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China Unicom plans cut-price iPhones as China Telecom prepares to enter the iFray

Big news from China where Apple’s current carrier China Unicom says it hopes to reduce iPhone prices there – even as far bigger rival, China Telecom, confirms continued talks to distribute the Apple device in the country.

China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Wang Jianzhou said Friday that his company and Apple have been in talks on an iPhone distribution deal

For China it looks like a price war may be ahead (probably easier to achieve when you consider the devices are actually manufactured there) “For Chinese consumers, the sales price for iPhone should be the-cheaper-the-better, and we totally understand that,” said Chang Xiaobing, China Unicome chairman at the opening of the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing on Friday.

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Spotify to take on Apple in US, China?

Much-vaunted streaming music service today confirmed plans to open for business in China, even as Apple struggles to finalise a local deal there with China Unicom to sell the iPhone in that country.

Spotify’s Oriental ambition means working with local operator, the Tom Group, which has partnered with Spotfiy, and will bring the European ad-supported streaming music service to China, Reuters reports. The localized Chinese version will be available both online and via mobile. Spotify is also expected to launch its service in the U.S. in the coming months.

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China’s 3G plan hints at iPhone launch?

Apple’s iPhone 3G took another step closer to China today on news the country could issue 3G licenses to local mobile phone carriers within weeks.

Speaking at a press conference, Chinese industry minister Li Yizhong confirmed the country will award three licenses, , including global 3G standards, and China’s local technology, TD-SCDMA. China Unicom will be assigned W-CDMA and China Telecom will be given CDMA-2000.

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Apple inching to iPhone Chinese, Thailand launch

Apple seems set to unleash its iPhone in Thailand and China, though the latter launch may be delayed until 2009 on the basis that the company recently reduced its manufacturing orders for the device.

True Move, Thailand’s third largest mobile operator, has announced a deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone 3G in the country, according to Reuters.

Rival carriers AIS and DTAC remain in talks with Apple, as the deal is non-exclusive, the report explains. There’s already an estimated 100,000 unlocked iPhones in use in Thailand, a second report claims.

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Warners makes VOD movie move in China

Warner Bros has moved to combat rampant piracy in China with its blessing of a new video-on-demand service in the country in form of making new release films available legitimately online.

The joint announcement was made by Marc Gareton, Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Shao Yiding, CEO of Union Voole Technology in China.

Warner Bros.’ new release movies, including some that have never been released theatrically in China, will be available to Chinese consumers to rent on VOD to their PCs via Voole.com at a price of between 4 and 7 Rmb per title.

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Apple cuts iPhone production, no new Macs

Apple has reportedly cut back on iPhone manufacturing and warned Mac users not to expect any new products this side of Christmas.

We believe that the reported cut-back in planned iPhone production isn’t reflective of the recession on the economy, but instead a reaction to delays reaching a deal to bring the device into China.

These claims emanate from an analyst firm we don’t often see associated with Apple, so it’s a moot point as to whether it’s even worth taking those claims seriously.

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iTunes access in China restored?

iTunes access in China has been restored, various reports emanating from the Olympic nation state, following a widely-reported blip in access last week.

Reuters had claimed that Apple’s decision to sell the the Art of Peace Foundation’s newly-released compilation, ‘Songs for Tibet’ caused Chinese internet police to pull the plug on iTunes access in the country – though Chinese music fans can’t actually buy music from foreign-based music stores.
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Olympics-Beijing opening lures 15% of world

Reuters reports: “As China hoped, the world did tune in for the start of the Beijing Olympics with various polls on Monday estimating about one billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, watched the opening ceremony.”

What made a difference: 842 million of the Chinese population watched the event, creating a global viewing audience of c.one billion souls.
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Song for Tibet is global iTunes number one

The Art of Peace Foundation has announced that its newly-released compilation, ‘Songs for Tibet’ is now the top-selling rock download on iTunes across the world.

“With the Beijing Olympics just days away, this album sends a clear statement to Tibet and the Dalai Lama that the world is with them and supports their dreams for fundamental human rights and autonomy,” said Executive Director of The Art of Peace Foundation, Michael Wohl.

A video for the project by Mark Pellington titled “Songs for Tibet – Freedom is Expression” is available on YouTube,
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