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Google is reportedly going to make its Pixel phones in an old Nokia factory in Vietnam to escape Trump’s China tariffs


Google is planning a big production shift from China to Vietnam,Nikkei Asian Review reports. Two sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei the company has already started work converting an old Nokia factory in northern Vietnam so that it can make its Pixel smartphones. Google is not abandoning China completely, one of the sources said. … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 18, 2019


Google’s negligence with Taiwanese military secrets certainly put Taiwan on the map—and it may list Google among the utilities. Being made into a public utility by force is a mild settlement for de facto espionage. Taiwanese military tech is also growing. At an expo in Abu Dhabi, Taiwan hopes to sell its own tech to … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 24, 2018


Google has gone off the deep end. The level of insanity matches The Bridge over the River Kwai. Actually helping China spy—Are Google execs loopy? From a Chinese company inside China that would make sense. But, Google is American. As if helping a non-ally spy isn’t enough, social media giants are already in trouble over … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 5, 2018


China’s changes include finances as well as politics. As the US unrelentingly inches toward absolute denuclearization of North Korea—one way or another—China delays solidarity at the UN. China has no lack of mixed messages in other areas, such as Taiwan. Stepping up military drills near Taiwan while becoming more economically friendly to Taiwanese isn’t exactly … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 26, 2017


This week was incredibly calm in Asia. China has some non-defined goals of grandeur, though some voices in the Western press cast their usual doubts. China’s big obstacle with becoming a tech leader is two-fold: 1. lack of measurable methods and 2. social media. Westerners use Facebook and Google to communicate with friends, family, and … Continue reading

China Ban Hits Google’s Search Ad Share; Baidu Gains


Google’s search-ad revenues are eroding on a global scale in large part because China, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for information services, has banned the U.S. company’s offerings. Meanwhile, Baidu, which is based in China, is reaping the benefits, a new market survey shows. The report, from research group eMarketer, estimates Google’s share of … Continue reading

Google no longer recognises digital security certificates issued by Chinese government


Search giant Google will no longer recognise security certificates issued by the official China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) following what experts called a “major breach of public trust and confidence”. CNNIC, which is responsible for internet affairs under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, responded to Google’s announcement with a defence of its … Continue reading

Cyberwarfare between the US and China visualized


Since the dawn of the internet age, there has been no shortage of stories about hackers, malware-peddling malcontents, online scams and identity theft. Add to that the growing consensus that wars in the future will be fought online through “cyberwarfare divisions”, and you can understand why such positive statements once made about the internet – … Continue reading

China blocks Google services for Tiananmen 25th anniversary


In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka. the June 4th Incident), Chinese authorities decided to begin blocking Google. It’s believed that the blockade is tied to this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre where the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Each year, the Chinese … Continue reading

“The Web Behind The Wall” explains China’s complicated startup industry


“The Web Behind The Wall” is an e-book published by TechNode (TechCrunch‘s partner for next month’s Shanghai event) that wants to be “the #1 resource for foreign tech companies to understand China.” The book is a quick but highly informative read about China’s startup ecosystem, which has proven impenetrable for tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon. But … Continue reading

Why big American businesses fail in China


If Tolstoy had written a history of foreign corporations in China, it might have started something like this: “Companies that succeed in China do so for similar reasons; every company that fails, fails in its own way.” Since China opened up to foreign investment in the late 1970s, some of America’s most powerful corporations have … Continue reading

China’s Xiaomi’s app market has double downloads of competitors; international success could follow


Xiaomi, the break-out smartphone star of the Greater China market, is receiving lots of attention thanks to the somewhat salacious tale of ex-Android VP Hugo Barra and his recent move to the Chinese company. Xiaomi is looking to sell around 20 million smartphones by the end of 2013, and is doing so well that it’s challenging Samsung, a … Continue reading

China’s Baidu makes its own Google Glass “independently”


Chinese search engine giant Baidu was jealous of Google’s interactive glasses, so they decided to create their own. With completely original, independently developed technology, of course. Google Glass is certainly a very interesting product, which is already in the last straight to before going on sale. Not everyone, however, intend to passively watch this project. … Continue reading

Chinese leadership transition; don’t hold your hopes too high


“Inside the party, there are many problems that need be addressed, especially the problems among party members and officials of corruption and taking bribes, being out of touch with the people, undue emphasis on formalities and bureaucracy and other issues,” said Mr. Xi, the new Chinese leader who will be ruling China for another ten … Continue reading

Google is blocked in China as party congress begins


All Google services, including its search engine, Gmail and Maps, were inaccessible in China on Friday night and into Saturday, the company confirmed. The block comes as the 18th Communist Party Congress, the once-in-a-decade meeting to appoint new government leadership, gets under way. Traffic to Google sites fell off Friday evening in China, according to … Continue reading

Win-win situation for local and foreign investors – bridging digital divide in China


Apple hasn’t had it easy in China. Back in 1998, Chinese company Proview, which has been semi-defunct for quite some time, produced a device that came to be known as Internet Personal Access Device or iPAD. Proview’s IPAD does not share any of the features of Apple’s tablet as we have come to know it, … Continue reading

Google takes on China’s censors


Google has fired a new salvo in a censorship battle with Beijing by adding a feature that warns mainland users when they use search keywords that might produce blocked results and suggests they try other terms. Google’s announcement on Thursday described the change as a technical improvement and made no mention of Beijing’s extensive internet … Continue reading

China clears Google, Motorola merger: Deal to close ‘within days’


Chinese antitrust and competition regulators have cleared Google’s move to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, completing the worldwide regulatory review process. A Google representative confirmed that the Chinese government had given the merger the green light. The deal is set to close early in this coming week. The deal had to be approved by … Continue reading

Cyber attacks – China embraces piracy 2.0


Night Dragon. Operation Aurora. Operation Shady RAT. In the past several years, internet security company McAfee and various media groups have pinned a series of high-profile hacker attacks with names worthy of spy novels on China-based groups. Yet the attacks differed from the classic spy account in one notable respect: They were directed mainly at … Continue reading

Google Get Free Ideas


Google has figured out that it can save money by getting product ideas from users rather than engineers. After all, you can’t pay engineers in “shout outs” on their blogs like they’re offering for users. Yes, the tanking economy is hitting the mighty Google just as hard as every other company out there, and they’re … Continue reading

Android On An Eee PC


Making good on Google’s continued pledge to not limit Android to just phones, two guys at VentureBeat got Android up an running on their Eee PC 1000H. There was apparently no reason given as to why. Apparently it was a piece of cake to get Android to support everything you’d need for functional computing, including … Continue reading

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