You could make a case for the elevator being responsible for the modern world. It has certainly enabled the modern city. But for Elisha Otis' 'safety elevator', we'd still be living in three-storey walkups and urban areas would be vastly smaller.
China gets serious about introduce private investment into broadband, with trials planned for 16 cities. But the game is stacked in favour of the incumbents, and it's not even clear who can play.
It took six years for China Mobile to strike a deal with Apple over the iPhone. In all that time China Mobile’s then-boss Wang Jianzhou met with Steve Jobs just once.