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open source multitool for data exploration and manipulation. It combines the clarity of a spreadsheet, the efficiency of the terminal, and the power of Python, into a lightweight utility which can handle millions of rows with ease.
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LVMH Q3 Revenues Climb 10% as Chinese Consumers Continue to Buy
Update: Shares of LVMH fell more than 8 percent on Wednesday to $60.81 after the company’s Chief Financial Officer Jean-Jacques Guiony confirmed during a morning conference call an earlier social media report that the Chinese government has enforced stricter rules at its the borders to regulate gray-market imports.

The past Golden Week holiday saw China’s customs officials crack down on Chinese daigou shoppers at major international airports, issuing fines to passengers who had exceeded individual import limits. Some experts believe the crackdown, which came ahead of the implementation of China’s new e-commerce law that will start from January 1, 2019, represents the beginning of China’s plan to completely wipe out personal daigou shoppers.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Alibaba Is In Free Fall As Emotions Run Hot
Deterioration in economic relations between China and the U.S. and soaring U.S. interest rates make investors sell growth stocks, with Chinese stocks being hit especially hard.

Fundamentally, not much has changed for Alibaba for now, but long-term concerns in case a real trade war emerges let the firesale continue.

Judging from Alibaba's $200 price levels earlier in the year the current price looks like a great bargain, but there is no end in sight for the decline.

Investors should know their emotions, focus on what is important in the long run and stick to their plan.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Tencent’s $220 Billion Rout Is Breaking All Kinds of Records
The $220 billion rout in shares of Tencent Holdings Ltd. has entered uncharted territory.

Not only has the Chinese Internet giant lost more market value than any other company worldwide this year, its 38 percent drop from a closing high in January is now the deepest since Tencent’s 2004 listing in Hong Kong. The stock has been mired in a downtrend for a record 259 calendar days and on Tuesday matched its longest streak of consecutive losses after falling for an eighth session. It has never fared worse relative to global technology shares.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Fan Bingbing punishment, apology is powerful warning shot from China
Prominent Chinese actress Fan Bingbing disappeared for three months amid tax evasion allegations, and broke her silence earlier this week to confess and apologize.
Roderic Wye, a former British diplomat in Beijing, said Fan's humbling was a powerful warning from China that "nobody can escape government scrutiny."
He added that high-profile disappearances are "often a sign that someone has got into trouble" in Chinese politics.
Fan's career can still be revived, he said.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
How an Army propaganda writer became the country’s most controversial novelist
“In China, the development of religion is the best lens through which to view the health of a society,” Yan said, as we navigated a metal walkway that snaked in and out of the caves. “Every religion, when it is imported to China, is secularized. The Chinese are profoundly pragmatic. We worry about our reputation, our face, the oil, salt, and vinegar of daily life. What is absent in Chinese civilization, what we’ve always lacked, is a sense of the sacred. There is no room for higher principles when we live so firmly in the concrete. The possibility of hope and the aspiration to higher ideals are too abstract and therefore get obliterated in our dark, fierce realism.”
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Here's China’s massive plan to retool the web
The most ambitious project of mass control is the country's “social credit” system. All Chinese citizens will receive a numerical score reflecting their “trustworthiness." What gives the trustworthiness score its power, however, are the rewards and risks, both real and perceived, that underpin it. Slated for deployment throughout China in 2020, the scoring system is already used in job application evaluations as well as doling out micro-rewards, like free phone charging at coffee shops for people with good scores. If your score is too low, however, you can lose access to anything from reserved beds on overnight trains to welfare benefits. The score has even been woven into China’s largest online matchmaking service. Value in the eyes of the Chinese government thus will also shape citizens’ romantic and reproductive prospects.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
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China shuts thousands of websites during latest internet crackdown
China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against 'harmful' online information, the country's state media reported.

China keeps the internet under tight control and has been cracking down on a range of illegal online activities including pornography, gambling, religious proselytising and even 'spreading rumours'.

In an Internet 'clean-up' campaign that started in May, the authorities tackled 120 violations and ordered 230 firms to rectify irregularities, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, citing the country's illegal publication watchdog.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Luxury is going out of big cities in China thanks to e-commerce
LUXURY is no longer limited to urbanites in China. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Prada are finding new customers in the country’s smaller towns.

More than half of consumers buying luxury goods live outside the top 15 cities in China – in areas classified as second, third, or lower tier.

This is mainly driven by digitization of marketing and purchasing processes by the brands, as Chinese consumers are increasingly accessing information about luxury goods online.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Are China’s affluent ‘Buddha youth’ turning their backs on luxury brands?
Research shows most wealthy Chinese born from 1995 to 2000 still like and want expensive things, but are interested in following more spiritual way of life. “They do want and like material things, but they don’t want to be seen as prizing the material over everything else.”

