Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the U.S. company 20 days to comply. The brief announcement on the website of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) (Chinese language version) was the latest move in the government’s antitrust investigation of Microsoft, which faces an unknown number of charges. Microsoft must reply to the SAIC’s demands in writing, the agency said.
Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and online channels, significantly reducing the number of smartphone models customized specifically for telecom carriers, according to Digitimes Research’s recent findings.
EIJING–Foreign nationals who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant’s U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. Alibaba’s online and mobile commerce businesses will be controlled by a “variable interest entity,” an arrangement meant to allow investors to buy into Internet and other businesses in which Beijing bans or limits foreign ownership.
A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world’s largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website.
Tomorrow, Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S will go on sale for the first time in India. The plan is to sell 40,000 units in the flash sale on Flipkart, but well over 200,000 people have already registered for it, Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head, told Tech in Asia. 40,000 is not a small number to sell on the first day of sales but eager Mi fans on Xiaomi India’s Facebook page have already started posting their disappointment over the huge gap between the demand and supply.
Chinese exporters might have found a way around using Taobao and Alibaba to ship overseas. The management committee of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and Shanghai Information Investment have respectively signed a memorandum of cooperation with Amazon.com aimed at cross-border e-commerce development and delivery. Shanghai’s cross-border trading e-commerce pilot platform formally started operation at the end of 2013.
Alibaba vs Amazon? It’s tough to compare the two e-commerce companies given that each company subscribes to different business model. But that didn’t stop the guys at Smart Intern China to create an infographic comparing the two giants. Infographic aside, it is perhaps important to note that Amazon and Alibaba each adopts different e-commerce models. Amazon follows the B2C model which purchases stock and maintains its own warehouse and logistics. Whereas Alibaba follows the C2C and B2B2C models (like Taobao and Tmall) which are open platforms and marketplaces.
One more big phone maker has given up on Windows Phone. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker says that it will no longer release Windows Phone devices because it simply can’t make any money on it. Where else can Microsoft turn? In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer business group, was direct about the company abandoning Windows Phone.
BEIJING – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd IPO-BABA.N said on Friday it will open a fifth data centre in Shenzhen to service AliCloud, the latest sign of its growing investment in the small but potentially lucrative cloud computing business. Established in 2009, AliCloud posted US$38 million (S$47.46 million) in revenue during the quarter ending June, a relatively small slice of Alibaba’s US$2.54 billion in total revenue for the quarter, according to Alibaba’s financial disclosures filed ahead of its imminent initial public offering in New York.
China’s largest tech corporations are rushing to penetrate an industry that’s historically not tech-savvy – brick-and-mortar retail. Dalian Wanda Group, a conglomerate best known for its chain of movie theaters , has launched a US$814 joint ecommerce venture with Baidu and Tencent for the purpose of accelerating the three firms’ reach for in-store mobile payments. Tencent and Baidu have confirmed news of the venture with Tech in Asia.
Tencent today announced a suite of new features for businesses to better engage customers through their public WeChat accounts, according to TechNode . One day earlier, Alibaba’s mobile Alipay Wallet released over 60 new APIs for third party developers to build online storefronts, according to the company’s official English-language blog .
Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S. Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.
China’s ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct a core CS/PS network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and value added services network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Chinese authorities are claiming that Microsoft has yet to fully comply with the government’s anti-monopoly investigation, and is demanding more information about its media player and Web browser distribution. “Information relating to Microsoft’s suspected Windows and Office software has not been fully open,” said Zhang Mao, the head of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), at a Tuesday press conference.
A section of optical fiber cable connecting Horinger county in Inner Mongolia and Beijing was deliberately cut, reports the state-run China News Service. China Telecom’s Hohhot branch has reconnected the cable and launched an investigation into the incident. The cable was being tested in preparation for the creation of the largest cloud computing information park in Asia, set to become one of China’s backbone networks. Around 300 km of the 700 km cable was installed in Inner Mongolia.
BEIJING: Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s antitrust regulators.
Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.
The deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Shang Bing, today took the stage at Beijing’s annual China Internet Conference to dish out the latest stats on the country’s internet users, according to QQ Tech . He says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total. Shang reiterated previous statistics from June showing internet penetration is at 46.9 percent. China has 632 million internet users, 527 million of them access the internet on mobile devices.
Huawei hosted its second Global Power Industry Summit in Brisbane, Australia, this week. The event was held on August 21 to 22, 2014 and saw worldwide participation from power companies, industry organizations, and the academic community. These professionals gathered at a place to share insights and best practices on building connected smart grids and explore upcoming trends in the power industry. Huawei’s summit was themed “Innovative ICT Empowers Better Connected Smart Grids,” and included several keynote presentations and roundtable sessions.
China’s next attempt at a mobile homegrown desktop operating system is slated for an October debut, according to state-run news agency Xinhua . China Operating System , abbreviated COS, will first appear on desktop computers, and later reach smartphones. We already caught a glimpse of the mobile version at the beginning of this year, and noted its strong resemblance to Android. However, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which makes COS, said it is not another Chinese Android skin.