6 Must-Read Tech Stories in China This Week

  • Mosti deny accusations that R&D grant of RM1.152 billion was abused – Bernama

    The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) today denied allegations of abusing grants amounting to RM1.152 billion that was allocated for research and development (R&D). Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said the allocation for the R&D was given to researchers or applicants using a tight procedure. He said... …

  • Singaporean tourist killed, 39 injured in bus accident, the third in 8 days – Bernama

    A Singaporean tourist was killed while 39 others were injured, including two drivers, when the double-decker tour bus they were travelling in plunged into a ravine at KM70 of the Kuantan-Segamat highway near Pekan, Pahang, this afternoon.  The bus, driven by a local driver, transporting 38 Singaporean tourists from Redang Island, Terengganu to... …

  • Shahidan proposes 3 deputy director-general posts in Esscom – Bernama
    Shahidan proposes 3 deputy director-general posts in Esscom – Bernama

    Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic) has proposed to create three deputy director-general posts in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to enable it to function more effectively. Shahidan said the posts could be created representing the three leading enforcement agencies, Malaysian Armed Forces,... …

  • Raja Bomoh spouting mumbo-jumbo again
    Raja Bomoh spouting mumbo-jumbo again

    Bomoh (shaman) Ibrahim Mat Zin (pic, third left) is in the headlines for the wrong reasons again, this time for conducting a cleansing ritual along KM306.1 of the North-South Expressway. The area has been in the spotlight since last Thursday after Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh died when his Toyota Alphard was involved in a collision with a... …

  • Government may install temporary pipe to channel water directly to Sg Langat – Bernama

    The Government is considering installing a 1.5-kilometre temporary pipe from the tunnel that will supply raw water from Pahang to the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant, to Sungai Langat in Selangor to feed water to existing water treatment plants as a means to solve the water crisis in the Klang Valley. Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology... …

  • Syabas hopeful first, third, fourth stage of water rationing to end April 30 – Bernama
    Syabas hopeful first, third, fourth stage of water rationing to end April 30 – Bernama

    Water supply rationing for the first, third and fourth stage of the plan is expected to end on April 30, according to one of the parties responsible for the supply of the natural resource in the Klang Valley. Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) corporate communications and public affairs assistant general manager, Priscilla Alfred said this... …

This week, we saw the Chinese web scene ripple with shock as Google snubbed Net Nanny, had a laugh at the ingenuity of pirates of Diablo 3, and ruminated on Sina Weibo’s new carrot-and-stick policy to keep gossipy users in line. Oh, and look: a shiny new infographic!


1. The rise of social media in China, with all-new user numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Starting the week’s action on a light note, the folks at BestFreeOnline kindly gave us first dibs on this, showing all the very latest user numbers for China’s major social services.


2. China opens ‘.cn’ domains for individuals, registrations increase more than 20-fold

After a two-year ban on regular folks registering ‘.cn’ and ‘.中国’ domain names, China’s administrative agency for internet affairs opened it up again, causing a huge flood of interest.


3. Sina Weibo’s new ‘credit’ system is just a number-crunching way to ban loose-lipped users

Earlier this week, Sina’s new contract with users went live, wherein a points-based ‘credit’ system will penalize users who mention prohibitive words or phrases, or engage in malicious gossip. Expanding on the theme, my colleague called BS on the whole system, pointing out that Sina will still censor, delete, and ban users at will, regardless of how much virtual credit we have.


4. Google notifies Chinese users of blocked search terms

Google, too, was tackling China’s recalcitrant Net Nanny, adding a new feature to its Hong Kong-based search engine that will alert users who’ll probably see a ‘connection reset’ message after entering certain search terms, causing Google to be blocked for a few minutes. Basically, the U.S. web giant is explaining the throttled site’s instability by saying “It’s them, not us.”


5. Taobao cracks down on Diablo 3 sales, vendors start selling “pineapples”

In gaming news, Chinese pirates got creative on the nation’s biggest amateur shopkeeper e-commerce site, Taobao, using puns to disguise the hot new game as big, juicy pineapples.


6. China’s B2C e-commerce space is a two horse race

Speaking of e-commerce, Taobao’s sister site, Tmall, is the country’s leading B2C e-tailer. Along with rival 360Buy, they dominate more than half of the market.

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  • In funeral procession, thousands chant ‘Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh’ (VIDEO) The Malay Mail Online
    In funeral procession, thousands chant ‘Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh! Karpal Singh’ (VIDEO)

    GEORGE TOWN, April 20 — The streets of Penang’s historical city centre roared with the voices of thousands calling out the name of their state’s beloved son — Karpal Singh.  Elbows jostled with... …

  • Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user The Malaysian Insider
    Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user

    A Barisan Nasional MP whose Facebook posting poking fun at the death of Karpal Singh shocked Malaysians has again insulted the late DAP leader, this time comparing him to a hostile figure in Islamic history who fought against Prophet Muhammad. Facebook user Shamsul Kamal Ariffin Mohd Nasir, 42, told The Malaysian Insider that Langkawi MP,... …

  • Remains of Karpal’s aide to be flown back to India The Malaysian Insider
    Remains of Karpal’s aide to be flown back to India

    The remains of Karpal Singh’s personal aide Michael Cornelius, who died in Thursday's accident along with the Bukit Gelugor MP, will be flown back to India today, according to media reports. Prayers would be held for Michael, 39, at the Ipoh Hospital mortuary before his remains are transferred to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, The... …