2010 was a huge year for China’s tech stories. As we close out the year, we look back at some of the year’s biggest stories such as the Foxconn suicide cluster, Google’s China threat, and the launch of Apple stores in Shanghai. Follow along after the break as we run you through what happened in China tech industry of 2010.
The greatest man, Liu Xiaobo, will be awarded the Nobel Peace Award tomorrow. However, the Chinese government is not allowing Liu to receive the prize in person. Surprisingly, Beijing has mounted a campaign to discredit the award and has asked its allies to boycott the ceremony. What’s more, it has also created its own rival ‘Confucius Peace Prize.’ Check out the animation after the break.
This is what happens when you offer pornographic novels to readers on your website in China. According to China’s General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), 47 Internet websites will be shut down if they continue to offer pornographic novels to readers. Here are the unlucky websites:
If you’re visiting Shenzhen, better leave your iPad at home – unless you’re willing to pay tax for the device. An American-Chinese man said he was charged duty by Shenzhen customs officials at the Lowu border recently for an iPad he had been using for months. To prevent his iPad getting confiscated, he paid 1,000 yuan (about $150) sadly.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2010 belongs to China’s best-known protester, Liu Xiaobo. Sadly, he is a criminal who has been sentenced by Chinese judicial organs for violating Chinese law. Liu got jailed for 11 years in December 2009, and fans all over the world are now congratulating him and asking the Chinese government to release Liu. The Chinese government is taking action just like it always does, blocks the web searches for Nobel winner.
Recently, China has set new standards for the Internet map services in the country. All Internet map services providers will have to apply for a license in China, but Google did not apply for it. The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM), has handed out the China Internet map licenses to 31 service providers, including major Chinese portals such as Baidu.com and Sina.com. Nokia is the only foreign company to apply and receive a license in the country, at least for the time being.
A survey showed that 94.3% of Chinese internet users confirm micro-blogging is changing their life, and 70% of the respondents said that they would double check the information on micro-blogs everyday. They always kept a close eye on their updates and even some main stream media said micro-blog is almost like a news agency. The survey collected information from 3,282 people, more than 90% of them are younger than 40 years old…
This is both completely ridiculous and totally useless: Chinese internet users will have to register using their real names before indulging in online games starting from August 1, as part of a nationwide campaign to protect kids and improve management of the virtual gaming industry. This applies to all multiplayer roleplaying and social networking games…
Television services from the Xinhua News Agency are now accessible on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices. iPhone and iPod touch users can watch Xinhua news, cartoons, financial information and entertainment programs around the clock after downloading applications from Apple’s online store or iTunes Store, iPad version will be coming soon with English news channel. Xinhua also planned to cooperate with other cellphone makers, including Nokia and Samsung. We are thinking that the Chinese Government is just trying to show more censoring news to the whole world…
Chinese authorities plan to give Nokia a license to provide online mapping services in China, making it the first foreign company to get such approval. To avoid State secrets being disclosed and uncertified maps published online, China has launched a regulation requiring all companies providing online maps and location services in China to apply for approval. The announcement may open doors for other foreign applicants such as Google and Microsoft…
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