According to the Beijing News, a meeting of Beijing propaganda department heads was held to unveil the city’s latest plans to control online content, plans which place microblogs firmly at the centre of propaganda efforts. Those in attendance were told by the management to mobilise the city’s combined force of over 2 million propaganda workers in opening accounts on microblog sites to spread “positive energy”, a mission as the guidance of online discussions of sensitive topics in a “positive” direction. In simple words, the Communist government is getting two million paid commenters to post comments favorable towards party policies in an attempt to shape and sway public opinion on Chinese social network, this is really, really terrifying …
Sina Weibo is China’s largest social media platform with over 400-million registered users, and sometimes being referred as “China’s Twitter”. It’s good to hear that Sina Weibo is planning to reach out international audiences by offering an English-language interface. There’re already numerous foreigners notice the service, famous figures like Bill Gates, Sean Maloney (Vice president of Intel), Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson, and mores..
South Korea’s pop sensation PSY was named the No. 1 celebrity on SINA weibo, China’s own Twitter-like social network service, reflecting his popularity even in China. PSY was the most talked about by users on the popular microblog service in 2012, garnering 109 million mentions. He is called “Uncle Bird” by Chinese fans, and became the distinctive leader on the list of 2012 weibo Celebrities chart. “Gangnam Style” ranked No. 1 on the music search service of China’s largest search engine, Baidu. It also spawned numerous copycat videos and parodies among Chinese Internet users …
In the last summer, we took part in a three days trip with Meizu’s fans and their staffs. Within the three days of vacation, we toured Meizu’s headquarter in Zhuhai, attended to the Meizu MX’s launch event in Guangzhou and went to a mysterious island somewhere in the South China Sea. We have made a special video for this trip, and it will show you how a Chinese smartphone brand connected with their users. Hope you guys would like it…=)
When you cannot afford a real iPhone 5, you don’t have to trade in your kidney. Recently, a Chinese dude crafted an iPhone 5 out of a piece of steel. He published a set of photos on Sina Weibo showing how he made it. Check it out after the break.
Huawei held a launch event in Beijing this afternoon. And sadly, there isn’t a 6.1-inch giant phone to be found. But the good news is, Huawei Honor II has been announced. Honor II is a 4.5-inch quad-core phone with an amazingly low price tag at 1,888 yuan ($305). We’re totally stunned! It’s even cheaper than Xiaomi’s quad-core phone. Check out the launch event and a review of Huawei Honor II after the break.
CHINA has blocked the New York Times website and censored social media after the paper published an article saying Premier Wen Jiabao’s family members and relatives control assets worth at least US$2.7 billion. The state has blocked the report despite that fact that the Times makes it clear that no holdings have been found in Wen’s name and says it is uncertain how much the 70-year-old knows about his family’s wealth. On the blocking of the paper’s website, government spokesman said only that “China manages the internet in accordance with laws and rules” …
While everyone is waiting for Nokia’s next high-end phone Lumia 920, there’re some leaked shots on Sina Weibo indicating that it will come to China Mobile sometimes around 15 December. The device will be renamed as “Lumia 920T”, a variant for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network. Rather than that, China Mobile also said on its official Sina Weibo account that Nokia 920T will also support TD-LTE (4G-LTE) next year! The carrier has began testing 20,000 4G base stations in China, and it expects to see 200,000 up and running by the end of 2013. Furthermore, industry insider disclosed China Mobile will be the first carrier to sell Nokia Lumia 920 in China, which will be available at a non-contract price of 4,888 yuan ($788).
International coffeehouse chain Starbucks sparked a controversy after opening a branch near a famed Lingyin temple in Hangzhou, the largest city in Eastern China. Some people worried Starbucks could possibly spoiled the peaceful environs of the secluded worship center that an oriental Buddhism temple should embrace.
In the movie, Catwoman is a love-hate adversary of Batman. But in reality, Catwoman is just a delivery girl who drives a black BMW and carries a pizza hut-like delivery bag walking around Shanghai city. Her distinctive look has attracted a lot of people taking photos and uploaded to Sina Weibo. After all, it’s undoubtedly an advertising strategy! More photos after the break.
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