Tag Archives: Beijing Olympics

Defending the Beijing Olympics

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Given today’s weather and traffic, it’s difficult to see what the Olympics did for Beijing. On the other hand, things could be worse, right?

I Thought Use of Olympic Symbols Was Obvious

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From Shanghaiist: Carrefour is in a bit of trouble again — but not the same sort of trouble as what happened a few months ago. This time, its Nanjing outlet has been caught by regulators for "illegally" using the Olympic rings and the Five Friendlies together with its own logo in the store. A store…

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Stupid China Headline of the Day

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"U.S. Women Gymnasts Denied Visa by China" — that was the headline for a while from MSNBC. Just a tad bit inflamatory and yes, kinda stupid. Here’s the background: [U.S. gymnastics] national team coordinator Martha Karolyi said the alternates for the women’s team — Jana Bieger, Ivana Hong, Corrie Lothrop — would train in Tokyo…

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Beijing Tourists – lock up them laptops

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From the Wall Street Journal: A debate is brewing in the U.S. government over whether to publicly warn businesspeople and other travelers heading to the Beijing Olympics about the dangers posed by Chinese computer hackers. According to government officials and security consultants, U.S. intelligence agencies are worried about the potential threat to U.S. laptops and…

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I Wish to Register a Complaint

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1. The Kansas City Star Both the U.S. government and the American Lung Association have published travel alerts for American tourists warning them about pollution. After reading this article, I felt like packing up and moving somewhere, anywhere. But, hell, my lungs are already shot from growing up in LA in the 70s, so I…

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Fuwa Follies

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Upon returning home this weekend to ??100, I was shocked to discover that the courtyard had been infiltrated by these, uh, these things. I only freaked out a little bit, once I discovered that there were several of the creatures. My wife quickly pointed out that most of them were running out of air in…

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IP Enforcement and Unintended Consequences

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Nice IP enforcement article in Businessweek. The People’s Republic of China has long been a land of opportunity for copyright infringers. On Web sites such as Youku.com, unlicensed Western TV shows and Hollywood flicks are plentiful and free to all comers. But with the Olympics set to start in Beijing in August, Chinese officials vow…

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