Times of India — NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile internet company UCWeb , part of Alibaba Group, today launched its news aggregation app called UC News. The company also announced an update for its popular UC Browser, which claims to have 80 million active users in the country and a market share of 58%. UC Browser reportedly has 400 million monthly active users globally. It is the largest mobile browser in Asia and the second largest globally.
Tech in Asia — China, with its 688 million internet users, is about to hit another major milestone in its shift to digital. This year, the amount of time that adults in China will spend with digital media every day will surpass the time they spend with traditional media for the first time, according to new data from eMarketer. Yes, the internet is about to overtake TV, radio, and print combined.
Enterprise Innovation — Hong Kong’s leading English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), has ditched its 10-year-old paywall, giving free access to its content to the public effective 6:00 p.m. on 5 April. Concurrent to the paywall removal, a new SCMP Mobile app has been launched, which offers new features including search, personalization, faster loading time, deep linking from social media and easy navigation.
Asia Times — Perhaps this explains why Xi Jinping paid whirlwind visits last Friday to the country’s three flagship state-run media outlets, demanding “absolute loyalty” from journalists. The three media units included the party newspaper People’s Daily, the state-run news agency Xinhua, and state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
Fortune — Companies from Apple to LinkedIn may also be affected. New rules released by two Chinese regulators this week are codifying Beijing’s clampdown on foreign media, which over the past few years has resulted in the websites of many being blocked. The rules likely do not, as one alarmist headline predicted, mean all foreign media will be banned from publishing online in China.
China is set to ban foreign media companies from publishing any content online without the government’s approval from next month, it has been announced. A new directive issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has said that companies which have, at least in part, foreign ownership will be stopped from publishing words, pictures, maps, games, animation and sound of an “informational and thoughtful nature” – unless they have approval from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
PRNewswire — SEOUL: SK Telecom today announced that it will display next-generation media platform and technologies, including ‘Mobile Social Broadcasting Platform,’ ‘Cloud Streaming,’ and ‘8K UHD Super Encoder’ at the Mobile World Congress 2016 being held at Barcelona, Spain. Sharing its state-of-the-art next-generation media technologies with companies around the globe, SK Telecom projects that a new era will soon open where any individual with a smartphone (and no expensive equipment) can perform a live UHD broadcast.
Japan Times — Online news source BuzzFeed has brought its blend of the novel, quirky and trivial to Japan, launching a Japanese-language service that targets a nation addicted to smartphones. At a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, the company’s new Japan unit said it hoped to become known as a source of compelling content, both entertaining and serious, and planned to disseminate news from Japan overseas.
Times of India — Facebook Inc said it has launched its instant articles service for Android users which allows media firms to publish articles directly to the social network’s news feeds. The service involves more than 350 publications worldwide including the New York Times, NBC News, the Guardian, Haaretz and Al Jazeera English.
Business Spectator — Alibaba Group’s purchase of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper marks the latest in a string of moves that align Jack Ma’s e-commerce giant with China’s political priorities. Mr. Ma’s political awareness has helped smooth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s transformation into one of the world’s largest Internet companies by market value and a powerful force in the biggest online market by users.
Bloomberg — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the e-commerce giant headed by billionaire Jack Ma, agreed to buy Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and other affiliated media assets for HK$2.06 billion ($266 million). The deal includes the century-old newspaper, outdoor advertising, digital assets and magazines, SCMP Group Ltd. said in a filing Monday. Alibaba last week said it will scrap the publication’s Internet pay wall and that editorial decisions will be made “in the newsroom, not in the corporate boardroom.”
Tech in Asia — Facebook’s Instant Articles have reached Asia, the social network announced today. The company is rolling out a beta version of the service on iOS for select media in India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
WSJ — BEIJING: Alibaba Group’s purchase of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper marks the latest in a string of moves that align Jack Ma’s e-commerce giant with China’s political priorities. Mr. Ma’s political awareness has helped smooth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s transformation into one of the world’s largest Internet companies by market value and a powerful force in the biggest online market by users.