China to develop its own video compression standards

China is making its own foray into developing a movie standard to reduce its dependence on American intellectual property. China will look at replacing the MPEG-4 format with a homegrown Chinese format. This move will save over $400 million US dollars in royalties over the next decade. Of course the possibility exists that it will […]

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‘No limits’ browser planned

A new browser will be released that claims to be able to circumvent censorship on Internet usage. This can be used by people living under restrictive regimes or those who want to share files.

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Newsweek: The Portals Into China

Newsweek International October 13th issue has an article written by Sarah Schafer on China Internet Portals . How are they making profits and why the global investers find this is a safe way to make a Chinese Internet play. Is this going to be another bubble?

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New Global Internet Statistics

A on-line Marketing company Global Reach recently published an global on-line population statistics. Here is a summary of the number of people in each language zone connected to the Net, and what this online population represents worldwide: English†† 262.3 M (35.6% of total world online population) Non-English 474.3 M (64.4%) European Languages† 257.41 M† (34.9%) […]

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Government sponsored Internet media forum open in Beijing

According to Xinhua’s report , The 2003 China Internet Media Forum opened in Beijing Friday. This is the third conference as such, this year’s topic is “social responsibility of the Chinese Internet media.” The two-day forum is co-sponsored by the All-China Journalists’ Association and major Chinese news portals like those run by People’s Daily, Xinhua […]

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SMS in China

Victor Wang, the CEO of MTone, the largest SMS service provider in China gave a talk today, and he made some very interesting points. SMS is a very different communication model from the web, and out of the 250 million mobile users in China today, 70% do not use the Internet or infrequently. Thus, SMS […]

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Huawei, friend of foe?

Huawei, the highly successful Chinese communications equipment manufacturer, is entering the international market with its low cost products. While it was sued by Cisco for intellectual property rights infringement, another U.S. company 3com choose to set up joint venture with Huawei .

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on-line gambling in China

The fast growing Chinese Internet population also gives on-line Casino industry a vision of a lucrative market, according to the report on the Gambling Magazine on September 28th.

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Internet is monk e-business

AFP – The monks of China’s Shaolin temple, famous for centuries for their martial-art skills, are also experienced users of the internet. The temple, in central China’s Henan province, has had its own website since 1997 — long before the country’s major portals started business, the Xinhua news agency reported. The agency, reporting from an […]

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Illicit Wang bas

The illegal market of wang bas (Chinese Internet cafes) is successful despite government restrictions. But, often these “cafes” are grimy, smoky dens without proper bathroom facilities or fire exits. Parents of juveniles who frequent these cafes are calling for a government crackdown on these illegal, unsafe establishments, as their children frequent them to play endless […]

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Three nations sign 2008 Olympics IT pact

One area that would be interesting to monitor is the impact the 2008 Beijing Olympics will have on China’s technical developments and policies. The following asia.cnet article suggests that there is a lot of work brewing. China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to work on information technology (IT) logistics for the 2008 Beijing Olympic […]

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