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Google looks to get back into China

Google looks to get back into China

谷歌欲在华推应用商店 有意重返中国

GOOGLE  Inc. is considering bringing a version of its Play mobile-app store to China, a tentative but important step back into a country that Google mostly exited in 2010.


In recent months, Google representatives in Asia told makers of apps for its Android mobile-operating system that it hopes to unveil a new app store in China to help them distribute their apps and games more efficiently, according to two people briefed on its plans.


In Google’s absence, there are multiple Android app stores in China, spawning piracy and prompting many developers to hire large teams just to manage relations with the stores. In the U.S., just two app stores dominate— Apple  ’s App Store for iPhones and iPads and Google’s Play Store for Android mobile devices.

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The Wall Street Journal | November 20, 2014, Thursday


China's Tencent, Warner Music partner for music streaming

China's Tencent, Warner Music partner for music streaming

腾讯与华纳音乐合作 代理其在大陆音乐版权

CHINESE fans of Linkin Park and Jason Mraz will be able to stream licensed music from Tencent Holding Ltd after the internet firm said on Thursday it had signed a distribution deal with Warner Music Group (WMG).
In a statement, the two companies said the deal would help music companies and artists by giving consumers better access to licensed music. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Tencent doesn't disclose how much money it makes from its music business, including its QQ Music streaming service, but QQ Music falls under its social network group, which contributed almost one quarter of total revenues for the third quarter, growing 47 percent from a year ago.

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Reuters | November 13, 2014, Thursday


Foreign student numbers in US reach record high, with almost one third from China

Foreign student numbers in US reach record high, with almost one third from China

赴美留学生人数创新高 中国学生超三成

THE number of international students enrolled at US institutions has increased for the eighth year in a row, with China being the main driver of growth.


There are now 72 per cent more international students studying at US universities and colleges since 2000, according to this year’s Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published in association with the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


The total number of international students enrolled in US higher education increased by 8 per cent to a record high of 886,052 students in 2013/14.

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South China Morning Post | November 17, 2014, Monday


The rise of China’s design generation

The rise of China’s design generation

中国设计新一代崛起

WHEN Daniel and Sonja Gross were looking for an architect to design their home in Bellmund, Switzerland, the couple considered a few local firms in neighbouring towns. But they ultimately chose someone nearly 6,000 miles away: Zhang Xi, a Chinese architect and co-founder of EXH Design in Shanghai.


“We were impressed by the diversity of ideas,” says Mr. Gross, who says he found Ms. Zhang through the recommendation of a Swiss architect. Her firm’s “solutions were even stronger than ours.”


The couple, who have two children, worked with Ms. Zhang via email and Skype, and the architect was able to come to Switzerland a few times to check on progress. Completed in 2010, the resulting 3,230-square-foot, three-bedroom contemporary home promotes internal and external views; the experience of overlooking another space is typical in Chinese garden architecture. A top-story living room has a commanding view of Lake Bienne, and a large window brings light into the all-white kitchen. The wood staircase can be seen from the ground floor to the roof. Light wood panelling on the inside creates a sense of warmth, and a gray industrial-panel exterior battles weather.

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Business Spectator | November 17, 2014, Monday


More dinosaur species have been found in China than anywhere else

More dinosaur species have been found in China than anywhere else

在中国发现的恐龙种类世界最多

A GIANT, pinkish femur juts out of the ground, longer than a person is tall. The area is littered with the fossilised vertebrae, leg and arm bones and skull of this Hadrosaurus. For 70m years it and other dinosaurs have lain buried here. Now the site in Zhucheng, in Shandong province in eastern China, is known as “dinosaur valley” for its more than 10,000 fossils found to date. The hunt for dinosaurs only properly began in China in recent decades. Already more species have been identified there than in any other country.


The bonanza is explained by China’s great expanses of rock from the Mesozoic era, when “fearful dragons”, as they are called in Chinese, roamed. In many areas rivers, floods, sandstorms and earthquakes buried the animals soon after they died, so preserving them. An unusually large amount of the rock from this era is now close to the surface, so the troves of bones, eggs and footprints have been uncovered comparatively easily. A recent discovery in Liaoning province, the Changyuraptor yangi, is the largest known four-winged flying reptile and marks another vital step on the evolutionary path from dinosaurs to birds.

