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.
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[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.
Domestic growth and overseas transactions have helped Tencent beat Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard in terms of revenue for the first three quarters in 2012.
In a poll, 90 percent of Chinese users said they would abandon WeChat if it was no longer a free service, following news the government will mandate a fee on the mobile messaging app.