"It may not be so much that LinkedIn is having trouble in China because they`re a foreign company,`` said ``It`s more that they`re having trouble in China because this is not the model people want to use here.
`" A business person in China may blush at making a Rolodex public because it is so personal, and also incredibly valuable.
And publicly updating a résumé can be misconstrued by an employer as a signal that an employee is looking for a new job.
Also, with a corruption crackdown ongoing in China, showing the relationships that allow business leaders to get things done can be a liability.
As a result, professional relationships are often managed on a more conventional social network that allows for greater privacy: WeChat.
Though at its heart a messaging app, it has a function like Facebook`s newsfeed where people can post.
Also widely used are group chats, where school alumni, embittered ex-employees or parents of a local school can keep up with the latest gossip or get a few potential candidates for a new position they have to fill.
With the social side of business life on WeChat, many local services have focused more on the posting of job openings.
``It may not be so much that LinkedIn is having trouble in China because they`re a foreign company,`` said Mark Natkin, founder of tech research firm Marbridge Consulting.
``It`s more that they`re having trouble in China because this is not the model people want to use here.
`` Most use Tencent messaging services like WeChat or QQ -- another Tencent messaging service originally built for desktop computers -- to connect for business instead, he added.
That cultural difference has kept a broader swath of the Chinese from joining LinkedIn.
Two former employees said that they had quotas of posts they had to write on LinkedIn China`s website each week to help boost activity.
One of them, who said she used to write five to 10 posts a week, said it often seemed futile because most people used WeChat for professional discussions.
Along with group chats, articles and even long messages easily go viral with people sharing them between groups, or on their moments, roughly the equivalent of a Facebook wall.
A spokesman said the program encouraging employees to post was voluntary.
Selling to customers without experience in international business was often an exercise in explaining why people would want to post their résumé online, one former employee said.
As a result most of LinkedIn`s best Chinese consumers were companies with major international operations like Huawei and the drone company DJI.
Xu Mengya, a former marketing employee at LinkedIn China, said that although there were far fewer LinkedIn users in Australia than China, the network there was much more active.
She attributed the difference to a more distinct work-life divide, where people use Facebook to communicate with friends and family, and LinkedIn with work connections.
In China, she said, everyone uses WeChat for both.
As LinkedIn continues to press ahead, its new legacy may be less its model for going into China, and instead a willingness to accept a more modest type of success -- underscoring the reality that for the world beaters of Silicon Valley, getting into China is only a first step in what can become a long slog.
Although it failed to attract the huge number of users that companies like Alibaba and Tencent have, LinkedIn has attracted a large number of China`s international professional class.
In his departure note, Mr.
Shen noted as a sign of its success the fact that the company had 32 million users in China.
While that may be less than 5 percent of China`s total internet-using population, a spokesman for the company said it showed the venture was living up to expectations.
The company has also attracted more than 1,000 clients since coming to China less than four years ago, he said.
``So they haven`t achieved nothing, they can congratulate themselves on making a start and not having been lapped by any local competitor,`` Mr.
Still, the current and former employees said there were other problems.
LinkedIn`s ad and recruiting rates are far more expensive than local competitors, making it hard to sell, according to two former employees.
Simply to get in, LinkedIn needed to create a new operation partially owned by well-connected local investors.
Yet the logic also followed that an independent China business would indeed be more independent, allowing it to respond more quickly to local challenges without the myriad phone calls at odd hours required to coordinate with headquarters.
But the structure also had a negative side.
Benefits and quotas at LinkedIn China were also different from the rest of the company, sometimes damaging morale, the two people also said.
Ultimately however, Ms.
Xu said LinkedIn`s original sin was simply being too late and not necessary enough.
``The root of the problem is that Chinese do not need a social platform for work.
It is a fact in China that all social activities related to work are on WeChat,`` she said.
``In China, LinkedIn has turned into a hiring website -- a high-end version of domestic hiring sites,`` she said, referring to the many local sites that specialize in listing job opportunities.
``This has led to a lack of activity because it has lost its social side.
A Palestinian man died at a hospital Saturday evening after he was injured in clashes with Israeli forces earlier, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
The man was involved in a clash in the town of el-Eizariyah near Jerusalem, the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reported.
Meantime, a rocket fired from northern Gaza exploded midair Sunday morning local time, with no injuries reported, the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted.
With tensions rapidly rising, Palestinians called for more protests Sunday and the Israeli government planned meetings.
