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Welcome to China. You probably can’t buy anything, though


On her first trip to China, 30-year-old Courtney Newnham from Portland, Ore., eagerly lined up at a street pushcart to buy a skewer of candied hawthorn berries, a traditional snack. Then she realized nobody was giving the pushcart guy money. “Everyone was just scanning and walking away, and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ ” she … Continue reading

A Chinese engineer says he was fired from Facebook after discussing a colleague’s death and it’s caused outrage in China


Chinese social media has erupted in anger over the dismissal of a Chinese engineer from Facebook. The California-based software engineer Yi Yin’s story was circulated on WeChat and widely debated on a Chinese discussion forum, according to Bloomberg. Per Bloomberg, Yin said he received an email warning on the same day he attended the memorial … Continue reading

The Taiwan flag emoji has disappeared from the latest iPhone keyboard for users in Hong Kong and Macau


The Taiwan flag emoji has disappeared from the latest iPhone versions for users in Hong Kong and Macau, the Hong Kong Free Press’s Kris Cheng reports. Users on Hong Kong online forums spotted this change. The People’s Republic of China claims Taiwan as one of its provinces and does not recognize it as an independent country. … Continue reading

Samsung and Sony end mobile phone production in China due to high labour costs


Samsung Electronics has ended mobile telephone production in China, it said on Wednesday, hurt by intensifying competition from domestic rivals in the world’s biggest smartphone market. The shutdown of Samsung’s last China phone factory comes after it cut production at the plant in the southern city of Huizhou in June and suspended another factory late … Continue reading

Internal documents showed TikTok censoring topics that would anger China


TikTok, a social media video app, has a history of censoring political content in line with the Chinese government, internal documents viewed by The Guardian reveal. The documents, which provided guidelines for TikTok’s moderators, broke infringing content into two categories: “violations” and “visible to self.” Violations would result in the content being taken down, while … Continue reading

Suspected Chinese spy company Huawei quietly opened a London ‘research lab’ with 60 computer vision engineers right next to Facebook and Google


Huawei has quietly opened a new artificial-intelligence research lab right on Facebook and Google’s doorstep in London, Business Insider has learned. The new office is at a prime spot in London’s buzzy Kings Cross neighbourhood and houses around 60 engineers focused entirely on AI. According to one source with knowledge of Huawei’s plans, the Chinese … Continue reading

How China unleashed Twitter trolls to discredit Hong Kong’s protesters


For fans of pro tennis, European soccer and British tabloids, the mysterious Twitter account had a lot to offer. Beginning last year, it retweeted news, most of it in English, about Roger Federer and the Premier League, and it shared juicy clickbait on Zsa Zsa, an English bulldog that won the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog … Continue reading

China has been illegally redirecting traffic on the world’s Internet for 2 1/2 years


A recent discovery shows a Telecommunications company with ties to China’s government misdirected traffic for two and a half years. In recent times, a misdirection hacker operation allowed for the theft of over $150,000 in digital coins as unwitting people were routed to a fake MyEtherWallet.com site rather than the authentic wallet service. When end … Continue reading

Apple and Foxconn confirmed they broke a Chinese labor law by hiring too many temporary workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory


On the eve of Apple announcing the iPhone 11, a report from China Labour Watch has accused the company – along with its manufacturing partner Foxconn – of profiting from worker exploitation to build the new phone. Investigators from China Labour Watch went undercover at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, the largest iPhone factory in the world … Continue reading

Growing backlash in China against A.I. and facial recognition


China’s seemingly unfettered push into facial recognition is getting some high-level pushback. Face-swapping app Zao went viral last weekend, but it subsequently triggered a backlash from media — both state-run and private — over the apparent lack of data privacy protections. The app also stirred controversy as it allows users to upload photos of themselves … Continue reading

Huawei’s new phone could be the first major hardware casualty of the US-China trade war


On a normal year, millions of Huawei fans anticipate the announcement of the company’s new smartphones. But 2019 is not a normal year. In May 2019, Huawei was placed on a US trade blacklist, preventing US companies from doing business with Huawei without permission from the US government. As a result, Huawei cannot use Google’s … Continue reading

