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Rectified.name: I’ll Be the Judge of the Air Quality in These Parts

When I was young, lithe* and had elastic knees I studied the Japanese martial art Aikido. Aikido is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, despite what you saw in all those Steven Segal movies, it is very much bound … Continue reading

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Rectified.Name: Facebook + Instagram + China = Take a Deep Breath

So, Facebook bought Instagram for a billion bucks. Awesome for those guys. I, alas, did not get rich in either of the Internet startups I participated in. But you can’t put a price on experience, right? Deep sigh. Anyway, Instagram … Continue reading

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Sinica: Weibo comment shutdown and end of the expat package

After a longish break I was back on Sinica to discuss this week’s three-day comment moratorium on the Chinese microblogging services and the evergreen “death of the expat” topic. David Wolf was the other guest, with Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser … Continue reading

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Rectified.name: Facebook’s China Playbook

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend* were spotted in Shanghai on Wednesday. This has lead to a completely predictable round of speculation as to whether this signals some new development in Facebook + China. This sort of navel … Continue reading

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Remembering Talk Talk China and the “Cycle of Funk”

A lot has changed in the China blogosphere since I first put (virtual) pen to paper for Imagethief in June, 2004. I can’t think of many blogs that are still around from those days in anything like their original form. … Continue reading

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Did Han Han seriously dis Barack Obama?

There was a minor flutter on the China-Twittersphere a day or two ago after Channel News Asia posted a video of a lengthy interview with Chinese uber-blogger/novelist/race-car driver/heartthrob Han Han. It’s worth watching the whole discussion, embedded below, which winds … Continue reading

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Sinica returns! Train wrecks, Weibo and the enigma of David Sedaris

After a couple of months off, Sinica was back last week. It was hard to pass up something as interesting as the high-speed rail disaster on the Wenzhou line, a story that is still unfolding and that I suspect we … Continue reading

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Death to the blogroll

The implosion of my previous template gave me an excuse to do something that I’ve wanted to do for a while: Kill the blogroll. There are still plenty of blogs out there that I read and respect. But, let’s face … Continue reading

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Sinica: Osama, Saab goes Chinese, regulatory fun and May 4th

The latest Sinica is up, hosted by Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei with yours truly participating for the first time in a couple of months along with repeat offenders Gady Epstein, Charlie Custer and Jeremiah Jenne. Topics for the week included … Continue reading

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Goodbye GMIC, hello CHINICT

It must be technology conference season in Beijing! Imagethief found himself at the Global Mobile Internet Conference last Wednesday as I was escorting one of our vice presidents who was participating in a panel on the future of mobile devices. … Continue reading

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