One security session was expected to discuss the recent implementation of metal detectors at entrances to a key holy site in the Old City.
The restrictions were imposed after two Israeli police officers were killed in a shooting last week just outside the Old City and Temple Mount, also known as the Noble Sanctuary.
The area is one of the world`s most important religious sites, revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday suspended all contacts with Israel until the metal detectors are removed.
"I announce the freezing of contacts with Israel on all levels and the suspension of coordination until all the measures taken at al-Aqsa mosque have stopped," Abbas said in a message tweeted by his Fatah Movement.
The Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary was closed after last Friday`s attack, and reopened Sunday for worshippers, visitors and tourists, with added security measures.
It is home to the Western Wall -- which was part of the walls around the Second Jewish Temple and is one of the holiest places for Jews to pray -- and the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.
Egypt, France and Sweden called Saturday for United Nations Security Council consultations Monday on ways to lower tensions in Jerusalem, Sweden`s chief political officer at the United Nations wrote on Twitter.
The envoys of the Middle East Quartet -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- said in a statement they are "deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem.
" The statement went on to say, "They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded.
" Noting the particular sensitivities surrounding the holy sites of Jerusalem, and the need to ensure security, the Quartet envoys called on all sides to show restraint, refrain from provocative actions and work toward de-escalating the situation.
They added: "Envoys welcome the assurances by the Prime Minister of Israel that the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem will be upheld and respected.
" Victims identified Three people killed Friday in an attack in the Halamish settlement in the northern West Bank were identified by Israeli police on Saturday.
Police Superintendent and spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter, "Names of three Israelis murdered in Friday night attack by Palestinian terrorist, Yosef Solomon age 70, Chaya Solomon age 46, Elad Solomon age 36.
" The Israeli army said the three Israelis were killed when a young Palestinian man from a nearby village breached the security of the settlement and carried out a stabbing attack.
The Palestinian, who was shot and wounded at the scene, is in custody.
A fourth Israeli was wounded in the attack, Magen David Adom, Israel`s ambulance service, told CNN.
Three Palestinians were killed and many people reportedly were hurt during clashes Friday.
Mohammad Fityani, a spokesman for the Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem, told CNN its crews had dealt with 109 injured people by 3 p.
local time, and that 72 of them were taken to the hospital.
Tensions in Jerusalem`s Old City boiled over into skirmishes after the midday prayer.
In one instance, a CNN team outside Herod`s Gate saw Israeli police start forcefully pushing worshipers back and pointing their weapons at them.
The officers then fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the worshipers and move them back.
Police in India have broken up a criminal network accused of using water tankers to steal millions of litres of crude oil from the country`s biggest onshore field in Rajasthan.
The investigation centres on the Cairn India oilfield in Barmer district and 25 people have been arrested.
Fifty million litres of oil were stolen over a six-year period and sold to two local factories, according to police.
Estimates suggest the crude taken could be worth more than $7m (£5.
District police chief Gangandeep Singla told AFP news agency that dozens more arrests could follow.
"The company suspected something fishy was happening and complained to us, and during investigations we found this was an organised ring," he said.
Tankers seized Tankers are used to take waste water from the oilfield.
But those involved in the theft were filling two of the five compartments in each tanker with crude, the Hindustan Times reports.
Thirty-nine tankers were used for the theft and 33 have been seized, the paper quotes police as saying.
The local factories are alleged to have sold the oil on across India for diesel production and road construction.
Police are looking into allegations that some local staff co-operated with the network.
Cairn India merged last April with Vedanta Resources, a British mining giant.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is right to act against what he called unacceptable Turkish policies under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who he said seeks to quench the country’s opposition.
“Many who have worked cooperatively with him and his party in the last few years are now being persecuted, are thrown in jail, are being silenced.
We can’t accept that,” Steinmeier said in excerptsof an interview with ZDF public television released before broadcast Sunday evening.
“It’s a question of the self-esteem of our country to send clear stop signals.
” Steinmeier backed German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who in an open letter to the 3.
5 million ethnic Turks in Germany wrotethat friendship between the two peoples is “a great treasure.
” It’s “bitter” that policy makers in Ankara are tearing down bridges built between the two nations over decades, Steinmeier said.
Erdogan said on on Sunday that Germany’s actions on Turkey are “unforgivable” and suggestedretaliation.
“No one can interfere in Turkey’s internal affairs,” he said.
