China debutes Uighur language compatible cell phone

The “first ethnic language-supporting cell phone in China” was launched this week, according to the AP. A new phone launched Thursday features menus, text-messaging ability and voice-activated dialing in the Uighur language, which is spoken in the predominately Muslim region of Xinjiang in northwest China. The full article is here

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Internet helps public affairs decision-making

From Xinhuanet: “Having become a popular personal communication tool in China, the Internet is gradually entering the country’s public affairs decision-making. ……Nationwide, cases of the government using the Internet to communicate with the public have been increasing rapidly. ” The full article is here.

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60% Increase in Imprisoned Web Activists

With Chinese Internet users reaching almost 80 million by Dec. 2003, the Chinese government continues to restrict web access and crack down on free expression. A new report by Amnesty International details the jailing of activists who try to use the Internet for political causes. BBC News summarizes this report, noting that “China is believed […]

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Miss Manners Goes to China

Chinese manufacturers produce products shipped all over the world, but cultural barriers still hinder communication between companies. Manners, in particular, create a “cultural chasm” in online transactions. The article in the Miami Herald, A charm school for the Chinese business owner details one one solution that Alibaba.com developed to “polish” online transactions. “We not only […]

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Web site Provides Forum for Exhibit of Sexual Behavior

When his exhibit of Chinese sexual culture was closed in Beijing two months ago, Sexologist Ma Xiaonian knew he needed to find another forum for his collection. He found it at www.511511.com, where you can learn about Chinese Sexual Culture Online, as reported on Xinhuanet. Ma thinks the on-line site will be better-received than its […]

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Red Hat plans Linux push in China

CNET reported that “Red Hat, the leading seller of the Linux operating system, plans an expansion into China, potentially including a partnership with China’s Red Flag Linux.” Thanks to Adam Morris who suggested this article to CDN.

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UCLA Internet Survey

In the UCLA “World Internet Project,” trends in internet use in several major countries are compared and categorized. Presented is noteworthy information that shows how unique internet users are in urban China especially in the areas of politics, hobbies, religion, and online friends. The Project and graphs can be found at the UCLA Center for […]

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The Rise of India

Rediff has an article on India, the next five years. In this article, the author Paran Balakrishnan discussed growth in cell phone services, manufacturing, software, and services. At end of the article, it quoted a Indian top researcher who says “if India plays its cards right, by 2025, it can become the number one knowledge […]

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Creativity grows in Chinese schools

While the United States emphasizes a “just-the-facts” approach in schools, China is developing a more creative approach. Although China’s national tests still require mastery of a traditional skill set, classrooms are becoming increasingly marked by a cooperative, hands-on approach. What does this transformation mean for China’s future? How will this shift in classrooms manifest itself […]

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Yahoo teams with Chinese Web portal Sina

From CNET: “Yahoo and Chinese Web portal Sina have agreed to set up an online auction service in China, in an effort to ride the wave of the country’s growing e-commerce market. The companies said the co-branded auction service will be aimed at small and midsize businesses in the country. The service will offer both […]

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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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