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Apple on the defensive?

by Ian Rosenwach 1.20.2014

Instead of the round-the-block lines that have greeted Apple product introductions in China and other countries in the past, only about a dozen customers showed up to buy iPhones at the opening of a store in Beijing – despite the presence of a special guest, the Apple chief executive, Timothy D. Cook. (NYT) I admire […]

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Google, China, and brand nationalism

by Ian Rosenwach 9.5.2009

On Thursday news broke that Google’s China chief, Kai Fun-Lee, was resigning. This was positioned in the media as a blow to Google’s China efforts. This story, translated from Chinese, provides some excellent perspective. The article in the WSJ had an interesting tidbit: “Mr. Lee’s departure is the end to a tenure in which some […]

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The iPhone, China, and Africa

by Ian Rosenwach 8.27.2009

I bet Steve Jobs has an image like this in his office. China would be a big market to enter, but notice the lack of penetration in Africa. I assume the market just isn’t there. The One Laptop per Child Project aimed to bring low-cost CPU’s to the developing world. Perhaps the netbook (or even […]

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