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Rumor: Netease WoW Approval Process Postponed

The Beijing News, 6/29/09

According to reports from reliable channels, the issue of when the World of Warcraft (WoW) will be able to reopen service could be out of the hands of new operator Netease (Nasdaq: NTES).   Read More...

Rumor: Shanda Eyes Animation Site

Beijing Business Today, 6/29/09

According to an industry insider, Shanda (Nasdaq: SNDA) has been arranging talks with personnel other than top-level management at Chinese comics and animation website Zongheng.com.   Read More...

Giant Discontinues Gambling Feature in ZT Online

Wabei.com, 6/29/09

In response to the Chinese Ministry of Culture's most recent series of regulations concerning online game virtual currency, Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) announced on June 26 that this July 6 it will discontinue the "treasure chest" feature in the free edition of its MMORPG ZT Online.   Read More...

Rumor: Datang Mobile's TD-SCDMA Equipment to Be Replaced

C114, 6/29/09

Chinese media are reporting that the TD-SCDMA network equipment provided in Guangzhou by Datang Mobile could be replaced by equipment from another vendor at no cost to the network operator, owing to Datang's current incompatibility with LTE upgrades.   Read More...

China Unicom Expands 3G Trial Service Cities

Sohu IT, 6/29/09

China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) issued a notice today saying that given the progress to date in its 3G commercial trials, the company has decided to expand 3G service trials to 44 cities in Shanxi, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Xinjiang to begin providing 3G trial services as of June 28.   Read More...

CSMBC Changes Name, Expands Coverage and Services

Sina Tech, 6/29/09

Liu Tingjun, deputy general manager of CMMB operator China Satellite Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (CSMBC), has revealed that the company's network now provides CMMB coverage in 180 cities, and will add another 157 cities in the second half of 2009.   Read More...

 

Telecom

China Mobile Reveals Investment Plans in Shaanxi, Shandong

Shaanxi Daily, 6/29/09

Telecom operator China Mobile Communications Corporation (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) signed an agreement on June 27 to invest RMB 23 bln over the next five years to build out Shaanxi province's information infrastructure.   Read More...

Three Hunannese Cities Unify Telephone Area Code

People, 6/28/09

As of midnight June 28, the separate communications networks of the three cities in Hunan province's Chang-Zhu-Tan High Tech Industrial Belt (Changsha, Zhuzhou and Xiangtan) were merged into one unified network under area code (0) 731 and phone numbers were expanded to eight digits.   Read More...

 

Wireless

China Telecom, Asia Pacific Telecom Partner on Handset Procurement

Telling to Purchase USD 500 Mln Worth of Nokia Products

Telling Telecom PR, 6/26/09

Chinese handset distributor Telling Telecom Holding (000829.SZ) subsidiary Shenzhen Telling Communications signed a memorandum of understanding with Nokia on June 25 as part of the Chinese government's delegation to Finland.   Read More...

Rumor: Zhejiang Mobile Purchases 10086.cn Domain

DoNews, 6/29/09

An industry source has revealed that Zhejiang Mobile recently purchased the domain name 10086.cn from a domain squatter for approximately RMB 40,000.   Read More...

MIIT, China Mobile Launch Mobile Animation Competition

The Beijing Times, 6/29/09

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ministry of Culture, Central Communist Youth League, Hunan provincial government and telecom operator China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) have come together to host the Fourth Annual China Mobile Animation and Gaming Innovation Competition.   Read More...

LG Hires Former Motorola Executive for China Handset Business

Netease Tech, 6/26/09

LG has hired former Motorola China VP and head of mobile terminals Ren Weiguang to be general manager of the South Korean handset manufacturer's China mobile communications business.   Read More...

 

Internet

MOC: Virtual Currency Can Be Used across Games on Same Platform

Sohu IT, 6/27/09

An official for China's Ministry of Culture has clarified recently issued rules governing the use of virtual currency, explaining that a company's proprietary platform and community is classified as part of the company's own virtual service, within which the same virtual currency can be used.   Read More...

Former Hexun Co-Editor-in-Chief Joins Joy.cn

DoNews, 6/27/09

A spokesperson for the marketing department of Joy.cn said today that former Hexun co-editor in chief, Chen Zhihua, will join the video portal in the near future.   Read More...

Update: Vice President of Baidu Resigns

Sina Tech, 6/29/09

Yu Jun, vice president of products at Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), recently issued a statement confirming he will resign on June 30.   Read More...

