Sina plans New York IPO for Weibo microblog
(AP)—Chinese internet company Sina Corp. plans to spin off its Twitter-like microblog service, Weibo, in a U.S. initial public offering to raise $500 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.
WeChat: China's popular mobile messaging app
As Facebook snaps up smartphone messaging service WhatsApp for a monumental $19 billion in cash and shares, focus has turned to its rivals. Here are some background facts about China's popular mobile messaging applicatio ...
Employers can predict rogue behaviour using your emails
Most office workers send dozens of electronic communications to colleagues in any given working day, through email, instant messaging and intranet systems. So many in fact that you might not notice subtle ...
Production and reception of email, texts, forum posts context-dependent
Emoticons, punctuation and creative spelling have been debated, condemned, and regulated since the very beginning of online text-based communication.
App Watch: Will you be my Between? App for lovers
If ever in doubt about your guy's commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an app.
China loses 27.8 million microblog users in 2013 (Update)
The number of online microblog users in China dropped by more than 27.8 million last year, marking the first major decline in popularity of a social media genre that has offered a way to share unfiltered information in a ...
Texting is bound to decline but it won't die out just yet
Reports this week reveal the number of text messages sent between mobile phones has fallen into decline for the first time since the service was introduced. According to figures from Deloitte, the number of ...
Saudi Viber users say banned messenger is back
Saudi users of Internet messenger application Viber reported on Saturday that the service was back on their smartphones, despite the authorities insisting it was still banned.
Top banks launch integrated messenger service
Leading banks have teamed up with financial data provider Thomson Reuters to launch a shared messenger service to facilitate communication between traders, British information services company Markit announced ...
Thai police seek to monitor chat app for crimes (Update)
Thai police asked the operator of the popular "Line" instant messaging app for access to records of online chats, raising concerns about intrusive surveillance despite promising only suspected criminals would ...
Gadgets: Going on vacation? Here's what to take with you
You've packed your clothes, your shoes and hopefully your toothbrush. But before you head out on vacation, you need to pack the right gadgets.
E-commerce's future is in creating 'swift guanxi,' or personal and social rapport
Despite the reputation of online marketplaces being distant and impersonal, through social technologies such as instant messaging, they can create the sense of personal and social relationships between buyers and sellers, ...
Europe's online surveillance still less than US
European governments' ability to monitor citizens' online activity on security grounds has increased significantly in recent years.
Google challenger in Vietnam redirecting queries
(AP)—A Russian-financed search engine seeking to challenge Google's dominance in Vietnam is redirecting queries for some politically sensitive terms to the American company's search engine, apparently as a way of avoiding ...