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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...

Mobile Phones Are Now as Crucial as Food and Water in Emergency Aid

November 13, 2013 Foreign aid is streaming into the Philippines from around the world as the news of the devastation wrought Super Typhoon Haiyan spreads, but it’s no longer just food, water and shelter: Before the storm even made landfall, a team from non-profit Télécoms Sans Frontières was on the ground, carrying satellite...

10 Million People Are Trying to Tweet, Text, and Phone Home to the Philippines

November 12, 2013 The massive Philippine diaspora fuels everything from global shipping to US medical care to Hong Kong maid services, and a huge proportion of those workers are desperately trying reach their family and friends after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the island nation this weekend. The storm is known as Typhoon Yolanda...

The Chinese Military is Still Hacking Away, While Using the NSA as Political Cover

November 7, 2013 China’s master-hackers, the “People’s Liberation Army’s Shanghai-based Unit 61398,” haven’t let up on on spying into foreign companies’ computer networks, even after these activities were made public earlier this year, according to a group advising the US Congress. A draft copy of the US-China Economic Security Commission’s annual report given...

Gamblers and Hackers Alike Flock to Macau, the World's Casino Capital

October 9, 2013 Macau, the Portuguese-influenced region on the southern coast of China is famed for its money-spinning casinos and the UNESCO-listed ruins of a 17th century Catholic cathedral. It also appears to be a recent magnet for hackers. The area’s only internet provider, Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau, or CTM, said in...

Monitoring the Spreading Radiation From Fukushima in Real Time

September 5, 2013 As the operators of the Fukushima nuclear power plant embrace the crazy-sounding (but not) plan to build an ice wall to contain radioactive water after a series of leaks and mishaps, concern is growing about the levels of radiation spreading to the surrounding area. ATMC.JP has created a searchable radiation...

China Declares Russia the Winner in Snowden Showdown

August 8, 2013 President Obama’s cancelled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin provided a great opportunity for China’s state-run media to high-five Russia, showcasing growing ties between the two neighbors. “Russia has impressed the world, which views the Kremlin as the ‘winner’ and the White House as the ‘loser,’” proclaimed an unsigned editorial...

China is Starting a Government-Run Website Clone to Stamp Out Rumors on the Internet

August 2, 2013 If you ask the Beijing Internet Association, China’s websites and microblogs are plagued by “made-up stories, rumors, slandering, cursing, and swearing.” Now the non-profit group, which includes some of the most powerful executives in China, has teamed up with the Chinese government and six of the country’s biggest internet companies...