Shanda to Start Second-Round Limited CB of New MMO

Duowan, 6/27/09

Online game developer and operator Shanda (Nasdaq: SNDA) has announced that it will begin second-round limited closed beta testing of its licensed MMORPG Lazeska in July and will release activation numbers shortly.   Read More...

Shanda to Begin Official OB of MMO Expansion Pack

Tencent Games, 6/29/09

Online game developer and operator Shanda (Nasdaq: SNDA) has announced that it will begin official open beta testing of its latest expansion pack - "Wending Tianxia" - for its 3D MMORPG Fengyun Online on July 1.   Read More...

Shanda to Begin Second-Round Test of Atrix

Duowan, 6/28/09

Online game developer and operator Shanda (Nasdaq: SNDA) has announced that it will begin second-round closed beta testing of its licensed 3D online casual war game Atrix in the middle of July.   Read More...

WoW Game Cards Hit the Market

Tencent Games, 6/28/09

Game card resellers have recently reported that new game cards for Netease's (Nasdaq: NTES) World of Warcraft have begun to be distributed nationwide.   Read More...

WoW Search Ad Spotted on Baidu

Duowan, 6/27/09

Keyword searches on Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) for "World of Warcraft" unexpectedly revealed very different results on the morning of June 27, as www.warcraftchina.com newly appeared as the top result using Baidu's "Brand Link" fixed-rank search advertising services.   Read More...

Giant to Begin Initial CB of Browser Game

Tencent Games, 6/29/09

Online game developer and operator Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) today announced that it will begin initial closed beta testing of its new self-developed medieval-Europe themed browser game, The Golden Land, on July 8.   Read More...

Giant to Begin Second-Round Technical Test of MMO

17173.com, 6/27/09

Online game developer and operator Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) has announced that it will begin second-round technical testing of its licensed MMORPG King of Kings III on July 1.   Read More...

Tencent to Begin OB of Official Version of MMO

17173.com, 6/27/09

Online game developer and operator Tencent (0700.HK) has announced that it will begin open beta testing of the official version of its 3D MMORPG Xun Xian (Journey to Fairyland) on July 7.   Read More...

17173 Releases 'Most Anticipated Games' Ranking

17173.com, 6/29/09

Chinese online gaming portal 17173 has released its "Most Anticipated Games" ranking for the week ending June 29, 2009, with ranking determined by votes cast online by players.   Read More...

Rumor: Linekong Marketing Manager Resigns

Wabei.com, 6/29/09

According to one source at Beijing-based online game developer and operator Linekong Entertainment Technology, Qu Yi, marketing director for the company, has formally resigned for unspecified reasons.   Read More...

Kylin to Begin OB of MMO

Tencent Games, 6/29/09

Beijing-based online game developer Kylin has announced that it will begin open beta testing for its self-developed, history-themed MMORPG Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan) on July 17.   Read More...

 

Television

CCID: LCD Private Brand Q1 2009 Sales Volume Up 37%

Tencent Tech, 6/29/09

A report recently released by CCID Consulting on the Chinese LCD private brand market shows that sales volume reached 2.76 mln sets in Q1 2009, up 37% YoY.   Read More...

SMG Establishes Copyright Center

Beijing Business Today, 6/29/09

Chinese media firm Shanghai Media Group (SMG) has formally established a copyright center.   Read More...

Ningxia DTV Subs Exceed 600,000

HC360, 6/29/09

All cities at the county-level and above in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region have completed the transition to digital cable TV.   Read More...

 

Hardware & Software

IDC: Lenovo Takes 22.4% Share of China PC Market

Ifeng.com, 6/29/09

According to a new report from IDC on China's consumer PC market, in Q1 2009 Chinese computer and laptop manufacturer Lenovo Group (0992.HK) held a 22.4% market share, a 0.2% YoY increase.   Read More...

Gome CEO: Former Chairman Kwong Strictly a Shareholder

Oriental Morning Post, 6/29/09

Chen Xiao, acting chairman and president of Chinese home appliance retail chain Gome (0493.HK), has assured investors that founder Wong Kwong Yu is neither on the board of directors, nor holds any management position.   Read More...

Zhongguancun IPO Financing Reaches RMB 100 Bln

Beijing Daily, 6/29/09

Zhongguancun Management Committee deputy director Guo Hong spoke recently in Beijing, revealing that 113 start-ups in Zhongguancun Science Park have gone public since its opening.   Read More...

CCID Media Reshuffles Management

China Business News, 6/29/09

Chinese media firm CCID Media (000504.SZ) has publicly announced that chairman Luo Wen, board director Xu Guangmao, general manager Lu Shan and deputy general manager Wang Peng have resigned as part of a personnel reshuffling.   Read More...

 
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