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Thursday
Jan222015

Huawei's Ren Zhengfei greets the world: 'I'm not mysterious'

In his first appearance in a public forum in the west, Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei denies he is mysterious, but also describes himself as knowing nothing about technology or finance. The 70-year-old CEO said his biggest challenge was coping with Huawei’s fast growth, and gave a graphic illustration of his demanding management style.

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Monday
Jan052015

ZTE: New branding, same prospects

Corporate rebranding is an easy target for snark, and ZTE isn’t helping by declaring ‘cool, green and open’ are its new corporate values. But with its nearest rivals said to be contemplating a merger, it's worth asking whether a minnow like ZTE has a future at all.

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Thursday
Dec112014

Innovating the city

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.

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Monday
Dec012014

China commits to private broadband, with limits  

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.

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Wednesday
Nov262014

When China Mobile met Steve Jobs 

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.

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