Weibo Policy Unclear for Overseas Users
   2012-02-09 20:59:07    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: yangyang66

China Daily

China Daily reports on the latest news regarding sign-up regulations for micro-blogging in China.

China Daily says the upcoming regulation requiring micro blog users to register with their real identities has yet to set procedures for overseas users.

The situation is puzzling foreign users without Chinese ID cards.

A weibo user from South Africa, Jeremy Goldkorn, is quoted by China Daily as saying,
"I asked the website staff members what I should do, but they didn't answer."

Goldkorn said he has been paying attention to this regulation for a long time, but is still confused. He registered with his real name since he began using weibo, and remembered noone asked him to provide a passport at that time.

Weibo has announced that it will require anyone registered after March 16 to provide their real identities to post or forward micro blogs.

At last count, according to figures supplied to China Daily by Sina.com, there were 8 million blog accounts "based overseas."

Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily reports the People's Bank of China says there are NO cats on the 100-yuan notes.

The PBC is the issuing bank of yuan, and Shanghai Daily says they deny allegations that its 100-yuan note contains cat images. They say the cloud pattern, in the background of the 100 Yuan note, where the design of three cats has been spotted, was copied from an ancient lacquer ware.

Interest around the notes began online, where microbloggers joked about the apparent three cats printed near the head of Mao Zedong on the note, one with an open mouth and staring eyes, the other two bowing on their knees.

Many of the bloggers expressed their appreciation toward the patterns after checking to see if it was true.

Instead of just Mao, now the notes are adorable and cute, one blogger said on Weibo.

The central bank says the pattern was copied from a lacquer ware dating from the Warring States Period (476-221 BC) and unearthed in central Hubei Province.

Experts who have looked at the fifth-generation 100-yuan notes say the pattern shows perfect symmetry, typical of decorative designs during the Warring States Period. But, that the banknote designer must have changed the original pattern slightly. No cat images were ever found in artifacts from that period.

Xinhua

Xinhua reports on an exciting new joint project between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
Both sides of the strait have jointly launched a multimedia database that offers free access to Chinese linguistic literature on line.

On the website zhonghuayuwen.org, people can search information in two latest Chinese dictionaries, as well as a large number of ancient Chinese literature.

The database also includes audio versions of important poems and classics, audio material of various dialects in China, and a video program teaching how to write Chinese characters.

It highlights a dictionary elaborating the difference of Chinese language between the mainland and Taiwan and has two versions, one in simplified Chinese commonly used in the mainland, and the other in traditional Chinese mainly used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.

New York Post

The New York Post reports a Staten Island woman is suing the city for $900 trillion dollars.
Fausat Ogunbayo, aged 46, has made the case against the city for her two kids being taken in 2008 and put into a Queens foster care home.

If she wins, The Post points out she could pay off the US national debt and still have $885 trillion left.

Ogunbayo says the city made it difficult for her to see her two sons, who she claims fared much worse in the foster care system.

The city says according to court papers, Ogunbayo is, quote, "mentally unstable and not currently receiving treatment," and that's why the boys, now 13 and 16, were removed.
Ogunbayo says in court papers the allegation is "a huge lie."

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