· April, 2007

Stories about Economics & Business from April, 2007

China: The Most “Second” Internet Company

  24 April 2007

Fang Jun from Mindmeter started the chain blogging on “the most ‘er’ (literally means ‘second’, extended meaning: ‘inferior’ and ‘er’) internet company” in China. His choice are: Sina (stops photo sharing), Focusmedia (too much ads), Google (failure in pinyin typing entry), Myspace China and Baidu Japan (zh). Wang Xiaofeng's choice...

China: Localization of Google Adsense

  24 April 2007

William Long comments on the localization of google adsense: Will the localization lead to the intervention of local governmental monitoring bodies? Especially from the revenue department? If the monitoring bodies intervene, can Google protect their customers’ privacy? (zh)

Russia: Reactions to Boris Yeltsin's Death

  23 April 2007

Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first president, died today in Moscow. There is an avalanche of responses to his death in the Russian blogosphere, ranging from “rest in peace” to “be damned.” Below is a tiny selection (RUS) from the blog of LJ user dolboeb (Anton Nossik): aristo_big: Ten years ago, this...

Bolivia: Restrictions on the Import of Used Clothing

  23 April 2007

Beginning on April 21, the Bolivian government placed restrictions on the import of used clothing. After an agreement was reached with this sector, the deadline soon passed much to the pleasure of national companies that produce new clothing. Mario Duran of Palabras Libres [ES] speculates that the deadline will not...

Tunisphere and the French elections:

Tunisia's love-hate relation - more love than hate - comes to life with the extensive coverage Tunisian bloggers provided in the run up to the French elections. France's impact on Tunisia is both historic and present - it has colonised the latter for a good 75 years and is today its foremost economic partner.

Haiti: Delegation presents Haiti as a place to do business

  22 April 2007

Collectif-haiti-de-provence writes about a Haitian delegation's March visit to France and Belgium (Fr), which hoped to present Haiti as a place to do business and counteract negative images of the country. The delegation, which included the heads of various government ministries and members of the private sector, presented plans to...

Kenya: financial resources of president Kibaki

  22 April 2007

siRKen discusses financial resources of the president of Kenya: In sharp contrast, everything is very low key with Kibaki. The only fairly known Kibaki family company is perhaps Lucia & Company Ltd which used to operate from Finance House where Kibaki had a private office before he became president.

Vietnam: Online Entertainment Company Hiring

  21 April 2007

Azngamerboi in Vietnam is inviting candidates to become part of the booming online scene in Vietnam. “Do you have what it takes to be part of a pioneer group of marketing savvy professionals that will form the culture, history, and what-not of Vietnam’s biggest online entertainment company? If so, check...

India: They way we write about India

  20 April 2007

The Indian Economy Blog points to lopsided opinions in a newspaper. “The tale of India’s billionaires, Sahota writes in conclusion, is also the story of her suicides, as if one were responsible for the other. To mix the two is to commit a double offence: first, it demeans the achievements...

Sri Lanka: Travel and Economics

  20 April 2007

The Truth Around Us on the politics and economics of travel and vehicles. “So why doesn’t the government at least reduce the tax on vans to benefit the common person. Well the answer is a Win-Lose, Lose-Win situation. If the government reduces the tax on vans, no one would buy...

Japan

  20 April 2007

Debito picks up the story from Gyaku concerning the future of electronic surveillance of foreigners entering Japan: This means that Japan becomes the second country to institute one of these systems in the world, in a bid to get a toehold in Asia and profit from the fear of terrorism.

China: Chinese Blog Hostings are not Web 2.0

  20 April 2007

The whole concept of Web 2.0 is to facilitate information flow, dialogue and conversation across the Internet. However, Sina.com, in Mainland China, is not only notorious in their editorial policy which violates the freedom of speech (see open letter to sina.com); yesterday Fang Jung in Mindmeter found out that Sina.com...

China: Chinese Blog Companies are not Web 2.0

  20 April 2007

The whole concept of Web 2.0 is to facilitate information flow, dialogue and conversation across the Internet. However, Sina.com, in Mainland China, is not only notorious in their editorial policy which violates the freedom of speech (see open letter to sina.com); yesterday Fang Jung in Mindmeter found out that Sina.com...

Venezuela, Zimbabwe: Stock Markets

  20 April 2007

Miguel Octavio takes a look at what the Venezuelan and Zimbabwean stock markets and inflation rates have in common. Oil Wars, however, writes: “Now, we needn’t focus on the exact number and percentages, they may well overstate poverty somewhat. Yet the dramatic trend can’t be missed. Venezuela went from a...

Congo's Rainforest for Sale

  19 April 2007

Citing an article in the Guardian, Forum Realiance writes that since 2002, American and European companies have been buying up the rights to the Congo's virgin rainforests (Fr), paying less than US$20 million for an area roughly the size of Great Britain.

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