Stories by Michael Kan

IBM workers in China strike to protest transfer to Lenovo

Not all are fans of Lenovo's recent plan to buy IBM's x86 server business. Since Monday, close to 1,000 workers at an IBM factory in China have been protesting the proposed acquisition, fearing they may lose their jobs if the deal goes through.

Chinese search engine with links to state press goes online

After previously struggling to crack the nation's search market, China's state press appears to be giving it another go with a revamped search engine.

China's Windows XP users to still get security support

Microsoft is making a special exception in the way it retires Windows XP in China, and will continue offering security support for the OS to users in the nation.

China ramps up cybersecurity efforts, strives to become "Internet power"

China is bolstering its efforts on cybersecurity with a new high-level committee that aims to turn the nation into an "Internet power," the country's official state media said Thursday.

Factory scene changes for iPhone workers in China but their budgets are tight

The iPhone 4 and 4S may no longer be cutting-edge in the U.S., but here in Zhengzhou, China, the handsets are becoming popular among the very low-wage workers that build them every day.

Life at an iPhone factory in China

Foxconn is transforming the area around its factory in Zhengzhou, China. Here's a visual tour of the scene.

Server market revenue down 4.4 percent in Q4

Even as server shipments went up, revenue in the market declined in last year's fourth quarter, as demand for higher-end systems remained weak, according to research firm IDC.

Baidu's growing research, marketing costs keep Q4 profit flat

China's leading search engine, Baidu, reported flat profit growth for the fourth quarter as the company continued its spending spree on research and product promotion.

China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo concedes slowing growth

Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, conceded Tuesday that user growth has been slowing. The social networking platform, however, dispelled reports that the company was seeing its user base decline as a result of a government crackdown on online rumors.

LinkedIn opens Chinese-language site, agrees to rules on censorship

After exploring the market for years, LinkedIn is formally entering China with a new beta site that will adhere to the nation's strict rules on online censorship.

WhatsApp deal gives Facebook a path to crowded China market

It might not have figured in Facebook's calculations, but its deal to buy WhatsApp may help the social networking giant get access to the Chinese market.

China probing allegations that Qualcomm overcharged local clients

A Chinese anti-monopoly investigation into Qualcomm is examining whether the U.S. company has been abusing its market position and overcharging clients, the nation's regulators said.

Intel invests in Chinese cloud providers, eyes makers of components for wearables

The venture capital arm of Intel has invested in three Chinese cloud providers to take advantage of the country's booming market for the services, and is also looking at backing local firms involved in creating wearable devices.

Acquisitions likely to hit Lenovo's profits in short term

Lenovo reported a 30 per cent jump in its net profit for the fourth quarter of last year, with its earnings driven by a record number of devices shipped.

Tizen OS gets Baidu, ZTE, Softbank and Sprint among 15 new partners

The fledgling Tizen smartphone OS has managed to attract 15 new backers, three of which are big name brands in Asia, including the Chinese search giant Baidu, handset maker ZTE, and Japanese mobile operator SoftBank Mobile.

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