Posts Tagged ‘china’

Who is the World’s Biggest Broadband Company?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s kind of shocking how the US continues to lag behind China when it comes to internet technology (and equally shocking how China lags behind the US when it comes to internet content.)

Given that Asia dominates the list of 100 Fastest Internet cities and China is the most populous nation in the world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that China is home to the largest broadband service provider in the world. The latest data gathered by Telegeography, a research firm, shows that at the end of the first quarter of 2010, China Telecom led the top 10 broadband service providers rankings. It was followed by China Unicom.

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Dozens of blogs shut in China

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Let’s hope that this kind of internet censorship never comes to the USA …

Chinese micro-blogging sites appear to have become the latest target of Beijing’s internet police

Dozens of blogs by some of China’s most outspoken users have been abruptly shut down in an apparent crackdown.

The move comes amid unexplained changes to popular Twitter-like websites that have users worried the government is trying to restrict them, too. One microblog site is down for maintenance, and the other three now show a “beta” tag as if they are in testing, though they have been operating for months.

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Google Wins Reprieve as China Renews Its License

Friday, July 9th, 2010

China sure has come a long way since the 1980s. In the mid 80s, the company that I worked for had a PC based product that the US government wouldn’t allow us to sell in Red China. The reason? PCs were considered to be “restricted technology” back then …

The game of cat-and-mouse between Google and China over the search giant’s license to operate in that country has ended — for now, at least — with the Chinese government agreeing to renew the company’s license for another year. The renewal came after Google agreed to alter the way it handles Chinese visitors to its website: it had been redirecting them automatically to a Hong Kong–based version of the site, but stopped doing so after the Chinese government complained. The tension between the two seems unlikely to subside, however, as Google tries to maintain a foothold in the country without bowing completely to the government’s desire for control.

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Google’s new approach in China

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

… And the battle between Google and China rages on …

Search giant ends automatic redirection to Hong Kong site for mainland web users in effort to placate Beijing authorities

Google today sought to placate the Chinese authorities by ending the automatic redirection of mainland users to its uncensored Hong Kong site, saying officials had warned they would otherwise refuse to renew the firm’s licence.

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Gates defends Chinese web censorship

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This isn’t going to help Gates and Microsoft’s lagging popularity in the US at all …

It will exasperate Microsoft’s PRs that Bill Gates’s philanthropic efforts attract far less attention than his comments on, say, China and the internet.

BBC Today’s Evan Davis managed to shoehorn in a brief question on Gates’s opinions about Chinese censorship, despite what was no doubt a strictly managed interview set up.

Google made a big deal about pulling out of China, finally, in protest at continued censorship and those hacking attempts. But why, asked Davies, would an intelligent man like Gates make the statement that “Chinese efforts to censor the internet have been very limited”. Was he just having an off day? Before a PR intervened and cut off the discussion, Gates’ reply was: 

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China aims for supercomputing crown

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

In the late 1980s, I worked for a US company that was prevented from selling products to China because at that time, PCs were considered a “restricted technology”. It’s truly amazing how far China has come, technology-wise, in the last couple of decades.

China has stepped up its efforts to become the supercomputing power of the world according to the BBC.  It’s Nebulae machine has ranked second in the biannual top 500 supercomputer lists.

It’s the first time a Chinese supercomputer has appeared in the list of the top ten fastest machines.

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Tudou.com Online Video Hosting Site

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I don’t even speak Chinese … and this still looks kind of fun …

Tudou.com is the first entry in our new site review series that takes a look at very popular sites that you may have never heard about before. Tudou is the most popular online video hosting site in China with more than 100 million video views and 40,000 new videos per day. While that does not come close to the 2 billion video views of Youtube it puts Tudou right at the top of the list.

Non-Chinese speaking users will have difficulties navigating the video portal as all texts and most of the videos are only provided in Chinese. The texts on the site can however be easily translated with a browser like Google Chrome or translation plugins for other popular browsers.

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