"I hope the Chinese aren't collating the Ashley Madison data with their handy federal list of every American with a security clearance." -Bruce Sterling

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Gallery of deserted Chinese amusement parks

China's exuberant, weird, terrible and brilliant amusement parks sprang up like mushrooms after the Deng reforms, and now many of them have fallen on hard times -- even as Disney makes ready to open Disneyland Shanghai. Read the rest

Chinese theme-park queue-jumping techniques

Mostly they come down to "pretend you don't know it's a queue"; have the old people in your group pitch a tantrum; have the kids in your group go to the front, then "catch up" and board -- from a 2010 issue of In Park magazine: Read the rest

"Unmanned factory" replaces 600 humans with robots

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Official Chinese Communist Party newspaper People's Daily claims that the Changying Precision Technology Company in the city of Dongguan replaced 600 people on its assembly lines with 60 robots, making it the "first unmanned factory in Dongguan" as part of the company's "Robot Replace Human" program. Read the rest

Chinese mega-manufacturers set up factories in India

Foxconn is opening a $5B facility in Maharashtra; Huawei just got a green-light for a networking gear factory; Xiaomi already runs a phone assembly plant in Andhra Pradesh that will announcing new products today. Read the rest

Hong Kong protesters take to the street in bras: "breasts aren't weapons"

The latest anti-corruption mass-uprising symbol in Hong Kong is a bra: it protests the jailing of a female protester who was convicted of "assaulting a police officer" with her boob. Read the rest

UK restricts dissident artist Ai Weiwei's stay over his “criminal record” in China

Ai Weiwei posted this picture on Instagram on Wednesday after the Chinese authorities returned his passport.
The artist is scheduled to be in the UK in September for a big exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts.

Erenhot's enormous kissing dinosaur arch

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Erenhot is a dinosaur fossil hot-spot on the border between China and Mongolia. In an outpouring of civic pride, they erected this fabulous arch made of kissing dinosaurs. Read the rest

China lifts game console ban

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Plans to ban puns may still be afoot, but China has at last lifted its prohibition on owning game consoles. Though widely unenforced, the official imprimatur of approval is expected to give the domestic game business a huge boost. Read the rest

China gives outlaw artist Ai Weiwei his passport back. Finally. For now.

Ai Weiwei posted this picture on Instagram on Wednesday after the Chinese authorities returned his passport.
Chinese art-provocateur whose work so very consistently pisses off the Chinese government, says he was given back his passport this week after being barred from traveling abroad since he was detained in 2011 in Beijing.

Obama snubs NYC's Waldorf Astoria hotel over China bugging fears, scream tabloids

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President Obama. WABC, July 17, 2015.

Most fears about bugs in New York City hotels involve the kind that live in beds. Today, another type of hotel bug is in the news. Read the rest

Report: Uber uses GPS to punish drivers in China who get close to protests

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To appease the Chinese government, Uber is using GPS on drivers’ phones to ID and threaten any Uber drivers who get too close to the taxi drivers' protests.

Trends in Chinese mobile UIs

Last December, Dan Grover summarized the unique mobile app UI conventions he'd spotted since moving to China the summer before to work for Wechat, a Chinese mobile messaging app that also incorporates a wallet, Evernote-style functionality, a games platform, a people-finder, a song-matching service, and, of course, an email client. Read the rest

Amazingly fast counting of Chinese cash

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Watch those fingers go!

Below, a classic video showing more cash counting techniques from around the world:

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CNN interview with author of discredited Sunday Times story on Snowden is painful to watch

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If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so now.

Shenzhen - where tiny startups flock to incubate their products

Over at Make, Gareth Branwyn has written a terrific introduction to the "mutant urban marvel that is Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city that’s become not only a global mass market electronics manufacturing juggernaut, but also a place where tiny startups flock to incubate their products and get them to market as quickly and inexpensively as possible." Read the rest

Survivor's story: Last night's cruise ship disaster in China

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Survivor Zhang Hui, who doesn't know how to swim, only had 30 seconds to grab a life jacket and flee his cruise ship cabin before jumping into the dark choppy water of the Yangtze River in China. Holding on to his life jacket for dear life, he watched the Eastern Star cruise ship quickly turn over. Over 458 passengers were on board, and less than 24-hours later, hundreds are still missing. Here's his story. Read the rest

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