Some buyers are looking more to identify with a brand than to show off that they can afford the luxury, for example.

According to Agility Research’s survey – also released in August – of affluent Chinese born between 1995 and 2000, the majority claimed to be “Buddha-like” – referring to a desire to be detached from the material world.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Is Chinese E-Commerce Moving Down Market?
Are Chinese online consumer preferences moving down market? Call it a consumption downgrade if you prefer, but after years of high growth in the luxury and premium segments there is some evidence that the fastest-growing online segment today is the mass market. How accurate is this and what should be done about it?

There are two trends at work here, the evolution of Chinese consumers and the maturity of Chinese brands.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Retail Briefing: Unleashing the power of WeChat
With more than 1 billion active monthly users, WeChat rules China.

Well, at least, mobile in China, which is becoming an increasingly critical area for retailers to sharpen their chops. According to eMarketer data, mobile e-commerce sales in China are on track to top $1 trillion by the end of this year. Since WeChat essentially is China’s mobile industry, retailers need to understand the ins and outs of the social-plus platform, the way users interact on it, and how they want to be talked to by companies on the app.

Speaking at Advertising Week New York this week, YinYin Gao, WeChat parent Tencent’s senior product director at its Smart Retail division, called WeChat a “connector,” and a significant part of her pitch to retailers is how the platform can be used as a way to reach customers through multiple ways — not just as an official brand account.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It's Already Switched On
It's been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it's already been switched on.

China's "Social Credit System" – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn't just monitor the nation's almost 1.4 billion citizens. It's also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the "gamification of trust".

That's because the massive project, which has been slowly coming together for over a decade, is about assigning an individual trust score to each and every citizen, and to businesses too.

According to China's Communist Party, the system will "allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step".
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Chinese TV Show Starring Boy Band Sets Off Debate Over 'Sissies' Vs. Macho Men
Influenced by Japanese and Korean pop culture, China has developed a growing appetite for "fresh little meat"-type stars. Lu Han, a former member of Korean boyband EXO, has 52 million fans on Weibo and is seen in numerous commercials and on billboards in China. When Wang Junkai of TFBoys posted a note to fans on his 15th birthday in 2014, it was shared more than 355 million times, setting a Guinness record for most-shared Weibo post. So why are some crying out for masculinity now?
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
China's game approval freeze forces Tencent to restructure
Going forward, Tencent will implement changes focusing on its corporate offerings. It will consolidate three business groups into a single unit and will create a new one for the cloud and smart industries in order to improve its cloud-based services for corporate clients. It will also "further explore the integration of social, content and technology that is more suitable for future trends, and promote the upgrade from consumer internet to industrial internet." In addition, it's investing more money into research and development to make sure the company survives this ordeal.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Chinese tech stocks like Tencent and Baidu could see recovery
Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, collectively known as the BATs have lost around $165 billion in value year-to-date.
Each have been burdened with their own troubles and all have been impacted by the negative sentiment towards Chinese stocks as a result of the trade war with the U.S.
With a home market of over a billion people, a push by the Chinese government into new technologies like AI, and continued growth of digital services, the BATs may have taken a couple of hefty blows this year, but they're certainly not down for the count.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Tencent's investment strategy and what it means for the tech industry
"There is no logic behind Tencent's investments. Tencent invests in everything," tech writer Pan Luan told CNN. Pan sparked a debate on Chinese social media earlier this year with a widely read essay, "Has Tencent lost its dream?" It argued that rather than innovating, the company is just buying growth through investing in buzzy tech firms.
Tencent didn't respond to a request for comment.
By pumping money into a lot of different firms, Tencent is taking a similar approach to other top Chinese tech companies like Alibaba (BABA), Baidu (BIDU), JD.com (JD) and Ant Financial. Together, the five of them have invested in nearly half of Chinese tech startups that are valued at $1 billion or more, according to research firm CB Insights.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Alibaba: Price Keeps Dropping, I Keep Buying
Alibaba stock has been punished since the beginning of the summer, and this is an opportunity for long-term investors.

Net profits have taken a hit due to short-term investments but sales are still increasing exponentially.

The valuation is on the cheap side, but how cheap depends on the preference of the individual investor.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Baidu: Is China's Search Empire Safe From Google?
Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is China’s biggest digital search empire- so it makes sense that investors fear Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) one day chasing at BIDU’s heels. Rumor has it Alphabet is planning a comeback to China.

Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote on his verified WeChat account his giant is ready to do tech battle: “Google decides to return to China, we are very confident we can just PK and win again.” What does PK mean? It’s Chinese gaming slang for “player-kill.”
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Why China Is A New Nexus Of Innovation And Creativity
China’s rise as a global technology powerhouse is becoming broadly acknowledged, but the scale, nuance, and innovation encapsulated in that rise does not enjoy the same recognition. Indeed, many in the Western world remain fixated on a host of longstanding China stereotypes, for example, that its tech industry is thriving only because of intellectual property infringement and strict Internet regulation, known as the Great Firewall of China.

