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Meanwhile in China: Weekly News Roundup

August 14th-18th

  •  Facebook tests water with a stealth app in China

    Facebook released a photo-sharing app in China; Colorful Balloons that behaves almost exactly like their own Moments without any of the official branding that would lead to a guaranteed rejection.

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Source: Engadget

 

 

  • Rapid Growth of Online Retail Market in Beijing China

    In the first half of 2017, online retail sales in Beijing made up 24.4% of all social consumer goods sales, a further increase of 8.3 percentage points over the first half of 2016. Total consumption reached 1.12 trillion yuan (US$ 166.4 billion)

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Source: China Internet Watch

 

 

  •  Chinese censors tested a new way of shutting down websites and cutting off the country’s Internet users from the rest of the world.

    For years, the China government has been used methods that kept the majority of people from reading or using material it did not like, such as foreign news outlets, Facebook and Google.

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Source: NYTimes

 

 

 

  • China’s mobile social app users insights 2017

    Social apps in China have become an indispensable part of users’ lives with rapid improvement of mobile Internet access.

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Source: China Internet Watch

 

 

 

  • Joining Apple, Amazon’s China Cloud Service Bows to Censors

    A Chinese company that operates Amazon’s cloud-computing and online services business there said that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country’s extensive system of internet blocks.
    It is a sign of a widening push to block access to software that gets over the Great Firewall —  that China uses to stop people from gaining access to Facebook, Google and Twitter, and foreign news media outlets.

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Source: NYTimes