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Nov 21, 2014

Los Angeles mayor presses China to allow more Hollywood films

BEIJING (Reuters) – A flurry of private Chinese investment into Hollywood should prompt Beijing to loosen its restrictions on U.S. film imports, the mayor of Los Angeles said in China on Friday as he urged officials to raise the country’s annual cap on foreign films.

Hollywood producers, eager to build ties to the world’s second-largest film market, have embraced an influx of Chinese capital in recent years, leading to a series of high-profile partnerships. Chinese authorities have gradually raised the annual quota of foreign films to 34 but state censors still keep a firm grip over what may be shown.

Nov 18, 2014

China blocks websites ahead of high-profile Internet forum-group

BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The Chinese government has
blocked access to a swathe of websites in what an internet
monitoring group said on Tuesday was a blunt censorship campaign
days before the country plays host to a major internet industry
conference.

Greatfire.org, a group that conducts research on Chinese
internet censorship, said the Chinese government appears to have
targeted a network operated by Edgecast, a subsidiary of Verizon
Communications Inc that delivers content and services for
web companies, rather than specific web addresses.

Nov 16, 2014

Chinese policymakers eye e-commerce as linchpin of growth

BEIJING (Reuters) – China should support its e-commerce industry with preferential policies, given the role it plays in stimulating domestic consumption and economic growth, China’s State Council said in a paper released on Sunday.

The State Council’s explicit support for the e-commerce industry and the development of related technologies, such as online payment processing and e-commerce logistics, comes as the country’s leadership seeks to stoke domestic consumption amid slowing growth rates.

Nov 14, 2014

Blackberry has no immediate plans to crack ‘sensitive’ China market

BEIJING (Reuters) – Blackberry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone maker’s fortunes but expanding in the region’s biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority.

Chen, who has been managing the company’s turnaround for the past year, told Reuters that concerns over information security and the political backlash that security breaches could create dimmed the allure of the world’s biggest smartphone market for Blackberry for the time being.

Nov 12, 2014

Xiaomi to buy stake in Youku Tudou as part of online video push

BEIJING (Reuters) – Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd [XTC.UL] will acquire a stake in Chinese video streaming firm Youku Tudou Inc (YOKU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), cementing ties between China’s leading smartphone maker and one of the most popular content providers in the video-hungry country.

In a joint statement on Wednesday, the companies said the transaction would take place on the open market but did not specify how large the smartphone maker’s stake would be or how much would be invested.

Nov 9, 2014

China president says risks to economy ‘not that scary’

BEIJING (Reuters) – The risks faced by China’s economy are not that scary and the government is confident it can head off the dangers, President Xi Jinping told global business leaders on Sunday to dispel worries about the world’s second-largest economy.

In a speech to chief executives at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, Xi said even if China’s economy were to grow 7 percent, that would still rank it at the forefront of the world’s economies.

Nov 6, 2014

Lenovo second quarter revenue decline damps optimism over smartphone drive

BEIJING (Reuters) – Lenovo Group Ltd (0992.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported quarterly revenue that missed analyst estimates, with a decline in smartphone sales curbing investor optimism about the world’s biggest maker of personal computers (PCs) turning into a force in mobile devices.

Lenovo’s earnings came at a time of unprecedented competition in China’s smartphone market, with rivals including fast-growing Xiaomi Inc, now the world’s No. 3 handset maker. At the same time, the company is pulling ahead in the global PC industry.

Nov 6, 2014

Lenovo Q2 revenue decline damps optimism over smartphone drive

BEIJING, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Lenovo Group Ltd
reported quarterly revenue that missed analyst estimates, with a
decline in smartphone sales curbing investor optimism about the
world’s biggest maker of personal computers (PCs) turning into a
force in mobile devices.

Lenovo’s earnings came at a time of unprecedented
competition in China’s smartphone market, with rivals including
fast-growing Xiaomi Inc, now the world’s No. 3 handset maker. At
the same time, the company is pulling ahead in the global PC
industry.

Oct 30, 2014

China’s Baidu says mobile investment a priority as third quarter revenue falls short

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s dominant search engine Baidu Inc (BIDU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it would continue to invest significantly to adapt its business to the mobile era, a transition that has tripped up other Internet peers born in the desktop PC era like Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Sometimes known as the “Google of China,” Baidu reported lower-than-expected 52 percent increase in third quarter revenue, and said it expected revenue growth in the fourth quarter to slow down marginally.

Oct 30, 2014

China’s Baidu says mobile investment a priority as Q3 revenue falls short

BEIJING Oct 29 (Reuters) – China’s dominant search engine
Baidu Inc said it would continue to invest
significantly to adapt its business to the mobile era, a
transition that has tripped up other Internet peers born in the
desktop PC era like Google Inc.

Sometimes known as the “Google of China,” Baidu reported
lower-than-expected 52 percent increase in third quarter
revenue, and said it expected revenue growth in the fourth
quarter to slow down marginally.