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January 4

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued Opinions of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television on Promoting the Mainstream Media to Develop Network Radio and Television Stations (No. 1 document in 2013), calling for upgrading network radio and television stations to a position as important as the development of radio stations or television stations, encouraging radio stations and television stations to combine with broadband Internet, Mscbsc.com and other new media to develop the network radio and television stations, a new form of radio and television broadcasting institution. It would take the network radio and television stations three to five years to establish them the mainstream position in the new media communication.

January 16

Yang Yi, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, announced in the routine press conference that the project "Taiwan Strait Express-1", the first undersea fiber optic cable connecting Mainland China and the island of Taiwan across the Taiwan Strait, had been successfully completed. The opening ceremony would be held at both sides of the Strait at the same time on January 18.

January29

Guangzhou issued Implementation Plan of Guangzhou City to Accelerate Development of E-commerce (Trial), and the city would make an annual investment of RMB500 million in supporting the development of e-commerce for 5 consecutive years.

February17

Instructions of the State Council on Promoting Orderly and Healthy Development of Internet of Things was issued. The Instructions put forward that by 2015, the large-scale and exemplary applications of Internet of things would have been achieved in the important economic and social areas, a number of key technologies would have been broken through, and the industrial system of Internet of things would have been initially established with the security capabilities significantly improved. In accordance with the Instructions, the National Development and Reform Commission and other departments jointly issued Special Action Plan for Development of Internet of Things (2013—2015), formulating 10 special action plans for the development of Internet of things, and providing the overall goal to be achieved by the industry of Internet of things in 2015.

March 1

The Conference on Hangzhou Urban and Rural Pluralistic Development and Rural Work was held, proposing cultivation of 3 to 5 villages featured by e-commerce and 10 model enterprises of agricultural e-commerce.

March 7

The State Administration of Taxation issued Administrative Regulations on Network Invoice. The Regulations was put in force in April 1. The network invoice was promoted in the country as a whole for the convenience of e-commerce enterprises to issue invoices. It would play a significant role in safeguarding the state tax collection and standardizing issuance and use of network invoices.

April 23

Alibaba Group announced a crackdown on fake and inferior goods together with five ministries and commissions.

April 23

The official account and spokesman of Jingdong.com at Sina Weibo declared that the registered users of Jingdong.com had officially topped 100 million.

April 24

The 10th anniversary of the establishment of Dianping.com, a report titled The Change of China's Urban Life Consumption in 10 Years (2003—2013) was published.

April 26

Yongche.com, a platform for car rental, announced that it had recently obtained B round of investment worth dozens of millions of US dollars from broadband capital. China Renaissance served as the exclusive financial consultant for this round of financing.

April 27

Gome Online declared an immediate restart of the "Price War" strategy. Peng Liang, spokesman of Gome Online, said that the "Price War" strategy would be implemented throughout the year of 2013.

April 29

Sina announced that Sina Weibo and Alibaba China signed a strategic cooperation agreement. Alibaba purchased preferred and ordinary shares of Sina Weibo with USD586 million, accounting for about 18% of Weibo's total diluted shares. Both sides announced simultaneously that they would carry out in-depth cooperation in interoperability of users' accounts, data exchange, online payment, network marketing and other fields.

May 1

Series Standards in the Postal Industry - Standardization Guidelines for Express Delivery Service and E-commerce Information Exchange were officially put in force.

May 16

The startup meeting of the "Application demonstration of big data service platform", NDRC's special project on research, development and industrialization of high-tech service, was held at CNIC.

May 17

The Shanghai Economic and IT Commission would appropriate RMB10 million each year from Shanghai's special funds for IT application to promote innovation and development of e-commerce enterprises, and promote the application of e-commerce in small and medium enterprises

May 23

Sichuan issued Plan of Sichuan Provincial Department of List of Model E-commerce Enterprises. It would foster 50 provincial-level exemplary e-commerce enterprises, 20 exemplary e-commerce bases, and 15 exemplary rural e-commerce counties (cities or districts).

May 24

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce held a symposium on network regulation. Liu Hongliang, marketing director of the State Administration said at the meeting that China's E-commerce Law, already included in the legislative agenda of the NPC Financial and Economic Committee and the NPC Legislative Work Committee, was being drafted. Although no timetable was issued, focuses should be laid on category II legislative projects, which could be "submitted for approval at an appropriate time" if conditions were mature, according to the official interpretation.

June 4

In response to inquiries of the media, Yao Jian, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce, confirmed that relevant departments were studying legislation on taxation of e-commerce, and that the financial revenue management departments would improve the corresponding tax laws and regulations.

June 25

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Public Security, 21 Internet enterprises including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Sina, SNDA, Netease, Amazon.cn and so on established the Internet Anti-fraud Committee to advance the collaborative crackdown of the whole Internet on network fraud and build a secure ecosystem for trading.

July 1

The Central Bank held a symposium on network credit in Beijing. Representatives from nine P2P platforms including CreditEase, LU.com, ppdai.com, Renrendai.com, Hongling Capital, etc. attended the symposium. On the same day, branches of the Central Bank distributed Questionnaire of Network Financial Development to local P2P platforms, a first effort made by regulatory departments to comprehensively find out the real situation of the P2P industry.

July 1

The Supreme People's Court launched the website of Chinese judicial opinions, and actively promoted upload of all judicial opinions in compliance with the requirements.

July 6

The Central Bank issued the seventh group and a total of 27 third-party payment licenses with 27 companies such as Sina and Baidu included.

July 8

China and the United States determined to set a network security working group under the framework of the dialog on China-US strategic security. On the same day, the first conference of the network security working group was held in Washington, where both sides exchanged ideas on mechanism construction of the network working group, relationship of both countries on network, international rules on cyberspace, bilateral dialog and cooperation measures and other issues of common concern. Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced at a press conference on June 14 that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had set up the Office of Network Affairs to coordinate and carry out diplomatic activities concerning network affairs.

July 11

The third China-US strategic security dialog was held in Washington under the strategic framework of the fifth round of China-US strategic and economic dialog.

August

The construction of the "National Exemplary Cities of Next-generation Internet"(CNGI) was carried out, with 16 pilot cities approved so far.

August 1

The State Council issued Broadband China Strategy and Implementation Plan, pointing out that broadband network had become the strategic public infrastructure for the economic and social development in China, emphasizing better strategic guidance and systematic deployment, rapid and healthy development of the broadband infrastructure in China, and putting forward development goals in 2015 and in 2020.

August 1

The Research Group on Development and Regulation of Internet Finance jointly formed by China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), MIIT, the Ministry of Public Security, Legislative Affairs Office and other departments under the lead of the Central Bank went to Shanghai and Hangzhou for investigation and research, and visited LU.com and Alibaba to make on-the-spot investigation on the Internet finance.

