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Sep 18, 2014

Apple’s iPhone 6 still one license away from elusive China launch

BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is still awaiting a critical license from Chinese regulators before it can sell its new iPhone 6 in one of the company’s most important markets.

The official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday that Apple’s new iPhone had been given regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies, but the phone cannot be sold in China until a key network license is granted. The Xinhua report did not indicate when this is likely to happen.

Sep 18, 2014

Apple hiring manager to handle China government data requests

BEIJING (Reuters) – Apple Inc is hiring a head of law enforcement in Beijing to deal with user data requests from China’s government, according to a public job listing, after it last month began storing private data on Chinese soil for the first time.

According to the job listing, posted on professional networking site LinkedIn, the position will handle the “increasing number of third-party requests for access to Apple controlled data within China.”

Sep 14, 2014

Insight – Simon Xie: Jack Ma’s unassuming lieutenant at Alibaba

BEIJING (Reuters) – Inside Alibaba, where co-founders are revered like rock stars, relatively few employees know about the soft-spoken executive who for years kept his same cramped office, unfashionable clothes and the self-effacing demeanour of a metalworker’s son.

But for investors in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s potentially record initial public offering, Simon Xie, a co-founder and vice president, represents one of the e-commerce company’s most important figures: he’s the only individual besides Executive Chairman Jack Ma who owns the domestic Chinese companies and holds the operating licenses that underpin Alibaba’s corporate structure.

Sep 14, 2014

Simon Xie: Jack Ma’s unassuming lieutenant at Alibaba

BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Inside Alibaba, where
co-founders are revered like rock stars, relatively few
employees know about the soft-spoken executive who for years
kept his same cramped office, unfashionable clothes and the
self-effacing demeanor of a metalworker’s son.

But for investors in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s
potentially record initial public offering, Simon
Xie, a co-founder and vice president, represents one of the
e-commerce company’s most important figures: he’s the only
individual besides Executive Chairman Jack Ma who owns the
domestic Chinese companies and holds the operating licenses that
underpin Alibaba’s corporate structure.

Sep 12, 2014

Huawei Technologies uncovers corruption in internal probe

BEIJING, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
, China’s largest telecom equipment maker, found four
employees in violation of the company’s policies on corruption
as part of an internal inspection, a source familiar with the
matter said.

In response to the findings, Huawei has held training
sessions to educate employees on how to steer clear of possible
bribery, the source said, declining to be identified because he
was not authorised to speak about the matter to the media.

Sep 11, 2014

China misses out on first wave of new iPhone releases

BEIJING, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Millions of people in China,
increasingly a critical pillar of Apple Inc’s business,
may have to wait until the year-end before they can buy the new
iPhone 6.

Although the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale on
Sept. 19 in the United States and other markets, Apple is yet to
set a release date for China, the world’s biggest smartphone
market. China Mobile, the key distributor of the new
iPhone with more than 700 million subscribers on its sprawling
network, declined to comment.

Sep 4, 2014

Symantec dismisses talk of Chinese government ban as ‘noise’

BEIJING, Sept 4 (Reuters) – U.S.-based Symantec Corp
has continued to do business with Chinese government
agencies despite media reports last month suggesting that China
has blacklisted the firm’s security software in favour of
domestic products, said a top executive.

Adrian Jones, a former Oracle executive who was named
Symantec’s senior vice president for the Asia region in June,
dismissed reports of a government ban as “noise”, saying he
expected positive sales growth in China this year, potentially
outpacing the country’s economic expansion.

Aug 28, 2014

Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe – source

BEIJING (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company.

It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s antitrust regulators.

Aug 28, 2014

Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe – source

BEIJING (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company.

It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft CEO in February, will meet with any Chinese government representatives as part of his visit, or try to resolve issues with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), one of China’s antitrust regulators.

Aug 26, 2014

ICBC deal shows U.S. tech giant IBM still engaged in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)(601398.SS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has deployed a new IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) mainframe computer system, the two companies said on Tuesday, boosting the U.S. technology giant’s credentials in the country.

IBM’s joint announcement with ICBC, the world’s largest bank by market capitalization, shows IBM is still doing business with China’s state-owned banks despite widely circulated media reports in May that suggested China’s central government had ordered banks to remove IBM equipment because of cyber security concerns.