Youku’s proposed merger with Tudou will create one of the largest website operators in China, but synergies are limited and profitability is likely to remain elusive.
Youku, though still loss-making, is set to turn a profit next year, mainly on the strength of video ads, a rapidly growing part of the online market.
A great rush online this year by retailers is driving a bonanza in online advertising, one of the fastest-growing segments in the economy.
The next big thing for Sina is trying to monetise Weibo, the wildly successful, but controversial, Chinese version of Twitter.
East Money’s reliance on supplying financial information to equity investors makes it vulnerable to market swings – and this year the swing has been downward.
For now, SouFun revenues are holding up as developers push sales but if the squeeze on developer cash flows persists for several more months, this could change.
Rapid growth in the online travel reservation business is attracting new market entrants and driving down profit margins.
A China Confidential survey shows Renren losing out to competitor, Pengyou, in older age groups and in third-tier cities.
Social media has caught on rapidly among China’s urban middle class, but profits remain elusive – so far – for leading companies.
Tencent's recently-launched social network site is proving a strong contender to Renren, though it is yet to prove a major revenue driver.
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