August 7

The Court of Wucheng District, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province made a judgment of first instance on Ewj.com, the largest pyramid sales through network in China.

August 14

The State Council issued Several Comments of the State Council on Facilitating Information Consumption and Expanding Domestic Demand, proposing that by 2015 the information consumption would top RMB3.2 trillion with an average annual growth of 20%, driving relevant industries to produce more than RMB1.2 trillion of new output; the new information consumption based on the Internet reached RMB2.4 trillion with an average annual growth of 30%. The information consumption took the mission to stabilize growth, facilitate domestic demand, and adjust structure of domestic economy. The communications industry stood in the forefront of information consumption. Policies encouraging information consumption included issuance of 4G licenses, national broadband strategy, integration of three networks, mobile Internet and several other key incidents of the communication industry. The policies would be safeguarded by concrete measures.

August 20

The Ministry of Public Security announced that Beijing police destroyed Beijing Erma interactive Marketing Planning Co., Ltd., an Internet marketer company, of which "Qin Huohuo"was of the previous employees.

August 22

The Intermediate People's Court of Ji'nan City, Shandong Province broadcast live the first instance of the trial of the Bo Xilai case through Weibo, which was regarded by the public opinion as the historical progress of the rule of law in china.

Since September 1

In order to further standardize the Internet Access Service Specifications formulated by MIIT was formally put in force, providing indicators of service and communication quality for the telecommunications operators to offer Internet access services for public users.

September 9

On September 9, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate issued Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate on Several Issues concerning the Specific Application of Law in the Handling of Defamation through Information Networks and Other Criminal Cases. (It was put in force on September 10).

April 17

On the afternoon of April 17, Yang, a student at grade nine in Zhangjiachuan Hui Autonomous County, Gansu Province was arrested by the police on suspicion of picking quarrels and provoking troubles. Yang had questioned through Weibo that the case of a county man’s unnatural death had inside story. Dissatisfied with the arrest of Yang, some netizens launched a “cyber manhunt” on Bai Yongqiang, the head of Zhangjiachuan Public Security Bureau, and found in the court verdict made at the beginning of the year the evidence he offered bribes to the vice-director of Tianshui Public Security Bureau. Late at night on September 23, 2013, the Party Committee of Zhangjiachuan County held a Standing Committee meeting, which, according to the proposal of the City Commission for Discipline Inspection, decided to stop Bai Yongqiang’s office as Party secretary and director of the County Public Security Bureau. The Zhangjiachuan incident ended up dramatically: the middle school student was released with the downfall of the director of the Public Security Bureau.

October 9

Director Chen Jiaqiang of Hong Kong Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau responded at the Legislative Council that in order to protect investors, the principle of the same right for the same share must be upheld. The rules on listing in Hong Kong prohibited dual ownership.

October 12

The final of the First National Marriage Registration and Certification Skills Competition jointly organized by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Jiayuan.com was held in Fuzhou. Vice Minister Dou Yupei of Civil Affairs and Wu Lin, CEO of Jiayuan.com served as award presenters. After the competition, they had an in-depth conversation on the certification competition and the current situation of the industry for marriage.

October 21

The fifth session of the 12th Standing Committee of National People's Congress held the first plenary session which approved the amendment on the Law of the People's Republic of China on Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests, which added a minimum of 7-day cooling-off period for consumers to regret and return goods, and enhanced punishment on false propaganda from twofold compensation to fourfold compensation with the third-party e-commerce platform bearing the limited liability. The amended Law on Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers would be put in force from March 15, 2014.

October 25

The latest Law of the People's Republic of China on Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests was issued, giving consumers the right to return goods within seven days after receiving the goods sold via Internet, TV, telephone or mail. In addition, the law determined protection of personal information, the responsibilities of the network transaction platform, etc. This was the first major change to the law since its implementation nearly 20 years ago.

November

China LTEv6 Project was launched, which comprehensively promoted the application of IPv6 in LTE network, and strengthened China's independent LTE technology to support IPv6.

From November 9 to 12

The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC was held in Beijing, which required strengthening legal management of networks, accelerating the improvement of Internet management leadership system, forming the joint Internet management force from technology to content, from daily security to crackdown on crimes, thus ensuring security of national networks and information, and maintaining national security and social stability.

November 19

The National Bureau of Statistics announced signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with 11 domestic enterprises in e-commerce, Internet, telecommunications, etc. to jointly develop and use big data. The contents of cooperation included joint research and discussion on making standards of application and statistics for big data, including definition of indicators, caliber and so on; joint research and determination of the content, forms and implementation procedures to improve and supplement the governmental statistic data with the data of enterprises. This showed that the government began to work with enterprises to promote the application of big data in the governmental statistics.

December 4

MIIT officially issued TD-LTE4G licenses to three operators: China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. An official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said the three TD-LTE licenses were issued in accordance with the application made by the telecommunications operators. Taking into account the development of LTE technology, the industrial maturity and several other factors, the Ministry would issue FDD-LTE licenses after the conditions became ripe.

December 5

The People's Bank of China, together with MIIT, China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), officially issued Notice on Prevention of Risk in Bitcoin, prohibiting financial institutions and payment institutions to carry out Bitcoin-related businesses, or price products or services with Bitcoin. The Notice required the Internet sites offering Bitcoin registration, trading and other services to be registered at the telecommunications administrations, practically fulfill the obligation of anti-money laundering, identify users, report suspicious transactions, and strengthen education on the public.

December 26

MIIT officially issued to 11 private enterprises the first group of approval of pilot mobile telecommunication resale service (i.e. virtual operator license). The qualifications of pilot operation included virtual operator licenses obtained by 11 Chinese private enterprises including SoShare OnLine, T-World, HiChina Zhicheng, RunTalk, TelLine, HuaTone, Jingdong.com, Bewinner, Lianlian.com, Bus-Online, and Dixinton.com. This indicated that the door of the domestic telecommunications market had finally opened. In addition, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had already approved that "170" number segment was used exclusively for mobile communication transfer business, which was expected to be issued in May 2014.

2013

The broadband network was included in the national strategic public infrastructure for the first time.

2013

China paid close attention to personal information security and protection. On February 1, Information Security Technology, Guide to Personal Information Protection in Public and Commercial Service Information Systems, China's first national standard on personal information protection, was put in force, marking the legality of China's personal information protection. On June 28, MIIT approved and adopted Provisions on Protecting the Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users which was put in force from September 1, 2013. The implementation of the Provisions could help protect information of telecommunications and Internet users and maintain security of network information.

