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Daily News 2010-09-07

All about power cuts 

All about power cuts 


Changzhou City in Jiangsu Province recently imposed an emergency energy-saving plan on local enterprises. From Aug. 27 to Oct. 11, all enterprises will have to rest for five consecutive days after manufacturing for nine consecutive days. From late July, several provinces including Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hebei and Shanxi started limiting the use of electricity or even imposing power cuts on steel, cement and aluminum smelting firms notorious for high energy consumption and high pollution. In Anping County, Hebei Province, even residential areas, hospitals and traffic lights were not exempt from power cuts.


What's the reason? 


The reason for the power cuts is that the 11th five year plan (2006-2010), called for a cut in energy consumption of 20% per unit of GDP. But in the first four years on average the country only managed a cut of 15.6%. So savings of 4.4% must be achieved in the second half of this year. When results are evaluated at the end of the year, leaders of regions and enterprises that do not achieve the target will be investigated. So local governments have switched priority from GDP growth to energy saving and are using unprecedentedly severe measures. 


Any effect? 


The power cuts have had big effect on markets. The price of steel and cement began to rise quickly and the GDP growth rate is likely to fall in the second half of the year. 


Ex-Googler aims for mobile users 


Ex-Google China President Kaifu Lee is out to prove that China can be innovative, and he's starting with two projects that aim at China's massive mobile-subscriber population, the Wall Street Journal reported. The first is called Tapas, a smartphone operating system based on Google's Android with a number of features tailored for Chinese users, including software that detects what cities incoming calls are from, syncs contact lists with popular Chinese social networks, and a music player that detects what songs users are listening to and displays the lyrics, karaoke style. It also includes an e-book reader that can be optimized for subway-reading. In the next few weeks, Tapas is expected to launch with handsets by Sharp, Haier and Tianyu.


The second project is called Wonderpod, or Wandoujia in Chinese, an application and media distribution platform – a highly fragmented and competitive sector that is in its early stages in China – that was launched two months ago for Android devices. It too is tailored to Chinese subscribers, letting them download clips from Chinese streaming-video sites Youku.com and Tudou.com, as well as backing up text messages in email format to make them easier to read.


Applications offered through the platform's marketplace are all free at the moment. Both projects are funded by Lee's technology "incubation" company, Innovation Works, which was launched about one year ago after Lee resigned from his post at Google. The company has backed 12 projects, with plans to choose about 15 proposals per year.


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