What we’ve been reading recently:
China Media Project – Even if the mayor transforms into an octopus… – Does the mayor of Changzhi (in Shanxi province) allegedly handing out 960,000 name cards to local people really equate to the creation of a "new deal" for the city?
China Daily – Obama an overwhelming hit with Chinese: poll – China votes Obama (according to an online poll on China Daily’s website conducted by the US embassy
Global Voices Online – China: Microsoft vs. netizens – More on Microsoft’s measures to combat usage of pirate Windows software
China Hearsay – China law, business, and economics commentary – Chinese lawyer tries to make a few headlines (and a quick buck?) by raising hackles over Microsoft "black screening" users who buy illegal copies of Windows
FT – How the financial crisis is changing China – FT China Bureau Chief Geoff Dyer says China is at a turning point in its development that will demand fundamental changes if it is to continue growing.
Silicon Hutong – Another reason the long tail doesn’t exist in Chinese music – David Wolf ruminates on how soon an explosion of diversity can be expected in China’s homogeneous popular music scene