Chinese turn to Web for justice

NPR yesterday reported on the “BMW incident”, in which tens of thousands of Internet users have called for justice in the case of a well-connected woman who got off with a light fine after killing a villager with her car. Hear the NPR audiolink here.

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New stats on Chinese netizens

The CNNIC released new statistics about the number and demographics of Chinese Internet users, the China Daily reported today. According to CNNIC, Internet use is no longer just popular among Chinese youth. The China Daily articles says that: “Although young people still account for the majority of Internet users, the makeup of the age groups […]

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China slow to loosen media muzzle

BBC’s reporter Tim Luard wrote: “Having breathed new life into China’s press, Sars now looks as if it is helping stifle it again. The government was shamed by last year’s epidemic into unleashing the media to help spread public awareness of the disease and chase up officials who had been slow to act. In the […]

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Yahoo and China’s SINA to create auction service

AP: “Yahoo Inc. and leading China Internet portal SINA announced late Tuesday the companies have agreed to form an auctions-based service for buyers and sellers in China. The deal is depending on SINA’s brand awareness in China and Yahoo’s proven expertise in e-commerce, the companies said in a joint release. ” Full article is here.

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China Poses Trade Worry as It Gains in Technology

From New York Times today: ” To high-technology companies, China has been a land of seemingly pure promise in recent years. Not only is it a fast-growing consumer market, but it has also become a low-cost workshop for assembling technology products for American, European and Japanese concerns. But as China moves to expand its own […]

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US tech firms score in China

Australian IT reported today: “US technology firms announced they had secured contracts with Chinese firms worth a total $US2.3 billion ($2.9 billion), nearly half going to Motorola. ” US-based firms Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Intel and Cisco shared in the deals.

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New, fast broadband service links China, US and Russia

Qian Hualin, who helped introduce the Internet to China in the late 80s, is again on the forefront of Chinese Internet development. His new project, Gloriad, will aid communication between research institutes in three countries. The broadband service–which links China, the United States and Russia–began operating yesterday. It will help researchers in these three countries […]

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American Web Sites Speak Chinese

New York Times had an article about American web sites speak the language of overseas users. “The National Football League will roll out a Chinese-language version of its Web site this month in yet another move by American entertainment and media organizations to capitalize on overseas Internet audiences. The new N.F.L. site, which the league […]

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China’s Youth Revere Hackers

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported on Jan 11, 2004: “With the rise in middle school children frequenting Internet Cafes in China, hackers are becoming heroes in the eyes of today’s youths. According to a recent survey by The Next Generation in Guangdong Province, younger kids are using the Internet more frequently, with 42.5% of middle […]

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Interview – Baidu eyes Nasdaq IPO queue

Reuters reported yesterday from Shanghai: “A multi-millionaire at 36 and one-half of the brains behind the roaring success of China’s self-styled Google, Robin Li now hopes his Web site will join a handful of Chinese dot-coms listed on the Nasdaq. The co-founder of search engine is working feverishly to bring his company to an […]

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China catching up to U.S. in tech dominance

The Washington Post reported today that U.S. high-tech executives have warned that the U.S. could lose its dominance in the global knowledge economy, as countries like China, India and Russia develop their technology sectors. The full article is here.

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Xinhua: llegal blood dealers eye students in Shanghai

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) — Five men went on trial in Shanghai this week for using the Internet to recruit people, mainly middle-school students, to sell their blood. The Yangpu District People’s Court began hearing the case, the first of its kind in the city, on Monday. Prosecutors told the court that the men, who […]

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Journalists harassed for SARS reporting

Several journalists from the Guangdong-based Southern Metropolis News were detained yesterday, according to a report in today’s New York Times. Authorities claimed they were investigating financial irregularities at the...

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Legend unveils alliance with China Telecom

From Financial Times: “Legend Group, China’s leading personal computer maker, and China Telecom, the country’s biggest fixed-line operator, are to cooperate to promote products and services under a strategic partnership announced Tuesday. The tie-up reflects the growing integration of electronics products and telecoms services, with telephone networks increasingly being used to deliver multimedia content and […]

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Chinese Internet users wield clout

Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported today that protests by Internet users have led police to reopen a case against a well-connected woman who killed a peasant for scratching her BMW. The article is available here.

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