By Newley Purnell WSJ Thu., March 14, 2019 NEW DELHI—Some of China’s quirkiest social-media firms are signing up hundreds of millions of consumers in India, tech’s biggest untapped market, looking to capture users who aren’t already locked into Facebook, Twitter or other American apps. Chinese content-sharing apps such as Bigo Inc.’s Like and Bigo Live, along with Bytedance Ltd.’s Helo and TikTok, are taking off in this country of 1.3 billion, where most people are getting online for the first time using low-cost smartphones and dirt-cheap data plans. These apps, with ad-supported models, feature hours and hours of mostly wacky and often titillating content: brief videos of slapstick gags, girls blowing kisses, patriotic songs, teens twerking to the latest Bollywood hits and more. Their simple interfaces appeal to users such as Asha Limbu, a 31-year-old from the northeastern state of Manipur who works as a housekeeper in New … [Read more...] about India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China
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World Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Berlin is a tech hub, but 70 percent of the city's businesses have complained to the city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry about inadequate broadband. Rafael Dols/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rafael Dols/Getty Images Berlin is a tech hub, but 70 percent of the city's businesses have complained to the city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry about inadequate broadband. Rafael Dols/Getty Images Berlin's flourishing tech scene attracts talent from across the globe. At a start-up incubator in the west of the city, an international team recently launched an app called SPRT, which connects sports enthusiasts. Amy Cooper, a 20-year-old SPRT employee who moved to Germany from Britain last June, complains that Berlin's Internet speed is so slow, it feels like the old dial-up days she's heard her parents reminisce about. "We're working in a co-working office where there's loads of … [Read more...] about Berlin Is A Tech Hub, So Why Are Germany’s Internet Speeds So Slow?
Nick Bastone, provided by Published 1:48 pm CST, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Fred DUFOUR / AFP) In a letter to employees on Tuesday, the chief exec of China's largest search engine, Baidu, warned that "winter is coming." CEO Robin Li Yanhong stated that economic restructuring is "as cold and real as winter to every company." The warning comes as China's economy has seen its slowest growth in decades and trade wars with the US have caused instability in the tech industry, according to The South China Morning Post report. "Winter is coming" according to the chief exec of China's largest search engine, Baidu. CEO Robin Li Yanhong delivered the warning to Baidu employees in a first-of-the-year letter on Tuesday, as reported by The South China Morning Post. The warning comes as China's economy has seen its slowest growth in decades and trade wars with the US have caused instability in the tech industry, according to the report. Economic … [Read more...] about The CEO of China’s dominant internet search company gave employees an alarming New Year message: ‘Winter is coming’ (BIDU, GOOG)
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit Supported by the new new world Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble. ByLi Yuan Jan. 2, 2019 Li Chengzhi had a lot to learn when he first got a job as a professional censor. Like many young people in China, the 24-year-old recent college graduate knew little about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. He had never heard of China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died in custody two years ago. Now, after training, he knows what to look for — and what to block. He spends his hours scanning online content on behalf of Chinese media companies looking for anything … [Read more...] about Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit
Italians love the World Cup, even when they're not in it 'Mondiali' (World Cup) was the single most searched term in 2018, despite the fact that Italy failed to qualify for football's biggest contest. It also topped the list of events searched for in what was an exceptionally eventful year: Italians looked up the World Cup more than they searched for the general election or the disastrous collapse of Genoa's Morandi Bridge. The Italian internet is morbidly curious Four of the top five most searched names were famous figures who died this year: Italian-born businessman Sergio Marchionne, formerly of Fiat Chrysler; Fabrizio Frizzi, TV presenter and national treasure (as well as the voice of the Italian Woody in the dubbed versions of Toy Story); Swedish DJ Avicii, dead at 28; and Davide Astori, the Fiorentina footballer who died suddenly of a suspected heart attack. The only living member of the top five was Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Turin's own Juventus in … [Read more...] about ‘What does sexist mean?’: What Italy Googled most in 2018