“The government will do everything against those who are agents against Turkey.
” The bilateral dispute escalated Friday after a Turkish judge ordered the re-arrest of four human-rights campaigners from Germany.
Journalists are also being held.
German companies including Daimler AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Siemens AG and Volkswagen AG are exposed to Turkey with local operations or manufacturing, and the German government depends on the country to help stem the flow of migrants into Europe.
With Merkel’s backing, Gabriel on Thursday announced a “re-orientation” of Germany’s Turkey policy and issued travel warnings to Germans.
European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Turkey is moving “farther and farther away from European standards” and called Germany’s reaction “understandable” amid Turkey’s arrest of human-rights activists, journalists and others under “dubious pretensions.
” Steinmeier, whose role in German politics is largely ceremonial, acknowledged that Erdogan contributed to Turkey’s economic ascent and past convergence with Europe, “but he’s destroying all this now, and after he designed everything -- the entire government system -- to his liking by means of the referendum, he also carries responsibility for it now.
” “And therefore it’s right from my point of view that the federal government finds clear words,” he said.
The leader of the Bavarian CSU party, Horst Seehofer, said in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag paper that he backs the German government’s actions including a travel warning for Germans, as well as an adjustment of payments to Turkey under an EU program for countries aiming to join the union.
Belgian photographer Sanne de Wilde is fascinated by the colourblind people of the Pacific island of Pingelap.
A significant proportion of residents suffer from achromatopsy - total colourblindness.
It`s thought that in 1780 the population was all but wiped out by a tsunami.
As few as 20 people survived, one of whom was the king, who was believed to have had a genetic fault that caused colour-blindness, and which was passed on to his descendants.
Sanne de Wilde`s images are in a new photobook, The Island of the Colorblind.
Eight people have been found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, in the US state of Texas, police officials say.
Twenty others were in critical or serious condition, some believed to be suffering heatstroke or dehydration, and taken to hospital.
Police did not say where the vehicle came from, but confirmed that the driver was in custody.
They are investigating a possible people-smuggling offence.
The US immigration department is trying to establish the victims` status.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said in a press briefing that the bodies were discovered after a call from a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone from the truck asking for water.
Video footage from the store showed a number of vehicles arriving to pick up some of the survivors, he added.
Several others may have managed to escape on foot into the woods nearby.
Local fire chief Charles Hood said they had arrived at the scene just after midnight to find eight people dead in the back of the trailer truck, which had no functioning air conditioning and no signs of water inside.
The survivors had heart rates of over 130 beats per minute and were very hot to touch.
In addition to 20 in critical condition, eight others of less severity were taken to hospital.
He confirmed at least two of the victims were school-age children.
"We`re very fortunate that there weren`t 38 of these people who were all locked inside this vehicle dead," he added.
Congressional vote comes ahead of State of the Nation address Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won a Congressional vote on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern island of Mindanao, strengthening his legislative hand in the year ahead.
With government troops battling Islamic-State linked militants in Marawi City, the House of Representatives voted 245 to 14 in favor of extending martial law until the end of the year.
Senators approved it by a 16 to 4 margin.
There was a muted attempt to limit the scope of military rule and keep the martial law extension to 60 days instead of five months.
When this failed, some lawmakers opposed to the extension said they would mount a Supreme Court challenge.
There was no evidence of rebellion outside Marawi City, said Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, who voted against the bill.
Worried that Congress had been reduced “to a mere echo chamber,” Drilon warned that giving in to Duterte now could mean that “tomorrow we will wake up with martial law being declared in the entire country.
” Duterte has remained popular despite the two-month siege in Marawi City representing one of the toughest challenges of his presidency.
Annual Address Duterte will hold his second annual State of the Nation Address at 4 p.
He is expected to push for tax reform, as well as legislation supporting peace with Muslim rebels in the south.
Duterte’s address will be delivered in English, and likely peppered with spontaneous remarks, said his spokesman Ernesto Abella.
“On the whole, it will be frank, challenging, realistic but hopeful,” he said.
“Congress’s decision to extend martial law can be seen as a sign of the high probability that the president’s economic and fiscal agenda will be passed soon,” said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market strategist at BDO Unibank Inc.
, the nation’s largest lender.
“It’s clearly a manifestation of his popularity and support from Congress and the people as seen in the last ratings.
” — With assistance by Ian C Sayson, and Norman P Aquino.