It doesn’t look like much. The brick office building sits next to a strip mall in Cupertino, California, about an hour south of San Francisco, and if you walk inside, you’ll find a California state flag and a cardboard cutout of R2-D2 and plenty of Christmas decorations — even though we’re well into April.
But there are big plans for this building. It’s where Baidu — “the Google of China” — hopes to create the future.
An intriguing story surfaced this week about a mysterious hacker named Zhang Changhe, who is apparently working for the Chinese army coordinating a botnet of zombie computers infested with malware, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
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From the outside, the only question about China’s nonstop growth is which milestone the country will roar past next. China is already the second-largest economy in the world, after not making the top 10 just a generation ago. According to some growth-rate predictions, it’s now within a generation of overtaking the US and becoming number one. And by many measures, it’s already in first place: New roads built, cars bought, mobile phones in service, Internet users signed on—based on these and other categories, the center of the world’s economic activity has moved to China.
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