Google is reportedly going to make its Pixel phones in an old Nokia factory in Vietnam to escape Trump’s China tariffs


Google is planning a big production shift from China to Vietnam,Nikkei Asian Review reports. Two sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei the company has already started work converting an old Nokia factory in northern Vietnam so that it can make its Pixel smartphones. Google is not abandoning China completely, one of the sources said. … Continue reading

Australia snubbed China’s Huawei and completed its undersea cable project to bring high-speed internet to Pacific Islands


Australia has completed the laying of undersea cables for its high-speed internet project in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, a snub to Chinese tech giant Huawei, which had previously competed for the deal. Australia on Wednesday laid the final piece of cable as part of its $A137 million ($US92.5 million) infrastructure effort, known … Continue reading

Facebook, Twitter accuse China of running disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters


Twitter and Facebook have suspended numerous accounts that they say are tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter said Monday it suspended 936 accounts likely related to the activity. The company said the disinformation campaign was designed to “sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and … Continue reading

China incites mainland Chinese to violence against Hong Kong protesters


The Chinese Government has a powerful tool for taking Hong Kong’s protests into its own hands — and the scariest part is how well it’s working. Over the past few months, your news feed has no doubt been flooded with footage from Hong Kong’s massive pro-democracy protests. Hundreds of thousands of people are continuing to … Continue reading

Huawei employees admit links to China’s military and intelligence, British report claims


Throughout the conflict between Washington and Huawei, a central theme has been the alleged connections between the company and state defense and intelligence agencies in China. The theory goes that the company has links and is obliged, under Chinese national security legislation, to collaborate with the state when asked to do so—and, where the company … Continue reading

U.S. blacklists more Chinese tech companies over national security concerns


The Trump administration added five Chinese entities to a United States blacklist on Friday, further restricting China’s access to American technology and stoking already high tensions before a planned meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China in Japan next week. The Commerce Department announced that it would add four Chinese companies and … Continue reading

Huawei’s global future? Africans have a decisive role


After being cut off by service providers like Google and hardware suppliers including Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx, Huawei’s future in the OECD countries is definitely dim. Populous Asian countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines, with sizable markets, will probably hold on for a while to see what is going to happen next. As the … Continue reading

Managing TikTok Internet app is the first global test to China’s cultural power


The Beijing-based TikTok “added approximately 13.2 million new users [in] the United States during Q1[2019]…” reported on April 10 by the Mobile App Store marketing intelligence agent Sensor Tower. If you do not know what TikTok is, this Influencer Marketing article tells you ‘All you need to know about TikTok in 2019”: “… TikTok is … Continue reading

Bahrain, US 5th Fleet’s headquarters, signs 5G with Huawei


“Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying. Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology, saying Huawei could be used by Beijing to spy … Continue reading

Switzerland’s acceptance of Huawei’s 5G is a step toward ‘International Society’


“Swiss mobile network operator, Sunrise, has confirmed that it will launch commercial 5G services in Switzerland this month (March 2019),” according to the UK-based Total Telecom’s news on March 1. “ At MWC 2019, Sunrise’s CEO, Olaf Swantee said that preparations for the launch were progressing well. Huawei is a key 5G supplier to Sunrise … Continue reading

An American boy’s ‘fake smile’ got 1.8 million Weibo fans in China


CNN’s updated report on Nov 9 said that Gavin Thomas, born in Minnesota and still in elementary school, has some “unique facial expressions, which have become a hugely successful, viral meme …… A gif of Gavin’s face, smiling awkwardly, might be used as many as 10 million times a day across China’s various social media … Continue reading

Is US-China ‘AI Cold War’ happening?


“The AI Cold War that could doom us all” is a long Oct 23 essay published by WIRED, a Hi-Tech website. It begins with the stories that the artificial intelligence system AlphaGo, developed by Alphabet which is the parent company of Google, defeated a world champion Go player in 2016 and then another champion in … Continue reading

As Intel and Alibaba team up, why should Jack Ma retire?


