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“Leftover Women” Find Online Voice

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 10:40 pm (UTC+0)

In the west, the age of marriageability is far higher than in China. But in China, women who have reached their late 20s are considered “leftover.” “Leftover women” (剩女) is an often negative term indicating more mature Chinese women who are no longer on the marriage market. In China, marriage is seen as an act […]

Speculation Rises on Social Fatigue for Sina Microblog

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 pm (UTC+0)

Sina (新浪), one of China’s largest Internet companies, reported revenues of $130.3 million for the third quarter of 2011, up from $108.2 million last year. But some Chinese media outlets have reported that, despite these figures, Chinese users of the popular microblog service could be getting fatigued. At Netease, the website of another internet giant, […]

Gansu School Bus Crash Sparks Anger

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 1:28 am (UTC+0)
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Since a small bus carrying 62 children crashed into a coal truck in Gansu province (甘肃), killing 18 children and 2 adults last week, Chinese microblogs have erupted with tens of thousands of angry posts. The bus was only a nine-seater and was severely overcrowded at the time of the accident (甘肃校车事故). The Xinhua news agency […]

Old Cadres Go Viral With Lady Gaga Cover

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 10:37 pm (UTC+0)

A video of the Hunan (湖南) provincial TV station’s Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) gala featured  a team of retired officials covering Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” In China, singing and dancing groups formed by former government officials are the norm. However, this video, with the enthusiastic singers and currently shared on You Tube, has been viewed more […]

China’s Largest Telecoms Probed by Anti-Monopoly Investigation

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC+0)
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China’s two biggest telecom companies are being probed by an anti-monopoly (反垄断) investigation that is being publicized in the state media. China Telecom (中国电信) and China Unicom (中国联通) are suspected of using their domination of the broadband market to charge higher prices to consumers. The two companies control well over half of the country’s broadband […]

Massive Lines for Debut of Apple iPhone 4S in Hong Kong

Posted November 13th, 2011 at 8:07 pm (UTC+0)

The Apple iPhone 4S debuted in Hong Kong (香港) on Friday, setting off a scramble as thousands lined up to get their hands on one of the devices. The 16G iPhone4S was sold at HK$5,088 (US$ 654) and the 32G iPhone4S at HK$5,888 (US$ 757). At its store in the IFC mall, 1,200 people lined […]

Edison Chen at It Again

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 2:16 am (UTC+0)

This time, A-list celebrities like Cecilia Cheung (张柏芝) are not featured. Instead, the photos are supposedly taken from the phone of an unknown 16-year-old model, Cammi Xie (谢芷蕙), who dated Chen for six months before their split after the scandal broke. After the photos were posted online, they went viral and Xie, a member of […]

O-pen Magazine Closed

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 6:11 am (UTC+0)
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O-pen magazine (大方) was set up in March 2011 by Annie Baby (安妮宝贝), a popular novelist who got her start on the Internet.  On November 1, however, she announced on her Sina microblog that they had received a notice to stop publishing. The first issue of O-pen is the beginning, the second is the end. […]

Baidu Profits From Google Retreat

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 8:03 pm (UTC+0)

Baidu (百度), the search engine giant in China, has pulled even farther ahead of Google (谷歌) in their battle for user preference. According to market research firm Analysys International, Baidu gained in market share in the third quarter of this year and now gets almost 80% of all search traffic in China, compared to about […]



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