China to crack down on bootleg computer games

China Tech News reports that starting today, China’s State Press and Publication Administration will begin cracking down on bootleg games. Estimates of $12,000 USD a day are lost by this software piracy. Having been to Shanghai a few days ago, I think that this will be a difficult prospect. Street vendors readily sell pirated softare […]

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What Techies Learned about China in 2003

CNETASIA listed some 2003 top stories in the article called One thing we learnt in 2003: China and India pack tech muscle, and know how to flex them.” In this brief report, China came up in subjects such as offshore outsourcing, Linux platform and viruses.

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Jiangsu standardizes Internet cafe administration

From Xinhuanet on Dec. 25 : ” East China’s Jiangsu Province has established a specialized website in the provincial capital, Nanjing, to standardize the management of Internet cafes.     Officially opened Wednesday, the www.njwx.cn was established bythe Nanjing Internet Service Association, founded in December 2002.     An official with the association said the website would providea platform […]

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World’s largest Chinese search engine ‘China Search Online’ launched

Directly from Peoples Daily yesterday: “Huicong International Information, which determined to be the world’s largest Chinese search engine provider announced at a release conference on December 23 the birth of the professional search brand “China Search Online” (www.zhongsou.com), a latest progress made by this provider who aims to challenge Google. ”

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An Outlook of China’s Internet Development

China Economic Net had a good article on December 17, 2003, which contains useful data such as the number of domestic websites and the bandwidth of China’s internet international outlet and inlet. Statistics are very encouraging but there are also problems such as a digital and economic divide within the country. The article started with […]

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A Mobil Revolution in China

Reuters’ Beijing corespondent wrote a article called “A mobil revolution in China.” Here are some excerpts from the article: “While operators in more developed economies struggle to grow in saturated markets, China’s mobile users are likely to double to 500 million by 2007, surpassing the population of the United States. ” “Major international equipment producers – […]

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China in a Bind over the BBC

With the 2008 Olympics looming, a minister from the British Foreign Office has urged China to facilitate Chinese access to the BBC. Chinese officials won’t cop to intentionally blocking BBC radio waves and website content, but they’re not denying it either. The Communist Party is notorious for quashing news that doesn’t jibe with its message. […]

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Softcore Photo on Xinhua

Xinhua’s entertainment page is not where I usually surf to. But today I received an email which contained this link on boingboing. The link pointed to China View’s entertainment page today, entitled “Amazing colored paintings on human bodies” The email said: “not sure If you want to post this but it’s interesting.” I clicked the […]

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Sillicon Valley Invests in e-Guanxi Platform in China

One can loosely translate the Chinese word “Guanxi” as “social connections.” Many scholars have written books about this subject. In this e-everything time, what can be more natural than using the Internet and wireless technology to offer social networking services in China? So here it is: ” Silicon Valley-based cross-Pacific venture capital and consulting firm […]

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The 2nd China Internet Gaming Competition

I came across this Hong Kong based ChinaTechNews site. One of today’s news on the site was about China’s gaming championship. It said: “ Organizers of the second China Internet Gaming competition in Shanghai, China’s top computer gaming championship, announced during the final that they hope to replace the South Korean-based World Cyber Games as […]

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Gilmore on China’s Tech Standards

Dan Gillmor on how China is cutting its own path: “But China, unlike other developing nations that lack its growing clout on the global stage, isn’t planning to keep paying these taxes. It’s political-economic establishment is absolutely determined to set its own path in the Digital Age.”

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The Internet’s role in media freedom

An op-ed in today’s Boston Globe puts the issue of Internet censorship in a global perspective, and points China out for special mention. The piece concludes: “The Russian authorities, like the Chinese or the Tunisians, could have followed Cuba’s example and shut off all public access to the Internet. But that would be tantamount to […]

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Shares of Chinadotcom Surged

Here is a new article from smartmoney.com, MAO MUST BE turning in his grave. It says “shares of Chinadotcom (CHINA ) surged 11% to $8.67 after the Chinese technology provider announced plans to spin off its mobile and Internet businesses. The Hong Kong-based company expects to hold an initial public offering sometime during the first […]

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Kristof’s Observation

Nicholas Kristof had a column on NYT today, started from his experiment/experience in Chinese chat rooms. He tried several versions of criticism on Wen Jiabao to test the tolerance of China’s online censors. His conclusion? “…that’s (the Internet) the frontier of free speech in China in the information age, and it reflects real progress. ” […]

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