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The Economist | November 15, 2014, Saturday


Chappypie China Time: a 'Chinese Disneyland' for the central coast

Chappypie China Time: a 'Chinese Disneyland' for the central coast

澳洲建中国文化主题公园 打造中国版“迪士尼”

THEY say you can see the Great Wall from space, but it is Bruce Zhong's dream for Australia to see the Forbidden City from the M1 motorway.


The final days of the Year of the Horse will be crucial in advancing his plans to build a $500 million Chinese cultural theme park – working title "Chappypie China Time" – on 15 hectares of industrial land on the central coast.


Mr Zhong, a former Sydney journalist and self-described "culturati", expects to this month submit a development application for the first stage of a complex that promises to integrate "culture and happiness, nature and spirit".

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The Sydney Morning Herald | November 14, 2014, Friday


Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

兵马俑制造之谜新线索:没有两个陶俑耳朵完全一样

CHINA'S first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, was a man haunted by death.


In 246 B.C. the adolescent ruler commissioned a massive tomb furnished with everything he'd need for the next life, including an entire army of life-size terra-cotta warriors, from mighty generals to humble infantrymen. Arranged in battle formation in pits near the emperor's tomb, the clay army stood watch for more than 2,000 years. Then, in 1974, local farmers rediscovered the site while digging a well.


Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy.

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National Geographic | November 14, 2014, Friday


In a topsy-turvy world, China warms to sci-fi Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’is published in US

In a topsy-turvy world, China warms to sci-fi Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’is published in US

刘慈欣科幻小说《三体》美国出版

WITH a state-owned power plant in nearby Shanxi Province temporarily shut down to reduce air pollution, one of its engineers, Liu Cixin, is using the free time to work on his hobby: reigning as China’s best-selling science-fiction author.


Along with working on a new novel and advising on screenplay adaptations of his earlier fiction, Mr. Liu, 51, has been promoting the English translation of “The Three-Body Problem,” the first book in his best-selling apocalyptic space opera trilogy. Translated by Ken Liu, an award-winning 


Science-fiction writer in his own right who is based in the United States (the men are not related), it is one of the few Chinese science-fiction novels to be translated into English. It will be released in the United States on Tuesday by Tor Books.

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The New York Times | November 10, 2014, Monday


Happy Singles Day! China's anti-Valentine's festival is the world's biggest e-commerce holiday

Happy Singles Day! China's anti-Valentine's festival is the world's biggest e-commerce holiday

中国光棍节成世界最大网购节

UPDATE at 7pm (EDT)/8am (Beijing time): Alibaba announced that it recorded US$2 billion in gross merchandise value within the first hour, equivalent of what it accomplished in almost 9 hours last year. 


Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – China’s Singles Day is now the world’s largest online shopping frenzy. Starting from midnight (Beijing time) on November 11, China welcomes the e-commerce holiday of the year – the 24-hour Singles Day sale. 


Last year, Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group scored US$5.8 billion on November 11 alone, setting a record for the e-commerce giant since it started holiday sales five years ago. That topped the combined US$3.7 billion online sales of Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday from desktop computers in the US, according to comScore.

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Forbes | November 10, 2014, Monday


9 of China's craziest, most creative marriage proposals

9 of China's craziest, most creative marriage proposals

盘点中国最疯狂、最有创意的九次求婚

MAYBE you've decided to show your partner love with a new iPhone. But how about 99 of them?


In Chinese, the number 9 sounds like "forever," so on Sunday a man proposed marriage to his partner in Guangzhou, China by lining up 99 brand new iPhone 6s into the shape of a heart. The phones cost him around two years worth of savings to buy, but it's unclear whether she said yes.


November 11 is China's Singles' Day (it's the date with the most 1s). As a bit of inspiration to those who have yet to leap into happily ever after, here's a quick list of some of China's most creative and entertaining marriage proposals in recent years.

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CNN | November 10, 2014, Monday




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