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April 19 2011


Baidu Removes Millions Of Pirated Works, Seeks Pact With Authors - Gady Epstein - Beijing Dispatch - Forbes


The Chinese search engine Baidu, responding to savage public criticism from pirated authors, has completed a four-day, around-the-clock deletion project at its Baidu Wenku (Library) service, taking down 2.8 million items from its “literary works” category. The number of works remaining in that category now? Fewer than 700 — all licensed, the search engine says.

The move by Baidu CEO Robin Li


Popular author, Han Han, slams "shameless" Baidu in book piracy kerfuffle - CNET Asia Blogs: Sinobytes


In a potentially damaging bit of PR for Baidu, the popular young novelist and blogger, Han Han, has slammed Baidu - in a blog post over the weekend - as "shameless", comparing Baidu unfavorably to Google (after the American giant shut down its own Chinese literature portal, over disputes about payment levels):

"In case you forgot, the Google case went roughly like this: Google at the time had...

Apple tries to avoid Motorola's mistakes in China - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


In a civil lawsuit filed last year, Motorola accused Jin, 13 other individuals and two companies of conspiracy, misappropriation of trade secrets and other alleged misdeeds. Jin and the other defendants responded that they did nothing wrong. Motorola's lawsuit included an intriguing claim that Lemko was working with Huawei — China's largest telecommunications vendor and one of the world's...


Why It Matters: Storytelling - Features at GameSpot


Whenever I discuss a story in a review--whether in a positive or negative manner--I often have people ask why it matters. Someone asked me recently, for example, why Bulletstorm's story matters. After all, isn't it enough that the game is fun? Super Mario Galaxy tells almost no story at all, but it does just fine, right? The difference is, of course, that the game itself determines how...

How 'technology transfer', IP losses, and spying killed Motorola's China heyday - CNET Asia Blogs: Sinobytes


Motorola's heyday in ChinaMotorola's fall from prominence in China has been huge, and quite swift. Only a decade ago, Motorola was a 'best friend' of China, who believed in its growth - but now, many of its former suppliers have become its rivals, and its billions invested in R&D in China has been met with declining returns.

What precipitated all this? According to a fascinating and detailed new...

Chinese-made fake Nokia phones are India's hottest sellers, starting at just US$22 - CNET Asia Blogs: Sinobytes


Fake Chinese Nokia phones on sale in IndiaRural Indian consumers are lapping up Chinese-made fake Nokia phones, grabbing the gadgets for as little as 1000 Rupees (a mere 150 RMB; US$22) in import markets across India.

It's bad news for Nokia, which is finding that its entire range of lower-end phones is easily reproducible by these Chinese cottage-industry fakers - making what are often termed 'shanzhai', or 'KIRF...

April 16 2011


Chinese Economy Grows 9.7%, Inflation Rises 5.4%

China Digital Times (CDT)

China’s economic growth and rate of inflation for the first quarter of 2011 were both higher than projected, at 9.7% and 5.4% respectively. From Economic Times:

The first quarter and inflation accelerated in March to the fastest pace since 2008, adding pressure for more monetary tightening. Consumer prices rose 5.4% from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said at a briefing in Beijing on...

April 11 2011


Windows' Phone to outsell iPhone by 2015: Gartner


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really? I would need to see some more evidence to even believe this is a solid prediction.

According to a Gartner research report, sales of Windows based phones will rise to about 216 million units during 2015; while only 190 million units of iOS based devices will be sold in that period.

However, Gartner has added that Apple's iOS will remain the second biggest platform...

April 09 2011


BBC News - Carbon emissions linked to Europe's hay fever rise


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designing cities to account for pollen and allergies

"On a local scale, planners should be more aware of what sort of problems may arise from the urban trees they're planting.

"Often they use birch trees, for example, because of their nice silver colour, not aware that they leave allergenic problems behind."

Many of the researchers on this project are...

April 07 2011


Mau Mau victims seek compensation from UK for alleged torture | World news | guardian.co.uk


The test case claimants, Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Nzili, Wambugu Wa Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara, who are in their 70s and 80s, have flown 4,000 miles from their rural homes for the trial, which will also consider whether the claim was brought outside the legal time limit.

The judge heard Mutua and Nzili had been castrated, Nyingi was beaten unconscious in an incident in which 11 men were clubbed to d...


How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangs | World news | The Observer


"The connection between organised crime and financial institutions started in the late 1970s, early 1980s," he says, "when the mafia became globalised."

Until then, criminal money had circulated largely in cash, with the authorities making the occasional, spectacular "sting" or haul. During Costa's time as director for economics and finance at the EC in Brussels, from 1987, inroads were made...

April 05 2011


I Read Some Marx (and I Liked it) - CollegeHumor Video


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sociology, marx, capitalism
I'd clap, but I have a hammer and sickle in each hand.

Quick and Easy Guide to China's Video and Movie Viewing Sites– Expat Corner | eChinacities.com


Here we’ll take a look at several of the most popular streaming venues and show you how to navigate them, even if you don’t read Chinese, so that soon you too will find even the much beloved 5RMB DVDs to be a thing of the past.

hungry ghosts - thich naht hahn


It is very difficult to help a hungry ghost; a hungry ghost is someone who does not believe easily, because he or she has been deceived quite a number of times. They have been let down by their parents, by their society, by their friends, so they are by nature very suspicious. Even if you have goodwill, if you have love and understanding to offer to him or her, they are not ready to accept it, ...


feeing the Hungry Ghost - thich naht hahn


"Hungry ghosts are demons who are perpetually craving food but are unable to take in nourishment. Hungry ghosts are not a myth—they live among us as people who may have enough food and clothing but who are still hungry for knowledge, for love, for hope, and for something to believe in. We have to build a little bit of community everywhere we go so these hungry ghosts can find refuge. It is the ...

Soothing Our Hungry Ghost


It is rare to grow up anywhere in the world today without having a little bit of the Hungry Ghost in us. For some of us, it is a primary drive, though often unconscious. It expresses itself as generalized disappointment and restlessness. Where we are, what we have, who we are, is not good enough. We want to be somewhere else, doing something else, being someone else.

Mindfulness practice...


Rabah Ghezali: Why Has the Arab Spring Not Spread to Algeria?


Algeria embraced the popular overthrow of Benali and Mubarak with happiness and pride. More onerously, however, these developments are a sobering reminder of Algeria's recent history.

Far from being unprecedented in modern North African history, these recent events were long-preceded: in October 1988, a spontaneous and massive Algerian demonstration filled the streets, protesting shortages and c...


Hoarding of goods blame for skyrocketing prices of garlic - People's Daily Online


A worker sifts garlic at a wholesale market in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 20, 2010. Garlic wholesale price rebound on Tuesday. China will fine individuals and companies up to 2 million yuan (295,000 U.S. dollars) for circulating misleading or false information about price hikes, the country's top economic planner...

How to design phones for emerging markets | Page 2 | Mobile Devices | ZDNet UK


Frog Design's Jan Chipchase, a veteran of user experience design for mobile phones, met with ZDNet UK to discuss the challenges facing handset makers | Page 2

April 04 2011


Video: BBC World Service’s Last Mandarin Transmission

China Digital Times (CDT)

BBC producer Dawn Trump has posted a short video feature (in Chinese) on the World Service’s last Mandarin transmission on March 25. The video includes the last few moments of the final broadcast:

The government argument for ending the service, which began transmission in 1941, is that Mandarin broadcasts are no longer cost-effective:

Due to the jamming of short wave radio signals by the Chinese...

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