Improves Apple's warranty policies in China following a state-sponsored smear campaign
FORTUNE -- Two weeks after China's Central Television accused Apple (AAPL) of giving Chinese customers second-rate repair service on its iPhones and iPads -- a charge echoed and amplified by editorials in the People's Daily -- CEO Tim Cook posted a signed apology on Apple's Chinese-language website.
A public apology was one of the demands made last week by the China MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 1, 2013 12:11 PM ET
Using the 2010 HP campaign as a template to measure the damage Apple might suffer.
FORTUNE -- Citi's Glen Yeung on Monday tried to put a dollar figure on the potential cost to Apple (AAPL) of China's state-sponsored propaganda campaign, now entering its third week.
Apple, he points out, is not the first foreign company to be targeted by the People's Republic. YUM brands (part of KFC) saw sales fall 20% year over MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 1, 2013 11:29 AM ET
Are China's hacker attacks and its anti-Apple campaign both preludes to a trade war?
FORTUNE -- Hillary Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen. The nuclear weapons labs at Los Alamos and Oak Ridge. The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, State, Energy and Commerce. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Lockheed Martin, Dow Chemical and Coca Cola. Adobe, Yahoo and Google
That, according to an alarming (and alarmingly hawkish) article in the Wall Street Journal's weekend edition, is a partial MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 31, 2013 8:02 PM ET
A watchdog agency demands Apple classify iPads as computers with 2-year warranties
FORTUNE -- In the latest twist in China's state-sponsored attack against Apple (AAPL), the China Consumer's Association -- a government funded watchdog group -- has zeroed in on the iPad. In a statement posted on the CCA's website, according to a report Sunday on China.org.cn:
"Apple Inc. was told to equalize the warranty periods in China compared with other countries. Buyers MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 31, 2013 8:23 AM ET
It doesn't, as near as I can tell. So what's all the fuss about?
FORTUNE -- The big tech news in China this month, in case you missed it, is the state-run media's high-profile campaign against Apple (AAPL) and its alleged discriminatory return and repair policies.
For two weeks front-page stories in the People's Daily and broadcasts on China Central Television (CCTV) have blasted the company for its greed, dishonesty and "unparalleled MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 30, 2013 6:07 AM ET
Consumer protection? Negative marketing? Negotiating ploy? Payback? Squeeze?
FORTUNE -- The drumbeat hasn't stopped.
Not only has China's Central TV been running regular follow ups to its March 15 expose on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone repair policies, but on Thursday People's Daily -- the Communist Party's official propaganda organ -- attacked the company for the fourth day in a row, devoting half a page to negative articles.
"One reported on a patent infringement suit lodged against Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 28, 2013 2:17 PM ET
The state-run media attacked as "a brain-dead product of the Cultural Revolution"
FORTUNE -- In the middle of a war of words between his customers and the government of his second largest market is probably the last place CEO Tim Cook wants to be right now. But that's where Apple (AAPL) finds itself today, according to Popularity helps buffer Apple from Chinese state-media attacks, an item that moved on the Reuters newswire Wednesday morning.
It's the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 27, 2013 10:44 AM ET
The sale of U.S.-funded battery technologies to China has already become a matter of national security.
By Andy Karsner
FORTUNE -- Starting about five years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy, coordinating with the Pentagon, significantly ramped up its funding for promising lithium ion batteries -- that technology that today helps power everything from iPads to electric cars to Boeing's Dreamliner Jets. The goal was to create durable, effective, affordable, and MOREMar 27, 2013 6:51 AM ET
The plot was revealed when actor Peter Ho left "Post around 8:20" on his Weibo message
FORTUNE -- Are the anti-Apple (AAPL) messages that appear on social media -- including blogs like this one -- the work of saboteurs paid by Cupertino's competitors?
I've often heard this claim, but never seen any hard evidence, which is what makes the story of China's "820 Party" so interesting.
The tale unfolded on Tea Leaf Nation, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2013 2:30 PM ET
Despite tension between the two powers, solutions to China's pollution woes may be in Japan.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- As Japan braces for a Chinese export it never asked for -- toxic clouds of pollution -- it is stepping up its green technology transfers in hopes they will clean the air.
Mending fences with its powerful neighbor wouldn't hurt either. "Japan already helps China to reduce emissions of pollutants through technology transfer," MOREMar 4, 2013 6:43 AM ET
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