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Xiaomi, “The Real Fake” Apple

The New York Times’ Sue-Lin Wong profiles Chinese cell phone manufacturer Xiaomi and its flamboyant founder Lei Jun. Less than three years since it was founded, Xiaomi, meaning “little rice,” has become a rising star in...

Word of the Week: Panbi

Editor’s Note: The CDT Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon is a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to...

Lei Jun: “China’s Steve Jobs”

Lei Jun (雷军), founder and major shareholder of Xiaomi Tech (小米科技) [zh], has just joined the ranks of Chinese billionaires. Now worth an estimated $4 billion, the company was founded in 2010, and released the Xiaomi Phone –...

Weibo Views on Kony, Goldman Viral Outbreaks

A common theme in Chinese netizens’ reactions to news from abroad is introspection, with stories often becoming lenses through which to view Chinese issues. The 2011 Japan quake prompted musings on Chinese nationalism and...

China Searches for the Next Steve Jobs

Evan Osnos writes in the New Yorker about the eastern port city of Ningbo, where local government officials have initiated a stimulus project to develop “an army of Steve Jobs-style leaders,” and the climate for...

Steve Jobs Dies; Chinese Reactions

The death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, six weeks after his resignation as CEO, has triggered an enormous reaction around the world. As Twitter reportedly hit a new traffic record of 10,000 tweets per second, Sina Weibo was also...

A Trip to China Can Make a Guy Hate His iPhone

The New York Times interviews Mike Daisey, whose forthcoming one-man show at New York’s Public Theatre, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”, is based partly on Daisey’s undercover visits to Shenzhen...

Mixed Signals from Apple on Pollution Report

Apple’s response to a recent report by Chinese environmental NGOs, in which it came under heavy fire for pollution from suppliers, has been characteristically vague and evasive, but the company has also shown some signs of...

"Apple Has Made No Progress at All" on Environment

In January, a group of Chinese environmental NGOs including Friends of Nature and IPE ranked Apple last out of 29 tech companies in terms of environmental transparency. While the company’s own audits have revealed a number...

China's Apple Fans Lament Cult Figure Jobs' Resignation

Yesterday’s announcement by Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple, that he was retiring effective immediately had a ripple effect that went far beyond Cupertino. Apple products have gained a wide following in China in...

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