Singles Day madness, more media censorship, and sex dolls – just another seven days in the world’s most populous country! Here’s our roundup of the week’s top stories from China.
That massive $5.7 billion figure counts only Tmall and Taobao customers who paid via the company’s own Alipay (like Paypal), so the total spending amount will be higher once all payment methods are totaled up.
2. Xiaomi brings in an astonishing $90 million in sales within 24 hours during Chinese e-commerce blowout
Xiaomi also reports that it ranked as the top grossing single-product line store on Tmall, as well as the top grossing cellphone store on Tmall.
The site went down on October 26, and the case is currently under investigation by the Hong Kong police.
It’s a strong figure from China’s second largest online shopping mall, but the number is still dwarfed by the $5.7 billion spent on Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao.
Vancl – which also has an open marketplace for clothing-related merchants called V+ – is still dogged by rumors of financial problems.
This could result in the PlayStation being sold legally in China for the first time ever.
Weibo advertising revenue skyrocketed 125 percent on last year to $43.7 million, up 46 percent from $30 million last quarter.
Momo founder Tang Yan also revealed on his Weibo page that the app now has 39 million monthly active users, and 13 million who are active daily.
9. China’s biggest online video sites form alliance against piracy, collectively sue Baidu for $49 million
The China Online Video Anti-Piracy Alliance claims Baidu is the biggest enabler of video piracy in the country via its Baidu Video (百度视频) aggregator, Baidu TV Stick, Baidu Yingyin desktop player, and the Baidu Video mobile app.
In the post-earnings conference call, Sina CEO Charles Chao revealed that Weibo’s daily active users grew 11.2 percent to reach 60.2 million from June to September. That’s better than the 8.3 percent rise in daily actives during Q2.
That’s up 15.3 percent from Q2, and up 124.3 percent from the same time a year ago.
It’s likely that many of those punished had been spreading political rumors – or perhaps even legitimate news that was deemed too sensitive for the nation’s severely locked-down media landscape.
Alibaba says one-third of all items are purchased through Alipay on mobile phones, an increase of 800 percent since one year ago.
14. Netease rakes in record revenue thanks to self-developed games, overcomes drop in World of Warcraft players
Netease cited government action and decline in popularity among Chinese users as possible future risks for WoW.
Earlier this summer, Youku said that it’s in good stead as consumers switch to smartphone and tablet viewing, with the company having the most mobile viewers per day of any of its rivals in China.
These banished images show that what can be seen can be unseen – at least in the minds of the censors, if not in the visual cortex of the nation’s netizens.
Tech in Asia‘s Beijing staff tested and confirmed the block at 3:50 p.m.
A Chinese e-commerce site that helps Chinese manufacturers sell goods globally is getting into big trouble for one very creepy product being sold on its site.
Can’t get enough of Tech in Asia‘s China coverage? Subscribe to our China RSS feed!