Chinese Internet Diagram

internet-enterprise-map-th.pngOSChina user Hongshu has created a diagram of Western internet companies and their Chinese counterparts, featuring the likes of Taobao, China’s version of eBay, Renren, China’s Facebook clone, and Youku, the Chinese Youtube. More recent copycats include Sina Weibo and Zhihu, China’s Twitter and Quora clones respectively. The only Western internet business featured that at least enjoys some popularity in China is Microsoft’s MSN/Windows Live Messenger network. Other than that I can only think of Amazon.cn, also known as Joyo, the Chinese subsidiary of Amazon.com, as another example for a relatively successful Western internet business. All in all an interesting peek at the Chinese internet industry… [...]

Japanese company invents religion-free DVD player

religionfree-dvdplayer-th.jpgWith the global economy still staggering, many tech firms are having trouble maintaining market shares and are under pressure to innovate. Especially Japanese tech companies have long been under siege by Korean and Chinese competitors. Yet, with budget cuts and layoffs throughout the industry, R&D and marketing departments have very little room to manoeuvre. However, as LabaQ reports, there is one Japanese company has found the cure: religion-free DVD players. I think it is fair to say that this will be an innovation that will shake the industry. Originally posted on Reddit, news of this peculiar item quickly spread on Western internet forums and social networks. I have yet to find out when this product will reach European and American markets, but as soon as I can get my hands on one, I’ll let you know if it plays Passion of the Christ… [...]