“Intel and Alibaba Cloud have announced,” quoted from a Hi-Tech news website published on Sep 21, “the launch of the Joint Edge Computing Platform, an open architecture for Internet of Things (loT) applications that integrates AI (Artificial Intelligence) and cloud technologies for edging computing.” On Oct 1, another Hi-Tech specialist reported that “Alibaba is committing … Continue reading

World politics after the US ban on selling chips to ZTE


China would return to 2G telecom if there were a total ban of selling chips by the Western countries to this developing country, according to an analyst in Hong Kong, because China’s self-developed attainments in this sector still lag behind in terms of decades. It is absolutely correct to say that the ZTE chip crisis … Continue reading

China’s shared bikes as one of the ‘four new inventions’ in foreigners’ eyes


High-speed rails, Alipay, shared bikes and online shopping are China’s new four great ‘inventions’, said a number of foreign youngsters in China, mostly students from the Third World countries, when responding to a survey by the Silk Road Research Institute of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Perhaps, commercially or scientifically speaking, these items are not ‘invented’ … Continue reading

Best way to beat the Great Firewall of China


Restrictions and geo-blocking have become abundant in the world, though some of them are stricter than others. For many tourists it’s always inconvenient to deal with these issues, as they don’t want to be shut off from the world, but they still want to visit certain countries. At the top of the list of closed-off … Continue reading

Twelve talented Polish students honoured by China’s Huawei


Huawei, a global leader in providing the latest information and communication technologies, announced the winners of the third Polish edition of the Seeds for the Future conference during an official ceremony at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. The Seeds for the Future competition, acting within the framework of Skills Digital, is an international … Continue reading

‘Improving’ US mobile infrastructure may allow Chinese players to join US market


A Huawei executive revealed that it could now possibly collaborate with Tier One US carriers again after regulations on security concerns have eased and improved. However, it is more than and beyond the gradual alterations on the country’s mobile security policies. According to William Plummer, Huawei VP of external affairs for the US market, the … Continue reading

China to have world’s first unbreakable satellite quantum communication network


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: In its report titled “Creation-led industrial development serves national strategy on the 2015 national science and technology award ceremony, China ’s national official TV media CCTV gives limelight to Prof. Pan Jianwei who received the National Natural Science Award (first class) for … Continue reading

Internet giant reddit has declared war on Chinese Internet censorship


Internet giant Reddit may have declared war on the so-called ‘Great Firewall of China,’ which regularly blocks news sites considered ‘unfriendly’ to the Chinese government. In instructions to reddit users about 9 months ago, reddit moderator TheDark1 told users that he fully supported the plagiarism of copyrighted articles from major media publications. This appears to … Continue reading

Great Firewall rising: How China wages its war on the Internet


In April, the police came for Li Gang. It was a visit he had been dreading for almost six months, since he began working on a tool to help Chinese Internet users get around the vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall. Crowded inside his apartment in a northern Chinese city, Li says the … Continue reading

Apple disables news in China rather than censor service


Apple appears to be censoring content already downloaded to customers’ phones when those customers visit mainland China. Rather than complying with the country’s draconian censorship rules by censoring certain content, the company disables the app altogether when it detects that the user is in China. All users see is a blank news feed and the … Continue reading

China to build a $160 billion deep-sea equipment industry in Shanghai, and submerge into Mariana Trench


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Shanghai plans to make a breakthrough in key deep sea submersible, surveying and exploration technologies by 2020. It is now building a 5000-ton scientific survey master ship, the Zhangqian, and will put it into operation in 2016. It has completed … Continue reading

US says China cyber attacks are ‘unacceptable’ and US will win online confrontation


US President Barack Obama has said that alleged Chinese cyber attacks are “not acceptable”, ahead of a visit from Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Several hacks on US institutions have been blamed on China, including one involving millions of government staff. Mr Obama said the US needed to be more rapid in its response to such … Continue reading

