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Russia Pushes for 'New Security' in the Asia-Pacific

May 19, 2014 Vladimir Putin spent most of a recent interview with Chinese state media praising the “exemplary collaboration” between Russia and China in recent years. He listed a wide range of areas, from financial services to the aircraft industry, where his country wants to partner with its “trusted friend.” But Putin’s interview...

Hackers May Accomplish What Microsoft Can’t—Kill off Windows XP

April 28, 2014 Despite the fast growth of Google’s Chrome web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has hundreds of millions of loyal users, and remains the most popular browser in the world for desktop computer use. But that lead could be in jeopardy after Microsoft said over the weekend that its browser is...

China Pursues the Holy Grail of Ocean Energy, in a Massive Way

April 1, 2014 China is the latest country to take on the decades-old challenge of generating electricity from the world’s oceans. Beijing has invested an estimated $160 million in tidal and wave energy projects since 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported, embarking on joint ventures with Lockheed Martin, Israel’s Eco Wave Power, the...

A US Court Just Ruled That Censorship by Search Engines Is a Form of Free Speech

March 28, 2014 A US District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit March 27 that accused Chinese search engine Baidu of illegally suppressing free speech by censoring information about democracy movements in China on the internet. The decision raises some unsettling questions about the world’s dependency on a handful of search engines. The group...

Why British Intelligence Got an Eyeful While Spying on Yahoo Users

February 28, 2014 British intelligence has been spying on millions of Yahoo users who are not suspected of any wrongdoing, and has collected and stored a huge number of images from Yahoo webcam chats. These revelations were reported by the Guardian, citing documents obtained from former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden....

The Bitcoin Industry Embraces What It Was Built to Avoid—Rules and Regulation

February 26, 2014 Bitcoin was designed to be unregulated by any government or central authority. But according to some of the cryptocurrency’s biggest supporters, the crash of the prominent bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is the latest sign that bitcoin needs to adopt some sort of oversight if it is going to survive and...

The US Won’t Spy on Angela Merkel—But Everyone Around Her Is Fair Game

February 24, 2014 In January, US president Barack Obama banned national spying on the leaders of nations that are close allies, but that doesn’t mean the US has stopped spying in friendly countries. Rather than target German chancellor Angela Merkel, the US National Security Agency is now spying on over 300 German politicians...

Chinese Censors May Have Accidentally Hacked Themselves and Caused a Major Internet Outage

January 22, 2014 The cause of China’s massive internet outage this week, which affected an estimated 200 million users for as long as 24 hours, is something of a mystery. Chinese users trying to reach a range of websites ending in .com were re-routed instead to an IP address owned by Dynamic Internet...

U.S. Calls China's New South China Sea Defense Zone 'Potentially Dangerous'

January 13, 2014 China’s recent announcement that foreign fishing vessels traveling in disputed areas of the South China sea need to seek permission from China first has been dismissed as “provocative and potentially dangerous” by the US, “threatening the existing international order” by Japan and dangerous to “peace and stability” by the Philippines....

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In Bid to Curb Smoking, China's Government Finds an Enemy -- Itself

December 30, 2013 Chinese leaders are now banned from smoking in public, using public funds to buy cigarettes, or smoking or offering cigarettes when performing official duties, the Communist Party said in a circular made public Dec. 29, the latest attempt to curb cigarette consumption in a nation of more than 350 million...