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Apple, Weibo, and CCTV’s PR Nightmare

After an annual CCTV program last Friday criticized Apple for charging Chinese customers a fee to replace the back cover of iPhones, a service offered free of charge in other countries, netizens took to Sina Weibo to discuss the...

China Unveils Plans for Streamlined Government

China's State Council has submitted widely-anticipated plans for the restructuring of several government agencies to the National People's Congress. The seventh such initiative in the past 30 years, the new plan aims to battle...

China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine's Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at number 9,...

The Weibo Wisdom of Kai-fu Lee

Former Google China chief Kai-fu Lee is an enthusiastic weibo user, feeding his tens of millions of followers a steady stream of thoughts and advice on business, technology and society. Forbes contributor Shu-Ching Jean Chen has...

Baidu Planning Mobile Operating System?

Remarks by Baidu’s Robin Li to the Financial Times have prompted speculation that the company is preparing to launch its own mobile operating system: “In order for an operating system to work, it needs to [do a lot of...

Google Executive to Quit

Kai-fu Lee is leaving Google, the Wall Street Journal reports: Google Inc. announced that Kai-Fu Lee, president of Google Inc.'s China operations, is resigning from the company after working for years to establish the Internet...

Forging Ahead, Google China Tries to Forget 2006 – Caijing

A two-piece feature on Google China’s bumpy year and its aspiration to claw its way back in soon-to-be-the-largest Internet market in the world. From China’s Caijing magazine: Schmidt has a favorite story that sheds light on why Google attracts many of the best and brightest. He tells about a hesitant Chinese applicant who was torn […]

Google in China: The Big Disconnect – Clive Thompson

The New York Times Magazine will have a lengthy article about Google in China this weekend. A preview is available on their website (link): For many young people in China, Kai-Fu Lee is a celebrity. Not quite on the level of a movie star like Edison Chen or the singers in the boy band F4, […]

Google’s Kai-Fu Lee hits the ground running in China – Sumner Lemon

From Macworld.com: Once a U.S. judge ruled that he could begin work for Google Inc., former Microsoft Corp. executive Kai-Fu Lee didn’t waste any time getting started on his search for researchers to staff Google’s planned research and development (R&D) center in China, a company spokeswoman said Friday… Google, which has a representative office in […]

Google’s ex-Microsoft exec can recruit in China – Elinor Mills

From CNet News: A former Microsoft executive can immediately begin recruiting staff for a Google development center in China, rather than waiting until after a January trial, a Washington state judge ruled Tuesday. Microsoft had asked the King County Superior Court to extend a temporary order banning Kai-Fu Lee from starting the work he was […]

Microsoft China defector hits out – BBC

From the BBC: Microsoft’s failures in the Chinese market prompted a key employee to defect to search engine firm Google, a US court heard during testimony. Former Microsoft vice-president Kai-Fu Lee is at the centre of a bitter employment wrangle after he was hired by Google to set up a research centre. This topic on […]

US judge mulls order against Google’s proposed China chief – CEN

From China Economic Net: A US judge is to decide whether to issue an order barring a former Microsoft executive from heading computer industry rival Google’s planned China research center, court officials said, AFP reported. Microsoft attorneys have asked a judge in the western state of Washington to stop Lee Kai-Fu from doing the job […]

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