Friday, April 22, 2016

Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by Chinese government

U.S. tech companies have been under pressure to comply with Chinese Internet
regulations and censorship, with some Internet services like Facebook and
Twitter blocked in the country.

But Apple has had more success in negotiating this market, which was
reflected in its launch in February of its Apple Pay service in tandem with
bank card network China UnionPay, despite competition from local players
like Alipay.

The shut down of the services could, however, affect the relationship
between Apple and the Chinese government, Tay said. There could also be a
larger impact in the long term if more Apple services are blocked, such as
Apple Pay, which play a crucial part in locking Apple users into its
ecosystem, the analyst added.

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