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TELECOMS: Unicom Plan Gaining Too Many Partners

阳歌 08月03日

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Bottom line: Unicom's mixed-ownership reform plan could prove a dud if it chooses too many partners, which looks likely based on the latest reports.
Unicom eyes too many cooks for pilot plan
I haven't written for a while about a highly anticipated plan to inject some new life into perennial laggard telco China Unicom (HKEx: 762; NYSE; CHU) through a Beijing-led pilot program, even as reports build that an announcement of the mixed-ownership plan are imminent. Those reports include the latest word that an announcement could finally come later this month.
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Bottom line: A new scandal involving results that favor a major advertiser on Baidu's mapping service could have a minor impact on the company's stock during the next week, but is mostly an embarrassment.
Doctors criticize Baidu maps
A year after taking a beating over questions about the reliability of its search results, stumbling Internet titan Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) is back in the headlines over similar queries about results given by its popular mapping service. This time Baidu has quickly responded to the criticism from a group of doctors who are questioning......
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VIDEO: Xunlei Founder Resigns as CEO, Sale Coming?

阳歌 06月30日

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Bottom line: The resignation of Xunlei's founder as CEO, even as he retains his chairman's title, could indicate a sale is coming soon, with the most likely buyer as Xiaomi.
Big shifts happening in Xunlei boardroom
The incredible shriveling online video company Xunlei (Nasdaq: XNET) is making a tiny splash in the headlines as we head toward the weekend, with word that its founder is relinquishing his position as CEO. The move seems potentially significant, since one of the main obstacles that keeps more companies from being acquired in China is resistance by their ......
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INTERNET: JD on the Rise, as Baidu and Weibo Stumble

阳歌 06月26日

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Bottom line: JD.com is likely to pass Baidu this week and become China's third most valuable internet company, while Weibo's stock is likely to enter a period of correction while it awaits an official live broadcasting license.
JD on cusp of overtaking Baidu
The era of the Internet triumvirate of Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) and Tencent (HKEx: 700), often called the BAT, is on the cusp of ending, as up-and-comer JD.com (Nasdaq: JD) looks set to pass Baidu in terms of market value. Meantime, I suspect the end of anoth......
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INTERNET: Alibaba Pumps Up Ele.me, Baidu Takeout in Play?

阳歌 05月30日

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Bottom line: Alibaba could take control of Ele.me after the latter's latest fund-raising, and then make a bid for Baidu's take-out dining service, leaving just two major players in the sector as it nears a more sustainable state.
Alibaba set to swallow Ele.me?
The take-out dining wars have taken another interesting twist, with word that one of the oldest players, Ele.me, is on the cusp of raising a fresh $1 billion in new funds. What's interesting about this latest fund raising is that it's being led by Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), which is also trying t......
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INTERNET: Alibaba Works on China’s Railroad

阳歌 05月18日

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Bottom line: Alibaba's potential new partnership with China's rail operator could become a major new business opportunity, and could see the pair sign a strategic equity tie-up within the next year.
Alibaba ties with railway operator
Up until now, I've written about China's mixed-ownership reform program mostly in the context of China Unicom (HKEx: 762; NYSE: CHU), the nation's second largest wireless carrier, which is in the final stages of drafting a plan to sell some of itself to one or more private companies as part of a strategic alliance......
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Bottom line: Yum's purchase of a high-end take-out delivery service looks smart in targeting a higher margin, niche product in the competitive space, while McDonald's and Starbuck's rapid growth in mobile payments reflects rapid growth of the technology.
Yum buys take-out specialist Sherpa's
Three of the world's top restaurant chain operators are in the China headlines as we head into summer, in different moves that reflect their attempts to tap into the nation's growing love affair with high-tech dining. The most interesting of the headlines has Yu......
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VIDEO: Youku-Tencent Scuffle Spotlights Video Tensions

阳歌 05月12日

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Bottom line: A tussle that resulted in injuries to a Tencent worker by a Youku peer at an industry event reflects the big tensions that exist in China's online video sector due to years of stiff competition that shows no signs of easing.
Wine glass incident reflects tensions in online video
Stiff competition in a wide range of online industries is pretty much par for the course in China, but a scuffle between employees of Tencent (HKEx: 700) and Youku at an industry event is underscoring just how high tensions can get. This particular case won't real......
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INTERNET: Baidu Sells Game Unit in Relentless March to A1

阳歌 05月09日

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Bottom line: Baidu's sale of its mobile game unit represents a broader shedding of non-search assets as it moves into artificial intelligence, though it's far from clear how AI will provide a future business model.
Baidu continues AI migration
Search giant Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) is in yet another headline today that reflects its latest attempt at transformation from its original search business to an artificial intelligence (AI) specialist. This time the development is relatively incremental, with word that Baidu has formally sold off its inconsequential mobile ......
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Bottom line: New anti-corruption moves at JD.com and Meituan-Dianping show the cleanup campaign is moving down to the grass-roots level, in a positive development that should help the companies as many seek to go abroad.
Meituan, JD.com in new anti-corruption snares
Anyone unfamiliar with China might find it peculiar and even worrisome that near simultaneous announcements appear to show problematic internal corruption at two of the nation's top Internet companies, e-commerce giant JD.com (Nasdaq: JD) and leading group buying site Meituan-Dianping. While the t......
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INTERNET: Tencent Moves Up Value Chain, Opens Seattle Lab

