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Apple, Google CEOs Bring Star Power as China Promotes Censorship ( 38

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai made their first appearances at China's World Internet Conference, bringing star power to a gathering the Chinese government uses to promote its strategy of tight controls online. Apple's chief executive officer gave a surprise keynote at the opening ceremony on Sunday, calling for future internet and AI technologies to be infused with privacy, security and humanity. The same day, one of China's most-senior officials called for more aggressive government involvement online to combat terrorism and criminals. Wang Huning, one of seven men on China's top decision-making body, even called for a global response team to go well beyond its borders. It was Cook's second appearance in China in two months, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping in October. The iPhone maker has most of its products manufactured in the country and is trying to regain market share in smartphones against local competitors such as Huawei. "The theme of this conference -- developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits -- is a vision we at Apple share," Cook said. "We are proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace."
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Apple, Google CEOs Bring Star Power as China Promotes Censorship

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  • Cyberspace? (Score:5, Funny)

    by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Monday December 04, 2017 @02:42PM (#55673791) Homepage Journal
    Did he really say cyberspace? Is it 2004?
    • by swb ( 14022 )

      Maybe it was a reverse translation problem. Cook said something that translated into Chinese translates most closely back as "cyberspace".

      Is it really that awkward of a term? I mean they're all awkward, and at least that one has been around for a while and isn't the latest marketing buzzword.

    • Is it 2004?

      Well if it is, I'm sure Steve Jobs is about to have a revelation about the wonders of modern medicine.

    • by Megol ( 3135005 )

      It isn't the '90s (the time when it was most popular IIRC) but what's wrong using that rather than any new term describing the same thing?

    • by jetkust ( 596906 )
      The rest of what he was saying was gibberish, so why not throw a cyberspace in there?
  • by Joe_Dragon ( 2206452 ) on Monday December 04, 2017 @03:05PM (#55673977)

    apple can just pull out and make iphone's in usa.

    Just the idea of doing that can make china change.

    • by Megol ( 3135005 )

      Now that's a way to look at it. Completely crazy way but still...

    • apple can just pull out and make iphone's in usa.

      of course they can... but that would cost money.

      Just the idea of doing that can make china change.

      Nope! First of all, "China" doesn't make much money for their involvement in producing Apple products. Secondly, a shitload of other things are made in China so it's not a big deal.

    • iPhone is assembled in Taiwan. You know, the "other" China. Not the one with censorship.
      Also the Apple custom chips are made in Taiwan. Also known as the Republic of China.

  • by Colin Castro ( 2881349 ) on Monday December 04, 2017 @03:06PM (#55673987)

    I mean seriously, what a crock of shit. I've been phasing Google out of my life and Apple too. Good riddance.

  • "LOL. Human rights are funny!"
    - Tim Cook

  • Tim Cook didn't want to help the FBI find possible accomplices to Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik []. But Apple will help the Chinese government have "more aggressive government involvement online to combat terrorism and criminals".

    If there were enough profit for Apple, I wonder if Cook would help the Chinese government track down peaceful protesters like Liu Xiaobo []. I hope not. RIP, Liu Xiaobo. 1955-2017.

  • Both are very fond of control and walled gardens.

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.