Oracle steps up R&D in China

Asia Computer Weekly reported from Hong Kong that Oracle has opened its second R&D facility in China, to offer more localised offerings to the Chinese and Japanese markets. The China Development Centre (CDC) is located in Beijing√≠s Zhongguancun Software Park. The first facility was opened in Shenzhen in June last year. Beside Oracle, software giant […]

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The Internet in India and China

Today we had discussed the issue of Digital divide on our class. One raised a question about India. Here is an article entitled The Internet in India and China . It should be useful for our discussion.

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China tackles unsafe health services on the web

Without a physical exam, doctors agree that it’s dangerous to obtain prescribed drugs or a medical diagnosis. Yet many people are going on the Internet to do just that. China’s officials are trying to combat this by outlawing “online diagnosis and treatment sites”, according to this article at China.org.cn

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Microsoft expands Asia Research Center

Microsoft is adding another 80 software developers to Microsoft Research Asia located in Beijing. The goal is to shorten the product development cycle from idea to product. Some products that are being developed in Beijing are text to speech software, a “smart watch” with news and email, and a universal pen that stores written information. […]

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Power marries Net in China

The daughter of Chinese President Hu Jintao has secretly married a millionaire board-member of leading Chinese Internet portal Sina.com, sources revealed. Hu Haiqing, the 33-year-old daughter of the president, married Daniel Mao, who made a fortune as a former chief executive officer of the Sina Corp, China’s leading NASDAQ listed Internet portal, AFP learned from […]

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Chinese intelligentsia protest the detention of an Internet writer

Several dozen Chinese academics, reporters and scholars have called on Beijing to release detained “cyberdissident” Du Daobin and protect freedom of speech. In an open letter addressed to Premier Wen Jiabao, some of the activists said the late-October detention of Internet essayist Du was groundless, a copy obtained by Reuters on Tuesday said. Source at […]

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Internet Dissident on Trial

A prominent internet activist was set to go on trial in China on Tuesday, as the government appeared undeterred by recent difficulties it had encountered in battling cyber-dissents through the courts. Jiang Lijun, who was detained in November last year and later charged with “incitement to subvert state power,” would be tried in a closed […]

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Chinese government hits difficulties with Internet crackdown

AFP: China’s crackdown on free expression on the Internet hit difficulties after two high-profile cyber-dissident cases were forced into the spotlight Monday — one over lack of evidence and the other after witnesses alleged police forced them to testify. Prosecutors bounced back to police a case implicating one of China’s youngest dissidents — a student […]

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Foreign publishers entering China

“The print advertising market in China is growing at 37% annually, with total revenues of $5.5 billion last year.” China is obligated by its WTO agreement to “let foreign companies own nationwide distribution networks for books, newspapers, and magazines by December, 2004.” The industry is going to get even more competitive after the announcement that […]

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Guangdong must go beyond manufacturing

Guangdong is China’s richest province, and also one that attracts the most foreign direct investment. In order to compete internationally, a conference was held in Guangdong to discuss th future of the province. 21 business leaders attended the conference, and they suggested that Guangdong should “boost education in technology and the sciences, improve its infrastructure […]

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Official Quoted to Promote Media Reform

Xinhua news agency quoted a senior official with the State Administration of Press and Publication about China’s media reform on Sunday. The official said the government supports the opening-up of the Chinese media and encourages the Chinese media to cooperate with foreign counterparts and to compete on the international market. Source at Xinhuanet.

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They now number 38: another cyber-dissident imprisoned

On October 14th, Chinese authorities sentenced Luo Yongzhong to prison for three years for “posting articles on the Internet [that attacked] the socialist system.” He authored over 150 articles on the web about current events, and some were quite critical of “Jiang Zemin’s triple representation principle.” Counting Luo Yongzhong, 38 people are currently imprisoned in […]

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China bloggers talk about recent Google blocking

There are increasing numbers of English-speaking “China bloggers”; many of them are working/living in China now. The voices from this emerging community of bloggers are diverse, informative and fun. Our blogroll really should include some of them as well. Here is some discussion about a recent Google blocking event from China bloggers. Source at T-Salon.

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