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China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:52 PM

WeChat the Twitter like Weibo as well as the Tieba discussion forum are being investigated according to an announcement from the Cyberspace Administration of China on Friday August 11

Chinese police probe endangered animal banquet

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Government officials are accused of feasting on pangolins the most trafficked mammal on earth

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARLOWE HOOD (FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a Zimbabwe game reserve guide touching "Marimba", a female pangolin weighing 10kgs that has been nine years in care at Wild Is Life animal sanctuary just outside the country's capital Harare. Two studies published on January 11, 2017 by Britain's Royal Society nicely illustrate how Nature imposes choices that determine whether a specimen -- or a species -- will thrive, or just barely survive. Examining 647 types of mammals, Theodore Stankowich and Ashly Romero from California State University Long Beach discovered that those boasting impressive protective gear were also not the brightest of beasts.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Taiwan's new leader disappears from Chinese social network

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Searches for Tsai Ing wen and Taiwan elections on the Twitter like Weibo network turn up this message: According to relevant laws regulations and policies the results for this search cannot be shown

NEW PRESIDENT. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (C) celebrates her victory in Taipei on January 15, 2016.

Prince William's wildlife speech draws online applause in China

Mar 05, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Britain s Prince William wins praise from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as a vicious form of criminality

Oppo teases new handset ahead of October 29 launch

Oct 26, 2014 - 6:07 PM

This new teaser shows glimpses of two phones one believed to be the N3 and another that remains a mystery ahead of the October 29 launch

OPPO. Image from Oppo Weibo account.

China watches Hong Kong protests, fearful of contagion

Sep 30, 2014 - 4:39 PM

While a heavy handed response threatens the city s reputation as a stable world class business hub Beijing fears that unchecked protests could spill across the border and ignite discontent with one party Communist rule

'JOIN US' Umbrellas of pro-democracy demonstrators are placed on a road during a protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Chinese e-commerce holds growth promise

Sep 08, 2014 - 10:10 AM

The Internet and e commerce have been instrumental in achieving the 8 2 GDP growth rate registered by Zhejiang in 2013

SALE. All kinds of items are available at Qinghe Lane. All photos by Chay Hofileña/Rappler

China factory explosion kills 68

Aug 02, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Preliminary investigations show that the blast was caused by dust produced as workers polished metal meeting with high temperatures or an open flame

Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $286M

Apr 17, 2014 - 3:52 PM

Proceeds of the Beijing based firm s share sale were below target reflecting investors cautious mood

Alibaba, Weibo see advantages in US listing

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:56 AM

In picking the US to launch initial public offerings rather than their home market Chinese technology companies Alibaba and Weibo are opting for maximum visibility and access to capital

Twitter CEO in China 'to learn more'

Mar 17, 2014 - 9:36 PM

The US firm said chief executive Dick Costolo is visiting China because he wants to learn more about the Chinese culture and the country s thriving technology sector

SHARES UP. Twitter shares have risen to US$66.32 since December. File photo by Fred Tanneau/AFP

Weibo, 'China's Twitter,' files for IPO in US

Mar 15, 2014 - 9:22 AM

As of December 2013 Weibo has 129 1 million monthly active users and 61 4 million average daily active users

31 dead, 9 missing in China truck blast

Mar 13, 2014 - 6:07 PM

31 people died after two trucks collided causing an explosion in a tunnel in China s Shanxi province on March 1 authorities noted on Thursday March 13

Two million monitoring Internet in China - state media

Oct 05, 2013 - 7:41 PM

The web police are employed by the government s propaganda arm as well as by commercial sites the Beijing News says

SURVEILLANCE. The govenment's propaganda arm employs "web police" to prevent social unrest and limit criticism

China takes the show online for Bo trial

Aug 24, 2013 - 10:17 AM

The court s verified weibo account was set up less than a week ago but has already accumulated more than 400 000 followers as people across China flocked online for updates

FACING THE COURT. This picture taken on August 22, 2013 and released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court's Weibo account shows former Chinese political star Bo Xilai (C) standing on trial in the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, east China's Shandong province. AFP / Jinan Intermediate People's Court

Apple to probe Chinese claim of iPhone death

Jul 15, 2013 - 8:28 PM

Apple said it would investigate claims of the iPhone electrocuting a Chinese woman who made a call while charging the phone

INVESTIGATION. A Chinese man walks past an advertisement for an IPhone outside an Apple reseller in Beijing on March 18, 2013. Apple will investigate claims that an iPhone electrocuted a woman making a call while charging the phone. AFP/ Mark Ralston

China orders stepped-up scrutiny on Apple

Mar 29, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Chinese state media claim Apple treated its Chinese customers differently than in other countries in product service and warranties

Sina Weibo rings in New Year with 731-K posts in first minute

Feb 11, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Sina Weibo gets over 731 000 posts in the first minute of the Lunar New Year

WEIBO NEW YEAR. Sina Weibo hits over 731,000 posts in the first minute of the Lunar New Year.

Chinese scholar sues Sina for closing Weibo account

Jan 24, 2013 - 10:27 PM

A Chinese scholar sues the company behind Sina Weibo for closing his account with notification and keeping his money

SINA WEIBO TROUBLE. A Chinese scholar has sued Sina Corp. for closing his microblog without notice and collecting payment from him after closure.

Weibo web manager rants about censorship

Jan 10, 2013 - 12:20 PM

A Weibo web manager and censor speaks up on the pressures of being a censor in China

WEIBO CENSORSHIP. Weibo web manager @Genuine_Yu_Yang speaks up on Weibo's practices.

Brad Pitt joins Weibo, announces China visit

Jan 07, 2013 - 11:52 PM

Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt made in China with his first post on the Chinese version of Twitter a cryptic message saying It s the truth Yup I m coming

Crackdown on Weibo accounts of Chinese activists, bloggers

Jan 04, 2013 - 4:38 PM

China s new rules are making it possible for the accounts of bloggers and activists on Weibo to be shut down

WEIBO. The microblogging service loses some of its users to China's great firewall, it seems.

Nipples and breasts checked for Chinese beauty contest

Sep 08, 2012 - 1:32 PM

Outrage flew over at Weibo China s version of Twitter

PROTESTS OVER 'ABSURD' BEAUTY pageant standards were expressed on Weibo. Screen shot from www.weiboenglish.com

Beijing to 'strike' at critics after flood disaster

Jul 26, 2012 - 1:50 PM

Authorities in Beijing said they would begin to strike out at online critics of the government response to recent record flooding