November 19, 2008
Perhaps the most discussed topic during my trip in China was Baidu’s decision to enter the Japanese search engine market in January 2008. It was the first thing that came to mind of just about everyone I spoke with on the topic of my study. Following a nearly year long study of Japanese-language search technology and localization, Baidu’s expansion plans were first announced at the end of 2006. In a reaction on earnings for the fourth quarter in February 2007, Robin Li said the company would spend $15 million, 14 percent of Baidu’s total budget in 2007, trying to replicate its home market success in Internet-savvy Japan.
Getting Started in Japan
Earlier in May 2006 Baidu had announced Read the rest of this entry »
September 16, 2008
While in most Western languages vertical lists are perceived as easier to use, given the writing and reading orientations, research has indicated that for Chinese users a horizontal menu in either English or Chinese is more effective. This makes sense because the writing and reading flow – the intrinsic reading and writing directions of the language – in the Chinese language is mostly vertical, from top to bottom. As a result of the different reading flow native Chinese netizens will scan a screen differently from netizens that have been raised with the Roman system.
The screenshots below show the the basic interface structure of Read the rest of this entry »
July 2, 2008
I found this remarkable video today: a creative Chinese farmer that has built his own airplane. Prety cool to see how he lifts off from an ordinary road as the people are watching him from the sidewalk. Respect!
It seems that more and more people in the rural areas are getting into private-made tech stuff! Is there a trend coming up of autodidactic farmers in China? Check out this submarine or this story of a guy that has built his very own helicopter! Also farmer Wu Yulu is into home-building; he makes his own robots.
May 27, 2008
According to this wikileaks source the U.S. government and entertainment industry are jointly working on a multi-lateral agreement concerning intellectual property rights. By creating a new global standard for intellectual property rights enforcement they hope to stop the growing use of peer-to-peer (p2p). The so called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will turn the facilitation of p2p possibilities without making any profit into an illegal activity. The paragraph on the criminilasation of fileshares is already described as the ‘Pirate Bay killer’.
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May 23, 2008
Last week China went through three days of national mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. As I mentioned in my previous post major portals as Sina, Sohu, and Netease decided to show their content in black and white and were limited to news only. Entertainment websites had to cope with the mourning more drastically: during the 3 days the government restricted access to entertainment content both on the Internet and broadcast media. China-Daily reported the following about it: “All public amusements will be suspended for three days from Monday.”
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May 19, 2008
I am back in the Netherlands after a very succesfull time in China. What a great 5 weeks it was! When I look at my extensive business card collection I realise how lucky I am, how many people I actually met, and companies I visited; its almost unreal! Now that I am back it is time to structure and process all the data I have sucked in, and it is a lot:
I have collected around 25 hours of interviews, nearly 5 kilos of booksleafletsreportsanalyses, and a fortune worth of digital reports made by some prominent research companies. Furthermore I have a lot of new Facebook and LinkedIn contacts, around 150 pictures, AND, last but not least, a Read the rest of this entry »