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China releases reporter jailed in Yahoo email case

September 9, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese reporter who was sentenced to prison in 2005 after Yahoo Inc. disclosed details of his email has been released, a writer's group announced Sunday.Shi Tao was released Aug. 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Center said in a statement.

Chinese info-tech company opening office in Ga.

August 27, 2013 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese information technology company is planning to invest $10 million to open a research and development center in metro Atlanta, state officials announced Tuesday. Gov. Nathan Deal was in Qingdao, China, when he announced that Beijing-based TravelSky Technology Limited is planning to open a...

China helicopter training with air-to-air missiles

August 26, 2013 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese-developed attack helicopter has successfully fired air-to-air missiles for the first time, state media said Monday, in another apparent advance for the domestic arms industry. The firing took place last week during drills off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong...

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Home cooking, traffic are sources of key air pollutants from China

August 21, 2013 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Almost 80 percent of air pollution involving soot that spreads from China over large areas of East Asia — impacting human health and fostering global warming — comes from city traffic and other forms of fossil-fuel combustion, such as home cooking with coal briquettes.

China in big push against opinion-leading blogs

August 19, 2013 9:42 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog. One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge.

Researchers slow light to a crawl in liquid crystal matrix

August 14, 2013 11:02 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Light traveling in a vacuum is the Universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing along at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Now scientists have found an effective new way to put a speed bump in light’s path. Researchers embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix to throttle the group velocity of light back to less than one billionth of its top speed.

Tibetan government-in-exile's site hit by hackers

August 13, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Security researchers say the website of Tibet's government-in-exile has been rigged to infect the computers of Chinese-speaking visitors, the latest in a series of cyberattacks against Tibetan activists. Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday that attackers modified the Chinese-language website of the Central Tibetan Administration to infect visitors with rogue software.

Chinese businessman's plan produces few cars, jobs

August 12, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In October 2009, GreenTech Automotive Inc.'s owner, Chinese businessman Xiaolin "Charles" Wang, unveiled four prototype cars during a flashy ceremony and promised to build a $2 billon plant in Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S. The company said production of fuel-efficient vehicles would start in three years...

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Group accuses Apple supplier of labor abuses

July 29, 2013 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

Britain to review Huawei's UK-based cyber center

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review the operation of a U.K.-based cybersecurity center run by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following a critical report from lawmakers. The government was thrown onto the defensive last month when senior parliamentarians criticized the deepening links...

China's online population rises to 519 million

July 17, 2013 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's population of Internet users has grown to 591 million, driven by a 20 percent rise over the past year in the number of people who surf the Web from smartphones and other wireless devices, an industry group reported Wednesday. The end-of-June figures from the China Internet Network Information Center represent a 10 percent rise...

Isola to expand quick-turn manufacturing capabilities in Suzhou, China

July 16, 2013 11:38 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group has announced the site expansion of its Suzhou, China manufacturing facility. The substantial upgrade includes two additional hot oil presses, semi-automatic layup lines and an additional cleanroom. The new investments will enable faster time-to-market for printed circuit board fabricators...

Chinese plane crash victims were student leaders

July 8, 2013 9:49 am | by DIDI TANG & GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two 16-year-old girls killed in the San Francisco plane crash were close friends and top students who were on Asiana Flight 214 for the same reason: to get a taste of American education and possibly brighten their futures. Wang Linjia showed talent in physics and calligraphy; Ye Mengyuan was a champion gymnast who excelled in literature...

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Markets shrug off weak Chinese manufacturing news

July 1, 2013 10:21 am | by CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global stocks mostly rose Monday as long-awaited signs of improvement in Japan's economy helped investors shrug off a weakening in China's manufacturing sector. The Bank of Japan's closely-watched quarterly "tankan" survey for June showed that the index for major manufacturers rose to positive 4 points from negative 8 in March.

Chinese firm accused of stealing US software

June 28, 2013 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest wind turbine company and three people are accused of trade secrets from a U.S. software company. An indictment handed up in Wisconsin alleges Sinovel Wind Group and the three individuals stole proprietary wind turbine software technology, cheating the American company out of more than $800 million.

Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab

June 26, 2013 10:27 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts landed safely Wednesday on the country's northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China's manned space program as it enters its second decade.

Snowden's HK exit shows Chinese anger over spying

June 24, 2013 11:23 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officially, admitted leaker Edward Snowden was able to leave Hong Kong because U.S. authorities made a mistake in their arrest request, but the semiautonomous Chinese city also indicated displeasure over Snowden's revelation that the former British colony had been a target of American hacking.

China astronauts float water blob in kids' lecture

June 20, 2013 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Astronauts struck floating martial arts poses, twirled gyroscopes and manipulated wobbling globes of water during a lecture Thursday from China's orbiting space station that's part of efforts to popularize the space program among young people.

China announces new measures to curb air pollution

June 17, 2013 9:54 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Cabinet has announced measures to curb the country's notorious air pollution, one of the many environmental challenges facing the country that are increasingly angering the public. The broad measures approved by the State Council include putting strict controls in place for industries that produce large amounts of waste and pollution...

China calls for explanations of US surveillance

June 17, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China on Monday joined calls for Washington to provide explanations following disclosures of National Security Agency programs which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on U.S. networks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Washington needs to heed international concerns...

Chinese supercomputer named as world's fastest

June 17, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has built the world's fastest computer for a second time, beating the U.S.'s Titan machine. The semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha city in central China is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second.

China's Shenzhou 10 ship docks with space lab

June 14, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned space capsule docked with an orbiting space station Thursday, and the three astronauts climbed aboard what will be their home for the next week, state media reported. Automated controls guided the Shenzhou-10's docking with the space lab, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Leaker Snowden alleges NSA hacking on China, world

June 13, 2013 11:04 am | by KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For months, China has tried to turn the tables on the U.S. to counter accusations that it hacks America's computers and networks. Now, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden may have handed Beijing a weapon in its cyber war of words with Washington.

US leaker Snowden faces hard choices while hiding

June 12, 2013 11:53 am | by KELVIN K. CHAN & PETER ENAV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, has few options to stay one step ahead of the authorities while in apparent hiding. One possibility is to seek asylum in a place that does not have an extradition pact with the United States...

Secret program leaker Snowden goes dark in HK

June 12, 2013 11:22 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The former CIA employee who suddenly burst into headlines around the globe by revealing himself as the source of top-secret leaks about U.S. surveillance programs has just as quickly gone to ground again. Two days after he checked out of a Hong Kong hotel where he told the Guardian newspaper...

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