Posted by Author on October 9, 2010
MADRID — Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Friday decried the use of pirated software by Chinese businesses.
“One of the things that has improved a lot around the world is business piracy, and yet when we look at China today business piracy is more extreme than consumer piracy,” he told a business forum in Madrid. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on June 25, 2009
Owen Fletcher, IDG News Service, Via PCWorld, Thursday, June 25, 2009 –
Microsoft’s Bing search engine filters out some sensitive results from searches made in simplified Chinese, the script used to write the language in China, searches revealed Thursday.
The filtering appeared to occur for searches done both in and outside of China. A search for “Tiananmen” returned images of tanks rolling into Beijing’s central square in 1989 to crush pro-democracy protests if the search was written in English or in traditional Chinese characters, which are used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
But those images did not appear for the same search done in simplified Chinese. Stately photos of the Tiananmen gate leading to Beijing’s old imperial city instead filled the page.
Search results appeared to be missing for other politically charged words in simplified Chinese as well. Searching for “Falun Dafa,” a name for the Falun Gong spiritual movement banned as a cult in China, turned up the movement’s Web page if performed in English or traditional Chinese, but not when done in simplified Chinese.
Like Google’s local search engine, Bing also appeared to filter out some sensitive results in any language when used from an IP (Internet Protocol) address in China. The Falun Gong Web site could not be found using traditional characters in China.
China has stepped up efforts to control content on foreign Web sites in recent weeks. Bing, Twitter, Flickr and other sites were blocked for the June 4 anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in an apparent attempt to prevent public commemoration or other disturbances.
China appeared to block Google’s English search engine and other Google sites for over an hour Wednesday night, following state media criticism of the company last week for serving pornographic search results.
The Internet is heavily patrolled in China by police and by domain owners who fear punishment if they allow discussion of sensitive issues to appear on their Web sites. YouTube and some foreign news sites are blocked in China, and others including Wikipedia have been blocked before.
Microsoft did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
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Posted by Author on October 25, 2008
Tania Branigan in Beijing, The Guardian,Thursday October 23 2008-
Chinese internet users have reacted with fury after Microsoft launched an anti-piracy tool to combat the widespread sale of fake software. People have flooded blogs and bulletin boards to complain it violates their right to privacy – with one lawyer even reporting the firm to security officials for “hacking”.
Microsoft dominates the Chinese market, and even the president, Hu Jintao, has said he uses its products. But with software piracy estimated at more than 90%, the firm’s profits fail to reflect its popularity.
The new version of its “Windows Genuine Advantage” program turns the background black every hour if the installed software fails a validation test.
But the software giant’s attempt to protect its intellectual property sparked angry denunciations. ” The computer is mine!” one angry blogger wrote on the web portal Sina.com. “Microsoft has no right to control my hardware without my agreement.”
Dong Zhengwei, 35, a Beijing lawyer, has complained to the public security ministry, describing the software giant as the “biggest hacker in China, with its intrusion into users’ computer systems without their agreement or any judicial authority”. He told the official China Daily newspaper he believed the measure breached China’s criminal law.
The China Software Industry Association said it also planned to take action against Microsoft.
Critics said Microsoft was putting their information at risk by accessing their computers. But the software giant argues that counterfeit programs pose a far greater risk to information security.
– The Guardian
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Posted by Author on April 30, 2008
Pictures from The Epochtimes, Apr. 30-
The Chinese name of Carrefour, “家乐福” is completely blocked by Chinese Internet search engines, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Chinese version search engine.
Here’s the captured screens of search results by using key word “家乐福”:
Above: Carrefour Blocked by China’s NO. 1 Internet Search Engins(1), Baidu.
Above: Carrefour Blocked by Google, Yahoo and other Chinese search engines.
Above: Carrefour Blocked by Microsoft.
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