Taming the Digital Dragon

Not for the first time have major digital tech companies faced hurdles in China over censorship and other regulatory laws. Major tech firms have been trying to crack the Chinese market with their services.

Times of India reports that Apple Inc's online book and film services have gone dark in China, after Beijing introduced regulations in March imposing strict curbs on online publishing, particularly for foreign firms. Attempts by Reuters on Friday to access Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services were met with a message in Chinese saying they were "unusable".

China's media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, demanded Apple halt the service, the New York Times reported, citing two unnamed people. The regulator did not respond to a faxed request from Reuters for comment. "We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible," said a Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman, who declined to provide further comment. This is not the first time an Apple service has been made unavailable in China.

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