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Sina plans New York IPO for Weibo microblog

By Tue, Feb 25, 2014 2:37PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese internet company Sina Corp. plans to spin off its Twitter-like microblog service, Weibo, in a U.S. initial public offering to raise $500 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday....

Old Thai schoolbook illustrations revived in satirical cartoons

By Mon, Aug 19, 2013 10:30AM UTC 3 Comments Old Thai schoolbook illustrations revived in satirical cartoons

Old characters from well-known Thai schoolbooks have been revived with a topical twist in a recently launched series of satirical cartoons on Facebook, reflecting and lampooning current political events. “Manee. Manee has eyes.” These are the first simple words most Thai children in the 1970s and 80s (and possibly every foreign student learning Thai) read...

Tongue-Thai’ed!: Has Thailand’s self-proclaimed chief censor crossed the LINE?

By Wed, Aug 14, 2013 10:00AM UTC 4 Comments Image from the Line website: line.naver.jp

This is part XXI of “Tongue-Thai’ed!”, in which we encapsulate the most baffling, amusing, confusing, outrageous and appalling quotes from Thai politicians and other public figures – in short: everything we hear that makes us go “Huh?!”. Check out all past entries here. Thailand has a long line of officers, politicians and other authority figures who think...

Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

By Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:00AM UTC 1 Comment Thai authorities use scare tactics to curb political rumors online

Thailand’s authorities are openly resorting to scare tactics to curb online discussions of politics after the summoning of several users for posting coup rumors on Facebook and a dumbfoundingly revealing interview with an official admitting his division’s use of said methods. The debate of the amnesty bills in parliament last week and the anticipation of...

China microblogs praise Bo Xilai prosecution

By Thu, Jul 25, 2013 7:07PM UTC Comments Off Bo Xilai. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Twitter-like weibo microblogging services have become lively forums for commenting on the events of the day in China’s otherwise tightly controlled media landscape. On Thursday, however, the comments about disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai’s indictment for alleged corruption, bribe taking and abuse of power were uniformly positive, a likely sign that...

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