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Weibo: Google’s Schmidt Eyes China Gadget Market

The microblogging realm has been buzzing these past few days with speculation on a brief China visit late last week by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, who checked out counterfeit goods at a gadget market in Beijing’s Zhongguancun high-tech area. Equally interesting was the inclusion in Schmidt’s group of two former Google executives who now work for Xioami, the fast-rising smartphone maker that hopes to someday become China’s equivalent of Apple.   More

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Red Flags About Google Glass Hyperventilation

It's one of the defining technologies of our day, already, even though it's not even really released. Everybody has a question or a complaint about Google Glass. Whether you think them cool or creepy, the combination of the technology's potential and the fact that Google is the vendor has the world reacting. Sage observer Larry Downes argues in Harvard Business Review that there is no stopping this tech. But he makes note of calls to regulate it, much like governments that initially insisted someone walk in front of early cars carrying a red flag to warn horse-riders of the oncoming danger. Congress and governments generally seem to have no clue this time, either. Google, meanwhile, is saying nothing.   More

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North Korea Relaxes its Internet Grip, but Not Much

Last November, Techonomy contributor Gabriel Mizrahi wrote about how North Korea's strict prohibition of Internet access effectively quashes any hopes there for the kind of popular uprising seen in the Arab Spring. "This is the golden age of grassroots regime change," wrote Mizrahi. "Unless, of course, you [live] in North Korea." Until now, only a select group of government officials in Pyongyang could access the Web. Meanwhile, the mobile network Koryolink, which was developed by the Egyptian firm Orascom, has over 1 million North Korean subscribers, none of whom can pick up foreign networks or call outside the country. But in March North Korea will begin allowing Internet searches from laptops and mobile devices, as reported in the New York Times IHT Rendezvous blog. There's just one hitch. Only foreigners will have the privilege of accessing the 3G mobile Internet service to be offered by Koryolink.   More

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Techonomy 2010-12: Highlights

A who's who of Techonomy participants join Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick in a series of highlights from our 2010-12 conferences that address the growing impact of technology on business and society and why, increasingly, every company is a technology company.   More