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Google in China: degrees of evil January 26, 2006

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So it has happened. Google has caved in. It has agreed to actively censor a new Chinese-language search service that will be housed on computer servers inside the PRC.

Obviously this contradicts its stated desire to make information freely available to everybody on the planet, and it contradicts its mission statement: “don’t be evil.”‘ As Mike Langberg at the San Jose Mercury News puts it: their revised motto should now read “don’t be evil more than necessary.”

Everybody and their dog is reporting on this new development, and I’ve even been quoted. But as of this writing the new Google.cn service has not actually gone live (right now when you type…

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danwei: Focus Media gobbles up its rivals January 9, 2006

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Focus Media, the company that controls the majority of flat-panel TV displays that show advertisements in office buildings in Chinese cities, has signed a contract to buy its rival Target Media. This comes after Focus Media’s acquisition of Framedia which has a network of print posters for advertising use inside elevators and other places in office and residential complexes.

Like outdoor advertising, it is impossible to avoid the flat-panel screens if you live in Chinese cities. In a fragmenting media environment, this means that more and more advertisers are going to use such channels. The NASDAQ-listed Focus Media is therefore probably one of the safest investments in the Chinese advertising and media industries.

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‘january’ issue January 8, 2006

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monday is the final day of tying up the various loose ends before we go to print. thanks to all contributors and staff for another ‘miracle’ well done. special thanks to ian and teddy for keeping the faith (and very very long hours).

we had to trim down to 24 pages for the magazine section due to deadlines and a skeleton staff, but what’s left is a real smashing and good, if perhaps only one toilet session short, read. watch for the distinctive ‘狗’ on the cover, hitting the streets this week!



redSTAR feb2006 January 6, 2006

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FEBRUARY is it art?

– painting by pan wen yi DONE
– painting by pan wen yi DONE
OR – tang qiu hui (hawthorn) festival (marc)

• clipper race arrival (alistair)
(might be delayed til march issue)
• romantic valentine spots (teddy)
– teahouse on badaguan boardwalk
– amy’s bakery
– roland’s
– la luna
– others??
• zhang zhu rui’s new book? (see below)
• 2 page photo spread
– zhang zhu rui (winter scene?)
– tang qiu hui festival (marc)
• astronomy (sean) DONE

• hainan (sean)
• qufu (paul, others)

• know your hotpot / bai jiu (re-hash of jan04 – shaun w.) DONE
– new pix? (marc)

• pan wen yi interview (richard, marc) DONE

• movies – the producers (paul) DONE
• movies – corpse bride – (andrew) DONE
• movies – narnia (andrew) DONE
• books – narnia (andrew) DONE
• music – franz ferdinand (andrew) DONE

• paul DONE

• ask the couples DONE

• part 2 from january (richard) DONE

• marc

• company highlight
– gibson (paul, marc)
– candle factory (tim, ian)
– sinoanalytica
– chaucer

• is it art? (richard)
– illustration (abstract)

• valentine’s dining

– clipper(march)

• clipper crew (alistair)
• violinist (tim, ian)

• music – sigur ros (dan)
• music – (jeff, andrew, steven, paul)

• yunnan bus trip (shaun walsh) DONE
– beat up bus illustration (apple)

• markets follow-up.. real gucci vs jimo gucci, etc (andrew)
• zhou hui walking tour (steven, et al)
• naval museum
• beer tasting
• wine tasting
• travel- seoul (neil yoon, marc)
• forum out-takes (inbox)
• kids matter (tom)

danwei: Anti Microsoft January 5, 2006

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Chinese journalist Anti was the most vocal blogger writing against the recent shenanigans at The Beijing News. His uncompromising tone freaked out the spineless content monitors at MSN Spaces, where his blog was hosted. So they deleted the entire blog.

Rebecca MacKinnon has written a review of the whole case: Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger.

In the meantime, Anti has set up his blog again at Blog City, which is blocked in China, but the RSS feed for the site works just fine. In China you can also see the mirror site put up by ESWN. You can subscribe to an email version by writing to antisblog@gmail.com. He…

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danwei: 2006 is going to be great year for Chinese media January 4, 2006

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There’s not going to be a revolution. Mass media will not be any less tightly controlled than in 2005. In fact, newspapers and TV stations are probably going to have greater difficulties remaining independent from central government interference than in 2005.

But look at what has been happening in the past few months:

– The number of blogs is increasing every day, and many of them are written by professional journalists and writers.

– Bloggers are shooting movies and organizing screenings, which is noteworthy when you consider that just a few years ago, art exhibitions without official backing were regularly shut down by the cops.

– Thanks to the Internet, news of riots and violent confrontations between local authorities and peasants…

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