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Eric Schmidt

Google's chairman Eric Schmidt is a truly busy man. But still I managed to grab him for a 30-minute interview during his recent visit to Hong Kong - a city he says he is a big fan of, though one he feels now faces more challenges than opportunities.

Monday, 11 November, 2013, 5:17am 1 comment

Google's Eric Schmidt to Hong Kong: You need more engineers to start companies like mine

Google chairman Eric Schmidt receives a warm welcome at Chinese University yesterday. He wants to encourage more young entrepreneurs. Photo: Felix Wong

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has one suggestion for the Hong Kong government on how to make the city remain competitive – to open more technical universities, thereby attracting more software engineers, rather than more bankers.

5 Nov 2013 - 3:25pm 17 comments

Free speech and internet are key to China’s reform, says Google’s Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, meets students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday urged Beijing to allow its people to think and speak freely if the world’s No 2 economy wants to grow further. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, the chief of the search engine giant spoke of his concern at the mainland’s recent “500 reposts” rule designed to tighten the government’s control of the internet.

5 Nov 2013 - 3:18pm 20 comments

Digital world must eventually defeat dictators: Schmidt, Cohen

“Connectivity will make revolutionary movements easier to start, but harder to finish.” Jared Cohen, co-author of The Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. Photo: AFP

NATHAN GARDELS: You paint an exciting portrait of the arriving digital age where most of the Earth’s 8 billion future inhabitants will be empowered through technological inclusion and connectivity. The potential ranges from instant translation to health care through personalized DNA to thought-controlled motion technology for prosthetics.

9 May 2013 - 2:24pm

Google pays its bosses a buck, 4 other executives get US$124m

Google co-founder Sergey Brin was paid a meagre US$1 salary last year, according to a regulatory filing. Photo: Reuters

Google chief executive Larry Page and his longtime partner Sergey Brin limited their salaries to US$1 apiece last year, while four other top executives received combined compensation packages totaling more than US$124 million.

25 Apr 2013 - 11:56am

Who said it?

Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man

We don't intend to place the blame for the mistakes on our frontline law enforcement staff as they work very hard

Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man apologising to the mainlanders mistakenly charged with exceeding the two-tin limit on milk powder


Try to keep the government out of regulating the internet

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am

Web revolution awaits Google's Eric Schmidt in Myanmar

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visits Myanmar this week. Photo: AFP

For years Myanmar’s paranoid junta blocked websites such as Gmail and YouTube. However, when Google chairman Eric Schmidt visits this week, he will find a small but flourishing internet community.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea a final frontier for Google Maps

Google's map of North Korea before the update (left) and after (right). Photo: AFP

It took years and the help of amateur map-makers who once lived there or knew people who did to add gulags, streets and other details to what was long a patch of gray at the online atlas.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Foreigners can now take own mobile phones to North Korea

Foreign visitors to North Korea can now take their own mobile phones. Google chairman Eric Schmidt went to the country recently. Photo: AP

Foreigners visiting North Korea can now take their own mobile phones into the country, Chinese state media reported on Sunday, citing an employee with the operator of the country’s mobile network.

A technician with Koryolink, the North Korean-Egyptian joint venture that operates the 3G phone network, told China’s official Xinhua news agency that the move took effect on January 7.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Back to China, via Pyongyang?

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, tours a computer lab at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: AP

"Don't be evil" may be Google's motto. But Google is also the company most often decried as bent on world domination. So what was its executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, doing last week in North Korea, a country with just 24.5 million people who are not connecting to the internet any time soon?

17 Jan 2013 - 4:57am 2 comments

Pyongyang's welcome of Google goes only as far as its chairman

Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Photo: AFP

If Google chairman Eric Schmidt learned anything from his visit to North Korea last week, it was that the North is falling ever further behind the rest of the world in hi-tech capabilities.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 1 comment

Web freedom is key to development, Google boss tells Pyongyang

Google chairman Eric Schmidt

Google chairman Eric Schmidt said yesterday he had told North Korea it would not develop unless it embraced internet freedom.

He was speaking as he returned from a controversial visit to the communist state with US politician Bill Richardson.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:46am

Google’s Eric Schmidt urges North Korea to embrace internet freedom

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt (left) and Bill Richardson arrive at Beijing airport after their trip to Pyongyang. Photo: EPA

Google chairman Eric Schmidt told North Korean officials their country would never develop unless it embraced internet freedom, he said on Thursday as he returned from a visit to Pyongyang.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

What is Google's Eric Schmidt doing in North Korea?

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, pictured near a statue of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung during a tour of the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang yesterday. Photo: AP

What is one of the world's most prominent advocates of internet freedom doing in a country where unregulated access to information is generally either impossible or criminal?

10 Jan 2013 - 5:23am

Who said it?

Rescue diver Yuen Ka-wai

When the water rushed in, it was like a washing machine

Rescue diver Yuen Ka-wai on conditions inside the stricken Lamma IV ferry


Can our language be passed down to the next generation? It is the deepest wish in my heart that it can be

Mu'u Ka'angena, one of the last speakers of the Kanakanavu language


10 Jan 2013 - 3:49am