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Feb 20, 2012

Wal-Mart to take majority stake in China e-commerce firm

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Monday it is taking a controlling stake in Chinese e-commerce firm Yihaodian, as the world’s largest retailer seeks new revenue sources to fend off rising competition in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

The move comes two weeks after Wal-Mart announced the appointment of industry veteran Greg Foran as head of its China operations, capping a series of leadership changes at the unit, which has been tainted by food scandals, including a pork mislabeling issue last year that forced it to temporarily shut a dozen stores in central China.

Feb 17, 2012

China’s Baidu looks to mobile search for growth

SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – China’s top search engine, Baidu Inc, plans to begin monetizing its mobile search traffic and social media platforms this year in an effort to boost growth outside its traditional PC domain, Baidu’s chief executive said on Friday.

Baidu has expanded its dominant position in China’s Internet search market ever since Google Inc decided in 2010 to relocate its search engine to Hong Kong following a standoff with the Chinese government over Internet censorship.

Feb 16, 2012

China’s trademark system baffles foreign firms

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, Feb 16 (Reuters) – China’s
trademark system is a minefield of murky rules and opportunistic
“trademark squatters” that even the world’s biggest companies
and their highly-paid lawyers find hard to navigate, as Apple
and Facebook are the latest to find out.

While Apple is embroiled in a legal wrangle over
the right to its “iPad” brand, Facebook has to contend with a
slew of applications for more 60 variations of its name as it
weighs up whether to enter the China market.

Feb 14, 2012

Apple may face iPad export ban in China trademark dispute

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese tech firm that says it owns the iPad trademark, plans to seek a ban on exports of Apple Inc’s computer tablets from China, a lawyer for the company said.

If successful, the move could deal a blow to the U.S. technology giant’s iPad sales worldwide. Not only is China a huge consumer market but it is a major production base for the American company’s iconic products including the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Feb 14, 2012

Apple may face iPad export ban in China trademark row

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese tech firm that says it owns the iPad trademark, plans to seek a ban on exports of Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) computer tablets from China, a lawyer for the company said.

If successful, the move could deal a blow to the U.S. technology giant’s iPad sales worldwide. Not only is China a huge consumer market but it is a major production base for the American company’s iconic products including the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Feb 14, 2012

China’s Proview seeks iPad trade ban in Apple

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese tech firm claiming to own the “iPad” trademark plans to seek a ban on exports of Apple Inc’s computer tablets from China, a lawyer for the company said.

If successful, the move would deal a blow to the U.S. technology giant’s iPad sales. Not only is China a huge consumer market but it is a major production base for the American company’s iconic products including the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Feb 14, 2012

China’s Proview seeks iPad trade ban in Apple trademark row

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A Chinese tech firm
claiming to own the “iPad” trademark plans to seek a ban on
exports of Apple Inc’s computer tablets from China, a
lawyer for the company said.

If successful, the move would deal a blow to the U.S.
technology giant’s iPad sales. Not only is China a huge consumer
market but it is a major production base for the American
company’s iconic products including the iPad, iPhone and iPod.

Feb 13, 2012

‘Linsanity’ a marketing dream in Asia

SHANGHAI, Feb 13 (Reuters) – As the first ripples of
“Linsanity” hit Asia, ethnic Chinese-American Jeremy Lin’s
fairytale rise has marketing men rubbing their hands with glee
as they contemplate a potential candidate to fill the very large
shoes left by last year’s retirement of Yao Ming.

A clean-cut Harvard graduate rejected by a string of NBA
teams, New York Knicks guard Lin has emerged suddenly over the
last couple of weeks to inspire a franchise which has
underperformed for years in one of the world’s biggest sports
markets.

Feb 10, 2012

Newsmaker – Alibaba’s wily Ma faces big Yahoo test

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – If anyone can pull off the labyrinthine deal between Alibaba Group and Yahoo Inc, it is Jack Ma, who founded the e-commerce group and within a decade unlocked China’s huge online shopping potential.

The former tour guide and English teacher, who is now worth around $1.6 billion (1.0 billion pounds) according to Forbes and has dubbed himself ‘China’s Forrest Gump’, built his e-commerce empire from scratch and has steered it through numerous bumps.

Feb 10, 2012

Alibaba’s wily Ma faces big Yahoo test

SHANGHAI, Feb 10 (Reuters) – If anyone can pull off
the labyrinthine deal between Alibaba Group and Yahoo Inc
, it is Jack Ma, who founded the e-commerce group and
within a decade unlocked China’s huge online shopping potential.

The former tour guide and English teacher, who is now worth
around $1.6 billion according to Forbes and has dubbed himself
‘China’s Forrest Gump’, built his e-commerce empire from scratch
and has steered it through numerous bumps.