Headline August 11, 2017/ ''' *GIANTS* -GIMBAL- GIMBALS '''


*IN CHINA  -ONE OF PROUD PAKISTAN'S*    very respected and very sincere friend,  The World Students Society is destined, for the next decade, to overtake every tech giant in the world.

The World Students Society   is the exclusive ownership     of every single Chinese student,  just as it is the exclusive ownership,  of every single student in the world. 

The World Student Society respects every domestic Chinese law, rule, regulation, filter, and sensibility, and censor,     while inviting every Chinese student to The World Student Society, most lovingly and respectfully called, !WOW!  -the world over.

*The World Student Society, by design, is incorporated with both gimbal and gimbals.  I leave this  great imagination    to the  Marketing Gurus the world over.*. 

SHANGHAI : With all the tech giants struggling    :   -Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Apple, !WOW!...............the very great rush of great companies seeking entry has really, really slowed.

Facebook is the world's largest social network, with more than 2 billion users. Linkedin was sold to Microsoft for $26 billion last year. And Apple is Apple the most valuable company in the world. 

And !WOW!   -the World Students Society  -for every subject and discipline in the world,  including  Computers-Internet-Wireless,  is all Unicorn and a great story of sacrifices, selfless work, all in  the service of every nation, and  entire Humanity.

And very much with that, The World Students Society honors, yet again, these very great students and heroes who having brought !WOW! to this point-

Have finally begun to chorus  the operations for Global Elections to be held next year:

STUDENTS  :  Merium, Rabo, Haleema,  Dee, Ambassador Malala  [Nobel Prize] Saima, Sarah, Areesha, Sameen, Eman, Aqsa, Paras, Sorat, Zilli, Saima, Lakshmi/India, Zainab, Tooba, Shahbano, Hadiqa/Australia, Armeen, Nina, Zara, Dantini/Malaysia

Hussain, Shahzaib Khan, Vishnu/India, Jordan, Bilal, Salar Khan, Faraz, Ali, Umer, Wajahat, Zaeem, Toby/China,   Raees/Australia,   Danyial, Ghazi, Hamad,  Reza/Canada, Ahsen,  and all the great students of the world.

In most local markets, it would be a surprise if any of these companies were floundering. But in China, the real shock is that their troubles are no longer surprise anyone.

Just in the past few weeks,  Facebook had one of its most popular apps blocked by the  Chinese government. At  LinkedIn,  the global-spanning social network of  resumes,  job recommendations and management essays, the local boss stepped down amid tepid results in the country.

And Apple announced a  billion dollar  investment, to comply with local law as it continued to watch  Chinese demand for its  iPhone fade.

This summer    the challenge for the three companies     offers a broad illustration of just how varied the obstacles have become for foreign companies in  China;  They also show in stark terms why this vast market has been frustratingly difficult for outsiders.

Tempted by the world's largest smartphone market and an increasingly wealthy population deeply intrigued by new technologies, just about every American tech company from  Amazon to Zynga  has taken a shot at China.

But outside of  Apple  and a group of older companies like  IBM and Intel, few have a major presence in the country today.

''In general the  China  market  is hard, even for the best of Chinese companies,'' said Andy Tian,  co-founder of   Asian innovations Group in Beijing and former  general manager  of  Zynga China.

'' It's the most competitive place around for consumer services and technology.''

Over the years, Internet companies like Twitter, Google and Snapchat have been blocked by censors. EBay was outmaneuvered by the local Internet giant  Alibaba

Groupon failed to stay afloat on the flood of copycats it inspired.  Uber  cuts its losses after establishing a foothold and sold its local business to a  Chinese rival.

Even Linkedin, which played ball with Chinese censors two years ago to get into the country with a local audience.

''The big Internet companies just don't have much of a hope here,'' said James McGregor, chairman of the greater China region for the consulting firm APCO Worldwide.

American startups are still in the game, in particular those selling services to the Chinese businesses, Mr. Tian said. But the number of big Internet firms trying to get into the country has slowed, though exact figures are hard to come by.

There are issues beyond offending censors. The  Chinese Internet culture is different, and at times quirky. And the technical requirements of China's Internet filters can make operating difficult.

Engineers often have to find alternatives to the services technology companies rely on outside China.

For those that overcome all that, the market is rough in a way United States companies don't normally experience, and it is often tilted against outsiders.

''It's basically like someone    who has been training for  Olympic taekwondo going up against a streetfighter,'' Mr. Tian said. ''The Olympic fighter is waiting for the whistle, and the street fighter already has him on the ground hitting him with elbows. There's no rules.''

More than for the others, Facebook's problem in China is simple : Neither its website nor its app is accessible in the country. Both were blocked in 2009, shortly after ethnic rioting in western China.

In the autumn of 2014, the umbrella protests in Hong Kong prompted the blocking of Instagram, which Facebook owns.

Around the time  Instagram  went down,  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg stepped up a charm campaign to try to get the social network back into China.

He trotted out his Mandarin in a large public forum, invited the then head of China's Internet regulator to Facebook's offices and even dined with President Xi Jinping during a state visit.

For all his efforts, just last week the company's last major app in the country, WhatsApp, was blocked by the Chinese government. 

While experts say it's not clear whether ultimately it will be fully blocked, in recent days users have been unable to send images, videos and voice messages. 

At least partially responsible for the block, according to analysts, is a new cybersecurity law that took effect on June 1

While vague the new rules call for security checks on foreign companies and force firms to store Key Data in China.

The Honor and Serving of the  latest Operational Research on Technology and State of the World continues. And with that !WOW!  thanks researcher and writer Carolyn Zhang.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of China,  and then the world. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and  Twitter-!E-WOW!   -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' Walls & !WOW! '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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