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Sina weighs down Weibo with video

Sina needs to be careful as it chooses partners to commercialise Weibo, or risk alienating users who enjoy the platform as a tool for communication

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 11:20am

Alibaba chief Jack Ma confident on mobile push

Alibaba, through a wholly owned subsidiary, agreed to invest US$586 million and take an 18 per cent stake in Weibo, the Twitter-like microblogging service with more than 503 million users. It is owned by Nasdaq-listed Sina, a leading online media company based in Shanghai.

1 May 2013 - 4:25am

Sina, Jingdong Mall in new e-commerce moves

We're seeing some interesting moves today on the dynamic e-commerce front, with new signals that Sina intends to make a serious play into the space using its popular Weibo microblogging service as its primary platform.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:50pm

Baidu's Walmart ties, Sina's e-payments

A couple of news bits in the crowded e-commerce space indicate that a previously rumored tie-up between leading portal Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) and e-commerce leader Alibaba is officially dead, while search leader Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) may have finally found a potent new partner in leading global retailer Walmart (NYSE: WMT).

23 Mar 2013 - 2:19pm

Weibo adverts on the rise as Sina looks for revenue

Sina, a major news portal on the mainland, launched its weibo product in August 2009. The social networking service had more than 500 million users at the end of 2012, up 74 per cent compared with a year earlier, according to the company. However, until now it has not been able to mine that user pool for an equally big increase in revenue.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:41am

Former Google China chief banned from microblogging sites

Former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee says he was temporarily banned from posting items on two of the mainland's most popular microblogging platforms. Without saying why he was banned, Lee posted a message on Twitter on Sunday saying: "I am silenced on Sina and Tencent [microblogs] for three days, so everyone can find me here."

19 Feb 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

'Tis the season to reorganize

Bottom line: The wave of reorganisations sweeping major Chinese web firms is likely to result in a period of management turmoil, resulting in less innovation on the Internet.

30 Jan 2013 - 12:13pm

Baidu becomes latest Sina Weibo suitor

Sina is unlikely to reach tie-up deals with either Alibaba or Baidu due to numerous distractions at all 3 companies, and even if a deal is reached it's likely to be a bad one.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:41pm

Communist Party is giving more power to members working in Beijing internet companies

The Communist Party (mainly through Baidu) is represented by 2,680 Party members in Beijing's many internet companies, and late last year it decided it wants to have control over a lot more - starting soon with major players Sohu and NetEase.

11 Jan 2013 - 12:16pm

A story of hallucinatory realism: new tool gives you an uncensored Weibo, just for a while

A China-related news story made worldwide headlines last night after the Swedish Academy awarded Chinese author Mo Yan  as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature – a first for China in the Nobels’ century-long history. 

12 Oct 2012 - 5:10pm