2013

CNNIC's 33rd Statistical Report on Internet Development in China showed that by December 2013, China had 618 million netizens, a 45.8% Internet penetration rate. The number of mobile Internet users, maintaining the growth trend, reached 500 million. With the gradual saturation of Internet penetration rate, the theme of China’s Internet development had changed from rise in penetration rate to deepening application.

January 4

WiseMedia, a well-known DSP enterprise, completed the A round of financing from VentechChina.

January 10

Alibaba acquired xiami.com.

On January 10

Alibaba announced adjustment on the present business structure and organization of the group by setting up 25 divisions, where "Taobao Division" was not found.

January 11

Tencent officially launched TencentAdExchange, a real-time trading platform for advertising. Later, it launched the Tango DSP.

On January 11

24quan.com, a group-purchasing website, was officially closed for the reason of capital chain rupture resulting from intensified contradiction with venture capital.

January 11

Sina Weibo entered into a strategic cooperation with Netease Youdao, which would serve as the first partner of Sina Weibo on translation and provide free foreign language translation services for more than its 400 million users.

January 13

LETV.com signed a strategic cooperation agreement with CNTV, which became the LETV's strategic partner for broadcast control platform in the field of Internet TV set-top box. By integrating the advantageous resources, both parties work together for platform optimization and operation of LETV's Internet TV set-top box terminal.

January 15

DSP Ipinyou.com, an advertising platform for real-time bidding, completed the B round of USD20 million financing from CBC Capital, Vangoo Capital, and Fu Tak capital.

January 15

Jack Ma, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Alibaba Group, sent a letter to his employees, announcing resignation from CEO of Alibaba Group from May 10, 2013 so that he could go all out to act as full-time chairman of Alibaba Group. On March 11, 2013, Alibaba announced that Lu Zhaoxi would succeed to Jack Ma.

January 15

The eve of the Spring Festival, Kingsoft, 360 and several other browser vendors launched their browsers with the function of buying tickets.

January 15

Tencent WeChat announced on Weibo that the number of WeChat users exceeded 300 million.

January 16

The 2012 Annual Conference of China's Internet Industry hosted by Internet Society of China was held in Beijing Diaoyutai State Guest House. Gao Xinmin, Vice Chairman of Internet Society of China, delivered a speech with the theme of overview on the development of China's Internet industry in 2012. Despite the small absolute amount of income from the perspective of service industry, China's Internet industry would gradually demonstrate its external effects and influence.

January 21

Dianping.com officially announced the opening of its platform. This was the first domestic O2O developer platform.

January 23

Alibaba held a series of close-door conferences with the industrial enterprises and capital and financial institutions, and planed to invest RMB10 million in building an smart logistics network with companies and institutions such as Yintai, FOSUN, STO Express, YTO Express, ZTO Express, Best Express, Yunda Express, SF Express, among others.

January 24

Netease Cloud Music, as Netease's first music product in the field of mobile Internet, was formally launched in App Store.

January 25

Xinhuanet reported that 360 Apps had been collectively withdrawn from Apple's App Store. Only 360 Cloud Disk could be normally searched and downloaded. The unavailability of 360-related applications was confirmed by Apple's customer service staff.

January 25

Yahoo China launched a new round of layoff. 75% of the total number of the employees was expected to be impacted eventually. Some of them would return to Alibaba, while the rest would be dismissed.

January 31

Alipay cooperated with PPS, an electronic bill payment service platform in Hong Kong, so that users in Hong Kong could pay via PPS when shopping in taobao.com and Tmall.com.

February 6

Zhongyi Risk Management, a website run by Chengdu Zhongyi Health Technology Co., Ltd, was suspected to give away the insurers' information of nearly 800 thousand pages of life insurance policies, including the name of insured and insurers, gender, certificate number and type, birthday and phone number and other personal information.

February 16

Jingdong.com announced the completion of a new round of about USD700 million of common stock equity financing, and the inverters included the Canadian Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Kingdom Holdings Company, an international investment company under Prince al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, both of which were the new shareholders in the round of financing.

February 16

Luo Jun, CEO of Tujia.com, said in an Weibo article that Tujia.com, a holiday apartment reservation platform, had completed the B round of financing mainly from GGV Capital, Lightspeed, CDH, Qiming Venture Partners, CBC, Ctrip and HomeAway, the giant of global holiday apartment industry.

February 17

Luo Yihang, founder of PingWest, said in an article on PingWest that Baidu acquired 100% shares of TrustGo, a mobile security company, with more than USD30 million.

February 19

S.aliyun.com, a cloud search engine, was formally launched.

February 27

Jike launched bgt.jike.com, an exposure station for its new products. It was expected that the corresponding mobile terminal App would be launched this week.

February 28

Qmango.com, a brand owned by MangoCity.com for online hotel reservation, announced the completion of the A round of financing. The financing amount was reported to be nearly USD10 million and the investors were KeyTone Ventures, among others. With the financing, qmango.com would bid farewell to the exclusive ownership by the central enterprise.

March 1

Jumei.com directly announced its first anniversary. After two days of large promotion, it announced in high profile that its sales amounted to RMB1 billion.

March 1

Youku.com obtained nearly RMB10 billion from three venture capitals.

March 6

Ali-Finance announced its credit payment plan. On the next day, the establishment of Ali Small and Micro Financial Services Group was announced. Four days later, the board of directors of Alibaba Group announced the appointment of Lu Zhaoxi as CEO of Alibaba Group. On March 12, Alipay opened 24-hour "Speed Compensation" service. Any authenticated real-name Alipay member with a good credit record, if he/she suffered money loss for the theft of the account, would enjoy the 24-hour speed compensation service from the small-amount risk.

March 6

Hou Xiaoqiang, CEO of Cloudary at that time, said through the internal mail that he had approved the resignation of some staff in qidian.com under the company. Hou Xiaoqiang would thus directly take over qidian.com.

March 12

DHgate.com announced that the full-course foreign trade open platform would be launched recently. The membership of the open platform was free of charge, and the modular service was launched.

March 13

The registered members of izhenxin.com owned by Jiayuan.com exceeded 200,000.

March 14

Huawei, together with China Mobile, successfully completed the field test of the world's first Flash CSFB to GSM (RIM-based CSFB to GSM) in the real LTE-TDD network, marking the matured business condition of Huawei's solutions to CSFB Flash.

March 14

Sina launched SAX (SinaAdExchange), a trading platform for private advertising.

March 18

Huawei issued the channel for electronic malls to enter e-commerce, and the courier company had switched to SF Express.

