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Rumor: Sina Testing QQ-Type Account Numbers

DoNews, 9/29/11

Chinese internet company Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) has reportedly begun internal testing of its secret "Weihao" user ID system, which provides users with an account number similar to rival Tencent's (0700.HK) QQ numbers. The number can be used instead of an e-mail address to log into Sina products, such as the Weibo microblogging platform, to search for a specific user, or to remotely lock an account to prevent identity theft. Allegedly leaked screenshots show Sina CEO Charles Chao has been issued the number "001." A dedicated channel for the service (hao.weibo.com) is reportedly accessible only to Sina employees.

Keywords: Charles Chao Internet Sina microblogging

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