Showing posts with label china. Show all posts
Showing posts with label china. Show all posts

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

People who spread Internet rumors in China to be punished

China has vowed to punish those who spread rumors, the Chinese government has long since been authoritarian and tries to keep a clamp on what their citizens watch, listen to and talk about on the internet. In fact in China spreading rumors is punishable by five to 10 days in jail plus a 500 yuan ($80) fine. People use the Twitter-styled micro-blogging site Weibo to chat and share information. After the high-speed rail crash in July, the government lost control of people as they spoke, criticized, analyzed and openly shared what they felt about the whole thing. This has irked the Chinese Government which is now threatening action against people who spread false rumors. 

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Monday, July 11, 2011

What is Weibo and how does it work

lately there have been some high profile American starts joining the Chinese microblogging site weibo. is a Twitter styled website built in China and catering to all Chinese speaking people. The site already has 140 million  users and growing, akin to a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook is has already become one of the most popular sites in China. 

The site is availbale in simplified and traditional Chinese characters. The site also has version catering to users from Malaysia, Hong kong and Taiwan. The growth of the service has now induced the same celebrities that made Twitter popular to now start using Weibo. If all reports are to be believed Emma Watson has joined the service after high-profile star Tam Hanks did. This is a logical thing to do if stars are to reach out to this growing number of fans in Chinese speaking countries. All this coming at a time when Google has launched their Social Networking site and drawing users away from Twitter and Facebook.

Some differences you will note is that the Chinese site does not stick to the 140 character limit the way Twitter does. Once you reach the site you see a timeline with the latest Tweets and a list of interesting people to follow. The Chinese site also boasts of a large number of celebrities who have joined the site. Chinese sites are growing in popularity and cannot be ignored, especially with the large fan base they have and an ever increasing interactive audience. 

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Microsoft to Stay in China, will also look into the fixing any vulnerabilities in IE

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer said that they will stay in China. To see Steve Ballmer talk about it please click the video link here.

However, his hopes for China to produce growing revenue for the company seem to hinge on a thorny issue: a reduction of piracy and intellectual-property theft.
"China ought to be a source of growth," Ballmer said. "Intellectual-property protection in China is very, very bad. Abysmal. ... We're buying a lot of goods from China but the things that U.S. companies can sell -- pharmaceutical products, media, software -- it's all intellectual property and design, and that stuff's not getting paid for in China. It's got to change.",0,0,0" >

CEO Steve Ballmer told CNBC that his company will look into a report that a flaw in Microsoft's Internet software allowed China to launch a cyber attack on Google's operations in that country.

Ballmer was responding to a report by the Internet security company McAfee that Microsoft's Internet Explorer allowed China to allegedly hack into Google email in an attempt to spy on Chinese dissidents. The alleged attack prompted Google to threaten to pull out of the country entirely. "The cyber attacks and occasional vulnerabilities are a way of life and if the issue is with us, of course we will work through it with all the important parties," Ballmer said in a live interview. "We need to take a all cyber attacks, not just this one seriously and we have a whole team of people that responds very real-time to any report that may have something to do with our software, which we don't yet."

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Google may pull out of china after cyberattacks and will no longer censor results in China

Google has threatened to quit it's China operations citing a massive cyber attack on it's computers that originated there. As a result Google has said that they will no longer censor their search engine and may completely exit altogether. 

Google said that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human right activists, but that the attack also targeted 20 other large companies in the finance, technology, media and chemical sectors.

In a blog posting by David Drummond, the corporate development and chief legal officer, Google said that it had found a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China.”

He further went on to say "Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves."

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.

This is a good thing as a search engine it should be fair an unbiased. It can only then be called one. Censoring results to please the government was always the wrong move as it leads to other forms of censorship. And censorship falling into the wrong hands can further create a stranglehold on the situation. Google has done this in support of freedom and free speech. It has upheld it's core values as a company. 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Microsoft offers Twitter-type service in China

Microsoft has launched a twitter-style service in China usings its MSN live service. The new service is called Juku Which is slang for "Cool" or "Gathering". This allows users to post messages within a stipulated 140 character limit. With old messages slowely scrolling along side Users can also see automatic updates of friends messages.

"MSN China, the Microsoft joint venture that developed the new product, insisted it is not a micro-blog service. "Juku is a local innovation developed by MSN China ... based on Windows Live Messenger networks," a company representative said in an e-mail."

It is reported that the service also allows users to play games and win prizes such as new face icons to post in messages. Users can also upload their profile picture and browse for people they know to add as friends.

Windows live messenger is popular in China and this could be a huge effort to win more people to use their instant messanger service. Micro blogging is very popular in China and there are a other players in this market whose services are popular. There is QQ that is very popular.

It is analyzed that Microsoft may be trying to enter into the social networking market to lower it's dependence on its instant messaging service. Although its 140 character is a dead give away about its Twitter origins.

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