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Archives: September 2009

China Tech: Huawei's New CTO

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 30

On the eve of China's big 60th-anniversary bash, the country's top tech company has another reason to celebrate. Huawei Technologies announced late this afternoon that it has hired Matt Bross,...

China's Sixtieth Birthday and Military Parade

Posted by: Dexter Roberts on September 30

It’s the eve of the big day: the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of China’s founding on October 1st, 1949, and Beijing has the odd feeling of being under some...

China's Unfortunately Named New GEM

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 29

For a decade, Chinese officials have been talking about launching a Nasdaq-style market catering to small and mid-sized companies. The wait is almost over. Next month - after the week-long...

Asia's Space Race: China Unveils a Breakthrough

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 29

Just a few days after India's space program hit the headlines with the news it helped discover water on the lunar surface, the Chinese space program reminds us that, ahem,...

Panasonic Enlists Hollywood To Promote 3D TVs

Posted by: Kenji Hall on September 28

In recent years, TV manufacturers have tried to entice buyers with thinner screens and crisper images. Now Panasonic is trying to portray itself as a force in the tech industry...

A Win for India’s Space Program

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 25

There was some embarrassment in India after the untimely end of the country’s first mission to the Moon last month. The unmanned Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, which was supposed to last for...

Nintendo Cuts Wii's Price, As Rumored

Posted by: Kenji Hall on September 24

It may have been coincidence or a shrewd move to steal a rival's thunder. Nintendo said that it would lower the price of its Wii video game console by $50...

Korea Removes Potential Roadblock for iPhone

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on September 24

Korea has never been a priority for Apple when it introduced its innovative products in global markets. But a long delay in the sale of Apple’s iPhone in Korea has...

Ford Launches Figo, A Small Car Made In - and For - India

Posted by: Mehul Srivastava on September 23

After years spent trailing Japan's Suzuki, South Korea's Hyundai, and India's own Tata, Ford decided to make a real go for Indian consumers, launching a small car called Figo. It's...

Chinese President less Protectionist than Obama?

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on September 22

Chinese President Hu Jintao can afford to take the moral high ground on protectionism when he sits down with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly...

Korea Wins FTSE Developed World Status

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on September 21

The FTSE upgraded the Korean stock market to developed market status from emerging market on Sept. 21, but the move is expected to do little in boosting the Seoul bourse’s...

Carlyle Invests in China's Baby Formula Company

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on September 20

Private equity powerhouse Carlyle has taken a minority stake in one of China's largest infant formula makers, demonstrating strong faith in a sector that has been plagued by controversy over...

Hyundai Aims to Charm U.S. Drivers with New Sonata

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on September 18

Hyundai on Sept. 17 unveiled its new Sonata midsize sedan that will be a key test of its recent campaign to reestablish its image. Departing from the sedate styling...

JAL Revival Tied To Open Skies Pact, Japan Democrats

Posted by: Kenji Hall on September 17

As Japan Airlines attempts to avoid bankruptcy, slashing costs and raising funds aren't its only concerns. The company must also appeal to newly elected Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's administration for...

China-U.S. Relations Deteriorate Because of Internet

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on September 17

The latest trade dispute between China and the U.S. over tire tariffs has inevitably given way to a flurry of angry rants by Chinese netizens on internet chat forums against...

Walkman vs. iPod Battle Revisited

Posted by: Kenji Hall on September 16

Sony added two new models to its Walkman lineup yesterday, as it attempts to lure consumers away from Apple’s iPod and other portable media players ahead of the crucial yearend...

China, Protectionism and India's Vitamin C Shortage

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 16

Don't catch a cold in India. The Economic Times reports on a sudden shortage of vitamin C in the country. "Due to curbs on raw material imports from China, drug...

Japan's Drinks Makers Go Global

Posted by: Kenji Hall on September 15

Japan’s beverage companies have been in a buying mood lately. Since the start of the year, they have been on the hunt for deals, spending roughly $5.7 billion on M&A...

Who's the Protectionist in China-U.S. Trade Dispute?

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 14

The Chinese government is trying to have it both ways in its current trade spat with the U.S. Following the news on Friday that the Obama Administration will impose new...

China vs Taiwan in U.S. Court

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 11

There’s no shortage of lawsuits in the chip industry, where it’s pretty common for semiconductor manufacturers or designers to accuse rivals of intellectual-property theft. Most of the time these cases...

Green Technology, Climate Change, and the U.S. and China

Posted by: Dexter Roberts on September 10

On the sidelines of the so-called “Summer Davos” meeting here in the coastal city of Dalian I had an interesting conversation earlier today with scholar Orville Schell (he now serves...

China to sell Yuan "Panda Bonds" in Hong Kong

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on September 09

China’s yuan is set to move closer to becoming an international currency with the announcement by Beijing that it plans to raise $880 million in the first ever sovereign sale...

Aviation Chaos Strikes India

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 08

In a country notorious for its lousy airlines, Jet Airways has always stood out as India’s one world-class carrier. Unlike some other Indian airlines, Jet has new planes, tasty food,...

Japan Inc. balks at 25% carbon reduction target

Posted by: Ian Rowley on September 08

No one can doubt the green credentials of Japan's new government. Just days after defeating the Liberal Democratic Party in an Aug. 30 election, Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic...

China's Internet: A New Censorship Move

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 06

Green Dam, the censorship software that the Chinese government wanted on all PCs sold in China, turned out to be a flop. Beijing's still keen on exerting greater control over...

WTO Talks Start in New Delhi, With Global Free Trade Alliance in the Balance.

Posted by: Mehul Srivastava on September 03

A fresh – and informal - round of negotiations began Sept 3 in New Delhi, hoping to make some movement towards a global free trade pact that could get signed...

Samsung’s Market Value Approaches Intel’s

Posted by: Ihlwan Moon on September 03

Samsung Electronics surprised the world in 2002 when its market value surpassed that of Sony’s. It marked Samsung’s emergence as a truly important player in the electronics industry and its...

Wen Hints China Will Keep its Easy-Money Policy

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 02

The Shanghai stock market took a beating in August, tumbling 25%, amid investor worries the Chinese government is readying to cut back on lending by the state-owned banks. Yesterday Chinese...

Help Us Identify the Most Intriguing New Businesses

Posted by: Ira Sager on September 01

What defines most intriguing? To us, that means new enterprises that make you say, "Wow, that's fascinating." To identify these new businesses, we’re inviting our readers and the public at...


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