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Sourceforge.net Blocked In Mainland China

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| "SourceForge, the world's largest development and download repository of Open 
| Source code and applications, appears to be blocked in Mainland China. The 
| current blocking may be related to the recent anti-China protests of Beijing 
| Olympic Games, which will begin on 8 August. Some days before, a very popular 
| free source code editor in SourceForge named Notepad++ start to boycott 
| Beijing 2008. The project's developer said that the action is not against 
| Chinese people, but against Chinese government's repression against Tibetan 
| unrest earlier in this year. SF.net has once been banned by China in 2002. 
| However, the ban was lifted later in 2003."        


Who would befriend and collaborate with such a government?


Microsoft's piracy fight gains momentum in China

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| In his first official visit to the United States in 2006, China President Hu 
| Jintao arrived for dinner at Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) Chairman 
| Bill Gates' house with a gift for the host.  
| Shortly before Hu's Seattle visit, the Chinese government had issued a decree 
| requiring all personal computers manufactured in China to come with a 
| licensed operating system before leaving the factory gates.  


McCain comes out against Net Neutrality; Says would hire Microsoft CEO Steve

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| In another move that was sure to infuriate many geeks, the 70 year 
| old presidential hopeful also said that he would ask Microsoft CEO 
| Steve Ballmer to serve on his cabinet to deal with technology issues 
| if elected. He did not however say what position Ballmer might be 
| hired in, but did joke that he might consider him for a diplomatic 
| position, such as ambassador to China.


Treachery In The Trenches

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| I believe that most people do not grasp the immense entity of Microsoft.
| This is an organization and a man who commands the attention and bidding
| of world leaders. On a recent trip to America, the President of China
| spent his first evening in the United States, not with our President,
| but Bill Gates. He was the guest of the Gates mansion that first
| evening and the guest of honor for a dinner attended by over one
| hundred people. Why? To ask him to crack down on Software piracy
| and to insure that his computer manufacturers put Microsoft Windows
| on thier newly made machines instead of shipping them with no OS. He
| didn't see the President of the United States for over 36 hours...he 
| spent that time with Bill Gates at his home and at the Redmond
| Campus.


Microsoft's China boss quits to head NBA in China

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| Microsoft said its global vice president, Zhang Yaqin, would take over as 
| acting Greater China chief while it sought a permanent replacement. 


OOXML, ODF and UOF: What's Up in China?

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| Microsoft has seemed to be flying high in the Peoples Republic of China 
| lately. Bill Gates spent several days in Beijing earlier this year in 
| meetings with high-level officials, after hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao 
| the spring before at Gate's own home.   And legitimate copies of Microsoft 
| products appear to be at last gaining ground in comparison to pirated copies, 
| albeit at the price of discounting them to almost unimaginable levels 
| (students can now reportedly obtain a Windows/Office bundle for the 
| incredible price of $3).   Many credited Microsoft's pragmatic decision to 
| accept Chinese realities and not insist on having everything its own way.         


Microsoft ‘monopoly’ comes under fire

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| We are calling on the government to veto the OOXML format at the 
| International Organization for Standardization (ISO).” The OOXML format is a 
| file specification released by Microsoft in December last year for its 
| Microsoft Office 2007 suite. It is currently in a fast track standardization 
| process with the ISO and will be subject to voting next month. Unlike the 
| current ISO digital document standard ODF (Open Document Format) and China’s  
| national standard UDF (Unified Office Document Format), Microsoft’s OOXML 
| format can only be run on a Windows platform.      
| It is also criticized for containing many proprietary technologies that can 
| only be fully supported by Microsoft’s Office products.  


An open document standard for China

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| Another standard that Microsoft does not support, is the 
| RFC 3987 specification, which defines UTF-8 capable Internet addresses.
| Consequently, OOXML does not support the use of Chinese 
| characters within a Web address.
| Microsoft also did a bad job in creating a document format
| for the whole world, which is an important requirement for an ISO standard. 
| Considerations for users in Israel and many Muslim countries were excluded in 
| the specification of OOXML. For any locale, the function 'Networkdays()' will 
| always return Saturday and Sunday as the weekend. However, this is wrong for 
| Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Bahrain, Qatar, Bangladesh, Israel, Jordan, Libya, 
| Pakistan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. ODF handles this correctly.     
| There are many more examples why OOXML isn't a suitable candidate for an ISO 
| standard yet. From my point of view, Microsoft should stop, as soon as 
| possible, bringing more redundancy into office document formats.  
| It would be much better if Microsoft takes the good ideas and technologies 
| from OOXML, and tries to join an effort to unify ODF, UOF and OOXML. For 
| those interested, the blog of IBM's Robert Weir, is a good source to get 
| informed about the issues of OOXML.   
| I hope China will not support OOXML in its ISO voting, but force Microsoft to 
| consider talks for one harmonized office document standard for the whole 
| world.  


Yahoo in China human rights case

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| A human rights group in the US is suing Yahoo for alleged complicity in 
| rights abuses and acts of torture in China. 


Chinese Internet dissident committed to mental hospital

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| "It is not acceptable that Chinese authorities use such methods to silence 
| citizens who have merely peacefully voiced their opinions", expressed the 
| organisation in an announcement. Apparently authorities have not abandoned 
| the practice of punishing those who have exposed the abuse of power and 
| defied censorship by compulsorily committing them to mental institutions.    


Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government

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| Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government 
| that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of 
| bloggers and censor content. So says Reporters Without Borders, an 
| organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe.   


Microsoft, Yahoo Tailor Ads To Users' Behavior

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| Google will remain on the sidelines — at least for now. But its Web portal 
| rivals are stepping up their efforts to use behavioral targeting to make 
| display, or banner, ads more relevant to Web site visitors.  


New software can identify you from your online habits

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| That is the spectre raised by new research conducted by Microsoft.
| The computing giant is developing software that could accurately
| guess your name, age, gender and potentially even your location,
| by analysing telltale patterns in your web browsing history. But
| experts say the idea is a clear threat to privacy - and may be
| illegal in some places.

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