Major record companies including Universal, Sony, and Warner Music have demanded all Chinese Web sites offering free music service to start charging users from June 5.
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All-gay team launches China's first social networking app, Zank, which targets gay men. Its founder denies the app is a copy of popular U.S. mobile app, Jack'd, saying it differentiates by prioritizing members' shared interests.
Chinese smartphone maker accounted for 17 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in first-quarter 2013, where its growth was boosted primarily by prepaid subscribers.
Chinese tech giant says it is committed to developing games for WeChat, following a 228.4 percent year-on-year climb in its active monthly user base to 194 million.
Chinese software giant Kingsoft launches its first cybersecurity product specifically targeted to defend against real-time advanced persistent threats.
Chinese cloud services provider, 3Tcloud, is deploying the country's biggest education cloud project which touts cost savings for the local government.
Cupertino banks on brisk iPhone 5 sales and lower prices for older phone models to propel back into fifth place, but an analyst believes it needs to release a cheaper model to increase its market share.
Increasing competition among bot operators touting the ability to "promote" an app up Apple's free download list results in Apple "locking down" the chart last Friday.
[UPDATE] Chinese iPhone manufacturer has called on factory administrators to abolish its "mute mode" policy and be more polite to workers after two employee suicides occurred at its Zhengzhou factory at the end of April.
Authorities shut down Siluhd.com, one of the country's top sites offering pirated content, and other video Web sites during the 13th World Intellectual Property Day last week.
Below-par manufacturing standards by Foxconn for Apple's latest smartphone is the reason why 5 million to 8 million of such devices were reportedly returned to be re-manufactured.
[UPDATE] Foxconn may have to pay a labor cost of 200 yuan (US$32) a piece, which adds up to about 1.6 billion yuan (US$256.8 million) for 8 million faulty units. A company spokesperson denies the report though.
Alibaba Group says Yahoo China's e-mail service will shut down on August 19, and advises users to start migrating their data to its alternative e-mail service called Aliyun.
Public cloud services grew 73 percent to generate over US$561 million in revenue last year, and this market is expected to hit US$1.01 billion in 2013.
Beijing-based Trunkbow International Holdings has alleged that popular mobile messaging app, WeChat, infringed a patented technology which has been licensed exclusively to the Chinese company.