The newly-born portal for progressive bloggers Bullog was booted from its host server in Inner Mongolia late last month, and relocating to Beijing hasn't seemed to help as the site—as well as its backup home at niubo.org—has been unaccesible for the last few days. None of this has slowed down any of the bloggers it brought together, Yangcheng Evening News web editor Wen Yunchao for example, who publishes a weekly bulletin of internet affairs on his MSN Spaces blog. Here is his August 30 edition:
Several days ago the Guangdong Province Communications Administration [zh] delivered for the first time administrative punishment against companies sending spam e-mails, ordering them to cease sending spam e-mails and handing down a fine of five thousand yuan. Since January, 2006, Shenzhen-based Synthetic Intelligence Corporate Management and Consulting Co. Ltd. used software to collect e-mail addresses from the internet and without having obtained the receivers’ consent proceeded to send mass volumes of e-mails commercial in nature. The punishment, presumably in accordance with internet e-mail service management law, serves as a threat to those engaged in spamming currently overwhelming the internet.
In recent days, a website going by the name ‘Business Card Net’ has drawn the attention of the media and public. By way of allowing users to download two business cards’ particulars in exchange for uploading the information of one, in less than four months of operation this website has collected over two million business cards and has a monthly hit rate of roughly five million. By signing up with Business Card Net, one can access the business cards of management and staff from the world's 500 most powerful corporations. On the front page is a list of the management from such domestic and overseas companies as Microsoft, Siemens, USoft and Huawei, and 450,000 presidents’ cards. The majority of cards collected belong to Microsoft Corporation, from the general manager down to front line staff, over 2000 cards in total. Some lawyers believe that Business Card Net, by putting people's cell phone numbers and other personal online without their consent violates individuals’ right to privacy as protected by law. In the name of profit, some internet entepreneurs ceaselessly attempt to break through peoples’ psychological bottom line.
On August 17, former Yahoo! China president and current Qihoo board chairman Zhou Hongyi claimed to have already filed a lawsuit against Yahoo! China, seeking an apology from the company and 3.6 million yuan in compensation. At present, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court is currently hearing this case. Current Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has also released a statement saying he intends to file a suit against Zhou Hongyi; at the same time, starting from today Alibaba and all its subsidiaries and operations will never again invest with Zhou Hongyi or enter any operations with any related companies. The fuse for this latest explosion is Qihoo's recent release of cleaner-upper of so-called rogue software, ‘Safety Protector 360′. As this software allows one to delete Yahoo! China's biggest money-maker ‘Yahoo Helper’ directly from the browser, this has led to Yahoo!'s intense backlash.
On August 15, Yahoo! China announced the release of the separate search engine domain yahoo.cn, in response to need to individualize one's searches. At the same time, Yahoo! China's main page Yahoo.com.cn has had a full makover, adding a news center, a property and economics center, a personal helper, a Q&A page, a community section and much more. Yahoo! China, after giving up on being a portal a year ago, has made a full turnabout and ended up where it started. Analysys‘ 2006 2nd Quarter Search Engine Market Monitor report released the other day shows that in the second quarter of the Chinese search engine advertising market, Yahoo! China has already dropped to third (15.7%) overall, placing it behind Google (16.2%). A readjustment of strategy is seen as the only way calm on the surface but stormy below Yahoo! China's will be able to turn things around.
The ‘Guangdong Province Premier Internet Star Online Skills Sports Meet’ sponsored by Guangdong province's General Union and Guangdong Telecom is about to be held. Events featured will include a ‘typing speed competition’, a ‘search competition’, Chinese chess, upgrading, e-Mah Jong and other similar games. Over two hundred thousand people are expected to take place; in the Guangdong region finals to be held at the end of October, champions of events like ‘King of Typing’ and ‘Web Search Star’ will all receive a ten thousand yuan awards. Further, this round of internet olympics’ speed typing champion will be named ‘King of Typing’ and formally presented with the ‘Guangdong Province May First Labor Day Medal’. This round of competitions will all be held via an online gaming platform. Netizens are rather skeptical as to whether or not the games will bring any commercial profits.