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我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

China's version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, has warned its 340 million users they have until next Friday to verify their accounts using their real names. The company posted an official announcement Friday with a deadline of September 15, but didn't state what would happen to accounts that weren't verified. The service has been …
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iOS 8 screencaps leak: Text editor, dictaphone and 'tips' on the way

The first screenshots of iOS 8 have leaked online after being posted on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo. Although Apple have not officially confirmed whether the images are real, web whisperers certainly think they are for real. Apart from Healthbook, which is presumably a health app, the new additions to iOS 8 are …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Mar 2014
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Sina rumoured to be prepping Weibo for $500m US-based IPO

Chinese web giant Sina has picked two of the big banks to prep its Twitter-alike microblogging site Weibo for an IPO in the US. Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse have been taken on to help the site manage a debut onto the market in New York, sources told the Financial Times and Reuters. Weibo, which is hugely popular in China, …
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Schmidt: Social networks will FREE THE PEOPLE of China

China's thirst for social networks will help the country's citizens smash through its rigid state control, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has claimed. He said during a conference in London on Monday that popular sites such as Weibo and WeChat would help to liberalise the People's Republic. Schmidt spoke of a meeting …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2013

Jail time promised for false tweets in China

Use of social media in China just got more dangerous after the country’s Supreme Court announced tough new guidelines which could see untrue posts which are viewed more than 5,000 times land their author in jail for several years. The court document stated that any post containing so-called “online rumours” viewed 5,000 times …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Sep 2013

China stuffs rag in mouth of biz-rumour web ring

A Chinese clampdown on online rumour-mongers has netted 27 staff at Shui Jun Shi Wan, a firm which specialises in seeding stories across its microblogging network of 220 million followers. Spreading false rumours is illegal in China, but has been big business for companies like Shui Jun Shi Wan, which hired out its Sina Weibo …
Bill Ray, 30 Aug 2013
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Sina's self-censorship scheme swamped with spam, not rumours

It's become fashionable for the likes of Facebook and Twitter to reveal how often spooks ask them to retrieve data. Chinese micro-blogging giant Sina Weibo has now more or less done likewise and revealed its army of 5,500 community reviewers have been more busy dealing with spam complaints over the past year than politically …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2013

China's 'human flesh search' hunts down teen vandal

The full ire of China's army of online vigilantes known as the "human flesh search engine" was last week focused on a 15 year-old boy who vandalised a priceless 3,000 year-old Egyptian relic. The Chinternet periodically gets in a right tizz when something or other is posted online and so it was when pictures of the now …
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2013
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Alibaba splurges half a billion on a slice of 'Chinese Twitter'

Alibaba has moved into social media with a $586m splurge on an 18 per cent stake in China's Twitter, Weibo. The Chinese e-tailer nabbed the microblogging site stake from Sina on Monday, valuing Weibo at more than $3.2bn. The companies reckon that their alliance will generate $380m in advertising and other revenue for Weibo in …

Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

Eagle-eyed weibo fans in China have uncovered what appears to be a pre-meditated and co-ordinated attempt to smear Apple following a high profile consumer rights programme on national TV which slammed the firm for its customer service. The broadcast on state-run CCTV – a hugely popular and influential consumer rights programme …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2013
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China to extend real name registration rules

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, China is proposing updates to current internet censorship laws which could extend real name registration rules to all blogs and internet forums, tightening its control over user-generated content. Beijing already requires users of the country’s popular micro-blogging services to …
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Chinese micro-blogs a hit with police

China’s micro-blogging platforms are a hit with the country’s web-savvy police forces, despite being forced to implement yet more prohibitive regulations this week. Provincial and local public security bureaus across the land are so keen on the Twitter-like weibos that the People’s Daily Online Public Opinion Monitoring Center …
Phil Muncaster, 30 May 2012
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Mayor Boris' Chinese vote master stroke backfires on twit clone

Bouffant-topped bigwig Boris Johnson hopes to ingratiate himself with the capital's Chinese community by climbing aboard Twitter-clone Sina Weibo - although putting the same yattering on both is just silly. But that's not stopped the Mayor of London from copying randomly selected Twitter posts directly into his Sina Weibo …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2012
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China purges coup rumours from social media

Two of China’s biggest social media companies, Tencent and Sina, have reportedly been punished by the government and forced to temporarily suspend comments on their micro-blogging sites, after the authorities clamped down in response to unsubstantiated online rumours of a coup in Beijing last month. Rumours started to swirl a …
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'We're crying out for storage'

QuotW This was the week when the Budget was released. George handed out some juicy tax breaks to game developers and the promise of sweet, speedy broadband to 10 UK cities. He also controversially lopped 5 per cent off the tax rate for top earners. Meanwhile, boffins were complaining that the floods that carried away the homes and …
Anna Leach, 24 Mar 2012
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China's censors out in force as coup rumours spread

China’s internet censors have been forced into overdrive this week after rumours swirled the country’s popular micro-blogging weibo platforms of an attempted coup in Beijing and the mysterious death of a man driving a Ferrari in the capital. Twitter users presumably using a VPN or other set-up to access the banned site in …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Mar 2012
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Mobile messaging comes to Oihoo 360

Chinese ISP Qihoo 360 has launched a mobile messaging service on Android, iOS and Symbian smartphones. The fully-buzzword-compliant Kouxin service, offered to users as a free download, gives customers of the Middle Kingdom realtime multimedia messaging without incurring SMS or MMS charges. The service will also test Chinese …
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China mulls further social-network controls

Communist Party officials in Beijing have flagged up concerns about the growth of micro-blogging websites in China. According to a Reuters report, China may be pushing for more robust controls of such sites. The article cites a commentary piece written for the People's Daily by individuals who pen the Communist Party's …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Sep 2011

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