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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #170

by Kristie Neo in News

Internet.org’s Asia rollout continues in Indonesia
Internet.org has proceeded to launch in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation Indonesia, even in the midst of poor reception in India. The Facebook-backed programme provides internet services to developing countries through a range of free apps and websites. Last week, a group of Indian companies withdrew their support for Internet.org, citing concerns over ‘net neutrality’. They were afraid this would come at the expense of local businesses.

WeChat may soon appear in BMW cars in China
Online messaging in your car is a close possibility, if you’re driving a BMW in China. BMW AG has revealed that it plans to introduce Tencent’s WeChat into its cars in the country. The carmaker says this is coming in response to consumer requests for the app, which currently boasts roughly half a billion active users a month. Ford Motor has also said that its in talks with Tencent to integrate WeChat into their cars.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #169

by Zahirah Taha in News

Tencent market value breaks US$200 billion for the first time ever
Chinese internet giant, Tencent, has hit a new record high when its stock closed at HK$170.50 on Monday. The company’s total market value is now above US$200 billion, bringing it close to companies such as Facebook that is valued at US$231 billion.

Singtel launches new chat messaging app, Wavee.
With a tried and true approach found in most chat messaging apps, Wavee does it all by letting you send messages, stickers, photos and also make calls over VoIP. Wavee has also been compared to popular alternatives that has been on the market for a while now: Skype, Whatsapp, Line, WeChat and Viber. A stand-out feature of Wavee is that it lets users draw and send sketches through the app, something not common to most chat messaging apps.

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We Are Social Asia Midweek Mashup #168

by Suhaina Adam in News

Daum Kakao releases emoticons featuring endangered animals
Daum Kakao, the operator of mobile messenger app KakaoTalk, has partnered with Korean’s Ministry of Environment to help raise awareness of endangered animals in Korea. KakaoTalk will be distributing 12 new emoticons featuring four endangered local animals to up to 100,000 users for free. The endangered animals include the Asiatic black bear, Korean orange whiskered bat, lynx and Korean golden frog.

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WeChat tests out banner ads
Since mid last year, WeChat has consistently been experimenting with ad placement and has recently announced that advertisers can now apply to place banner ads or app install ads on its “article view” pages. Advertisers can select a list of categories that their ads fit into, after which WeChat will then analyse user behaviour and interests to determine who sees the ads.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #167

by Jolene Siow in News

New business emerge out of Indonesia’s wave of social media ecommerce
Indonesia, the world’s 4th largest market for Facebook, and 5th for Twitter, is seeing innovative new businesses in social media ecommerce. Indonesian users on social networks have been buying and selling on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. This phenomenon has seen a rise in unique ecommerce businesses that seek to harness this wave. Players such as Shopious, Kleora and Oiffel aggregate content from registered sellers’ Instagram profiles, helping them reach new audiences – a challenge previously faced by sellers.

Amazon aims to deliver groceries in just 2-4 hours in India
Tapping on local family-run convenience stores, known as kirana, Amazon is trying something new in India. With a new hyperlocal delivery service called Amazon KiranaNow, shoppers can get food and other essentials in just a few hours. This service is currently available only on mobile and in one city, Bangalore.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #166

by Melissa Law in News

Tencent’s profit rises by 50%
Tencent, the Chinese internet giant that owns WeChat, posted net profit of $941m for Q4 2014, up 50% year-on-year. Total revenue hit $3.37bn, a 24% rise over the same period and largely attributed to mobile games and advertising.

In addition, the company also announced that as of Q4 2014 WeChat has 500 million monthly active users. This is a 6.8% increase from 468 million in Q3 last year.

Rules for posting on WeChat
WeChat has released 10 ‘commandments’ for posting to its news feed, known as Moments. One of these in particular has caused censorship controversy, as it forbids:

…dissemination of content that is opposed to the basic principles of China’s Constitution, socialist system, national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The remaining nine are more straightforward: thou shalt not infringe, be erotic, be violent, gamble, scam, organize crime, counterfeit, false advertise or make empty promises.

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