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New Features That Helps WeChat To Gain Foothold In B2C Sector: Alexis Bonhomme, GM of WeChat Integrated Agency Curiosity China

Although instant messaging tools are most commonly used by individuals for personal communication (C-to-C), WeChat, a leading Chinese IM app, gradually established its presence as a major channel of online marketing (B-to-C). The newly launched WeChat 5.0 gives special focus to business users by adding a list of new features that caters for the business […]

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Dangdang Launches Pinterest-ish Service

Finally it’s Dangdang’s turn to do so, the Chinese B2C site reportedly just launched a new service dubbed Dangdang Share to tap into the Pinterest fever over here. Over the course of past few months, we’ve seen numerous new startups doing Pinterest or big companies making similar service on top of existing offerings, like Taobao […]

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Digital books cost way cheaper than the print in China but are not cheap to create at all

Dangdang, one of the leading online book retailers in China, made 3 million Yuan in digital book sales in 2012 but spent approaching 5 million Yuan in formatting text files received from conventional publishers, according to Wang Xi, vice president of the company. He complained that what they got were half-products is frustrating. Chinese publishers […]

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Jiuxian Taking over Dangdang Wine Business

China’s Dangdang announced today that Jiuxian.com has taken over the NYSE-listed company’s wine e-tailing business, a move highlighting that DangDang is taking another step forward into its B2C open platform strategy. Prior to the teaming-up, DangDang has introduced Letao (shoe vertical), Gome (3C) and Moonbasa (apparel) into its open platform. Founded in September 2010, Jiuxian.com […]

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Rumor: Dangdang to Launch Proprietary Apparel?

Dangdang, the leading Chinese online bookstore turned general etailer is said to launch its proprietary apparel brand in next month, according to Mahui, General Manger of Beijing-based underclothes manufacturer TopNew Group. Ma said that Dangdang has contracted with the company to design and produce Dangdang-branded clothes, like Dangdang Kids for children. Li Guoqing, co-founder and […]

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How Tiger Fund Hunts Techie Pandas

Nov. 21st , YY Inc. priced its 7.8 million share IPO in Nasdaq at $10.50 and began trading on that day. In 2011, Tiger invested $76m in YY, and now the value was almost halved to approximately $40.27m. Since 2003, Tiger Fund has started sowing seeds in China tech industry, with ecomm being its main […]

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I Love Kindle, But I Really Don’t Think I Need A Paperwhite for China

It’s been a month since Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD finally landed in China. The Paperwhite does have some localized features that Chinese users can share excerpts to Sina Weibo, the prevailing micro-blogging service in China, choose from three Chinese fonts or use the built-in Chinese-to-Chinese and English-to-Chinese dictionaries. But Kindle in general isn’t well-received for […]

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DangDang CEO Li Guoqing Opens Fire Again

Li Guoqing, the trouble causing CEO and co-founder of Chinese etailer Dangdang opened fire again at some of the NYSE-listed company’s peers, criticizing them for unsustainable business or lacking attraction among investors. At a recent conference organized by Chinese Internet think tank iResearch, Li shot at 360buy.com claiming “the company wouldn’t even survive this August […]