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  • Chinese YouTube seeks differentiation
  • Chinese YouTube seeks differentiation
    Tauno Tõhk (2012) ©

Chinese YouTube seeks differentiation

China’s strict censorship laws mean that people often have to look for government approved replacements for the digital networks dominating the rest of the world. WeChat already substitutes for Facebook, and now a YouTube equivalent, Youku Tudou, is trying to assert itself.



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  • Article image Monster Hunt: China's beastly summer blockbuster

    While Jurassic World dominated screens in the US, a very different beast was making its mark in Chinese cinemas. Monster Hunt, the story of Wuba, a cute, adorable ‘monster’ born to be king, became the highest grossing Chinese movie of all time. What’s driving people to cinemas? And could the domestic industry ever rival Hollywood?

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    Shanghai has signed a historic agreement with media conglomerate Tencent, to turn the Chinese megapolis into a tech-enabled smart city. But within the futuristic plans is a familiar presence; the entire operation will run on China’s most popular social network, WeChat. 

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    From messaging to social media to a marketplace to browsing the internet, WeChat is the app the does everything. While Western companies and app developers race to unbundle their services into efficient single-purpose apps, WeChat continues to add feature after feature.