Everyone is checking their phones on the Shanghai
subway which has service even between stations. Young
people are more smart phone dependent than we
are thanks to social media apps like We Chat.
As a New Yorker and lifelong Times reader it was annoying to be unable to read the Times on my last two week stay in China. Yet the Guardian was always accessible. This shows that the decision is not driven by ideology. rather it is a product of personal pique by highly placed officials who resent the financial scandal in Chongqing that the Times broke. - gwc
Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China - The New York Times
Apple, complying with what it said was a request from Chinese authorities, removed news apps created by The New York Times from its app store in China late last month.
The move limits access to one of the few remaining channels for readers in mainland China to read The Times without resorting to special software. The government began blocking The Times’s websites in 2012, after a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of Wen Jiabao, who was then prime minister, but it had struggled in recent months to prevent readers from using the Chinese-language app.
Apple removed both the English-language and Chinese-language apps from the app store in China on Dec. 23. Apps from other international publications, including The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, were still available in the app store.
“For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, said of the Times apps. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”