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China Consumer Association places Apple on “company integrity” blacklist

China Consumer Association places Apple on “company integrity” blacklist

There are a number of consumer watchdog organizations all around the world. Often these organizations are places where consumers can go to complain about a product if they aren't getting the help wanted from the company who produced the product. China has a consumer watchdog organization called China Consumer Association (CCA), and the organization has recently placed Apple on its blacklist.

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New iPhone production started in Shanghai

New iPhone production started in Shanghai

The device code-named iPhone 5 has been tipped as having been ordered for production by Apple by the manufacturing group Pegatron in Shanhai, China. This is not the first time we've heard of this group, with the CDMA version of the iPhone contract going to the group in 2010 and the start of 2011 bringing on the 10 million units report for the iPhone 4S (still being called the iPhone 5 back before it was revealed. With their name constantly coming up right alongside Foxconn for Apple device production contracts galore, it's almost inevitable that both companies would be rumored to be producing the next iPhone.

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iPhone 5 back shows glass and aluminum panels

iPhone 5 back shows glass and aluminum panels

This weekend there's been another set of details dropped on top of a very tiny image that shows what the top back of the device is set to look like. This next generation iPhone will have two glass panels on the back on top and bottom of a larger aluminum panel, with the glass panel at the top having a single LED flash and large lens for it's back-facing camera.

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China cracks down on Internet video regulation

China cracks down on Internet video regulation

Chinese state authorities have made plans to really step it up on Internet video censorship. The State Internet Information office and China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television released a statement Monday saying that Internet video providers will be held liable for their content posted to their services. The new plan is to standardize Internet video and promote a more healthy development of all content.

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Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple’s legal troubles in China continue. This time Cupertino is being sued by a company called Zhi Zhen Internet Technology over voice recognition patents. Zhi Zhen claims it holds patents for a Chinese voice language assistant used for its Xiao i Robot service, and that Siri infringes those patents. There's quite a big gap between Siri's introduction in October and the lawsuit that's just been filed, although the company says it reached out to Apple back in May and heard no response.

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Apple’s China bottleneck: More bricks & mortar needed

Apple’s China bottleneck: More bricks & mortar needed

China is a huge market for Apple, as evidenced by the $60 million Apple recently paid to settle the iPad trademark dispute with Proview. That trademark dispute was preventing Apple from selling the new iPad inside China. China has a huge population, a robustly growing economy, and already accounts for an estimated 1/5 of the revenue Apple generates.

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Call of Duty hits free online play in China

Call of Duty hits free online play in China

This week China has been announced to be getting a healthy dose of none other than Activision's hit shooter game Call of Duty for completely free online play. This game will be "free-to-play" entirely online and Activision will be using this move to expand their footprint across Asia. They'll be partnering with Tencent Holdings Limited, a group that provides Internet and wireless services across the nation, with them having exclusive license to operate Call of Duty online throughout China.

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Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard trademark

Apple sued in China over Snow Leopard trademark

Apple finally settled the iPad trademark case in mainland China, paying Proview $60 million to put the issue to rest. Now it looks like Cupertino will be coming under fire from another target: a Chinese chemical company is suing Apple over a Snow Leopard trademark. Jiangsu Xuebao claims to have filed the electrical equipment trademark protection back in 2000.

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