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News from the Chinese Blogosphere

This week, Tencent Company, which own QQ, the most popular IM software in China, decided to comply with local government demanding the creator and administrator of QQ group to hand in their real identity and personal profile. The QQ group was one of the features provided by QQ, which allows people to have a multi-users chat without using any browser. It was generally regarded by Chinese internet users as the first step to adopt the so-called “Real Name Registration” policy. Some bloggers have already called boycott against using the software.

Bokee.com, formerly Blogchina.com, has officially announced release of its new website and system. Blogchina has been the largest BSP in China. It aims to make use of potentially commercial value of blog. There are also some reports that Blogchina delete its blogger's entry though the content is neither politically nor sexually sensitive. It only deals with married women seeking love outside of their family and had been critical with some policies of Blogchina.

RenMinBi, the official currency adopted by China is reevaluated so it instantly becomes a hot topic for bloggers who has intensive interest in China's economy. Here are some good discussions in English bloggers.

The famous searching engine company, Google, set up R&D center in China and hires former Microsoft geek Dr. Kai-Fu Lee as Vice President. MS has sued Google for illegally taking Dr Lee, who was in charge of several leading projects inside Microsoft. A Chinese blogger thought MS may fear that he will leak some technological secrets outside and hiring Dr Lee was a part of strategy of Google to develop Chinese internet market.

Glutter said that a Chinese hacker managed to invade a Hong Kong human rights activist’s email account and has been monitoring his computer for almost one year. He had reported the case to police and the identity of the hacker is still under investigation. But the hacker’s IP address is from Mainland China.

According to official English newspaper China Daily, China’s internet users reached 103 million and 5 million of them has sign up for a blog account(Blogherald). ZhongBo, a media company in China claims that they would shoot the first movie about Chinese Bloggers.

  • http://www.chinaherald.net Fons

    Hi Frank, I saw you also mentioned the number of five million webloggers that should be around in China now, but the article in the China Daily you link to does not provide such a figure. The counter at http://www.cnblog.org is much lower, but I have the impression five million is pretty high. Any solid sources here?

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