Posted by Joel Martinsen on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:36 PM
China Computerworld, July 26, 2010
Update: (2010.08.11): China Computerworld has now apologized for the cover:
The current issue of China Computerworld (计算机世界) features a cover story on Tencent, the Internet giant that runs the QQ web portal and Internet messaging software and has its fingers in practically every other sector of the online economy.
The report is written from the perspective of Tencent's competitors in the industry, and it is their exclamation of frustration that provides the feature's title: Fucking Tencent ().
Critics quoted in the piece complain about Tencent's lack of creativity: never a first mover, it enters established sectors and muscles out the competition — shamelessly imitating its rivals, according to some accusations:
As the excerpt suggests, the article itself is much less of a hit-piece than the provocative cover implies. Nevertheless, Tencent felt it necessary to respond to the brutal assassination of its beloved penguin mascot:
Update (2010.07.27): China Computerworld has responded with a pledge to continue its independent reporting on the industry.
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