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Archives: August 2007

Taiwan's HTC Beats Apple's iPhone To Japan...

Posted by: Kenji Hall on August 30

HTC couldn't have picked a better time to fire up the marketing machine. Today, Taiwanese tech company unveiled a Windows Mobile-based, touch-screen handset that will work on NTT DoCoMo's 3G...

The OECD Takes a Second Look at Chinese R&D

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 30

The OECD received a lot of well-deserved criticism last December after it came out with a report claiming that China had passed Japan to become the world’s second-biggest investor in...

Japan's Net Café Refugees

Posted by: Ian Rowley on August 28

Japan's 24 hour internet cafes often double as places where revelers can hang out before the first bus or train home in the morning. With food, drink, showers and other...

A Taiwanese Company Throws in the Towel

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 24

For Asian companies looking to jumpstart their efforts to build a global brand, the case of the strangely-named Taiwanese company BenQ is a scary example of just how wrong things...

Will LCD TVs follow the PC model?

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on August 23

Will Taiwanese contract manufacturers make most LCD TVs in the future just like the way most PCs are produced now? That’s a big question raised after U.S.-based companies Vizio, Syntax-Brillian...

Sharp's Oh-So-Thin Display

Posted by: Kenji Hall on August 22

Remember the new $3-billion factory Sharp announced plans for just last month? Most people (including me) assumed the Japanese TV maker was just burning through more money to make...

Can China crack down on organ trading?

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 20

Critics of the anything-goes world of Chinese capitalism often point to the country’s organ trade as an especially grisly example of what’s wrong with the way the rest of the...

Sony Fights the Dark Side of E-Waste

Posted by: Kenji Hall on August 17

It's a common eyesore in many homes: a jumbled mass of old PCs, monitors, MP3 players, cell phones and connecting wires clogging our closets or file drawers. How often...

China throws money at its drug scandals

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 13

Now that the Chinese government has executed the former top food and drug regulator, Beijing wants to show the rest of the world that we don’t need to worry so...

Plasma TV Revenues Forecast to Fall in 2009

Posted by: Kenji Hall on August 10

It's a classic dilemma for any flat-panel TV maker: to expand or not to expand. But for plasma TV manufacturers, the question goes beyond the usual hand-wringing about whether...

Who wins from Novartis's India loss

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 09

When it comes to counterfeiting, piracy, fakery and overall disdain for intellectual property rights, few countries can match China. So when a pharmaceutical executive says that the patent-protection situation in...

Trouble for Yahoo in India

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 07

Out goes another Yahoo exec in Asia. Last November, it was the head of Yahoo China who left after only 42 days at the helm. (See this BusinessWeek story for...

Is Samsung’s Chip Output Back To Normal?

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on August 06

Samsung Electronics on Aug. 6 claimed that its production stoppage last week at its main plants for NAND flash chips will have little impact on the supply of the chip...

Shanghai's high-tech flop

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 03

Foreign visitors to Shanghai marvel at the high-tech link between the airport and the city, a super-fast train without wheels that floats over the track thanks to magnetic levitation. The...

Worm Alert!

Posted by: Kenji Hall on August 02

There's a worm that's been wreaking havoc with gamers' PCs, and it's giving Nintendo a bad name. The Romario-A worm spreads offering a free game download of Nintendo's Super Mario...


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