6 Must-Read Tech Stories in China This Week

  • MH192’s number three main wheel burst during take off, says Hishammuddin – Bernama
    MH192’s number three main wheel burst during take off, says Hishammuddin – Bernama

    Preliminary investigation findings on the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH192 incident has revealed that the number three main wheel of the aircraft had burst during take off. Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) said the aircraft was currently grounded at the MAS Engineering facility in Kuala Lumpur International... …

  • Bible banned from Pahang hotel rooms – Bernama

    The Pahang Islamic and Malay Customs Council (MAIP) has prohibited hotel proprietors in the state from placing religious reading materials of other religions other than Islam in their rooms. According to MAIP deputy president, Datuk Seri Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan, a letter of prohibition on the matter had been sent to 147 hotels across the... …

  • Pre-lim report to ICAO not public, yet

    Malaysia has yet to decide on whether the preliminary report on the MH370 incident submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will be made public.   "We have issued the preliminary report. We've sent it to ICAO but we have not made a decision to release to media or the public," Department of Civil Aviation Chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.   Asked again on why it will not be released to public, although it is common practice, …

  • Take second job to tackle household debt, urges AKPK – Bernama
    Take second job to tackle household debt, urges AKPK – Bernama

    The Credit Counseling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) has urged Malaysians to take a second job to help them tackle the high rate of household debt. Chief executive officer Koid Swee Lian (pic) said those in the teaching line, for example, could give extra classes to earn more money. "Teachers could earn more money by giving tuition to... …

  • International team probing MH370 to be finalised next week, Hishammuddin says
    International team probing MH370 to be finalised next week, Hishammuddin says

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Malaysia expects to finalise by next week the list of members on the independent team of experts commissioned by Putrajaya to carry out an extensive probe on the... …

  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely, Dr Mahathir reminds current leaders
    Absolute power corrupts absolutely, Dr Mahathir reminds current leaders

    Malaysian leaders have been reminded not to look down on the public’s capability to topple a corrupt government as what had happened in the Middle East during the Arab spring, warned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic). In his latest blog posting today, the country’s longest serving prime minister said that monarchs and dictators in the Middle East... …

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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  • MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer The Malaysian Insider
    MH370 passenger’s partner tells of strange email from sacked Fox officer

    The partner of an American passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has spoken about how a Fox executive who was recently sacked by the news station had contacted her offering to raise funds on her behalf. Sarah Bajc, whose partner Philip Wood is among the 239 people on board the missing plane, told the Sydney Morning Herald... …

  • Dr Ling’s son chose wine over woman, court hears The Malaysian Insider
    Dr Ling’s son chose wine over woman, court hears

    The son of former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik today reached an out of court settlement with his ex-girlfriend in a breach of contract suit over seven properties registered under their joint names. Ling Hee Leong and businesswoman Teh Chee Yen agreed to settle out of court after he took the stand briefly and testified that he had chosen... …

  • MB: Only 29 days of water left in Selangor Malaysiakini

    Although heavy rain led to flash floods in parts of the Klang Valley yesterday, the Selangor government has said that taps will run completely dry in 29 days if rationing is not continued. "For now, we must continue with rationing as the level at the main dam, the Sungai Selangor dam, is below the critical level and can only last 29 days if rationing is not conducted," Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said in a statement.   "We really hope the rakyat understands this situation and supports …