March 20

Yhd.com and Baidu announced their strategic cooperation agreement. In 2013 both parties would carry out an in-depth cooperation in resource sharing, big data applications, advertising, wireless e-commerce, marketing innovation, among others. They would also cooperate in the user platforms of Baidu Knows such as the product system, pictures, bulletin board, mobile terminals, and so on.

March 21

360, the Internet giant, made a strong response to the rumor that 360 browser stole commissions from Taodaso, and admitted for the first time that Shanghai Qitai was a brick-and-mortar company of 360 to run Taodaso businesses. 360 expressed its view through its official Weibo, and said that 360 browser had nothing to do with Taodaso, let alone the "Theft of commission".

March 22

AliFinance Business Group was renamed as "Innovative Finance Business Group".

March 27

Huawei was rejected by Australia in bidding for its national broadband project.

March 28

Zamplus, a professional Internet data service provider, officially announced signing of the financing agreement. Northern Light Venture Capital took the lead and Intel made the investment.

March 30

The domain name of Jingdong.com was officially changed into JD.COM. A mascot named Joy was launched and the homepage was revised at the same time.

April

A piece of news seriously defaming the image of Lei Feng was issued to the Internet by a netizen name Qin Huohuo and spread rapidly. The news claimed that "In 1959 Lei Feng bought himself a full set of high-end clothing such as a leather jacket, wool trousers, black leather shoes, among others. The entire clothing was worth around RMB90, but Lei Feng's salary was RMB6 a month at that time". A large number of netizens were dissatisfied with Qin Huohuo. The Beijing Police received many calls from the netizens, asking them to thoroughly investigate the rumor producer who discredited the image of Lei Feng.

April 1

The official Weibo of Gome.com, in the name of Mu Guixian, senior vice president of Gome and general manager of Gome.com, issued a lament on e-commerce with the theme of "Commemorate you the dead and expect us the live".

April 2

Alibaba acquired Umeng, a mobile application statistics service platform, with USD80 million.

April 8

Miaozhen Systems, an advertising technology company, announced the completion of the C round of financing worth USD10 million. CBC took the lead in investment with a joint participation of Redpoint Ventures, KPCB (Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers) and WPP Digital.

April 8

Renrenlie.com (Shanghai Zhongpin Information Technology Co., Ltd.) obtained RMB20 million from an angel investment participated in by Zhonglu Capitals among others.

April 9

According to the report from foreign media, Telecom New Zealand announced that it had chosen Huawei to construct and lay out its 4G LTE network.

April 9

Shi Yuzhu announced in Guangxi that he would formally resign from CEO of the Giant Group Holdings Limited from April 19. On April 18, the company announced the appointment of President Liu Wei as CEO, and Ji Xuefeng, the former senior vice president, as the new president. The appointment would take effect from April 19, 2013.

April 10

Youku Tudou Group announced to enter a Group's BU-style operation stage, putting forward the development strategy to make "Youku more like Youku, and Tudou more like Tudou".

April 10

Zhejiang Daily Media disclosed its plans for a major reorganization of assets. Through combination of private placement and self-raised funds, it planned to acquire 100% shares of SNDA-owned Hangzhou Bianfeng and Shanghai CGA. The estimated value of the target assets was up to RMB3.49 billion, and about RMB2.5 billion was expected to be raised though private placement.

April 11

Tenpay.com, a domestic third-party payment platform, and E.SUN Bank of Taiwan held a press conference, announcing that they would further promote the "Cross-Strait Payment" product, and opened two-dimensional code scanning payment for merchants outside Mainland China for the first time.

April 11

Tencent WeChat formally issued a statement to some users, declaring the news "Charging users of WeChat" widespread on the Internet was a malicious rumor. It emphasized that WeChat would never charge fees on its users.

April 16

Find Best Discount Hotels and Rooms obtained the financing worth about RMB30 million from IDG.

April 16

Jingdong.com, together with Huawei and Hunan satellite TV, launched M210 Mango Smart Player.

April 16

Lefeng.com and 360 reached a strategic cooperation.

April 16

Alipay covered the fast payment insurance on 150 million fast payment users, who, if suffering theft when using the fast payment later would be given 100% compensation.

April 18

Alibaba-owned YAHOO China issued a notice to users that its e-mail service would be stopped on August 19, 2013. After the day users' e-mail and the related account settings would be irrevocably deleted.

April 18

Kaixin001.com announced that it would carry out an in-depth cooperation with Fumu.com under Gruner Jahr, the largest European magazine publishing group, in terms of content sharing, interactive activities, communication platform, among others.

April 18

Youku Tudou announced the opening of a channel for the British TV serials. It launched hundreds of British serials such as Sherlock, The Fades, Misfits, Parade's End, among others. Meanwhile, it strengthened launching of the homemade contents.

May 6

JD.com online-supermarket was formally launched. On May 17, JD.com officially launched "JD flashing group purchase" business positioned at sales of famous brands.

May 7

Baidu announced acquisition of PPS video services with USD370 million, and combined it with iQIYI.com as a sub-brand of the latter. After the combination, Gong Yu would serve as CEO of iQIYI.com for the unified management of the new company.

May 7

Having introduced the core data from authorities such as the China Food and Drug Administration, Chinese Household Electrical Appliance Maintenance Association, China Aviation Association, China Banking Association, Beijing Municipal Health Bureau, etc., Baidu introduced the data from the State Code Center. From then on, Internet users could check the "Identity Cards" of organizations and institutions.

May 7

After launching Super TV X60 and S40, LETV entered the field of television.

May 8

58.com and Alipay reached a strategic cooperation, and jointly launched guarantee for life service transactions

May 10

PPTV and WASU jointly launched PPBox, the Internet TV Box.

May 10

AutoNavi announced that Alibaba purchased 28% shares of the company with USD294 million and became its largest shareholder.

May 10

The 10th anniversary of Taobao, Jack Ma, Chairman of board of directors and CEO of Alibaba Group, resigned from the post of CEO and focused on the office of chairman. Lu Zhaoxi took over the position of CEO.

May 20

Yhd.com launched BESTLUCK, the clothing of its own brand, thus officially entering the field of self-owned brand.

May 21

Tsinghua University and Peking University joined edX, the U.S. online education platform.

May 22

Alipay promised to compensate for users in advance if they suffer from theft when using Alipay Wallet.

May 24

FlightManager officially announced the strategic cooperation with Ctrip.

May 28

Alibaba Group united a number of private express enterprises such as Yintai Group, Fosun Group, Fuchun group, SF Group, STO Express, YTO Express, ZTO Express, Best Express, Yunda Express, among others, to establish Cainiao Network Technology Co., Ltd. in Shenzhen, and started the construction of China Smart Network project ("CSN", and referred to as the Logistics Net inside Alibaba). After resignation from CEO of Alibaba Group, Ma Yuan came out again to organize the logistics network platform and served as chairman of the board of directors of Cainiao Network Technology Co., Ltd.

