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Amazon Web Services makes big move into China

Amazon Web Services will open a new China region starting with a limited preview in the country early next year, the latest step in the Seattle-based company’s worldwide expansion of its cloud computing platform. The move, announced this morning, gives Amazon a new beachhead in the world’s most populous nation, and steps up the company’s… Read More

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Study portrays Microsoft’s cloud computing in China as potential U.S. security threat

Earlier this year, Microsoft claimed victory in the race to be the first major multinational tech company to win the rights to offer public cloud computing services in China. Considering that a) China’s cloud computing industry is underdeveloped, with few providers of advanced network services, and b) the cloud computing market is on track to be worth between $122… Read More

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Apple’s chances in China hurt by the rise of Xiaomi

The early rap on the iPhone 5C’s prospects in China focuses overwhelmingly on one aspect of Apple’s newest product – its price. The word prior to the 5C’s launch was that it was going to be the cheap version of Apple’s globally popular smartphone, making it accessible to new socioeconomic classes, especially in emerging markets…. Read More

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China’s reaction to NSA surveillance gives Microsoft reason to worry

One month after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the U.S. government’s secret electronic intelligence gathering program to the world, new reports show that some Chinese government organs are discarding their foreign-made tech products in favor of domestic alternatives. While this is bad news for all U.S. tech firms, it is likely particularly worrying for Microsoft, a… Read More

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Snowden’s latest hacking claims present new perils for U.S. companies

Whether you think Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, there’s no denying that his latest revelations are bad for U.S. businesses. As I wrote last week, Snowden’s divulgence of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Prism electronic surveillance program is bad news for American tech companies, especially those operating in China. Snowden’s latest claim –… Read More

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Cybersecurity: What businesses can expect from U.S.-China talks, amid brewing NSA controversy

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet at a secluded estate in Southern California starting today for two days of talks on a host of bilateral and global issues. Among them will be cybersecurity, which has quickly risen in prominence to the top of the Sino-American agenda. What can businesses expect… Read More

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While Microsoft expands across Pacific, Amazon’s China strategy remains hazy

Microsoft just announced a significant hiring increase in China and a renewed commitment to offering its cloud computing services in the country. Amazon just announced a major expansion of its own cloud computing services, not in China, but rather in Northern Virginia, where the company reportedly signed a $600 million deal with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) two… Read More

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The significance of Amazon’s Appstore launch in China

Amazon launched its app store in China last weekend, becoming the first Western company to offer both free and paid Android apps to consumers in the world’s largest smartphone market. Google Play, which is also available in China, carries only free content. The app store’s establishment came as a surprise to many, as China was noticeably absent from the Amazon… Read More

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Amazon opens Appstore in China; Kindle coming next?

Amazon’s app store is officially open for business in China. The Seattle online retail giant debuted its app store for Chinese customers this past weekend, Reuters reported. Amazon’s newest store offers an alternative to Google Play for those in China. Unlike Google, Amazon’s store features both paid and free options. Reuters noted that Amazon is… Read More

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Open letter to Skype from digital rights advocates urges Microsoft to issue transparency reports

Over 100 Internet advocates, journalists and other organization members penned an open letter to Microsoft today, urging the Redmond software giant to be more transparent with its Skype software. In the letter addressed to Skype Division President Tony Bates, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, the concerned advocates want Microsoft to release… Read More

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Help from abroad: Microsoft teaming with China Unicom to boost Windows Phone sales

The Windows Phone is getting a little help from abroad. The China Daily reports today that China Unicom, the world’s third-largest carrier, announced a partnership with Microsoft to help sales and innovation of Windows Phone devices in China. Microsoft certainly needs any help it can get, as Windows Phone devices account for less than 3 percent of mobile market… Read More

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Red Loop lands ad deal with major Chinese media network

China boasts the world’s largest smartphone user base and Red Loop Media continues to tap into it. The Redmond-based mobile marketing company just inked a deal with China News Network (CNC), the broadcast TV news division of China’s largest and official news agency, Xinhua. Red Loop will launch global mobile advertising services on CNC’s mobile TV apps. Xinhua,… Read More

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Microsoft to add 1,000 jobs, boost R&D in China

Microsoft plans to add 1,000 staff to its workforce in China over the next year, a move aimed bolstering its foothold in a key market with serious growth potential, Reuters reports. Ralph Haupter, CEO for the software giant’s Greater China division, told reporters in Beijing that the new employees will work in research and development, sales, marketing and… Read More

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Playwright Mike Daisey: ‘I would like to apologize’

Ten days after being put in an unflattering spotlight after public radio’s This American Life retracted its story about him, playwright Mike Daisey has posted a public apology on his blog. Daisey, whose one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” both raised awareness of issues at plants operated by Apple device manufacturer… Read More

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Last hurdle for Google’s $12.5B Motorola deal: China

Antitrust regulators in Europe and the United States gave clearance last month to Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but the deal still hasn’t closed. So what’s the hangup? China, it turns out. Here’s the text of a regulatory filing from Motorola, made public this morning. Upon agreement with Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc…. Read More