阳歌 05月03日

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Bottom line: Tencent's soaring market value reflects its leading position as a developer of social networking products, and its concurrent ability to monetize those products.
Tencent opens A1 lab in Seattle
It seems that Internet titan Tencent (HKEx: 700) can do no wrong these days, at least based on a recent run-up in its share price. Just a couple of weeks after China's Internet wunderkind passed US banking giant Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) to become the world's 10th most valuable company, Tencent has just passed another milestone to become officia......
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Bottom line: China Telecom's aggressive bidding for a government contract highlights its more entrepreneurial style, while Unicom's latest announcement on its private ownership plans reflects it conservative, bureaucratic style.
Unicom mixed ownership program crawls ahead
Two of China's trio of wireless telcos are in the news today, reflecting an effort by Beijing to breathe some life into these laggard state-run behemoths that always seem unable to realize their potential. The first headline has China Telecom (HKex: 728; NYSE: CHA), the smallest of the na......
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Bottom line: Baidu's opening of a new artificial intelligence lab in Silicon Valley is the latest move in its AI obsession, which is likely to end in failure and a quiet pullback in around two years due to mediocre execution.
Baidu in new Silicon Valley R&D lab
I'm officially dubbing Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) chief executive Robin Li the "two-year attention span man", with word that the company is setting up a new Silicon Valley office in the rush to build up its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. If any one of China's "big three" Int......
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GAMES: NetEase Eyes Real Journey to the West

阳歌 03月02日

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Bottom line: NetEase's new global expansion could stand a good chance of success due to its strong record with self-developed titles, which could help it pass Baidu in market value over the next 1-2 years.
NetEase holds developer forum in San Francisco
The company that made its name from a series of games based on the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West is trying to turn that story into reality, as NetEase (Nasdaq: NTES) eyes expansion outside its home market. The West contained in NetEase's latest announcement is quite different from the West i......
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TRAVEL: Ctrip Revs Up in Q4, Set to Soar?

阳歌 02月23日

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Bottom line: Ctrip's profits could double or more this year following its successful digestion of Qunar, providing some upside to its stock.
Ctrip shares set to take off?
As earnings season for US-listed Chinese stocks hits full throttle, I thought I'd take a look at the latest results from Ctrip (Nasdaq: CTRP), which are sending mixed but generally positive signals. That's because Ctrip is in the process of digesting former archrival Qunar (Nasdaq: QUNR), which was the industry's second largest player but is also losing quite a bit of money.......
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Bottom line: iQiyi's issue of convertible notes to raise its latest $1.5 billion shows it continues to post big losses, and investors are increasingly skeptical that it can become profitable in the next 2 years.
iQiyi lures investors with convertible notes
It seems no one is quite ready to believe that China's cash-burning online video sites are ready for the profit column just yet. That seems to be the message coming from Baidu-backed (Nasdaq: BIDU) iQiyi, one of the leading players, which has just raised a fresh $1.5 billion via a convertible note issue. Tha......
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E-COMMERCE: Wanda’s E-Commerce Foray Running on Empty?

阳歌 02月15日

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Bottom line: Wanda will continue to operate its ffan e-commerce site for another year, following the departure of its CEO, but could quietly end the initiative afterwards due to lack of synergies with its brick-and-mortar shopping malls.
Success evades Wanda in e-commerce
The headlines have been buzzing this week about the departure of the chief executive of the e-commerce unit Wanda Group, the real estate-turned-entertainment giant with a voracious appetite for global acquisitions. The big theme from the chatter is that the departure of Li Jinling, the unit's third CE......
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Bottom line: Baidu could soon make big cuts at Nuomi and sell or spin off the unit by year end, while it will also put its takeout dining unit on a strict diet that forces it to show a clear path to profitability by year end.
Nuomi set for haircut in 2017?
After years of hemorrhaging money from its newer online-to-offline (O2O) businesses, leading search engine Baidu (Nasdaq: BIUD) may finally be saying enough is enough. That seems to be the message coming from new reports that say the company has launched a campaign to improve performance at its massive businesses th......
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Bottom line: Alibaba's Koubei is unlikely to gain major traction despite its $1.1 billion in new funding, due to its late arrival to a crowded O2O take-out dining space already dominated by Baidu, Ele.me and Meituan-Dianping.
Koubei raises $1.1 billion
The longer I stay in China, the more the latest stories coming from the Internet sector look like I've seen them before. That's certainly the case with Koubei, the Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) online-to-offline (O2O) take-out dining delivery service, which is close to landing a fresh $1.1 billion in new funding......
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IPOs: Sogou Tests IPO Market, But Does Anyone Care?

阳歌 01月04日

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Bottom line: Sogou is unlikely to make an IPO this year, despite new talk of potential for such a plan from its CEO, and may ultimately never list due to its lackluster performance. 
Sogou floats another IPO plan
Online search engine Sogou is testing the market yet again for a potential IPO, hoping to spin a story of opportunity to grab market share from scandal-tainted industry leader Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU). That story may sound attractive to investors unfamiliar with this perennial number-three in China's search market, whose main shareholders are w......

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