China Punks 06: Apple, How Do You Plead?

Recorded on Feb 15, 2012.

This week, the two punks take a look at Apple vs Everyone, but in particular how they treat their people, what they do about it, and the so-far invincibility of their stock price even as they may lose the right to sell iPads in China.

We also do what we do best: make unfounded speculations. This time around we speculate about Xiaomi becoming a major player in Chinese handsets, the most recent drama surrounding Wang Lijun (not much, but exciting nonetheless), Linsanity, and the relationship between traditional TV and online viewing.

And it turns out that John’s unfounded speculation about Youku having an inside track in releasing mobile client for Paike, their user generated platform, was vindicated with SARFT’s announcement earlier today that they will regulate Internet and mobile TV.

Download or stream episode six here


Apple Vs The World

NY Times:  In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
Does Apple Really Care About Factory Workers? (by Charlie for Penn-Olson)
MIC Gadget: Apple fights back on iPad TM rejection in China
Reuters: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose
Reuters:  More Chinese Cities Halt iPad orders
the Beijinger: iPad, is this the end?
Sweatshop (flash game)

Wang Lijunanity

@Siweiluozi’s Blog: Wang Lijun, episode one

SARFT and Crappy TV

SARFT Establishing Platform For Regulating Internet Video in China
David Wolf: TV regulations: same wine, new bottle
Background on recent SARFT regulations


FT: Chinese censors face ‘Lin-sanity’ conundrum
Floyd Mayweather questions Jeremy Lin


China Punks 04: CCTV wants your soul

China Punks month-a-vesary edition.  Download or stream here.

We’re looking at CES and some of the interesting things that are being announced, the “free” Unicom iPhone 4S, the continued push by SARFT to centralize TV and bring those trashy satellite stations in line, and some predictions about 2012 for China.

Razer Project Fiona is half gaming tablet, half myth
China Unicom Reveals Contract Plans for iPhone 4S, ‘Free’ Comes at a Price
Why Are Children Experiencing a Crisis of Imagination?
Microsoft Sues Chinese Retailers for Selling PCs with Pirated Software
Why We Shouldn’t Hate Dashan
One Type of ISP monopoly not Addressed Yet
Larry Lang on the economics of bad film
China’s Cultural Revolution 2.0
China’s Real Estate Bubble May Have Just Popped