“An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate’s associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well as reveal the syndicates’ businesses. The vow is a bizarre cyber twist to Mexico’s ongoing drug war, as a group that has no guns is squaring off against the Zetas, a cartel blamed for thousands of deaths as well as introducing beheadings and other frightening brutality. “You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him,” says a masked man in a video posted online on behalf of the group, Anonymous. “We cannot defend ourselves with a weapon … but we can do this with their cars, homes, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession,” says the man, who is wearing a suit and tie.”—
“When home appliances manufacturer Haier discovered that its customers in Sichuan province were using its washing machines intended for clothes to clean peanuts and sweet potatoes, and therefore were experiencing issues of clogging and general plumbing malfunction, Haier decided to adapt the products to the local market’s specifications. Haier engineers modified the washer design in such a way that met the clients’ specific demands. Today, Haier washers sold in Sichuan province display a label that reads “Mainly for washing clothes, sweet potatoes and peanuts.”—[VftG] The qualities one most needs to do business in China - FT Tilt
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs (via soupsoup)
“Rebecca MacKinnon, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, said that any attempt by Alibaba to buy Yahoo was likely to be “highly controversial”, given the negative reaction in Congress last year when Chinese equipment maker Huawei attempted to become a supplier to Sprint, the US telecoms company.”—
This is going to sooner than later. Maybe not a sale specifically between Yahoo and Alibaba, but between China and the US. China has a number of investors with cash on hand interested in technology. There are also a number of tech companies who want to break into China.
I say, get this going! With the current economic climate, I can’t say I am at all surprised. I’m only surprised it has taken this long for China to pursue the big names to buy and invest in…
I am actually looking forward to all of the incidental conversations that will come from a big Alibaba-esque buy: What do we do with information? How is my aggregated information treated? How is my personal information treated? What does this do to China and the US, politically?
How many US C-level executives have spent significant time based in China in the recent past? Or India? It’s very few from what I’m familar with. This may have to be a future topic to research.