Tencent's web chat service a hit

Launched just two years ago, mobile instant-message application WeChat, developed by mainland internet giant Tencent, now has 300 million registered users, according to the company.

Ahead of its second anniversary on Monday, WeChat says its user base has far outpaced its competitors on the mainland.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Tencent's 'WeChat' instant-message app will challenge Sina

Just two years ago next month, Tencent Holdings introduced a mobile instant-message application called WeChat. It already has 200 million users, including Lai Jingkui, a teacher in Zhuhai in the south, who uses the "Drift Bottle" function to find friends.

While Lai, 23, is still looking, Tencent has found a hit.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Alibaba celebrates 1.2 million users on Taobao in Hong Kong

Mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said its customer-to-customer online trading platform Taobao has been growing robustly in Hong Kong.

Group spokeswoman Florence Shih said: "With more than 800 million product listings at any given time, consumers can select and purchase products they may be unable to find in their local markets."

11 Dec 2012 - 3:38am

High cost of 'free' illegal downloading

Downloading music and films online has become very popular, but some people are doing it illegally.

People can now access entertainment with just a few clicks, and at a very low cost, or even free.

However, unauthorised downloaders may be violating copyrights, which could constitute a criminal offence. Therefore, they face jail or large fines.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fighting piracy that hurts film, music industries

Proposed changes to internet copyright laws come in the light of a rapidly changing digital environment.

The proposals are the product of two rounds of public consultations held since December 2006, aimed at strengthening regulations on copyright material.

26 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Police rocked by further online leaks

Internal police documents have again been found on the internet, exposing personal details of officers, suspects and others who helped in investigations, and adding to the force's embarrassment over a string of data leaks.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Expanding channels of communication

One of the defining characteristics of Generation Y (people in their 20s) is their expectation of faster communication. Gen Y people communicate differently because they grew up with mobile phones and the internet so they are comfortable with using different channels of communication. They use e-mail for less urgent messages.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Text messaging - boon or bane?

Messaging is a very popular method of communication in the 21st century. Everyone sends messages from their mobile phones to friends, or to celebrate special festivals.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

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