China Ban Hits Google’s Search Ad Share; Baidu Gains

  Google’s search-ad revenues are eroding on a global scale in large part because China, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for information services, has banned the U.S. company’s offerings. Meanwhile, Baidu, which is based in China, is reaping the benefits, a new market survey shows. The report, from research group eMarketer, estimates Google’s share of 2015’s $81.59 [...]

Biggest growth in digital adspend to come from APAC: Carat

  In its latest forecasting report, media network Carat has estimated that advertising spend in Asia Pacific is set to grow by a solid 5.2% in 2015. Carat’s latest global advertising expenditure forecasts show digital media with a predicted US$17.1 billion or a 15.7% increase in spend in 2015. Accounting for the rise in mobile [...]

Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger in face of competition from WeChat, Line

  Facebook is following the lead of Asian competitors WeChat and Line in opening its Messenger service to developers, as well as allowing businesses to use the app to handle customer support queries. The new features mark Facebook’s latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same pull with [...]

China to open up futures market to foreign investors via free trade zones

  China plans to gradually open up its futures market to overseas investors through free-trade zones, but no decision has been made yet on allowing the London Metal Exchange to set up a warehouse in the country, a regulatory official said. China on Tuesday approved the formation of three FTZs, which will copy the model of [...]

China: No Need for Open Internet?

  While state media has cited the “near flawless organization” of the Beijing Olympics in support of China’s bid for the 2022 Winter Games, critics have pointed out 2008’s broken promises on media freedom and other rights issues as cause for hesitation. Reuters’ Ben Blanchard reports one bid official’s claim that foreign attendees in 2022 would enjoy unfettered Internet access, but that [...]

Skype vs WeChat vs Line – Why is Skype losing out against new players in the market

Skype has been one of the leading players in the VoIP markets for over a decade. Being the first player in the market, Skype has had the advantage of being the first name that people recall when they think of VoIP and voice calling over the internet. When Skype was first introduced I was in [...]

WeChat 6.1.0.57 APK Download – The Best Messaging App There Is?

One of the best, most loved and exciting ways to connect is with WeChat, a free messaging app that’s become a social media app in its own right. From humble beginnings, WeChat has turned into a state-of-the-art messaging app that almost everyone who owns a phone is using. WeChat APK 6.0.2.58 has many improvements from the older [...]

TV industry figures call for more relaxed rules on advertising

  As television faces tough competition from the internet and other new media, industry figures are seeking a fairer slice of the advertising pie Television industry figures have called for more relaxed advertising regulations to allow the medium to compete with a growing range of new media. They say rules governing advertising time, product placement, [...]

China tightens rules on Internet use

  By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING — China announced Wednesday that users of blogs and chat rooms will be required to register their names with operators and promise in writing to avoid challenging the Communist political system, further tightening control over Internet use. The announcement follows what technology companies say are official efforts [...]

China Less and Less Enamored of Social Media, Study Finds

China’s Internet users are growing disenchanted with social media. A new poll from research firm Kantar showed only 64.7% of Chinese web users felt social media’s impact is positive, down from 76.8% a year earlier. The study’s authors pointed to several causes, including loss of novelty, web addiction and lower-quality content on social media platforms. [...]