Social media! Cash! Bribery! No, we’re not trying to bribe you to follow us on social media – though we’re delighted if you do – and instead we’re giving you our weekly round-up of the hottest tech stories that happened in China these past seven days:
The title reflects the common perception worldwide about what gets so many articles, blogs, and Weibo tweets deleted each week – but the real cause and motivation is a bit more complex than that.
With 6.4 million articles to date, Hudong.com – which is run as a for-profit company, not a charity – recently got tapped by Microsoft to help improve Bing’s Chinese search results. And now it has wrapped up its biggest-ever funding round.
When Windows 8 goes gold later this year, Chinese users will find that support for Sina Weibo – the country’s hottest Twitter-esque service – is baked right in. This will be especially evident in the upcoming People app in Windows 8.
Sina Weibo is getting some loving from the other side of the OS divide as well, as Apple detailed a number of China-specific features in the upcoming iOS 6 (for mobile) and Mountain Lion (for desktops)…
…Not least of these new features is the fact that Siri, Apple’s smart and sassy voice assistant, can now speak Chinese – both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Africa has been a big part of the global expansion of Chinese tech – especially for telecoms companies Huawei and ZTE. But two Chinese men attempting to bribe staffers at Algérie Télécom has turned into an international incident.
That’s all for this week, folks! For our full spread of China coverage, you can subscribe to our China RSS.