March 22, 2010 Last Updated 1:16 pm

Morning Brief: China warns or begs?; iPad & KIndle developments; PEs move into B2B again

An editorial in the China Daily states plainly that China can live without Google.

“China Doesn’t Need a Politicized Google” reads the editorial, as if China’s policies concerning censorship are not political. “Google’s actions show that the world’s biggest search engine company has abandoned its business principles and instead shows the world a face that is totally politicized.”

So there you have it, China, that great bastion of capitalism wants to give Google a lesson in business principals.

This Sunday’s NYT story on the iPad revealed the names of some of the companies that have received Apple iPads to work with during this window before the launch. Receiving an actual device from Apple is the company’s way of separating out the elite from the rest of the crowd. In addition to the Times and Wall Street Journal, the story also mentions Major League Baseball. Their iPhone app has been one of devices most popular, and with the iPad’s launch date so close to Opening Day, this makes sense. (The regular season kicks off April 4th with a Sunday night game between the Red Sox and Yankees.)
“People see this as an opportunity to do things that have not been done before and get that first mover’s advantage” – iPad developer
One of the developers quoted states that “there’s something about the newness of the iPad that’s driving an even greater level of excitement than what existed in the last year for the iPhone.” Raven Zachary, president of Small Society, is quoted as saying “people see this as an opportunity to do things that have not been done before and get that first mover’s advantage.”

Later this afternoon I’ll be posting a story about one of those companies excited about iPad development, Handmark, a company mentioned here before (here and here).

The same Times story mentioned above talks about Amazon’s own iPad app.

“We have actually developed a tablet-based interface that redesigns the core screen and the reading experience,” said Ian Freed, vice president for Kindle at Amazon. “Our team had some fun with it.”

And there you have the best description yet of why the iPad will win out over Kindle-like readers: the experience of both the developers and users is superior. (Which is why everyone expects Amazon to introduce a color version of its Kindle reader, one capable of rendering multimedia content quickly and attractively, as soon as it possibly can.)
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Panelfly showing off iPhone and iPad apps.

The WSJ reported on the Sandow Media acquisition of the eight Reed Business Information magazines on Friday. Their story, here, reads like portions of the The Bible — except instead of so-and so begat so-and-so, it reads so-and-so PE owns so-and-so B2B, who was sold by so-and-so M&A company. This one story includes the names of eight private equity firms and the ever present Jordon Edmiston Group, whose representative is quoted as stating that private equity buying is not at an end. Was that a threat?

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