Online gaming, like many other markets tends to have a few big winners, in the case of China's major game sites, three companies enjoy up more than 50 percent of the market share.Tencent Holdings--20.2 percent of the market and 1.24 billion yuan ($181 million) in revenue Shanda Games--20 percent of the market and 1.23 billion yuan ($180 million) in revenue NetEase.com--12.7 percent of … Read more
China's Green Dam-Youth Escort censorship initiative is facing hurdles as some schools and Internet cafes either don't have the software or have uninstalled it.
Initially required for all new PCs when it was introduced in June, the Chinese government revised its mandate in August and effectively lifted the burden on PC makers to package the so-called content-filtering software in computers. However, the highly controversial software is still required to be installed in PCs used in schools and public places, including Internet cafes.
Green Dam is one of many tools the government uses to control Internet content.
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Let us be frank. Frank will do anything for sexual pleasure. So will Harry, Dilbert, and Freddie. Yes, and perhaps even Mao.
I have come to this revolutionary conclusion thanks to a story that will undoubtedly go down in legend--if it didn't already start there.
You see, a number of reports from across the world are suggesting that the Web in China is being stressed to distraction by Chinese men searching for a very particular sexual distraction indeed--Chako Paul City.
Should Chako Paul be less familiar to you than, say, Chaka Khan, might I tell you that legend has … Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Baidu CEO Robin Li, on a rare visit to Silicon Valley Wednesday, explained the rise of his company's search engine in China before a group of students more interested in entrepreneurial tips than censorship.
Li ended a trip to the U.S. Wednesday at Stanford University, speaking to a crowd of several hundred students about the lessons he learned shepherding Baidu through the first dot-com bust and growing it into the Google of China. Baidu has 76 percent of the Chinese search market, he said, which consists of 338 million Internet users: larger than the entire … Read more
While certainly not your average 24-year-old, he's clearly in touch with how video games can make us all feel better. He's also apparently a Mac fan.
Well, I view video games as something of an emotional therapy, a mundane level of emotional therapy for me. We all have emotions whether we're Buddhist practitioners or not, all of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, … Read more
Humanoid robots developed at the Beijing Institute of Technology can do more than perform T'ai Chi maneuvers and answer simple questions when interacting with humans. Duan Xingguang, the professor in charge of the efforts, believes we are heading into an era where robots will become part of our daily lives.
The bots were introduced in 2003 and have been updated with a new mechanical design and properties that allow for better interaction and fluidity of movement.
Professor Duan Xingguang said that they will continue to improve the robots' functionality and reliability while striving to lower production costs. He also … Read more
Apple is wasting little time in expanding the reach of the iPhone in China.
China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou confirmed that his company is in talks with Apple to offer the iPhone, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Monday. Unlike in some countries, like the United States, where carrier agreements tend to be exclusive, the deal with China Unicom is nonexclusive.
This leaves Apple open to negotiate with as many … Read more
The Symbian Foundation and China Mobile have joined forces to promote the development of Symbian-based software for the Chinese operator's app store.
The partners will also promote the uptake of TD-SCDMA, the 3G standard developed in China as an alternative to WCDMA and other wireless interface technology. The collaboration agreement was announced Wednesday.
"The Symbian platform holds a strong position in China's mobile market, and we welcome the opportunity to build our relationship with the Symbian Foundation," Lu Xiang Dong, a vice president at China Mobile, said in a statement.
China Mobile, which is China's … Read more
First Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to partner on a 2,000-megawatt power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia.
If and when completed, it will be one of the largest solar power plants, perhaps the largest, in the world in terms of megawatts. In comparison to other current projects, the U.S. Army is building a 500-megawatt solar thermal farm in the Mojave Desert. First Solar, which is based in Tempe, Ariz., also has a 550-megawatt project planned in California. And Canadian Solar recently announced a 500-megawatt solar farm also planned for Inner Mongolia.
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Telefonica, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, has announced a $1 billion share swap with Chinese operator China Unicom.
Under the agreement, announced Monday, each company will buy $1 billion in shares in the other company. In addition, the partners will cooperate in business areas. For example, they will jointly acquire infrastructure and equipment and jointly develop wireless service platforms.
"We are looking forward to enhancing the partnership and achieving a win-win situation for both parties," Chang Xiaobing, China Unicom's chief executive, said in a joint statement from the companies. "We believe that the … Read more