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Linkedin Planning To Expand In China

It seems that Linkedin has plans to expand it’s business in china sometime soon. The CEO of LinkedIn, a professional social networking site, has openly talked about possible problems and hurdles the company will have to overcome if they plan to succeed in establishing a larger user base, but he said they are willing to possibly make a go of it. Linkedin is one of the few remaining western social networking sites still unblocked by the Great Firewall of China.

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Chinese Pirate A Ridiculous Amount Of Microsoft Software

China is on track to become the largest PC market in the world this year. Last year it was second only to the US, and it’s supposed to grow to at least match that of the US this year. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the market is only yielding 1/20th of the revenue that the US market is. This is in large part due to the fact that approximately 78% of PC software installed in China in 2010 was pirated.

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Weibo More Dominant In China Than Twitter In The West

According to Hitwise, Sina Microblog (or Sina Weibo) accounted for 1 in every 158 Internet visits in China for April 2011. This makes China one of the most voracious micro-blogging nations worldwide, with a greater market share of visits going to microblogging sites in China than in the UK, US, France, Canada, Australia or India. With the knowledge that Sina Weibo have been rolling out new features such as an instant messaging service, and an English UI iPhone app, you should be less surprised by this news. It’s now seeming even more likely that Weibo could surpass Twitter by the end of this year.

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China Cell Phone Users Now Exceed 900 Million

According to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the number of mobile phone users in China now totals at 900.39 Million. The number of cell phone users has grown here by 41.39 Million in the first four months of 2011, while the number of 3G users throughout China grew by 20.52 Million in the same period to a total of 67.57 Million.

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Awesome Infographic Of Social Media In Asia

I’ve always been a bit curious about social media and its uses. In the US and most of Europe it’s pretty simple, Facebook and Twitter are the dominant platforms. Asia however is a completely different sort of beast, and many countries here have their own social media platforms that are better tailored to the language and social culture, like China.

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Chinese Prisoners Forced To Farm Digital WoW Gold

Prisoners at a Chinese labor camp are allegedly being forced to spend their hard time farming gold on World of Warcraft.Supposedly the guards of the facility were able to make between RMB 5,000 and 6,000 (~US$ 770-925) a day by selling the gold to black market retailers of the online currency. I’m not really sure how I feel about this, as I’ve played WoW for many years, and have admittedly purchased gold from retailers in the past. After reading more of the article you may change your mind about purchasing gold in the future.

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Meizu Me Member Successfully Trades Meizu M8 For M9

The Meizu M8 for M9 trade-in program that begun on May 10th seems to be a success as a member of Meizu Me, the popular Meizu forum, has received their brand new M9. This is pretty exciting news, and a huge PR and reputation boost for Meizu which is quickly becoming one of the best and most trusted cell phone brands in China.

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Wine Makers/Drunks Develop The MOPS Android Gaming Phone

The development of Android as a mobile gaming OS has been on the up and up, which I’m happy about. Until now though, I’d never seen a supposedly dedicated gaming Android phone that actually had an potential. Well it seems that developers just needed a bit of assistance from our good buddy alcohol to come up with a brilliant design.

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Shanzhai Samsung Nexus S To Be Released

For those serious Android and Google fans out there like myself, there’s really only one option when buying a new phone, and that’s Google’s own Samsung Nexus S. If you’ve been following Gadgets Republic a while you’ll have seen me profess my obsession with Anroid, but I never mentioned that I personally own the Samsung Nexus S. If I were allowed to use only one word to describe my feelings for the device, it would be LOVE. Shanzhai developers have finally gotten around to making a knockoff, but the question remains….have they done the original justice?

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Apple Peel 520 Knockoff Gives Your iPhone Triple SIM Powers! (Video)

We’ve all heard of the Apple Peel 520 and it’s ability to turn the latest generation iPod Touch in to an iPhone 4. Well the guys over at the Shanghaiist have found a sweet knockoff of the Apple Peel that not only has the Peel 520′s transforming abilities, but adds triple SIM card compatibility as well. Personally, I’m not sure what the obsession with multi-SIM compatible phones are but it’s still a pretty cool feature.

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