The Chinese-Regulations Edition Thursday, January 5, 2017

Citing Non-specific Regulations, Apple Removes NYT Apps From Chinese App Store, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Citing local Chinese regulations, Apple confirmed today to The New York Times that the publication's English- and Chinese-language apps had been removed from the Chinese version of the Apple app store. Apple said that "when the situation changes, the App Store will once again offer The New York Times app for download in China," but it declined to cite the specific regulations violated or who had contacted Apple about it in the first place. The apps were removed from the store on December 23.

Apple Removes New York Times Apps From iTunes Store In China, by Katie Benner, New York Times

In the weeks leading up to the withdrawal of the Times apps, The Times was working on various articles related to the Chinese government. One of them, posted online on Dec. 29, revealed the billions of dollars in hidden perks and subsidies that the Chinese government provides to the world’s biggest iPhone factory. China is also one of Apple’s largest iPhone markets, though sales in that region have slowed.

On Dec. 23, David Barboza, a Times reporter, spoke with members of Apple’s media team about the article. Mr. Barboza had previously been in touch with the iPhone factory owner, Foxconn. He had also contacted the Chinese government as part of his reporting.

Later that day, a separate team from Apple informed The Times that the apps would be removed, Ms. Murphy said.


Mario Isn’t The Only Classic To Leap To Mobile, by Kit Eaton, New York Times

All of this got me thinking about other games that had made the leap from consoles and personal computers to mobile devices.


Why You Shouldn’t Work At Full Capacity, by Mark Johanson, BBC

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t take time off work because nobody could do your job while you’re away? Do you drop all of your personal plans to work late nights and weekends, and feel guilty simply leaving the office on time?

If any of the above sounds familiar, then you may be one of the growing number of so-called “work martyrs” who are drastically changing company culture and leading to a rise in cases of stress and burnout.


Apple Confirms $1 Billion Investment In SoftBank Tech Fund, by Aishwarya Venugopal, Stephen Nellis, Reuters

"We believe their new fund will speed the development of technologies which may be strategically important to Apple," company spokesman Josh Rosenstock told Reuters.

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