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Netizens Defend Free Weixin Service

China’s three mobile telecom operators want to charge a fee to the more than 300 million users of Weixin, Tencent’s popular mobile chatting application, according to a government official. From Reuters: China’s...

Technology Aiding Labor in China (Updated)

In the New York Times, David Barboza and Keith Bradsher write about the role of technology in the Honda Lock factory strike: It is labor revolt by text message and video upload, underwritten by the Chinese government. On...

Free Speech In China? Text Me

From NPR: If Romeo and Juliet lived in modern China, their dialogue would probably be in 70-character text messages. That’s how college student Wong Lei’s boyfriend courted her. “He told me his experiences from...

The Great Sichuan Earthquake

In the Far Eastern Economic Review, Michael Zhao reports on the role of information technology in spreading breaking news about the earthquake: In the moments following the quake, the world’s source of breaking news on the...

Beijing Investigates Spam Attack

From BBC News: China is investigating a spam attack after almost half of China’s mobile phone users received unwanted text messages from advertisers. Text messages were sent to more than 200 million mobile phone users...

Chinese Love Letters Over a Half Century

A comparison of Chinese love letters from the 1950’s with a series of brief SMS love messages posted this week on Sina reveals just how far the concept of love has traveled in the reform era. Translated by CDT: (A typical...

OMG! LOL! PRC! – Peter Winter

Peter Winter is a junior majoring in International Relations and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. He published this article in last month’s
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