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Microsoft Outlook hacked in China over the weekend

Microsoft Outlook hacked in China over the weekend

Watchdog GreatFire.org, which we've previously spoke of, has reported that Microsoft Outlook users in China were attacked over the weekend, something that has notably followed the nation's blocking of Gmail. It was reportedly a man-in-the-middle-attack that targeted those using IMAP and SMTP to get their email in a client, and though there are no official reasons for why it happened or who was responsible, GreatFire has some speculation about what went down and who was responsible for the breach.

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3 Beijing men tunnel into warehouse, steal $225k in iPhones

3 Beijing men tunnel into warehouse, steal $225k in iPhones

Thieves who are desperate to get ahold of Apple merchandise via less than legal methods often resort to breaking into retail stores and making off with whatever is on the display tables. But these three men in Beijing, China were a bit more creative, not to mention had their minds set on a bigger score. Local police say the suspects they arrested dug a 20-inch hole through the wall of a logistics firm's warehouse in order to steal 240 iPhone 6s.

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Xiaomi Mi Note crams all the buzzwords inside a phablet

Xiaomi Mi Note crams all the buzzwords inside a phablet

Xiaomi has indeed come out today with its Redmi Note successor and, quite surprisingly, it's not the Redmi Note 2. Going with a different naming scheme this time around, the Mi Note has the same message as the Redmi Note and Xiaomi's other flagships: you don't have to sell an arm or a leg or both just to get a high-quality smartphone. And with all the high-end features and details that Xiaomi is revealing about the Mi Note, that is very well a proposal that many will be willing to swallow.

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Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Motorola returns to China with Nexus 6-alike Moto X Pro in tow

Now that Chinese company Lenovo holds the reins over Motorola, it was only natural that the smartphone maker will be making its presence known in one of the fastest growing mobile market in the world. All that will start this year with the arrival of three Motorola smartphones in the Chinese market. But Motorola has one rather odd surprise to add to its other odd surprises last year. There's a new Moto X Pro in tow, but, for all intents and purposes aside from the branding, it's basically the Nexus 6.

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Gmail revived in China but block remains a mystery

Gmail revived in China but block remains a mystery

Gmail access has apparently returned to China, with users of the email service in the country reporting that the four day outage which nobody would take responsibility for seems to have come to an end. Google's POP and IMAP servers were unexpectedly unavailable over the weekend, with widespread claims that the "Great Firewall" China's government relies upon to limit access to the internet had clamped down on another victim. Just as suddenly, though, emails have begun to make it through, and Google's own metrics indicate a slight rise in Chinese traffic to Gmail.

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Chinese paper blames Google for Gmail woes in the country

Chinese paper blames Google for Gmail woes in the country

Yesterday we talked a bit about Gmail problems in China and the fact that some in the country were blaming the outage on China's massive firewall known as the Great Firewall. Chinese state media has announced that the issue with Gmail in the country is Google's fault for not being willing to obey Chinese law. Chinese paper Global Times laid the blame squarely at Google's feet in an editorial.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Xiaomi sees funding, $45 billion valuation heading into CES

Though they’re still not making devices available the world over, Xiaomi is still the darling of the Android world outside of the United States. In China, they’ve quickly become the top smartphone vendor, seeding well-made devices via their own online sales portal. Those low-cost devices leave Xiaomi with a fairly thin profit margin, but that doesn’t seem to be worrying Venture Capitalists, who just cobbled together a $1 billion funding round for Xiaomi. The new funding values the company at over $45 billion.

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Gmail unavailable in China, Great Firewall blamed

Gmail unavailable in China, Great Firewall blamed

Google's Gmail is the most popular email platform out there and the service is hated by some governments that want to keep the populace in the dark about what is going on in their country and the world around them. One of the countries that has a problem with freely disseminated information online is China and word has surfaced that Gmail has been blocked in the country.

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Meizu M1 Note tries to appeal to a younger generation

Meizu M1 Note tries to appeal to a younger generation

Let's face it. Yesterday's smartphone crowd are pretty much today's young professionals. It is to these pioneers that most manufacturers are trying to woo with their dead serious models. Meizu, on the other hand, wants to make sure that nobody gets left out, that even today's young ones get a taste of a device that is serious on the inside but has personality on the outside. That seems to be the unspoken spiel for the new Meizu M1 Note, a more colorful take on the mostly black, white, and gray smartphone market.

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