China

  • Wikileaks: Annoyed Politburo Member Reason For Google's China Exit

    Yup, Wikileaks did, in fact, leak yet another series of documents at the weekend, just as many had predicted. This time around the documents are more of a diplomatic nature, that is, their leak has the US Department of State looking quite foolish. Der Spiegel writes: “Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information—data that… Read More

  • John Doerr and Mary Meeker Speak about their New Partnership

    John Doerr and Mary Meeker Speak about their New Partnership

    Venture capital mega-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has announced that Mary Meeker is joining the firm as a partner, in another sign that the firm is focusing more on this mobile-meets-social-meets-local-meets-global wave of Web disruption. “Our number one goal is to help the Mark Pincuses of the world build their businesses into Internet treasures, and there has been no… Read More

  • WikiLeaked Diplomatic Cables Confirm China's Politburo Was Behind Google Hacking Incident

    WikiLeaked Diplomatic Cables Confirm China's Politburo Was Behind Google Hacking Incident

    Details about the U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks are starting to come out. Although WikiLeaks itself may be under a denial of service attack, it provided several newspapers around the world access to the raw documents it is preparing to release later today. The New York Times just posted it’s first article summarizing the contents of the cables and highlighting the… Read More

  • Did America Lose its Cleantech Mojo, or Did Brazil, Germany and China Just Get More? (TCTV)

    Nat Goldhaber of Claremont Creek Ventures thinks that 2011 will be the year of the cleantech IPO…finally. So does that mean that America hasn’t totally lost the cleantech race after all? The most optimistic case is that we’re in a clump of countries leading the pack. The glass-half-empty version: Politics, boneheaded legislation and our lousy capital markets will saddle… Read More

  • Two Chinese Online Video Sites Going Public: Which Should Investors Buy? (TCTV)

    Bill Bishop, an investor and consultant based in Beijing, joined me via Skype to talk about this white-hot Chinese Interent IPO market, that’s even welcoming unprofitable companies into the Nasdaq. “It’s been a crazy couple months, and it looks like it will be crazier through Christmas,” he says. “The goldrush is back.” One of the most interesting corners… Read More

  • China Telecom Denies Internet Hacking Allegations

    China Telecom, alleged to have hijacked all that Internet traffic back in April, has denied any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has not commented on the matter. Hmm… Read More

  • Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Will China's 1999 Moment Bail-Out Some Valley VCs?

    Yes, China is taking over the world. Or at least the Internet. No, this is not like the WE’LL-ALL-BE-WORKING-FOR-JAPAN-oh-nevermind scare of the 1980s. Why? Because China has more than 1 billion people. It already represents the largest online audience in the world and is less than 30% penetrated and has Internet spending per capita that’s less than one-third of the United… Read More

  • Report: China Hijacked 15 Percent Of The World's Internet Traffic In April

    “What happened to the traffic while it was in China?” That’s what McAfee vice-president Dmitri Alperovitch wants to know, and by extension what I’d like to know. I mean, I won’t lose sleep over it, but I will casually think about it for the next hour or so. What am I talking about? Oh, you know, what could well have been the largest hacking in the history of… Read More

  • The Stanford Boys (and Girls) Club—In Beijing

    I’ve written a lot about America’s flawed immigration policies: how the unavailability of permanent-resident visas and the growing xenophobia in the U.S., combined with expanding economic opportunities abroad, are causing a reverse brain drain. Skilled immigrants are returning home to countries like China and India in record numbers. America’s leaders are accelerating the… Read More

  • We're about to Find out Just How Powerful Tencent Is

    At Tencent headquarters there are pictures of its cutesy penguin mascot everywhere. Sometimes he’s winking and smiling, and sometimes he’s getting all badass. It’s also how the company behaves in the market. As you may have read, a strange and dramatic fight is escalating in the Chinese Internet between Qihoo 360 and Tencent, maker of the ubiquitous QQ messaging… Read More

  • How China’s Entrepreneurs Are Helping It Win

    Bob Compton and I finally have something to agree about. The Washington, D.C.–based venture capitalist produced a provocative documentary, 2 Million Minutes, which tracked six students—two each in the U.S., India, and China—during their senior year of high school. It showed the Indian and Chinese students slogging to learn mathematics and science, and the Americans partying… Read More

  • Inside Foxconn's Factories

    Our good buddy Joel Johnson went inside Foxconn’s 540,000 employee factory in Shenzhen. There are 950,000+ employees in China alone. To put that into perspective, Columbus, Ohio, my hometown, is home to 711,470 people. Read More

  • Latest iPhone 4 Clone Looks Close To The Real Thing

    While there are a lot of iPhone 4 clones coming out of China, few are even close to the real thing. Here’s another that comes close to Jonathan Ive’s design, see if you can spot the differences in the video. Read More

  • Chinese Supercomputer Threatens Weaker American Computers

    A mainframe in China running a number of NVIDIA GPUs in parallel just hit 2.5 petaflops, a number that places it in the number one slot in the list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers. The Chinese machine, called Tianhe-1A, looks like it will be the fastest supercomputer for at least six months and experts are suggesting that we could see the waning of the great American… Read More

  • Chinese Apple Store Open And Ready For Your Yuan

    In typical hyperbolic Apple style, the company has just announced the launch of Apple.com.cn, the Chinese hardware as well as the Chinese version of the “legendary” App Store (yes, they actually used “legendary.”) The store includes all the standard goodies like engraving and Mac customization. Read More

  • Video: Chinese Vending Machine Sells Live Crabs

    We have covered the one or the other obscure vending machine in the past, but this one’s a first: a vending machine that sells live crabs. This model is located in a subway station in Nanjing, China, and keeps the crabs at 5°C at all times. In other words, the crabs inside are alive, “hibernating” in a frozen state. Read More

  • Yet Another Chinese iPad Clone (But This One's Only $130)

    Here’s another China-produced iPad knockoff for your growing “iPad Knockoffs” sticker collection. It doesn’t have a name or anything fancy like that, but it does have a price: approximately $130. Read More

  • The iPhonc Looks Good, Until You See The Front

    The latest knock-off from China is the iPhonc – a curved back mobile phone that looks good up to a point. Details are non-existent, but you probably don’t want to buy this thing anyway. Read More

  • The Good and the Bad of the IPO Market

    The Good and the Bad of the IPO Market

    The third quarter IPO market is like looking at a Rorshach test: You can find data to support that liquidity is getting better or data to support that it’s getting worse. Here’s the reality check: There is an increase in deals– a big increase if you look at the first nine months of the year and compare it to the first nine months of 2009. And the pipeline is building: 67… Read More

  • Revo-Round: Bravely Saving China From the Square-Eye Menace

    In one of the most baffling moves I’ve ever seen in CE, a company named Revo-Round is creating a “roundtop” computer with a round screen and keyboard. Why? To “preserve the characteristic proud Asian look for future generations to come!” Yeah, you read that right. Square screens are causing Asians to lose their Epicanthic folds. Read More