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VeriSign Confirms Chinese Government Behind Google Attack

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Ars Technica is reporting that VeriSign’s iDefense lab has traced the attack on Google and over 30 other companies to the Chinese government. The cyber attack occurred late December and targeted Google and other companies in an attempt to extract information about political dissidents.

The iDefense report points to malicious code that was deployed in PDF files that were crafted to exploit a vulnerability in Adobe’s software. According to the report: “the source IPs and drop server of the attack correspond to a single foreign entity consisting either of agents of the Chinese state or proxies thereof.”
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Knockoff BlackBerrys in China Including BlockBerry and BlueBerry

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With BlackBerry set to touch down in China, ChinaDaily.com have put together an editorial about black market BlackBerrys and in particular, the famous knockoff devices like the BlockBerry and BlueBerry.

According to the article, many Chinese buyers purchase smuggled and fake BlackBerrys because they’re cheaper yet still carry the brand prestige. The BlackBerry and smartphone market is quickly becoming like the rest of the luxury goods market: swamped with fakes.
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Jim Balsillie announces partnership with China Telecom

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During the Q3 Fiscal 2010 Conference Call, Jim Balsillie announced a partnership with China Telecom to distribute BlackBerry across China. China Telecom is the 3rd largest mobile provider in the People’s Republic of China. The network supports 3G and has over 43 million mobile subscribers. This is a huge distribution deal for RIM and it’s crucial for their growth in China. More details and a launch plan to come.

China Mobile and RIM announce plans for BIS, SCDMA and LTE

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China Mobile and RIM have announced plans to support TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE technologies for the BlackBerry solution. China Mobile and RIM have also announced that they plan to launch BIS and BlackBerry for small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise.

BIS is expected to be available in 2010 by China Mobile. BIS will also be complemented with customized content through services such as Mobile Market, FETION and other Web-based services.

With all the news coming out about BlackBerry in China, take the time to read Owen Wong’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About BlackBerry in China.

Digital China and RIM announce distribution agreement

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Digital China and RIM have announced a distribution agreement for BlackBerry smartphones in China. Digital China are the largest IT services provider in China, with regional centers in 19 major cities, and over 8,300 employees. It’s not clear what this will result in sales-wise, but it will definitely help RIM get a more solid footing in the Chinese enterprise market. Through Digital China, RIM will be able to position itself as the smartphone of choice for the IT industry in China.

Everything you ever wanted to know about BlackBerry in China

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First of all, I’d like to introduce the mobile operators in China. As you may know, there are now three mobile operators in mainland China. The biggest is China Mobile, which owns TD-SCDMA found in UMTS networks in China. China Unicom is another, and it owns WCDMA and has recently launched the iPhone. The third is China telecom which owns CDMA2000.

BlackBerry is just beginning to become popular in China but there are still some major barriers. Many of my friends use a BlackBerry, but RIM has not established any retail outlets or simple means to buy their devices. Most of us get our Blackberry phones as smuggled goods or from friends abroad. China Mobile now offers BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) with the Blackberry 8700, but it comes at a very high price, about 398 RMB- 598 RMB/month ($60 to $85 USD). This is all going to change very soon. The latest news is that China Telecom have announced BIS support, and they are going to be shipping the BlackBerry Storm and Tour in the near future. China Mobile are also rumored to be releasing the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and Bold2 (not sure) soon. We have also heard from an official at China Unicom, who has confirmed they are in talks with RIM, so we will hopefully see some BlackBerry devices from them as well. Overall, China is going to see a big surge in devices around all of mainland China.
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