Infographic on China BAT: Baidu Alibaba Tencent

Dec 14

Infographic on China BAT: Baidu Alibaba Tencent

China BAT is the collective term used to describe three largest software conglomerates: Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent. These three companies today practically run Chinese internet. Baidu is the Chinese version Google. It is the largest search engine and is, in terms of business interests, as diverse. Alibaba is the world largest ecommerce operator that runs Taobao and...

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Microsoft in China: 20 Years of Playing By The Rules

Jun 01

Microsoft in China: 20 Years of Playing By The Rules

Microsoft’s 20 plus years of official presence in China has been a story of compliance and accommodating every demand and request by Chinese government. Unlike in the cases of other tech giants, Google and Facebook, any online services provided by Microsoft in China have never been blocked. By all counts, Microsoft was expected to do well, first by entering...

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Why O2O in China Keeps Growing

May 25

Why O2O in China Keeps Growing

O2O, which stands for Online to Offline (or, sometimes Offline to Online) has been one of the hottest topics in marketing in the last couple of years. It has been identified as a trillion dollar opportunity by TechCrunch as well called the industry’s stupidest acronym by Tech in Asia. While some marketers still disagree on how the term should be used, O2O in...

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5 Ways Baidu Scandal Is Going To Affect Marketers in China

May 11

5 Ways Baidu Scandal Is Going To Affect Marketers in China

Most recent Baidu scandal following the death of 21 years old Chinese student is going to have both short and long term effects on marketers who rely on the search engine to promote brands and products. 21-year-old student Wei Zexi, who was diagnosed with rare form of cancer in 2014, had died on 12 April following a controversial and ultimately unsuccessful...

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Xiaoice Vs. Tay: Two A.I. Chatbots, Two Different Outcomes

Mar 30

Xiaoice Vs. Tay: Two A.I. Chatbots, Two Different Outcomes

Chinese chatbot Xiaoice or Xiaobing (literally Little Ice 小冰) that was developed by Microsoft Beijing Research facility and launched in China at the end of 2014 has, so far, proved to be a quite successful A.I. experiment vs. the recent launch of Tay, another Microsoft Twitter based chatbot. Last week, the contrast was quite striking when Tay, after series of...

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Uber in China: 3 Reason Why It Still Lags Behind

Feb 17

Uber in China: 3 Reason Why It Still Lags Behind

For the largest ride sharing service in the world, it wasn’t a smooth ride for Uber in China. Even though the company has pioneered the idea of private car-hailing services, in China, Uber has been a distant second to a much larger competitor, Didi Kuaidi. The Chinese company, which is the product of earlier merger of two competitors, currently holds about 80%...

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