The powers that be at China’s leading search engine Baidu are taking a textbook approach to business expansion, turning to Google’s Internet Dominance for Dummies whenever they are short on ideas. Taking a cue from Google, the Chinese web giant has developed a web browser of its own. After months of internal testing, Baidu on Monday began offering a public beta version of its browser.
China's a great place to go if you want to find a company to manufacture some hardware components, but it's a little less awesome if you want to, say, blog about making those components. The country's ramped up its assault on the Internet over the past few years, jailing "immoral" citizens and shutting down websites left and right. Now, China's bragging about its heavy-handedness; the country boasts that its iron grip strangled the life out of over 1.3 million websites last year alone.
Business Insider recently reported that China is trying to buy a $1.2 billion stake in Facebook, giving the country "a huge chunk" of the world's most popular social playground. If you're an active Facebook user, China's interest in Zuckerberg's social networking site is a scary one given the country's penchant for censorship. But should you really be concerned?
Google on Wednesday issued a warning that hackers based in China weaseled their way into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (mostly South Korea), military personnel, and journalists, among others. Every indication is that these were targeted attacks and not just random victims.
In a new report, the International Trade Commission called out China for its rampant piracy problem and "indigenous innovation policies" for costing the U.S. economy up to $48 billion in 2009. The report also blames China for costing Americans 2.1 million full time jobs that would otherwise be created if China substantially improved its intellectual property rights policies.
According to reports in the Chinese media, Facebook has signed a deal with China's largest search engine, Baidu. The agreement would give rise to a jointly-owned social networking site available in the Chinese mainland. The government would need to approve the deal, which could mean a long wait until we know what the final product would look like. One thing's for sure though, it won't be Facebook.
Internet cafes are prevalent throughout China, and that poses a problem for a country that wants complete control over accessing the Web. China keeps a tight leash on Internet cafes, and in the past six years, government authorities have swooped in and shut down more than 130,000 of them.
The Next Web is reporting today on a plan in Beijing for the Chinese government to institute a program of tracking the citizenry using their mobile phones. If you think you know why they're doing this, you'd apparently be wrong. Officials claim the “Platform for Citizen Movement Information” will be used to monitor traffic flow. Sounds completely reasonable, right?
LinkedIn, the world's largest online professional network, has been blocked in China, according to ComputerWorld. Analysts believe this has to do with the Chinese government's attempt to suppress any reference to a "Jasmine Revolution" -- the name given to the Tunisian protest movement-- on the Internet, a term which has been blocked in searches on Chinese microblog sites this past week.
IBM is taking the American attitude of 'Go big or go home' over to China where it plans to open Asia's largest cloud computing data center, the company announced on Tuesday.
"The data center offers the world-class infrastructure capabilities and advanced network based services to support the business growth of our clients," said Madam Zhou Chaonan, Chairman, Range Technology Development Co., Ltd., which is collaborating with IBM on the project. "This initiative plays a critical role in the economic development of China in light of the pressing demand for managed hosting in the areas of cloud computing and mobile devices."
IBM says the new data center will take up more than 620,000 square meters (about 6.1 million square feet) and will be built to IBM specifications and international green building standards. It will offer services like data backup, disaster recovery, and server leases.