Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese governmen

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    Apple has ejected an app that offered access to banned books from its App Store in China, in the latest sign of the technology giant’s willingness to appease the Chinese government.

    Hao Peiqiang, the Beijing-based developer of the app said Apple told him it had taken the step because it “includes content that is illegal in China”.

    The app, “jingdian shucheng”, offered access to ten books via the iPhone and iPad. Mr Hao said he believed three titles by Wang Lixiong, a political writer and activist, had prompted the ban, according to The Financial Times. Mr Wang is a prominent critic of Chinese policy in Tibet.

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    The removal of digital copies of his work from the App Store follows Apple’s humiliating public apology to Chinese customers earlier this week. Following weeks of sharp criticism in state-sponsored media, chief executive Tim Cook promised to improve the firm’s after-sales service, which had been branded a sign of “unparalleled arrogance” in The People's Daily.

    Concern over Apple’s weakness in the booming Chinese smartphone market has been seen by investors as a potential problem for its continued growth.

    It has been a major cause of a share price slump in recent months that has forced Mr Cook to repeatedly defend his strategy. The firm has been repeatedly rumoured to be developing a cheaper iPhone designed to court Chinese consumers but it has not yet revealed its plans.

    “Friends of mine tell me that Apple has had a censorship policy in place for at least two years so I’m not sure if my app’s removal has anything to do with Apple’s recent trouble,” said Mr Hao.

    “But the app has been operating normally for the last two months until now without any problems.”

    Apple did not respond to questions about the removal of the app.

    The apology over customer service was seen as a move by Apple to soothe relations and show willingness to adopt Chinese business practices to help its growth. But by bowing to Chinese government censorship demands, Apple risks criticism at home. Western web companies have found it impossible to operate in China, in part because of accusations of collusion in political suppression.

    Google, for instance, eventually gave up offering its Chinese search engine after clashing with censors and the market is now dominated by the domestic firm Baidu, which has close government links. Tripadvisor, the travel reviews website, had to prove to officials that its Chinese operation would remove discussions about Tibet.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolo...-latest-concession-to-Chinese-government.html
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    It is a smart move from Apple. Seems they really learned their lesson.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    It is a smart move by Apple to realise that there are countries that survive on mind control!
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    The companies would do anything and everything they can to make money, anyone who thinks that they give a damn about supposed 'american values' is a moron.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."
    - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    What choice do they have when all iPods and iPhones & iPads are manufactured by Foxconn, Chengdu???
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Apple's store policies are country specific. Can't help it.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Their lesson=Google's lesson, :rofl:
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Might is right!!When you are the second largest economy you have the power and Apples and Googles will bow to you.Morals,ethics etc don't count.Something we Indians have to learn from the pragmatic Chinese.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    They have a lot of choices: India, vietnam, philipine, even USA can be its next production hub. The only problem is that the world customers won't make a little concession on the price as their part of support for freedom. They only prefer to demonstrate it through mouth or keyboard.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Apple can manufacture it in US, sell at the same price and still have major profit. Apple is too greedy to let go of 100% markup.

     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Then that means China are more efficient than US.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    No, that means China has the lowest per-hour wage for unskilled/semi-skilled labor.

    This is what China does to its workforce.
    [​IMG]

     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Is that Indian or south east Asia countries cheaper?

    China is more efficient than those countries as well.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Not understood. Please form comprehensible coherent sentences.

     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    I mean China is does not have the lowest per hr wage , but the highest productivity wage ratio in the world.
    You can call it efficiency.
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    it is a very simple choice to Apple: 10+ billion sale in CHina or sopport to independent TIbet?
     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    productivity wage ratio?

    You mean no matter how much productive your laborers are, you still pay them peanuts?

     
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    Yes, that is a valid and practical argument instead of this "productivity wage ratio".

     
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    Re: Apple censors Tibet book app in latest concession to Chinese gover

    Compare to western countries , the wage is peanuts.
    Compare to developing world, the wage is not peanuts.
     

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