Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Decline and fall of That's Beijing

Actually, the Beijing city guide, That's Beijing, still looks awesome, but one wonders for how long in light of this cringe story of how its creator has been entirely screwed out of his own business: http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=7399

Related, yesterday's Beijing Evening News had a small story about how Google doesn't have a proper license, as it's sharing a license with some other content provider. The article quoted Google spokespersons as saying that they had cleared everything with the government and there was no problem, and really, you have to believe Google is doing things by the letter of the law as much as anyone is able. It's just that the letter keeps changing due to massive political corruption and greed, so all anyone can do is roll with it. Fortunately they have more clout than That's Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou.... The interesting thing about the article though, was that it seemed like the journalists were leading the witch hunt, grilling Google about the shared license relationship saying that the only precedents were merger companies. What unholy pitbulls of power.


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