Be My Friend and Buy From Me

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“It is just like WeChat: you never know which friend will try to sell you something next.” Thus wrote  one Chinese blogger,bemoaning the proliferation of peer-to-peer commercialism on WeChat, or Weixin in Chinese. It’s China’s hottest social network, a …

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WeChat Has Facebook in Its Crosshair

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Better watch out, Facebook. China’s hottest mobile messaging-cum-social media app is out on the prowl, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s 1.23 billion user global social networking empire may be in its crosshairs. WeChat, a popular app by …

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China’s New Media Species, Now Endangered?

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Michelle Song, 24, studies international relations at Beijing’s prestigious Peking University and lives in a dormitory, so she doesn’t watch television regularly and doesn’t subscribe to newspapers. But this has not hampered her ability to …

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Surprising Crackdown on WeChat

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Welcome to the big leagues, WeChat.  For the past year, the mobile chat app WeChat, or Weixin in Chinese, has been the fresh new face in China’s hyperactive social media, stealing millions of members – not to mention mojo – from …

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A Chinese ‘No Thanks’ for WhatsApp

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The tidal wave generated by the Feb. 19 news that Facebook paid a whopping $19 billion for the San Francisco-based mobile messaging app WhatsApp has reached the other side of the Pacific, but many Chinese social media users are …

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Coming to Chinese Headlines in 2014

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Chinese people have spent another year breathing dirty air, fretting about food safety, poking fun at corrupt officials, and complaining about tightening censorship — but as a discerning consumer of international news, you probably knew that already. So what else is new in …

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Victory in WeChat War: How Tea Leaf Readers Got It Right

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A resounding victory has been scored against China’s all-powerful state-owned telecom operators — a victory for innovative, life-changing technology, for private enterprises and entrepreneurs, and for millions of users who came together on China’s social …

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