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China cracks down on Internet after coup rumours

China has shut down websites, made a string of arrests and punished two popular microblogs after rumours of a coup linked to a major scandal that brought down a top politician. Authorities closed 16 websites for spreading rumours of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing”,…

Groupon launches online bargain site in China

SHANGHAI – US Internet coupon deals website Groupon launched its China venture on Monday in partnership with local web giant Tencent, looking to tap into the world’s largest Internet population. Customers can now sign up on Gaopeng.com, with daily discounts from local merchants to debut in March, Groupon and Tencent…