SINA's Shares Dropped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Chinese online media giant SINA (NAS: SINA) hit the Great Wall today, falling as much as 10.2% on above-average volume.

So what: Media reports said that the Chinese government might put limits on online-media and social-networking sites to curb the so-called Jasmine Revolution, which would put SINA right in Beijing's crosshairs. But the pain didn't last: SINA closed the day with a smaller 4.8% drop.

Now what: Fellow China-based internet veterans Sohu (NAS: SOHU) and Baidu (NAS: BIDU) also felt the sting of the censorship reports but recovered to gains on the day. SINA has been through these Big Brother swings before and survived to blog another day. SINA's Weibo service, which is something like a Chinese version of Twitter, may yet help China make the move to democracy, which is exactly why the incumbent rulers want to make it go away. This story is getting intense.

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