It certainly got cold in this part of China this week, but our fingers were kept warm tapping out these stories, headed by two major upcoming pieces of hardware…
The Chinese e-commerce site Dangdang (NYSE:DANG) is set to follow in the footsteps of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and its Kindle when it launches it own e-book platform later this month, followed by an e-reader ready for 2012 – and that’s confirmed.
Speaking of potentially game-changing hardware, the first smartphone powered by Baidu’s (NASDAQ:BIDU) Android-powered OS is due later this month. A big-name first Baidu Yi device is rumored, with none other than Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) a distinct possibility.
Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant, might also be branching out, this week very quietly launching what looks like a social network – or perhaps it’s a social commerce experiment?
Baidu has mapped produced indoor maps for over 500 malls around China. Though we spotted it in the same week that Google launched a similar product, it turns out that Baidu rolled it out first.
The most popular story of the week, however, was one in which we jokingly trolled the new Twitter redesign for adopting features from Sina Weibo.
And lastly, because you’re very nice readers and you’ve been very good and eaten all your veggies this week, here’s an infographic made by We Are Social showing the current state of the web in China.
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