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

Linkage

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

Linsanity

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

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China Punks 05: Baijiu makes you say the darndest things!

After almost a month of silence, the two punks are back with their bad mouths and over-generalizations.

In this episode, Charlie and John catch up after a period of involuntary silence to talk about Startup Asia, Wang Lijun, Xiaomi, as well as the gut-wrenching Spring Festival and accompanied headache-inducing Festival Gala on CCTV, et al.

Download or stream China Punks #5 here

Background and follow-up links:

Penn-Olson’s coverage of Startup Asia

Wang Lijun and his possible defection to the US:

China Geeks: High-Level Defection or Convenient Vacation? (with most recent update and great link juice)

Xiaomi:

Learn more about MIUI

Artman Talks with Kane Gao: WebOS vs Xiaomi

Charlie’s Video Review

Spring Festival

Book of Knowledge Entry

Charlie’s Spring Festival for Danwei.org (seriously, how does this guy do so much?)