May 29

Jiang Hao, vice president of Ctrip, confirmed that Ctrip had officially allied with FlightManager. With the divided Quick Hotel Manager which focused on search and booking application of economic chain hotels, FlightManager received the strategic investment from Ctrip to establish a joint venture.

May 29

Alipay entered into a strategic cooperation with Kuaidi.

June 3

Foxconn and Mozilla held a joint press conference where they launched a smart terminal using Firefox OS, which might compete against Apple.

June 5

Suning PC terminal was launched onto the local life service channel.

June 6

The Wall Street Journal reported that Alibaba, together with Temasek, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, invested USD170 million in Fanatics, the U.S. largest e-commerce company for licensed products and the electronic distributor of licensed sport products.

June 6

LightInTheBox, a Chinese B2C foreign trade e-merchant, went public in the New York Stock Exchange.

June 7

Alipay cooperated with PeerTransfer, a U.S. payment institution, so that Chinese students could pay their tuition to more than 300 American Universities via Alipay.

June 12

After Kingsoft Antivirus users upgraded the software, their computers had a blue screen. Later it was found that such a problem was a result of the core file of the software that had not been updated.

June 13

Alipay launched the overseas transport services with the cooperation of Youjiaus, GELS and 4PX Express. On June 17, the Yu Ebao business of Alibaba Group's Alipay was officially launched.

June 18

Tencent invested in Fab, a famous U.S. flash purchasing website.

June 19

Yhd.com announced the use of a shorter domain name, hence the name yhd, the initials of the original one.

June 21

The media reported that Tencent and Naspers, a giant South African medium, cooperated in a massive investment in the Indian technology market. Ibibo, their joint venture, purchased redBus.in, an online ticket company, with about USD135 million. Naspers now held 80% of shares of Ibibo while Tencent 20%. Both parties might took this opportunity and bring the redBus platform and business model into China and other markets.

June 26

Datang Telecom acquired Guangzhou Yaowan with RMB1,699 million and a premium of 14.7 times.

June 28

The Suppliers Conference of Yinxun.com was held in Shanghai.

July 1

The Yu Ebao function was launched in Alipay Wallet (Alipay mobile phone client).

July 11

Huawei held the first Huawei Data Center Summit.

July 11

Xiami.com launched the musician platform and promised not to be involved in dividends in two years.

July 15

Google confirmed that Liu Yun, vice president of Google Global and head of Greater China, was about to leave. Scott Beaumont, a foreigner responsible for expansion of Google's European strategic partnership, would take over his office in mid August.

July 16

Baidu announced an acquisition of 91 Wireless Network owned by NetDragon Websoft with USD 1.9 billion, making it the largest M&A case in the history of Chinese Internet.

July 18

China Unicom released its operational data in June. With its total number of 3G users exceeding 100 million, China Unicom had built the world's largest WCDMA 3G network.

July 22

A large number of users reflected that WeChat broke down entirely. They could not send messages, refresh the circle of friends, log on to the public account platform, and connect to web-version WeChat. The chaos continued till 2 pm when the WeChat development team announced on Tencent Weibo that WeChat could be used again. However, some users still left messages, saying that some functions of WeChat had not been restored, or WeChat could not be connected at all.

July 23

China Network Television held a press conference in Beijing to launch the "CCTV News" Mobile Client.

July 23

Alibaba released Ali Smart TV System, and together with Wasu, launched "Wasu Rainbow", the first smart set-top box equipped with this system. Later, it cooperated with Skyworth and launched three Coocaa smart TV sets.

July 26

HiWifi released "Gee", its first generation of products, and sold the engineering machine later.

July 30

Huawei officially launched the Emotion UI system in Beijing, which realized the goal of Huawei to share the independent and unique applications. This was a brave attempt made by Huawei to integrate its own products and explore, research and develop an independent operating system. It would also provide experience for Huawei to launch its own independent operating system in the future.

August 1

Panguso and Jike held a conference to announce their merger.

August 1

Sina Weibo and Taobao would hold a product cooperation conference in Beijing, where they would launch the Taobao version of Sina Weibo in order to achieve interoperability of the accounts. Taobao sellers could then directly launch goods at the Taobao version of Weibo, and manage the commodities and monitor business at the backstage.

August 3

Youdao announced a strategic cooperation with 360, and 360 search would provide technical support for Youdao search. Youdao search thus just had a mere nominal existence, indicating that NetEase officially abandoned struggle for the field of general search.

August 5

Tencent officially declared to launch its Mobile Gaming platform. On the same day, the facial expression store and shooting aircraft games were added to WeChat 5.0 for iOS.

August 6

Sina and NBA jointly announced in Beijing that Sina officially became the NBA's Internet partner in China, and the partner of the NBA's official online community in China.

August 8

Toocle.com, a listed e-commerce company at the small and medium board to provide comprehensive services for management of enterprises, announced that it had obtained the Business License of the People's Republic of China for a Financing Guarantee Institutions granted by Zhejiang Province Economic and Information Commission. It approved Zhejiang Sinoloans Financing Guarantee Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Sinoloans), one of its wholly-owned subsidiary, to carry out the financing guarantee business.

August 14

Baidu announced that Baidu (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., its wholly-owned subsidiary, signed a final M&A agreement, allowing it to purchase 100% of shares of 91 Wireless Network Co., Ltd. (91 Wireless) from NetDragon Websoft and other shareholders.

August 14

TOREAD signed Agreement on New Share Subscription with Asiatravel.com Holdings Ltd in Beijing, and intended to purchase with its own funds 40 million shares of the newly issued stock of Asiatravel. After the subscription, TOREAD would hold 14.15% of shares of Asiatravel, and become the largest shareholder of the company.

August 16

The media reported that Alibaba purchased shares of ShopRunner, a U.S. e-commerce logistics distribution services company with USD75 million, thus taking the lead in ShopRunner's second round of financing once again and taking over 30% of shares held by eBay.

August 19

China Telecom and Netease held a press conference, announcing that "Yixin", an instant communication tool jointly created by both parties, was launched. Prior to this, China Telecom had launched "Wing", another instant communication product, whose users would all turn to those of Yixin in the future.

August 20

SNDA Games launched G Home, a mobile game platform. It planned to launch more than 30 Mobile Games in a year.

August 20

Happy Farm, a small game focusing on stealing food online, was officially withdrawn from the open platform of Renren.com, and the server operation was stopped, too. This small game, once having hundreds of millions of users, went to its end at the age of 4 and a half.

August 22

Baidu officially launched BES (Baidu Exchange Service).

