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Uber Orders Drivers in China to Steer Clear of Protests

2015 has seen a wave of strikes and protests by Chinese taxi drivers , including one incident in Beijing when ten publicly swallowed pesticide to protest working conditions. On Friday, a clash between Hangzhou’s taxi drivers and others for U.S. taxi-app company Uber escalated into a large-scale protest. Colum Murphy at The Wall...

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U.S. Weather Experts: Yes, a Tornado Could Sink a Chinese Cruise Ship

Jun 04, 15 U.S. Weather Experts: Yes, a Tornado Could Sink a Chinese Cruise Ship

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AFP/Getty Images Can a level 12 tornado topple a cruise ship large enough to carry 400 people? That’s the story that Chinese state media has been telling. On the evening of June 1, a boat carrying 456 passengers capsized  in 50 feet of water while traveling the Yangtze, a major river in southern China. With 430 passengers still...

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Translation: Public Opinion and the Sunken Ship

Jun 03, 15 Translation: Public Opinion and the Sunken Ship

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As rescue teams continue to search for survivors from the Oriental Star cruise ship, which sank in the Yangtze River on Monday evening, propaganda authorities have issued a directive banning journalists from reporting at the scene . According to official news reports, a cyclone caused the ship to capsize , but online some people...

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Didi-Kuaidi Gobbles Up $142M Investment From Weibo

May 29, 15 Didi-Kuaidi Gobbles Up $142M Investment From Weibo

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Didi Dache-Kuaidi Dache, China’s largest taxi-hailing startup which is said to account for more than 90 percent of the market share, has just revealed a US$142 million investment from Weibo, a SEC filing of the Twitter-like social network. Weibo said in the filing the investment will be made through its Cayman Islands holding...

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These Chinese People Want High-Speed Rail So Badly They Are Fighting Police to Get It

May 21, 15 These Chinese People Want High-Speed Rail So Badly They Are Fighting Police to Get It

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Weibo/Fair Use On May 16, thousands of people carrying banners marched through the streets of Linshui, a county in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan. Some shouted slogans while others hurled rocks at lines of police in riot gear, who pushed back against the crowds and beat some with batons. Photographs show  several people...

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Weibo MAUs 198 Mln in Q1 2015, Up 38% YoY

May 20, 15 Weibo MAUs 198 Mln in Q1 2015, Up 38% YoY

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Weibo monthly active users were 198 million in March 2015, up 38% YoY according to Weibo’s financial results for Q1 2015. Weibo’s mobile MAU was 86% of total MAU in March. Daily active users were 89 million on average in March 2015, up 34% YoY. Weibo’s net revenues increased 43% YoY to $96.3 million in Q1 2015. Over 82% revenues...

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