China: Ap­ple’s Book, Film Ser­vices Go Dark

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Bei­jing: Ap­ple’s on­line book and film ser­vices have gone dark in China, af­ter Bei­jing in­tro­duced reg­u­la­tions in March im­pos­ing strict curbs on on­line pub­lish­ing, par­tic­u­larly for for­eign firms. At­tempts by Reuters on Fri­day to ac­cess Ap­ple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies ser­vices were met with a mes­sage in Chi­nese say­ing they were “un­us­able”. China’s me­dia reg­u­la­tor, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion, de­manded Ap­ple halt the ser­vice, the New York Times re­ported. “We hope to make books and movies avail­able again to our cus­tomers in China as soon as pos­si­ble,” said a Bei­jing-based Ap­ple spokes­woman, who de­clined to pro­vide fur­ther com­ment. Reuters

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