August 22

Ultrapower released its plan of assets acquisition. It intended to purchase 100% of stocks of Tianjin Kemu, a mobile game developer and operator by means of issuing shares and paying cash.

August 22

Kamcord based in San Francisco, California, the United States, a mobile game video company, announced an acquisition of USD1 million of investment from Tencent and Innovation Works.

August 23

Baidu and Renren jointly announced that they had reached a final agreement. Baidu would invest USD160 million in Nuomi.com owned by Renren for 59% of its stocks.

August 25

.CN, China's top-level domain name, suffered the largest network attack in history. In the attack, botnets were used to send tremendous numbers of continuous inquiries to .CN for the domain name of a certain game's PW website, resulting in a serious short-term congestion at the Internet outlet of the.CN top-level domain name system.

August 26

Tangel Culture, the leading listing company in the private cultural industry, launched a blockbuster with its restructuring case. It intended to spend RMB1.254 million, by means of issuing shares and paying cash, to purchase 100% of stocks of Beijing Magic Universe Co., Ltd.

August 28

Baidu and AutoNavi simultaneously announced that their mobile phone navigation applications were free of charge, which evoked battles in both products and public opinions. Baidu took the initial in the announcement, and AutoNavi followed at night, causing its shares to fall by 14.4%. Baidu refunded in high profile, but AutoNavi did not follow suit this time.

August 31

Yahoo China, an Alibaba-owned portal business sector founded in September 1999, announced at the homepage of its website that, based on the agreement between Alibaba Group and Yahoo in 2012, Yahoo China would adjust its operating strategy, and stopped providing information and community services from September 1, 2013. The original team would focus on the dissemination of Alibaba Group's public welfare undertakings.

September 1

Hc360.com, a B2B listing company grandly launched "Hui Fubao", an online payment tool.

September 2

Daojia.com officially announced that it had successfully completed the third round of financing with JD.com and Morningside Ventures taking the lead in investment.

September 3

IQIYI.com and TCL launched TCL iQIYI TV+. Later, they jointly launched the Super Clear Box, a new set-top box, together with Yihe.net, Skyworth and Jingdong.com.

September 4

The Hynix Semiconductor factory located at Binhu District, Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province caught fire because of the production accident.

September 4

Tuniu.com announced the completion of the D round of about USD60 million financing from Temasek, DCM, among others.

September 6

1688.com, an Alibaba-owned B2B platform for domestic trade, achieved a turnover of RMB4.19 million in a single day.

September 10

Alibaba, together with Skyworth, launched the Coocaa television.

September 10

Yunyun.com, a social search engine, was acquired by Sina. With the founding team dismissed, Liu Jun, the founder of the website, formally joined Baidu on September 6, 2013 as vice president in charge of technology. So far, Yunyun.com, focusing on social search, went to its end in no more than a year after its establishment.

September 11

The mobile network friendly cloud evaluation platform (MBB Insider Online) and MBB developer community platform, the latest development of Huawei's mLAB (mobile broadband Innovation Lab), were formally launched.

September 12

Suning Cloud Platform was officially launched as Suning's open platform. In the evening, the Report and Alliance Conference of Suning Open Platform Strategy was held at Water Cube in Beijing. Suning interpreted its strategies on Internet-based transformation and open platform as well as its plan to attract investment.

September 15

Zhejiang Branch Office of Construction Bank of China held a business promotion conference of e.ccb.com e-commerce platform, a platform for e-commerce financial services.

September 16

Sohu.com, Sogou.com and Tencent announced together a strategic partnership and Tencent invested USD448 million in Sogou.com.

September 16

The share price of Tencent rose and closed at HKd417 with the market value as about HKD774.982 billion, or about USD100 billion. Tencent thus became the first Chinese Internet company with its market value over USD100 billion.

September 16

China Minsheng Bank entered into a strategic cooperation with Alibaba.

September 18

Renren Games completed investment in flashtransfer.cn. According to Jiang Tianpeng, founder of flashtransfer.cn, the amount of this strategic investment was not a great one, but flashtransfer.cn hoped to expand the overseas markets in the future with the help of the overseas resources owned by Renren Games.

September 18

The monthly donation program of One Foundation was stationed at Alipay Wallet.

September 22

Souche.com, an O2O trading services provider in the vertical field of domestic second-hand vehicles, officially announced that the company had obtained the B round of investment at the level of USD10 billion with Sequoia Capital, a well-known international investment institution taking the lead in investment. It was reported that the investors this time also included Morningside Ventures and Ferry VC, the two institutions which invested in the A round. Souche.com expressed that this round of financing would be used to upgrade the business model, enhance reputation of the products and seek for expansion across the country.

September 23

Alibaba launched Laiwang.com, a mobile IM product.

September 23

Coship held the grand "1+1 TV Internet" in Beijing, announcing the birth of the world's first box realizing the two-way interaction with television. Human being thus formally entered into the era of TV Internet.

September 25

Alibaba Group announced an acquisition of Kanbox, the leading domestic cloud storage software, thus entering the field of personal wireless cloud storage. Gu Zhicheng, CEO of Kanbox and former founder of Baofeng, officially joined Alibaba Group with his team.

September 25

Alipay supported tax rebate for shopping in South Korea. The rebate amount could arrive at the user's Alipay account in seven working days at fastest.

September 26

Huawei announced that in the 27th Advanced Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Washington, the United States in July 2013, Yang Qiang, director of Huawei Noah's Ark Laboratory, was elected as AAAI Fellow.

September 28

Lenovo Group officially launched Lenovo VIBE, its high-end sub-brand smart phone.

September 29

Wangfujing Department Store announced the basic idea of its strategic transformation. It prepared to start online and offline integration, and vigorously implement the entire-channel retail.

October 1

Qunar.com submitted the IPO(Initial Public Offering)prospectus to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday.

October 3

Forgame was officially listed in Hong Kong with the code as 0484.

October 4

Alibaba invested up to USD50 million in Quixey, an application search engine.

October 10

Junzheng Group of Inner Mongolia, the major shareholder of Tianhong Foundation, made an announcement, saying that Zhejiang Alibaba E-commerce Co., Ltd., the parent company of Alipay, invested RMB118 million in subscription of Tianhong Foundation. It would then become the largest shareholder holding 51% of stocks of the foundation.

October 18

IGG, a gaming company based in Singapore, went public at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in the form of placement with the code as 8002. The company had offices in the United States, China and Philippines with the mobile games as its major business as well as the client and web-page games. Its users spread all over the world. It opened with an increase of 9.64%, and the market value reached HKD4.02 billion.