The truth about China’s tech landscape is far more dynamic and, for investors, is yielding significant opportunities. In recent decades, China has essentially moved mountains when it comes to innovation, and has fostered an unparalleled technology ecosystem fueled by burgeoning competition, homegrown talent, and capital.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Chinese Tech Giant Baidu Releases ‘Super Chain’ White Paper
Chinese search engine and web services company Baidu has released the Baidu Blockchain White Paper V1.0 on Wednesday, September 26, which describes the development of a “Super Chain” network system.

Baidu Blockchain Lab released the blockchain white paper focused on “the independent development of the ‘Super Chain’ network system.” The paper introduces the idea of commercializing the Baidu cloud blockchain blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform in addition to six applications based on the Super Chain; Totem, Degree Universe, Baidu Association, Treasure Chest, Encyclopedia Online, and Hubert.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Challenges Facing The Next Leader At Alibaba, Pinduoduo Plus More
This picture misses another challenge Alibaba faces -- that is Pinduoduo, the social commerce upstart that went from 0 to $23 billion in revenues in three years and scored a $1.5 billion initial public offering in New York in late July.

The speed at which Pinduoduo has ramped up shows the forces at work in China's next-generation of emerging companies. It took Alibaba 16 years to reach $23 billion in revenues.

It will be hard for new leaders to take Alibaba into a next era of growth. In their favor is the fact that only 20 percent of China's retail sales are online, so lots of room to grow.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
China's Once Promising Copy Of Amazon Slips Up Like Many Early Chinese Startups
Take China’s once highly promising Amazon-like book retailer Dangdang. The Chinese startup listed on the NYSE in November 2010 but delisted in 2016 to go private after its move to offer a broader array of merchandise online beyond books didn't meet expectations, leaving the company with losses.

Dangdang was one of the more promising of a group of startups from the first generation of Chinese entrepreneurs who copied business models from the West. In this case, Dangdang was a copy of Amzon's book selling-business.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
WeChat Mini-program Report shows 10x Increase In Retention
A recent WeChat Mini-program report by Jisu App (即速应用) is showing very positive trends for mini-programs future:
Retention after 14 days increased by 10 times between Q1 2017 and Q2 2018

Time per session increased by 4 times between May 2017 and June 2018

Average e-commerce order is between 200 to 1,000 RMB

Sharing is the most popular access method

67% of users open mini-programs more than 4 times per day
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
How Does The Artificial Intelligence Scene In China Compare To The United States?
A major difference between US AI and China AI is that China AI is all about implementation.

