Jiepang Isn’t China’s Foursquare Wannabe Anymore

  Two years ago we started asking, Are Chinese still checking-in? (I can't believe it's been two years.)  Those hyped check-in apps, unsurprisingly, disappeared one by one. It was believed then that location check-in would be a must-have feature with almost all social services and the standalone couldn't work out. Jiepang, to my surprise, has been holding on. With 5 million registered…

NetEase Pulls out LBS Effort, Closing Foursquare Clone Bafang

NetEase, which just inched towards online dating market with the launch of a Chinese match.com Huatian, secretly backed off from LBS forefront and closed its Foursquare-clone Bafang yesterday. Bafang - literally means “eight square” in Chinese - went online two years ago when Foursquare and LBS was as hot as Pinterest it is now in China. Users can check into the service to claim and share their…

Foursquare to Check into Philippines this December at #4SQHackPH

Foursquare is now hacking into (or checking into?) Philippines this December with the all-day-long mobile application hackathon Foursquare Hackday Philippines, co-organized by Smart DevNet & WebGeek, both are programmers’ community in Philippines. The event, charges PhP 1000 for one ticket or 200 for early bird discount starts on Oct.29, is to be held at Sadoce, 12/F Smart Tower,…

Jiepang, China’s Foursquare, Reaches 910,000 users, Celebrates First Birthday

Last week, Jiepang.com, the leading location-based service in China celebrated its first anniversary in Beijing. The company announced users has already reached 910,000, up from 270,000 in end 2010 - user growth apparently accelerated since beginning of 2011. In the past year, Jiepang has engaged with various international big names, such as Starbucks, Nike, Burberry, HTC, Zippos, HP, Sony…

Rumor, Foursquare to Acquire Jiepang to Enter China

So two hottest sites, Groupon and Foursquare b0th are seeking the way to enter Chinese market at the beginning of 2011. We've confirmed Groupon's move into China two days ago, and today we got the rumor that Foursquare is coming as well. Spotted by a reader, on Quora an anonymous user commented on the question, Should Foursquare buy Jiepang as a China entry strategy? Sources say that…

WeChat’s Impact: A Report on WeChat Platform Data

Editor's Note: This post is contributed by Grata, a Beijing-based software company that helps businesses turn their WeChat Official Accounts (or Public Accounts) into multi-agent contact centers for customer service, sales, and support. Grata's clients include international hospitality, travel, automotive, and retail brands. Grata is a 500 Startups company; other investors include Hugo Barra…

Blleep Is A Social Location App Who Takes Care Of Your Privacy As Well

Obviously it's a trend now to connect with people by sharing location on smartphones. Instead of checking everyone's availability back and forth, a location sharing app sends real-time notifications of people who are near and makes it easier for you to meet up with them spontaneously. Yeah, you might have heard of Facebook’s nearby Friends, Foursquare's new swarm or maybe Connect. Today I'm…

Hong Kong Tech Entrepreneurs Address the Male-Dominated Tech Industry By Creating a Community For Female Coders

We know the tech industry is still a largely male-dominated space, but exactly how big is the gap between men and women in technical roles? Thanks to this Google spreadsheet created by Tracey Chou, a software engineer at Pinterest, there’s now tangible data on the percentage of female engineers at 84 different tech companies such as Snapchat, Hootsuite or Foursquare. Within the surveyed…

Vibin Helps You Consume Mobile-Web-wide Content of Your Interest in One Place

  Numerous digital content aggregators are out there for you to read news in one place, save and view pictures in one place, or share online shopping items in one place. Vibin, another aggregation app launched at our TechNode/TechCrunch Shanghai, wants you to save and view content of your interest across the mobile Web in one place. Here are where the content you can view in Vibin from…

PassyingBy, Another Location-based Social App Connecting You to People Passing by

  PassingBy is an app for you to share messages or pictures with people passing by and interact with them. It sounds simple but can help you on various occasions; for instance, it can broadcast a  message for you to people in a library to ask them if anyone can help find a book. Of course you can chat with people around you, comment on their broadcasts, or arrange meetups with some of…