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One Chinese Smartphone Company Sold 18.7 Million Smartphones in 2013

china smartphonesChinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi was able to sell 18.7 million smartphones last year – up 160% from the previous year. That’s a staggering total of $5.2 billion USD, a major growth compared to the previous year of $2.08 billion of revenue.

The company released four smartphones in 2013, with the lowest priced at $130. This year, Xiaomi is expected to ship 40 million smartphones – that’s only a small fraction of the country’s growing 1.351 billion residents (2012). The US only had 313.9 million residents compared to the same period. Read more

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Twitter Partners with CBS for Massive Video-Ads-Within-Tweets Program (AllTwitter)
Twitter and CBS are partnering up to bring live video clips to a Twitter timeline near you through its Amplify program. This is the biggest partnership of its kind for Twitter, with CBS planning on incorporating Twitter-based ads into 42 of its TV shows and many of its Web properties.

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Google+ Blocked by the Great Firewall of China

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The Chinese government has blocked Google+ and other Google products while the Communist Party holds its 18th Party Congress in Beijing. In addition to users in China receiving an error message when they attempt to access Google-owned sites, foreign website owners will not be able to track Chinese visitors through Google Analytics. Our Google+ analytics tool, GPlusData, showed a drop-off in the number of posts on the social network beginning on November 8, when the congress began.

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