The Creamcast, Ep.19: Tech In China (Bookworm Literary Festival)

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On March 21 as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival, Mark Natkin (founder and managing director of Marbridge Consulting), Kaiser Kuo (director of international relations at Baidu), and Josh Gartner (senior director of international relations at sat down with Eric Jou for a panel discussion called Tech in China. They spoke on artificial intelligence, O2O, censorship, the market, and woolly mammoths -- all of which you can listen to in this week's episode.

Highlights From ChinaJoy 2013

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Games and cosplay in China meet every year around this time during the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference in Shanghai, aka ChinaJoy. First started in 2004, this expo is ostensibly all about showcasing the best in the gaming community, but, well, it's the girls who steal the show, because nothing quite represents undersexed geekdom than scantily clad women. The wings and makeup are gratuitous.

Look Who Endorses WeChat: Why, Just The Best Footballer In The World

Messi endorses WeChat
Lionel Messi endorses WeChat, i.e. Weixin, i.e. the next Sina Weibo, as some people have called it on account of its functionality and interstellar growth. You can send texts for free (pending Internet connection), start group chats, and deliver photos and voice messages. And as Messi demonstrates in the above 30-second ad, you can communicate via video, too -- Instagram, Sina Weibo, and Vine all in one.

Chinese State-Owned Telecoms Feel Threatened By WeChat, Call Upon Powerful Ministry To Weaken It

China gives Tencent Weixin WeChat the boot
In China, if you can’t beat them, call upon your buddies in a high-ranking ministry to bring them down to your level. China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile, three state-owned telecom enterprises, apparently feel so threatened by Tencent’s free Weixin (WeChat) program — specifically its ability to allow users to text and send voice... Read more »

Skype In China Might Not Offer Privacy, But Why Would You Expect It To?

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I ran across this piece on a blog for the Heritage Foundation in which the author tries to connect the recent accusations from Mandiant about hacking from China (still without conclusive evidence) and TOM1-Skype’s censoring: Chinese hackers have infiltrated the popular Internet messaging service Skype. The hackers have modified the operation of Skype so that the... Read more »