China Punks 10: Let the Branding Begin!

After an extremely long hiatus, China Punks is back with a brand new branding campaign.  That’s right folks, branding.

Brand your donkey, brand your kids, wife, wherever and whenever you’ve got a fire you can brand with your all-new China Punks brand!

As soon as we’ve got that going, we’ll let you know.  Until then, we hope you enjoy the latest episode of China Punks.  Topics and links below.

Download or Stream China Punks 10

Thailand vacation (with no Thailand)

Bo xilai +Neil Heywood stuff, rumors

Corruption Nation:  Why Bo Xilai Matters

Britain Presses for Information on Death in China

USC shooting and journalist witch-hunting

The Implications Of One Small Associated Press Editing Error Beijing Cream

Chinese Student Rapes Woman in US, Parents Try – chinaSMACK

Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES RECAP 3: WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE

Xiaomi 2 and Meizu MX

Xiaomi To Release Second-generation Product In H2 2012

Meizu MX Quad-core to Launch in June, Powered by Samsung’s Exynos CPU

Netease vs Tencent vs everyone

Netease vs. Tencent: The Great App Theft of 2012

Qihoo Takes Tencent to Court Tomorrow, Accuses It of Being Monopolistic

Yogurt and pill gelatin food safety

Manufacturing of Poisonous Disposable Chopsticks Exposed

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China Punks 08: Ba sounds like all Fa’cked up

Recorded and abruptly cut short on Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012

Due to technical difficulties (my microphone decided to crap out about 30 minutes into it), we only got to talk about coming Weibocalypse, or Weipocalypse if you like.

I say only, but the coming enforcement of real name registration on Sina’s Weibo platform does have some interesting implications.  We get into different aspects of the situation, including the service itself, value for investors, and the systemic problems that haven given rise to real name registration as well as its possible negative impacts on people’s lives.

Download or Stream the dissapointingly short episode 08 of China Punks

As you can see from the links below, we had a great show lined up.  Apparently, we didn’t make the proper sacrifices to the tech gods beforehand.

Weibocalypse
What Happens to Free Speech on Weibo After Real Name Registration?
Sina Weibo and the Coming Weipocalypse
Chinese Man Disappeared, Detained by Police for BBS Repost

Mobile World Congress Insanity
Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 & Galaxy Note 10.1 Officially Announced
Samsung: One Tablet Closer to Irrelevance
Apple Times iPad 3 Invite To Show How Little Anyone Cares About Android
The Rightsizing Of RIM: 41 Megapixels Is Completely Meaningless, And So Is 500k Apps, Says RIM VP

Xiaomi Gets Western Attention
Interview: China’s Xiaomi hopes for revolution in

Stoopid Proview v Apple accusations – “They tricked us!!! Blaaaagh!!!”
Proview’s New PR Attack: Apple Cheated Us Out of the iPad Trademark
Artman Talks 20: Apple v Proview with Stan Abrams

McD’s marketing – Pink Slime is still 100% beef
McDonald’s to Tout Quality in China (quick before WSJ figures out that we can read the entire article


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


China Punks 2: No snappy title

Note: This originally appeared on Artman Talks as the podcast with No Name #2

We get a better internet connection (kind of) and stay a little bit more on focused when it comes to topics.

We talk about some of the biggest news (no not Euro nonsense) to hit this side of the world: the death of Kim Jong-il. A crazy guy, who apparently wanted to be a movie director, left behind a son only recently declared heir to rule the country. What’s next for North Korea and China? We’re not sure, but we do discuss some of the possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »