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April 20th, 2012
09:14 AM ET

Politics behind Bo's woes

By now, people around the world are familiar with the name Bo Xilai. Some, like me, are completely captivated by the daily developments of this sensational story. But there are still more questions than answers.

Many recent revelations are little more than rumors. Chinese state-media have published few official details. Instead, there has been an endless wave of commentaries with headlines including:

"CPC shows no tolerance for corruption"
"Bo investigation warns officials of power abuse"
"Criminal case shall not be interpreted as political struggle"

Beijing is clearly trying hard to contain the scandal. But rifts in the ruling Communist party are already exposed.

China analyst Willy Lam puts the politics into historical perspective and speculates on the fate of Bo, his wife and the deputy-turned-whistle-blower.

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April 19th, 2012
09:56 AM ET

The hidden front in the smartphone war

You used to be able to define the success of an electronics company by the quality of its product. But in the smartphone wars, it's not just about how good the camera is or how much memory a phone has - the quality of a company's patent portfolio matters just as much.

It's a fight being waged in the courtroom as much as in stores. And it's resulted in the strange scenario where if you shun a Windows Phone in favor of buying an Android device... you could still be putting money in Microsoft's pocket!

Confused? Kristie Lu Stout explains.

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Filed under: Gadgets • General • Technology
April 19th, 2012
06:25 AM ET

Shedding Light on Scandal

China is renewing its commitment to "thoroughly investigate" the death of a British businessman.

The Neil Heywood case has unfolded like something out of a movie... with allegations of illegal money transfers, betrayal and foul play. But it is very real and has cost a powerful Chinese politician his career.

Bo Xilai was once a rising star of the Communist Party. Now his wife. Gu Kailai, is being held as a suspect in Heywood's death. Bo himself is under investigation for "serious discipline violations."

Our Beijing Bureau Chief sheds light on the deepening scandal.

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Filed under: China • General
April 16th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Inside a Foxconn factory

Given the controversy swirling around working conditions at Foxconn, you almost expect a glimpse inside the factory to reveal so many safety violations that it'd resemble a real-life version of The Simpsons' Nuclear Power Plant.

Instead you see a clean, organised, safe-looking workplace; arguably one of the better examples of a factory in China. But still one where an independent audit has found that many labor rights abuses do occur, from excessive working hours to safety violations.

It's rare for reporters to get inside the gates of the Foxconn complex, but Marketplace's Rob Schmitz was invited to take a look inside and shared his reports with us.

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Filed under: China • Technology
April 10th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Facebook snaps up Instagram

Last week, when Instagram was valued at $500 million, people scoffed.

It's just a simple photo sharing app with only 30 million users and no real business model. How can that be worth $500 million?

Turns out that they were right. It's worth $1 billion instead.

April 6th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Choose your chocolate carefully

Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, you have probably noticed the Easter candy in your grocery store. It's the top season worldwide for chocolate purchases, according to Kraft Foods.

But there's something you should know before you buy a single bunny or Easter egg.

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Filed under: CNN Freedom Project • General
April 5th, 2012
06:31 PM ET

Watchful eyes on Ai Weiwei

It was an ironic nod to the unblinking eye of security officials monitoring his house arrest. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei placed surveillance cameras inside his home to mark the first anniversary of his detention.

Then he made the feed available online.

He spoke with CNN right before getting the order to shut down the site.

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