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So much for the Chinese government liking Apple’s new security measures

  China is allegedly executing man-in-the-middle attacks against citizens who attempt to visit Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s Live services, and gathering the log-in data associated with those accounts. All this according to a report from GreatFire, a group which monitors the Chinese government’s censorship rules. Such access would allow the government to view documents saved to iCloud, locate [...]

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VW recalls 1.1M Jetta, Beetle models in US, China over suspension fears

Filed under: Convertible, Sedan, China, Recalls, Safety, Hatchback, Volkswagen Volkswagen is recalling about 1.1 million vehicles in China and North America in a newly announced campaign affecting the rear suspensions on some models. For the US, the action covers about 442,265 vehicles, including 400,602 examples of its 2011-2013 Jetta and 41,663 units of the 2012-2013 [...]

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The Keyboard of Isolation

In 2012 DDB Shanghai made this awareness campaign about Internet and computer addiction. The ad agency made a keyboard-shaped sculpture showing the likenesses of addicts and their loved ones trapped in the keys. Hat Tip Link Continue Reading from the Source

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Does Warren Buffett’s dealership acquisition foreshadow Chinese car sales in US?

Filed under: Car Buying, China The US auto dealer industry recently saw a huge shakeup when Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment company bought Van Tuyl Group, the country’s largest privately owned network of showrooms, for an undisclosed sum. Assuming the deal’s regulatory success, it immediately made Buffet one of the nation’s largest car retailers. But [...]

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China may surpass US as Porsche’s largest market this year thanks to Cayenne

Filed under: Performance, SUV, China, Porsche, Earnings/Financials, Luxury China has already surpassed the United States as the world’s largest automotive market, so it’s no surprise that one day soon it will be the world’s largest Porsche market. In fact, that day may already be here, as the PRC’s Porschephiles outbought their American counterparts in September. [...]

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Twitter sues the Justice Department for the right to be honest with consumers

Twitter has sued the Justice Department in the latest and most drastic of the technology industry’s attempts to gain the right to refute allegations made against companies like Google, Apple, and others as part of the revelation of National Security Agency surveillance programs. The suit is seeking an increase to the amount of information companies [...]

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Citroen presents new C3-XR crossover for China

Filed under: China, Crossover, Citroën At its flagship showroom on the swank Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Citroën revealed the new C3-XR. The compact crossover joins the C3 range alongside the five-door hatch and C3 Picasso minivan, but is targeted specifically at the Chinese market. The C3-XR closely follows the lead set by the C-XR [...]

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GM outlines strategy for new products, growth in China

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Technology, Cadillac, GM, Earnings/Financials, Luxury “Our strategic plan is a pathway to earn customers for life and create significant shareholder value in the process.” – Mary Barra General Motors laid out ambitious plans on Wednesday to become the world’s “most valued automotive company,” a goal it says it can reach by strengthening [...]

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China’s strange support for Apple’s latest security features

Apple will be allowed to sell its new iPhones in China on October 17, according to a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which is said to have delayed the smartphones’ launch in China due to concerns about their security features. China’s government has grown increasingly wary of Apple’s products in [...]

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The year of digital blockades continues with China’s Instagram ban

China is attempting to prevent images of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong from reaching citizens in the mainland by blocking access to Instagram, according to reports from Reuters and the BBC. (People in Hong Kong can still access the site without any problems.) Preventing access to social media during protests, elections, and other politically sensitive [...]

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Cadillac expects major growth in China

Filed under: China, Cadillac, Luxury The US sales issues facing Cadillac are not being paralleled in the People’s Republic of China, as a new report from Automotive News indicates the US luxury maker should see its sales increase by as much as 40 percent. The report cites Cadillac’s own forecasts, which put its 2014 sales [...]

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