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Greedy Shanghai taxi drivers show the 'evil' side of new technology

Google once had an informal corporate motto - "Don't be evil" - a sentiment often shared by many other technology firms around the world. Technology itself can't be evil if we see it purely from a scientific perspective, but how we make use of it can be a very different story.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 12:07pm 9 comments

Is Whatsapp going to open doors for Facebook in China?

I haven't written about Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) in a while, mostly because the company hasn't made any concrete moves into China lately despite previous assertions that it would like to enter the market.

20 Feb 2014 - 4:57pm 3 comments

Facebook buys WhatsApp for US$19 billion

Facebook will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for US$19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world’s largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.

20 Feb 2014 - 12:49pm 6 comments

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.

20 Feb 2014 - 12:56am

Alibaba, Sina cast envious eyes on Tencent's 'Hongbao'

Things have certainly changed over the last 3 years in Lunar New Year messaging, as reflected by the flood of tech executives using their microblogs to weigh in on Tencent's (HKEx: 700) launch of a

6 Feb 2014 - 2:01pm

Popular Chinese taxi-booking apps leave smartphone-free travellers out in the cold

While millions of internet-savvy Chinese mainlanders benefit from escalating competition between two rapidly-growing taxi mobile applications fighting for dominance in the market, those without smartphones have found hailing a taxi in the street more difficult than ever.

30 Jan 2014 - 3:46pm

Chinese internet giants transplant 'red envelopes' holiday tradition to mobile cyberspace

Could the Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes with cash inside as gifts go digital during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday? That is what the new feature on Tencent’s flagship messaging mobile application WeChat, a “red envelope" add-on which went viral this weekend, aims to do.

27 Jan 2014 - 6:21pm

Line, WeChat: Asian social networks move to conquer Europe

Move aside Facebook and Skype. Asian social networks, already hugely popular on their continent, have set their sights on Europe where they could prove stiff competition for their US rivals.

29 Sep 2013 - 1:33pm 2 comments

New WeChat 'Airplane War' game sending addicted players to hospital

Chinese WeChat users addicted to a new airplane game included in the mobile social network’s newest iteration are now finding themselves in hospital with severe cases of “gamer’s thumb.”

12 Sep 2013 - 5:52pm 1 comment

Tencent launches updated, monetised WeChat version with paid emoticons

The app boasts several new payment services, including an emoticon 'sticker store' where users can pay to download graphical images to attach to their messages.

6 Aug 2013 - 5:07am

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