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Archives: July 2006

India says no thanks to the $100 laptop

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on July 28

Just a few days after the announced departure of the Intel exec overseeing the company’s efforts to launch low-cost PCs for the developing world (see this Asiatech blog post), another...

A Penny For Your Thoughts...

Posted by: Kenji Hall on July 27

In a high-tech economy like Japan's, good ideas are priceless. But Japanese tech companies have never been that generous in rewarding inventive employees for their work. Take the case of...

Motorola bets on Huawei

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on July 25

While Motorola has been on a roll in many other parts of the world, the company has still been struggling in China. A few years ago, Nokia grabbed the No....

Dangers of Online Games

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on July 25

To get the feel of the electronic game craze in South Korea, just check out the country’s SKY Professional League annual e-sports championship. The final for this year's summer league,...

DS pays off for Nintendo

Posted by: Ian Rowley on July 25

Last week, my colleagues Kenji Hall and Cliff Edwards wrote an article highlighting just tough it will be for Sony to make the PlayStation 3 pay. One analyst noted that...

Chinese Online Games Come of Age

Posted by: Brian Bremner on July 24

Mainlanders need their dose of escapism as much as the next guy it seems. I just finished a story you can find here about the white hot market for fantasy...

Intel's shakeup hits China group

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on July 21

Intel’s management shakeup, announced yesterday, has created a big question mark for the company in China, India and other big emerging markets. The headline changes involved Sean Maloney taking over...

Korea’s Phone Vibrates to Music

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on July 21

Ever missed an important call during a meeting or at a cinema? Now you don’t have to keep looking at the screen of your phone to check if the...

Matsushita's branding dilemma

Posted by: Kenji Hall on July 19

It seems Matsushita Electric Industrial is considering a new strategy for its brand. A few days ago, Matsushita officials sent out a survey by email to journalists asking for advice....

China tops India again

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on July 18

China’s science and engineering community has been distracted the past few months by a series of scandals involving accusations of fraud and plagiarism. But the incidents, however embarrassing, don’t seem...

Dell wants a slice of Japan's office printer market

Posted by: Ian Rowley on July 17

Laser printers might not be as cool as digital cameras, but they've been just as important in helping Canon stretch its operating margins from 9.7% in 2001 to 15.5%...

eBay Begins Mobile Auctioning in Korea

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on July 13

Will wireless auctioning a win-win? Certainly execs at eBay and South Korea’s leading mobile carrier think so. SK Telecom and Internet Auction, eBay’s Korean subsidiary, have forged an alliance to...

Time's up for watch sales in Japan

Posted by: Ian Rowley on July 12

Spare a thought for Japan's watchmakers. According to a new survey by Seiko Watches, the proportion of Japanese aged between 16-49 wearing wristwatches has plummeted from 70% in 1997...

PCCW Will Stay Under Chinese Control

Posted by: Brian Bremner on July 11

If you need more evidence that Beijing is pulling the welcome mat on foreign companies trying to buy Chinese corporate assets, consider the outcome of the bidding war for PCCW,...

China's Cosmic Tune Download

Posted by: Brian Bremner on July 07

Beijing is asking its citizenry to come up with 30 favorite Chinese songs that will be transmitted to earth from a lunar-probing satellite expected to be launched in 2007. It’s...


Posted by: Manjeet Krpalani on July 06

Just about everyone has heard of Nasscom, the powerful Indian software industry association. Now other groups are popping up along India’s technology corridor to try and mimic Nasscom’s success in...

Yahoo China Vs. Global Music Industry

Posted by: Brian Bremner on July 05

The Yahoo China syndrome continues. First, the U.S. mega-portal gets a thrashing by U.S. lawmakers and human rights groups for supplying email data to Beijing authorities that led to the...


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