Help from abroad: Microsoft teaming with China Unicom to boost Windows Phone sales

The Windows Phone is getting a little help from abroad. The China Daily reports today that China Unicom, the world’s third-largest carrier, announced a partnership with Microsoft to help sales and innovation of Windows Phone devices in China. Microsoft certainly needs any help it can get, as Windows Phone devices account for less than 3 percent of mobile market… Read More


Red Loop lands ad deal with major Chinese media network

China boasts the world’s largest smartphone user base and Red Loop Media continues to tap into it. The Redmond-based mobile marketing company just inked a deal with China News Network (CNC), the broadcast TV news division of China’s largest and official news agency, Xinhua. Red Loop will launch global mobile advertising services on CNC’s mobile TV apps. Xinhua,… Read More

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Microsoft to add 1,000 jobs, boost R&D in China

Microsoft plans to add 1,000 staff to its workforce in China over the next year, a move aimed bolstering its foothold in a key market with serious growth potential, Reuters reports. Ralph Haupter, CEO for the software giant’s Greater China division, told reporters in Beijing that the new employees will work in research and development, sales, marketing and… Read More

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Playwright Mike Daisey: ‘I would like to apologize’

Ten days after being put in an unflattering spotlight after public radio’s This American Life retracted its story about him, playwright Mike Daisey has posted a public apology on his blog. Daisey, whose one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” both raised awareness of issues at plants operated by Apple device manufacturer… Read More


Last hurdle for Google’s $12.5B Motorola deal: China

Antitrust regulators in Europe and the United States gave clearance last month to Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but the deal still hasn’t closed. So what’s the hangup? China, it turns out. Here’s the text of a regulatory filing from Motorola, made public this morning. Upon agreement with Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc…. Read More


Microsoft teams with China’s top Linux vendor in the cloud

Microsoft and China Standard Software Co. plan to work together develop and sell cloud cloud computing technologies in the country. The companies announced the agreement last night. China Standard Software, also known as CS2C, is described as the country’s leading Linux vendor. The products resulting from the partnership will be built on Microsoft’s Hyper-V Open Cloud architecture and… Read More


Microsoft Bing aims for bigger role in China with Baidu deal

Microsoft today confirmed an expanded partnership with China’s largest search engine, Baidu, to provide English search results to Baidu users in the country. The arrangement promises to give the Redmond company’s Bing search engine a bigger role in the world’s most populous nation. Microsoft, which previously partnered with Baidu on paid search results, issued this… Read More


Expedia boosts stake in Chinese travel site eLong

Expedia is investing $41 million in eLong, the second biggest online travel company in China, as part of an effort for the Bellevue company to get a bigger foothold in the country. Expedia had already owned a portion of the 12-year-old company, and with the latest investment it now owns a 56 percent share. In… Read More