Posts Tagged ‘Commentary’

Apple’s VPN Ban In China Is Not The End Of The World

News broke the past couple days that Apple is pulling all virtual private network apps from its App Store in …


Tencent May Have Just Defeated Baidu At Its Own Game In China

Baidu is a poorly-executed search engine. But with both government regulations handcuffing its development and lack of competition in China, …


Alibaba’s South China Morning Post Purchase Puts Focus On News Coverage

Chinese e-commerce boss Jack Ma is emulating America’s Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos, who recently purchased The Washington Post, by purchasing his own media empire in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post. Alibaba Group Holding Limited says it has entered into a definite agreement to acquire the South China Morning Post and other media assets […]


VTech Data Breach Highlights IoT Failings

VTech Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong maker of baby monitors and electronic toys, announced that its customer database was hacked two weeks ago. The company says an unauthorized party accessed VTech customer data housed in its Learning Lodge app store database on November 14, 2015. Learning Lodge gives its customers the ability to download apps, […]


Apple Malware Infestation In China Shows Companies’ Weaknesses

A number of Chinese Apple iOS apps this week were found infected with XcodeGhost malware. This makes both Apple and the technology companies who created the malware-infested apps look bad. Download speeds appear to be a prime reason why Chinese app developers of at least 57 apps, including WeChat and Didi Chuxing, chose to download […]


China’s Great Cannon Raises Questions For China’s Top Search Engine

The news in recent days of China’s “Great Cannon” and a related research report from Canada has cast a spotlight from outside China on the machinations of China’s government-run Internet services. Dubbed “Great Cannon” in a research report from the University of Toronto’s Citizenlab, the researchers say, “The Great Cannon is not simply an extension […]


What Twitter Can And Can’t Do In Hong Kong As It Views China

Hong Kong’s geographic proximity to mainland China belies the gulf in business practices, Internet laws, and access that Twitter will find between the refined transparency of Hong Kong and the nuances and perils of the mainland Chinese Internet sector. Twitter announced plans this week to open an office in Hong Kong. Though the company says […]


What’s The Future For Taxi Apps In China?

On Valentine’s Day, two of China’s taxi-hailing apps agreed to merge. But is this a good business decision and does it benefit consumers in China? China’s two leading taxi-hailing apps Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache jointly announced on February 14, 2015, that the two companies will realize a strategic integration and they will hold an […]


Facebook Hits The Same Wall As Apple In China

The leaders of Facebook and Apple were in China this past week on separate missions with the same goal: gain better transparency and more access to the Chinese market. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing for an event at a local university, and Apple’s Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to review […]


Deciphering Alibaba CEO’s Letter To Investors

China’s Alibaba starts selling stakes in its Cayman Island company Alibaba Group Holding Limited today in the United States. In a “Letter From Jack Ma” which was filed last Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ma “Jack” Yun outlines expectations, caveats, and hopes for armchair investors in his extended family of Chinese e-commerce businesses. […]