October 19

Chukong Technology, the developer of mobile phone game Fishing Joy, obtained the D round of USD50 million financing with New Horizon, a private equity foundation taking the lead in investment and the investors including Northern Light Venture Capital, Disney-owned Steamboat Ventures, Sequoia Capital, GGV Capital, among others.

October 22

500.com submitted the IPO (Initial Public Offering) file to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday.

October 24

The number of Tencent Weibo users exceeded 600 million, of whom 100 million were active every day.

October 24

Tencent announced that the number of Weibo users had exceeded 600 million, of which more than 400 million were domestic users and more than 100 million overseas users.

October 25

Muddy Water published on its website an 81-page report, questioning Never Quit, a mobile phone security company.

October 28

"Baifa", Baidu's first financial product, was launched with the amount of RMB1 billion sold out in only four hours; the second product Baizhuan, launched three days later, maintained a best-selling momentum.

October 28

Gewara.com, the online movie ticketing company, announced that it obtained an investment from CDH again. CDH took the lead in investment with USD20 million.

October 29

Qihoo 360 declared to launch "360 Children Guardian" bracelet, which could protect the children outside through three functions of positioning, safety warning and call connection.

October 29

Shijiebang.com announced an acquisition of nearly USD10 million in the A round of investment jointly made by Fosun Kinzon Capital and ChinaRock.

October 29

Suning Commerce Group announced that Suning, Hony Capital and other strategic investors would purchase the shares of PPTV with USD420 million in accordance with the benchmark valuation.

October 29

LY.com announced its cooperation with CITIC Bank in order to obtain line of credit to expand the wireless market.

October 30

Tencent successfully led a new round of investment in Snapchat, and attracted eyeballs in the Silicon Valley.

October 31

58.com, an information classification website, went public at the New York Stock Exchange, closing at USD24.12 with an increase of 41.9% compared with the issuance price.

November 1

IQIYI PPS announced purchase of the exclusive right to broadcast on the network Dad, Where Are We Going, Happy Camp, Day Day Up and other popular variety shows owned by Hunan Satellite TV in 2014.

November 1

Qunar.com, Baidu's travel vertical search company, was officially listed at the NASDAQ.

November 1

Taobao started sales of funds, and stores of a number of fund companies were launched on Taobao.

November 4

At the Conference to Formulate TPC Processing Performance Benchmark of Big Data held in Palo Alto, California, the United States, Huawei was successfully elected as one of the five major member companies among dozens of TPC member companies, and was responsible for evaluating the processing performance benchmark of big data.

November 6

Shanghai Zhongan Insurance became the first corporate public account of Laiwang.com. Laiwang.com, Alibaba's friendly interactive product, had recently launched the on-line public platform, and Zhongan Insurance, jointly established by Ma Mingzhe, Ma Huateng and Ma Yun, became its first corporate public account.

November 6

Zhongan Online Property Insurance Co., Ltd., the first Internet insurance company jointly established by Chairman Ma Yun of Alibaba, Chairman Ma Mingzhe of China Ping An Insurance, and Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent, was announced to open.

November 10

Octopus Online, a B2B platform for tourism products trading, officially signed strategic cooperation Vision Knight Capital and SBCVC in Suzhou, and obtained the capital financing of about RMB150 million.

November 11

Yododo.com, a provider of hotel reservation services and self-help travel community service, announced that it had received the A round of financing RMB25 million from Gobi Partners.

November 11

19 funiture stores such as Sheng Weibang, Easyhome, Macalline, Kinmen and Matsu Triumph, Yuexing, etc. jointly signed Opinions of Marketing Committee of China Furniture Association on Regulating E-commerce Work, and refused to serve as the offline experience store for other e-commerce merchants.

November 11

The "Single's Day", the number of transactions via Alipay exceeded 188 million, breaking once again the global record created by Alipay in the same period last year. Among them, there were 45.18 million wireless payment, and 15.4 million via Yu Ebao with the consumption amount of RMB3.793 million.

November 12

Alibaba released the transaction data on the "Single's Day": the transaction amount of Alipay was RMB35 billion, an increase of 83% compared to RMB19.1 billion of the last year. There were 170 million transactions via Alipay on the whole day of the "Single's Day".

November12

Boyaa Interactive officially went public at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited with the code as 0434.

November 12

Huawei released the first rectification module in the industry with the conversion efficiency up to 98%, which marked another breakthrough in efficiency of communication power.

November 25

PPTV.com announced that it had reached an exclusive strategic all-channel cooperation of two years with Jiangsu satellite TV. If You Are the One, Who's Still Standing, Open Sesame and other programs would be exclusively landed on all platforms of PPTV.

November 25

Ga-me.com suddenly announced that the company would be "personalized" by the consortium consisting of Shi Yuzhu and other people.

November 25

The case that Sogou Technology Co., Ltd. and Sogou Information Technology Co., Ltd. sued Qihoo Technology Co., Ltd. and Qihoo 360 Software (Beijing) Company of unfair competition was tried in Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court in the morning. On the next day, the case that Beijing Qihoo Science and Technology Co., Ltd. sued Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Tencent Computer System Co., Ltd. of abusing dominant market position was tried in the first court of the Supreme People's Court.

November 26

Huawei declared to help China Mobile, together with several partners in operation, systematic equipment and terminal, to realize international exchange based on VoLTE HD voice and video phones for the first time between the TD-LTE network in Chengdu and Hangzhou and the LTE FDD network in South Korea,

November 26

Lenovo established the Digital Marketing team in order to build a rank of "Internet Bodyguards" and truly realize marketing with an Internet mind.

November 26

"Eleme?" the online platform for ordering food, announced an acquisition of the C round of USD25 million financing, with Sequoia Capital leading the investment, followed by GSR Ventures, the A round investor, and Matrix Partners, the B round investor. The valuation of "Eleme?" in this round of financing was close to USD100 million.

November 28

Peng Tao, founder of Bread Trip, said that Bread Trip recently obtained the investment from CBC, and the total financing was near to USD10 million.

November 29

Shanghai xiaocong.com completed the B round of investment with Qihoo 360 leading the investment. The company had previously received the A round of RMB7.5 million from Ping An Ventures.

November 30

12306.cn officially supported payment via Alipay.

December 4

Hc360.com cooperated with Digital China in operating and expanding the Internet petty loan business.

December 7

Zhu Shunyan, COO of UC.com, said at the summit forum on global mobile games development trend hosted by open.UC.cn that the integration of UC.com over PP Assistant had almost finished.

December 8

12306.cn's mobile phone client was officially launched and passengers could pay the train tickets via mobile phone Alipay during the Spring Festival.

December 8

Amazon announced that it would move AWS public cloud services to China in 2014.