In research, US has about 60% of the world’s top 1000 top researchers, and China less than 10%. The top US researchers are both academia and industry, while the top Chinese researchers are generally in the industry, while academia lags behind the US substantially. China’s technological execution is built on incredible work ethic. Nearly abandoning my wife in the delivery room is nothing compared to the entrepreneurs in China. As a venture capitalist in China, I once saw a startup claim that it offered great work-life balance because it was “996”. What’s 996? 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. Most other startups in China are 997.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
4 Things to Know About Tencent's First Restructuring in 6 Years
Tencent (NASDAQOTH:TCEHY) recently announced its first major restructuring in six years after its stock tumbled about 20% this year amid concerns about its slowing growth and regulatory headwinds for its gaming business. However, investors should remember that Tencent's gross margin for its "other" businesses (mostly cloud and payment services) was just 24.9% last quarter, significantly lower than the gross margins of its value-added services (59%) and online advertising business (37.4%). Therefore, Tencent's earnings could remain under pressure as it aggressively expands its lower-margin businesses -- especially since it doesn't plan to lay off any employees during the restructuring process.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Case Study: Burberry's 24-hour Flash Sales on WeChat
It's Burberry's first customized digital campaign on the social platform. Riccardo Tisci, the new creative director of Burberry, debuted his first collection for Burberry on Monday during London Fashion Week. To amplify the launch, the brand opted for a social-first strategy to engage with more than 12 million digital followers. According to Burberry, the Chinese luxury customer is now demanding social commerce platforms that offer personalisation and responsiveness – to replicate an in-store experience. The central task is to keep customers happy in this digital-first age, and WeChat mini-program will be a good way for luxury brands to strengthen the brand’s Chinese social commerce presence.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Young people in China don't know the internet we do – and they like it that way
A generation of Chinese is coming of age with an internet that is distinctively different from the rest of the web. Over the past decade, China has blocked Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as thousands of other foreign websites, including The New York Times and Chinese Wikipedia. A plethora of Chinese websites emerged to serve the same functions – though they came with a heavy dose of censorship. Now the implications of growing up with this different internet system are starting to play out. Many young people in China have little idea what Google, Twitter or Facebook are, creating a gulf with the rest of the world. And, accustomed to the homegrown apps and online services, many appear uninterested in knowing what has been censored online, allowing Beijing to build an alternative value system that competes with western liberal democracy.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Google Is Handing the Future of the Internet to China
The plans were revealed through documents leaked to the Intercept, which reported that prototypes and negotiations with the Chinese government were far along, laying the groundwork for the potential service to launch as soon as early 2019. In late August, a group of free expression and human rights organizations published a joint letter proclaiming that the launch of a Chinese search application would represent “an alarming capitulation by Google on human rights.” Six U.S. senators, led by Marco Rubio and Mark Warner, sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai demanding answers to a series of queries about the company’s intentions. Last week, PEN America sent a detailed letter to Google executives spelling out specific human rights issues and subjects that, per Chinese censorship rules, would be treated repressively and deceptively by any information platform operating in the country. Google’s own employees are also up in arms: More than 1,400 signed a letter to management saying the floated China project “raise[s] urgent moral and ethical issues” and demanding greater transparency before any plans are implemented.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
All Atwitter in China: Kim Kardashian Joins Social Media Beauty Site ‘Little Red Book’
Keeping up with China, and its beauty-spending boom, last weekend global superstar Kim Kardashian West entered the fray of powerful Chinese influencers when she opened an official account on China’s social media beauty platform Little Red Book with an understated video that said simply, “I’m excited to launch my official account and connect with my fans here.”
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
New WeChat Update Penalizes Travel Brands Late to the Site
WeChat will soon have a “Frequently Read” content row, which will display the most popular content from accounts users have subscribed to. This new row will be stickied to the top of the subscription account main page and will notify users of updates sent out from their most popular subscription accounts. Less popular accounts will be displayed with a headline and a small side image, whereas more popular accounts will display a more prominent, larger image that will be more attractive to users. But ultimately, the new update is bad news for those hoping to market to Chinese consumers via the app and its ecosystem as the use of subscription accounts and their ability to put content in front of users will be substantially curtailed. It’s especially bad for newcomers to the platform, who will have an significantly harder time standing out in an increasingly crowded space.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
WeChat Social Commerce Report 2018
WeChat Social Commerce Report 2018 was released today by Youzan (the biggest WeChat shop platform in China) and Newrank (China's largest social media data monitoring platform).

The report shows some surprising trends:

The share of time spent on social media and Tencent-owned products is decreasing. Video content and Toutiao are stealing the show in 2018

The most popular items purchased via WeChat are around 200 RMB

Social commerce sales via revenue sharing are growing at a 33% quarterly rate.

WeChat article’s average reading counts have decreased by 24% as competition continues to increase
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
China’s Richest Man Is Quitting His $420-billion Company to Become a Teacher
Earlier this month, on his 54th birthday, China’s richest man announced that he would step down as executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba. Jack Ma, the rags-to-riches entrepreneur behind China’s biggest tech company isn’t going to retire. He wants to be a teacher again.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
Chinese Beauty Blogger Calls Out La Mer for False Advertising
On September 26, the beauty blogger Hao Yu, nicknamed Doctor Big Mouth (大嘴博士), publicly called out La Mer, writing: “Yin-yang website, fake ads, LA MER, how long are you going to lie to Chinese consumers? The blogger also quoted multiple anonymous product reviews by Chinese users complaining about failed restorative effects. In addition, he compared the formula of La Mer’s moisturizing cream with one of a cheaper product by NIVEA and stated they were virtually the same.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
China’s Influencer Fatigue is Real. What Should Brands Do?
While China’s influencer boom has created virtually unlimited options for marketers to reach consumers, it also created a serious problem: consumer fatigue. Driven by profit and market demand, many influencer agencies (also known as MCNs in China) are churning out new talent like mass-produced commodities. As a result, consumer frustration has increased as their social feeds are taken over by a never-ending stream of promotional content produced by unknown, generic influencers. As a result, consumers become less receptive to this content. Articles published through business accounts on WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform, have an average open rate of less than 5 percent.
10 days ago by bloodyamazing
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The Viral Story About A Competitive Barefoot Runner Demanding People Sweep Up Acorns Is A Hoax
"I can’t believe BuzzFeed was the one who actually fact checked," said Eric Curtis, the Minnesota man who admitted that he made it all up. The tweet earned more than 70,000 likes and retweets.
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— Julia Rubin (@juliarubin) October 10, 2018
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10 days ago by Apreche
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RT : Basement suites is so 10 years ago. Give me purpose built rentals in all neighbourhoods.

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