Asia-related links I am reading

China’s censorship arms race escalates – Excellent coverage on Internet censorship in Mainland China by Rebecca Mackinnon.

Why and How Facebook should come to Southeast Asia – Bernard Leong’s excellent treatise on Facebook in SE Asia. If he wasn’t running his own SNS, Facebook should hire Bernard ;)

Google Losing in China as New Users Go to Baidu – Google losing search market share in China.

Forbes: The Man Who’s Beating Google – Long portrait of Robin Li, Founder & CEO of Baidu.

Japan’s PPC ad market will reach $2 billion by 2013 – Decent, but it could/should be bigger.

E-Commerce Is Getting Chinese to Loosen Their Purse Strings – NYT on ecommerce trends in China. Ecommerce and the related Internet advertising to support ecommerce will be key to a more vibrant web in China.

South Korea Approves Sale of Apple’s iPhone – Channy has been waiting for this day for a long time :)

South Korea Clears Way for iPhone Sales – No one has still explained how S. Koreans are going to do anything on the iPhone that requires a secure transaction if no Korean web services support SSL.

Vietnam’s rebounding economy – V not yet for victory – Economist on Vietnam’s macroeconomic challenges.

Software piracy costs Vietnam $275 million every year – Vietnam has done well with open source software but could do a lot more.

Want to live like Commons people?
Joi Ito talks about Creative Commons, Twitter, and the White House – Guardian UK interviews Joi Ito.

4 Responses to Asia-related links I am reading

  1. We will be able to escape from the Galápagos Islands due to the iPhone’s release in Korea :-) However, there is another regulation against the iPhone.
    It is the video game pre-censorship.

    So Korean iPhone users may not enjoy many games on the iPhone for the time being.

  2. LOL! Joone, I thought Japan was the mobile Galapagos? :)

    What is the restriction with iphone games in Korea?

  3. There is a regulation for censoring all games before release in Korea. The regulation covers console games, on-line games and even mobile games. It needs a time & money for getting reviewed. In case of mobile games, developers should pay about 55$ for each game.

    It has been OK to accept this regulation until now, but I was wondering how the government deals with a tons of games in the App Store. Anyone can develop games and upload them. Most of them are tiny casual games. Is it possible to precensor all games registered in application markets by the government?

  4. Hi Gen,

    Thanks for the mention on the FB article. On another note, I have left SENATUS since June, hence making myself available for hire to Facebook. You can alert any friends you know in FB who might be interested. *lol*

    Also, I met your friend Steven in Singapore during the Social Networking Forum Asia recently.

    Take care & best regards,
    Bernard