Archive for August, 2007
“China’s Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is demanding an apology from an Internet user who said its monks had once been beaten in unarmed combat by a Japanese ninja.Relations between Chinese and Japanese are sensitive at the best of times, with emotions still running high over Japan’s invasion and occupation of parts of China in the first half of the 20th Century”.
Eric Zhu is just the sort of customer that Western music labels want to reach in China. The 28-year-old Beijing resident is a sales director for a local company and enjoys listening to Western pop, from the Backstreet Boys to the Spice Girls, on his MP3 player. Zhu doesn’t pay for his tunes, though. Like millions of other young Chinese, he downloads them for free using Baidu.com, the country’s biggest search engine. Baidu makes it so easy just hit the MP3 tab on the home page, type in the name of the song, and click. What’s more, Zhu doesn’t believe he and his friends are doing anything wrong.”I think it’s a problem with the law, not with us users,” he says.
“NBC Universal, unable to come to an agreement with Apple on pricing, has decided not to renew its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on iTunes.The media conglomerate which is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Appleâ€™s online store, accounting for about 40 percent of downloads notified Apple of its decision late yesterday, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked for anonymity because negotiations between the companies are confidential”.