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The world's largest mobile market puts a lock-down on location-based-services; they say a threat to security is to blame.

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, everyone interested has access to satellite images of the Earth.   With the push of a button, anyone can look anywhere in the world and get a street-view of its location; but this will no longer be the case in the Peoples Republic Of China. 

In an effort to combat what they consider a threat to state security, the Chinese government has set up new regulations that will ban what they consider to be "illegal" maps of the country placed online.

The new regulations include all maps downloaded or copied from the internet onto mobile devices according to The
New York Times.

Chinese officials are concerned that some uploaded satellite maps and images could display sensitive military locations.  Authorities are now strengthening supervision on companies utilizing platforms that provide online maps and geographical information.  They are updating current policies to require that all internet map servers store map data inside the country as well as provide public internet protocol addresses.  

The new policies will affect map services like Bing and Google.  Google recently found itself caught up in a confrontation with China, after the company decided to no longer go along with the country's requirement to censor internet searches in China.  In an effort to work around the censoring restrictions, Google moved its servers to Hong Kong.

Government officials will also require that all map servers "have no record of information leakage in any form in the past three years."  And by December, officials will also crack down on unregistered or illegal map servers.  Those who are deemed in violation of exposing state secrets could be jailed for up to 10 years.

Officials also plan to crack down on unregistered or illegal Internet map servers by December and release blacklists to the public.

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RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By amanojaku on 5/20/2010 5:39:23 PM , Rating: 1
The OP said why are WE doing business with China. Last time I checked, most of us aren't doing business with China. I'm not going to China to buy stuff. I'm not going online to buy stuff from Chinese companies, either. We're doing business with AMERICAN companies, or JAPANESE companies, etc.... THOSE COMPANIES are doing business with China.

The other day I was in Whole Paycheck (Whole Foods) buying groceries when I decided to pick up a metal water bottle. They were all made in China, so I put them all back on the shelf and walked out without a water bottle. I have the utmost respect for Chinese PEOPLE, but Chinese BUSINESSES, and the companies that contract them (i.e. Apple and Foxconn) can suck a fat one. None of my clothes are made in China, my food comes from America, and I try to buy electronics that have never touched China. I don't always have a choice, but whenever I do I exercise the non-Chinese option.

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By bug77 on 5/20/2010 5:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
Riight. So when someone goes to Walmart to buy the cheapest stuff (made in China), that someone is doing business with an American company. At the same time he's telling the said company: "stuff made in China sells, gimme more". No doubt the "companies" are the culprit here.

I see your point about not having any other options anymore, that's what happens when we buy so much chinese, we put local suppliers out of business.

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By Penti on 5/20/2010 9:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
US accepted China back in '73.

But anyway stuff like clothes are too expensive to buy from China and you probably buy from somewhere a lot worse where the workers don't even have basic dormitories but might even live in illegal slums with no running water, electricity, sewage or other basic needs.

Can I buy a motherboard not made in China? Probably but then it's some industrial board.

It's frankly retarded to choose to do business with Cambodia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and so on, but not China.

Back when Western Europe still had a garment industry the wages was higher then it is in China today, but that's too high for the clothing industry today and they are fleeing it like crazy. Also they have trouble finding workers for it today. It's not the cheap worthless crap that builds China, that has largely already moved to other countries. China is a high technology economy already. Although it has many different faces more and more we will associate them with high tech products and services from mainland China companies.

The worse companies in China is often foreign ones, they are the ones who treat workers like replacement for machines pay them just enough to live in their dormitories and expect them to return happily to the countryside after working for them, rather then having dedicated and proud workers making enough to have a good living and have the ability to do a career in the company. Chinese companies often offer better opportunities, better wages, and really invest in their business. So the foreign companies which don't regard their Chinese facilities as top notch production and design units will be pushed out eventually. They won't be able to compete with the most modern facilities in the world built by others there.

RE: Soviet-era paranoia
By iamezza on 5/21/2010 12:06:14 PM , Rating: 2
most good after-market boards are made in Taiwan

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