10 Must-Read Tech Stories in China This Week


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Covering games consoles, smartphones, and cold-blooded murder, there were plenty of surprises and controversies all week.

1. Oh my god, shut up about China’s game console ban being lifted

After a false alarm in which someone at the Ministry of Culture apparently told the China Daily that games consoles like the PS3 and Xbox might be approved by regulators, we pondered if Chinese consumers even give a toss about consoles. After all, they have plenty of other gaming options.

2. What are the differences between Chinese netizens and US web users?

In a guest post, a China-based VC gives some insights into differing online behaviors and preferences.

3. 82% of Chinese have mobile phones, some provinces have more mobiles than people

My colleague points out: “With more than 1.1. billion mobile users in the country, and with 82.6 percent of the population using mobiles, China has finally broken past the world average level for mobile phone proliferation.”

4. Gamer murders two, burns down internet cafe when net cuts out

Shifting quickly from frustration to insanity, this is a tragic story of someone going off the rails for no good reason.

CoolPad outsells Apple iPhone in China

The CoolPad 8060, is one of the phones now outselling the iPhone in China. See story #8.

5. White House petition calls for architects of China’s Great Firewall be denied entry to the US

Join in the lively debate on this in the comments section.

6. Shanghai authorities confirm Apple opening supply chain center in China this summer

Originally thought to be a research and development lab, it transpires that this will actually focus on Apple’s supply chain management in China, as well as some other operational aspects.

7. Chinese people are sending fewer text messages than they ssed to

Some 420 million Chinese have phones that can access the internet, so it’s inevitable that SMSes are now on the slide.

8. How the very uncool ‘CoolPad’ is outselling Apple’s iPhone in China

The most surprising finding in new figures from Gartner is that CoolPad’s Android-based phones have soared to third place in terms of the number of smartphones sold in China. Guess which position Apple slid to.

9. Qihoo double blow as iOS apps banned by Apple, regulators warn of anti-competitive practices

The apps might reappear in the Apple App Store in a few days, but it’s not the first time this has happened to Qihoo. For full details of the anti-competition charges, see this follow-up from my colleague.

10. Still not killed off by Apple, China’s no-jailbreak iOS piracy service is going global

The KuaiYong team has announced that it’s going global and will soon launch its knock-off iTunes replacement app in English.

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