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Brutal Smartphone Market Is Clobbering Former Stalwarts

July 17, 2013 There was a time when NEC was the 500 lb. gorilla in Japan’s cellphone market with a 27% market share—then came smartphones. Faced with competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung, NEC’s share quickly shrunk to a measly 5%; after spending six months unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a partnership...

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US Ambassador to China Visits Tibet Amid Wave of Self-Immolations

June 27, 2013 The US Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, is in Tibet this week—the first visit by an American ambassador to the restive region since 2010. A spokesman said that Locke is on a three-day trip with members of his family and several embassy staff to meet with residents and government officials...

China Patches Cracks in the Great Firewall ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

June 3, 2013 The “June 4 Incident,” which the world outside of China knows as the Tiananmen Square protests, is a forbidden topic within the Great Firewall of China. In recent years, Beijing’s enormous internet censorship program has taken aim at any words or phrases that could conceivably refer to the government crackdown...

Softbank’s Latest Sprint Nextel Offer Includes a Seat on the Board for Uncle Sam

May 23, 2013 Japan’s Softbank is taking an extraordinary step to make sure its bid for Sprint Nextel goes through: effectively giving the US government a seat on the board to assuage its fears that Chinese equipment suppliers like Huawei might compromise the nation’s telecom infrastructure. US lawmakers have expressed concerns that using...

China’s Huawei Bails on the United States

April 24, 2013 There’s only so much abuse that a giant network equipment manufacturer repeatedly accused of threatening US national security can take. “We are not interested in the US market any more,” Huawei executive vice president Eric Xu said at the company’s annual analyst summit on Wednesday, as reported by the Financial...

China Bird Flu Breakdown: No Country for Old Men

April 22, 2013 The H7N9 virus is disproportionately affecting older men as it spreads in China, the World Health Organization said in a bulletin on Monday, for reasons that are not immediately clear. Between March 31 and April 16, when the WHO researchers were crunching the numbers, there were 63 reported cases of...

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Pentagon Accidentally Reveals North Korea May Have a Nuclear Missile

April 12, 2013 Just when you though the standoff with North Korea couldn’t get any more nerve-wracking, the US disclosed that the Pentagon has concluded “with reasonable confidence” that the Kim Jong-un regime has the ability to put a nuclear warhead onto a missile. The Defense Intelligence Agency cautioned that the weapon’s “reliability...

Malware Turns Hacked Computers Into Slaves That “Mine” New Digital Currency

April 8, 2013 The digital currency Bitcoin is having a bit of a moment, which is drawing the attention of cybercriminals. They don’t want to steal your money (though there issome of that too). Instead they want to hijack the processing power of your computer to create more bitcoins out of thin air....

Two New H7N9 Cases: See How Bird Flu Is Spreading Through China

April 3, 2013 China’s avian flu outbreak continued to spread on Wednesday. In the city of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province near Shanghai, one 38 year old man has died, state-owned broadcaster CCTV said on its Sina Weibo page (Chinese, registration required). Another Hangzhou man, 67, has contracted the virus, theZhejiang Online News reported...

Congress’ Cybersecurity Crackdown on China Could Put Apple in the Crossfire

March 28, 2013 Last week, Congress quietly passed a bill that will make it much more difficult for the US government to buy computer equipment from Chinese companies, amid a spate of cyberattacks linked to Beijing. But the unintended consequences could ensnare Apple’s iPhone and other devices sold by US firms that are...