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Why China Wants Its Own Digital Video Standard

High technology license fees have kept the Chinese consumer electronics industry in chains. A new audio and video compression standard will set it free

3 min read

Picture this: customs officials at a major European seaport impound a shipload of DVD machines made in China. ”You did not pay to license technologies used in the standards that you implemented in these machines,” a European official explains. The Chinese manufacturer’s representative scratches his head. He doesn’t know anything about license fees. Later, he finds out that licensing for a single machine will cost about US $9, nearly half the cost of manufacturing it.

Such scenes, in fact, took place some five years ago. Chinese manufacturers, including Amoisonic (now Amoi Electronics), Malata, and Shinco insisted that paying such high license fees would destroy their DVD businesses.

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

10 min read
Close up of a finger with a clear square on it.
University of Florida

What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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