Daily Archives: July 14, 2011

To outside observers of China, the country’s internet seems to be powered by copies of Western online services – Baidu is known in the West as ‘China’s Google’, Renren is ‘the Chinese Facebook’ and Sina Weibo is a ‘Chinese Twitter clone’, writes Kathrin Hille in Beijing.

But those using and watching the Chinese internet know that many of the web platforms in the country with the world’s largest online population have little in common with the Western pioneers they borrowed the initial idea from. Now, a solid piece of research shows just how little. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Julian Assange appeared at a press conference in London today to talk about WikiLeaks’ legal challenge to Visa and Mastercard, which have been blocking payments to the whistleblowing service for months in what its founder describes as an “economic blockade”.

He contrasted the payment firms’ stance on WikiLeaks – which he claims comes after political pressure from the US – with the phone hacking case at Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Sean Parker, co-founder of the original Napster, the pioneering file-sharing service, says the launch of Spotify in the US “represents the realisation of a dream”. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Amazon plans to release its own tablet computer by October, according to the Wall Street Journal. The online retailer hopes customers will use the tablet to rent and buy the company’s content, the WSJ believes.  Read more

Nuance, as its name suggests, is a voice recognition company that is getting ever better at learning and processing the nuances of everyday speech.

I was impressed with the accuracy of its popular and free Dragon Dictation app in turning to text my spoken words, but its new app Dragon Go, launched on Thursday,  goes a step further in understanding our search intentions.

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Chris Nuttall

Nuance, as its name suggests, is a voice recognition company that is getting ever better at learning and processing the nuances of everyday speech.

I was impressed with the accuracy of its popular and free Dragon Dictation app in turning to text my spoken words, but its new app Dragon Go, launched on Thursday, goes a step further in understanding our search intentions. Read more