December 9

Alibaba Group and Haier Group announced a strategic cooperation. Alibaba Group invested a total of HKD2.822 million (about RMB2.213 million) in Haier Electric Appliances, the subsidiary of Haier Group. They would jointly build the whole set of system and standards for the logistics, distribution, installation and other services for electric appliances and large commodities. This system would be open to the whole society.

December 10

Jingbaobei, Jingdong.com's financing business, was launched.

December 10

Qihoo 360 declared to invest USD25 million to hold more shares of PSafe Technologia, a Brazilian cloud computing online security company. PSafe was an anti-virus security company in Brazil. The company recently announced an acquisition of USD30 million from the C round of financing, in which the Chinese Qihoo 360 invested USD25 million, the largest investor of all.

December 11

Autohome.com went public at the New York Stock Exchange.

December 12

MIIT determined the list of the first group of pilot demonstration area for construction and application of public platforms for electronic government affair based on cloud computing. The list included 18 provincial cities such as Beijing and 59 cities (counties or districts) such as Haidian District, Beijing.

December 16

Huawei announced that Xiangnong Laboratory of Huawei Central Institute of Research put forward HIMM (Hybrid Iterative Matrix Multiplication) model, the initiative in the industry, at China Hadoop Summit 2013. The graph data mining algorithm expressed with this model could be updated by 10 times in terms of performance, which had an important significance for the real-time processing of big data.

December 17

Huawei and the cloud computing branch of China Telecom held a ceremony for signing the strategic cooperation agreement at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen. The two parties would give full play to the advantages in their own business areas and carry out extensive cooperation in cloud computing, development of relevant products, technological innovation, integrated services, operational management and other fields so as to achieve a good innovative and win-win situation.

December 17

Youku Tudou allied with Coship, trying to implant the video content.

December 17

Alipay marched into the cinema industry: Wanda Studios was stationed in Alipay Wallet to get tickets with sound wave.

December 18

Netease declared to officially launch 8.163.com, an online wealth management platform, and it would sell "Tianjin Plan" on December 25.

December 18

The president of China Mobile Communications Corporation officially launched "He", a new major business brand, at the scene of 2013 Global Cooperation Conference.

the afternoon of December 18

The access to the Central Bank's website became unstable, which lasted for several hours. It seemed as the attacks from hackers.

December 20

Tencent participated in the B round of financing in CyanogenMod (CM), Android third-party ROM development team invested by Horowitz Andreessen: CyanogenMod said that the raised funds would be used to increase nearly 50 employees and carry out international operations.

December 23

Believing that its network game Mir 2 had been plagiarized, Shanghai Shanfayu Co., Ltd. Sued NetDragon Computer Network Information Technology Co., Ltd., Apple Inc. and Apple Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and asked for a compensation of RMB10 million by the three defendants.

December 24

Qihoo 360 with a newly established mobile phone game business division purchased a part of reservation right for new shares of Japanese developer—Klab by means of the third-party private placement at the issuance price. Qihoo 360 would then localize the KLab games, promote them into the Chinese market, and further occupy the ACG surrounding subdivided markets.

December 24

Huawei, together with Optus, the Australian second largest telecommunications operator, took the lead in launching TD-LTE Dual Carrier Aggregation (hereinafter referred to as CA) in seven TD-LTE commercial network areas in Australia. The download rate through the network in Melbourne area went beyond the expected 60Mbps, marking a formal entry into the LET-Advanced era of TD-LET.

December 26

Wu Haijun, chairman of Hasee, declared to enter the mobile phone market.

2013

E-commerce grew rapidly and online retail sales reached RMB 1.85 trillion, making China the world's biggest online retail market, followed by the United States (according to the data of eMarketer, in 2013 online retail sales of the United States were USD258.9 billion, or about RMB1.566 trillion).

2013

Internet finance sprang up. Alibaba launched Yu'ebao, an online deposit service based on Alipay, Baidu online wealth management products, Sina the Weibo Wallet, Tencent Weixin Payment and Fund Supermarket, and JD.com Jingbaobei. These Internet financial products diversified the means of investment and financing and challenged traditional financial industry.

2013

China overtook the United States and became the world's biggest online retail market.

March 15

During the CCTV March 15 Gala, netizens found that He Rundong, a popular Taiwanese actor, suddenly criticized iPhone on Weibo with the label of "#March 15 in Action#", but ended up with "distributed at about 8:20". They immediately questioned such a behavior. It happened that celebrities such as Liujishou, a popular network author, writer Zheng Yuanjie, among others, "attacked" iPhone on Weibo with the label of "#March 15 in Action#" that night. After the incident was exposed, He Rundong immediately deleted the article and said his Weibo account was stolen, but such an inconvincible excuse evoked more questions from netizens.

June 6

Both the British Guardian and the U.S. Washington Post reported the PRISM, a secret surveillance program of the U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, hence the beginning of the PRISM Scandal. The infringement of the U.S. government on the data information privacy of domestic and overseas citizens in the PRISM incident warned China about the information security. China would speed up its independent and controllable construction of information security to enhance protection ability.

July 8

Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University respectively signed a cooperation agreement with Coursera, the world's largest online course alliance, and became the first two universities in Mainland China joining the alliance.

July 9

The MOOCs International Forum was grandly held in Xuhui campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The C9 universities including Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, etc., and some "Project 985" universities announced that they would further strengthen cooperation in the standards of "Online open courses" and construction of sharing mechanism, and gradually opened the resources on the platform in and out of China.

August 13

The opening ceremony of the 12th China Internet Conference was held in Beijing International Convention Center with the theme of "Building a good ecological environment and serving a good network life".

September 23

Beijing University launched on the edX four courses—Folklore, World Cultural Geography, Electronic Circuit and Western Music in 20th Century, which became the first group of domestic university courses released on the international online education platform.

September 29

Chinese MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses, large open network courses) Yangtze River Delta Forum was held in Fudan University.

October 18

Huawei released a new version of Network Security White Paper for the purpose of providing information for the global industry to discuss how to meet challenges on the network security.

October 30

The 13th Forum on Internet Media of China was held in Zhengzhou with the theme of "Pooling positive energy through Internet and building the Chinese dream". Lu Wei, director of the Cyber Administration of China, pointed out in his keynote speech that Internet, as an important tie to link the Party and the government and an important platform to serve the people under the new circumstances, should adhere to the positive energy as its general requirement and the Chinese dream as its main melody, adequately tell people's stories to seek dreams, show people's struggle to pursue dreams, pool strength for people to realize dreams, and thus form a powerful force to build the Chinese dream.

September 1

Yahoo China announced that it would adjust its operating strategy, and would stop providing information and community services from zero o'clock of the day.