US readies cyber sanctions against China ahead of state visit


The White House is preparing a slate of sanctions it could bring against Chinese enterprises in response to cyberattacks against American businesses, a government official familiar with the process told CNN. The move is a show of force on the issue just a few weeks ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, … Continue reading

China makes breakthrough in finger vein recognition technology


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: In its primetime news report, CCTV says that in the past there has been a foreign monopoly on finger vein recognition technology. However, they say that China  is now making breakthroughs in this technology that will make China a world leader. Human … Continue reading

Chinese army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war


An article published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military—and reprinted in part by Qiushi, the official magazine of the Chinese Communist Party—calls the Internet “the ideological ‘main front’ and ‘the main battlefield’” upon which China must fight an ideological war upon the West to defend itself from the creeping … Continue reading

China to invest $193 billion on Internet networks, but will tightening controls harm creativity and scare investors away?


China’s Internet is a place of often confusing extremes. On the one hand, this week the government announced an investment of nearly $200 billion to boost Internet connection speed with fast optical broadband in major cities and 4G networks in remote rural areas. Yet the vision of a creative new economy is being undermined, some experts … Continue reading

China leads in research for ‘coat of invisibility’ and other ‘super materials’


People are impressed by the coat of invisibility in the fiction movie Harry Potter, but you perhaps do not know that researchers in various countries are making great efforts to develop various super materials including the material to make such coats of invisibility. Mil.huanqiu.com says in its recent report that there are also quite a … Continue reading

This chart explains everything you need to know about Chinese Internet censorship


What goes through a Chinese web user’s head the moment before he or she hits the “publish” button? Pundits, scholars, and everyday netizens have spent years trying to parse the (ever-shifting) rules of the Chinese Internet. Although Chinese authorities have been putting ever more Internet rules and regulations on the books—one famously creates criminal liability … Continue reading

Is China’s new ‘internet plus’ ambition all about new smartphones?


China’s ‘internet plus’ strategy, announced in early March, promised to integrate mobile Internet, cloud computing and big data for manufacturing and promote the development of e-commerce, industrial networks and internet banking. But how would this ambitious plan to transform the country into a digital economy work in practice? Already more than 630 million Chinese use … Continue reading

China completes large nuclear fusion device, says it is catching up with US


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: Nuclear fusion is at the forefront of high technology. It will enable the human race to generate more than enough energy without using fossil fuel However, it is very difficult to control such fusion. As a result, for several decades, scientists always say that we, the … Continue reading

China threatens to shut down Sina news website unless it ‘improves censorship’


China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites unless it “improves censorship”, state media reported, in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in media hype”, the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday cited the Cyberspace Administration … Continue reading

China attacking websites across the globe in new censorship offensive


China has expanded its internet censorship efforts beyond its borders with a new strategy that attacks websites across the globe, researchers said.The new strategy, dubbed “Great Cannon,” seeked to shut down websites and services aimed at helping the Chinese circumvent the “Great Firewall,” according to a report by the Citizen Lab at the University of … Continue reading

China wants to recruit 10 million students to “civilise” the Internet, but won’t pay them for their time


China wants to recruit 10 million young people, mostly university students belonging to the Communist Party’s youth wing, to “spread positive energy” on the Internet — in other words, to use social media to praise and defend the government. Web users recently posted a document issued by the China Communist Youth League dated Feb. 13 that … Continue reading

China Ban Hits Google’s Search Ad Share; Baidu Gains


Google’s search-ad revenues are eroding on a global scale in large part because China, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for information services, has banned the U.S. company’s offerings. Meanwhile, Baidu, which is based in China, is reaping the benefits, a new market survey shows. The report, from research group eMarketer, estimates Google’s share of … Continue reading

Google no longer recognises digital security certificates issued by Chinese government


Search giant Google will no longer recognise security certificates issued by the official China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) following what experts called a “major breach of public trust and confidence”. CNNIC, which is responsible for internet affairs under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, responded to Google’s announcement with a defence of its … Continue reading

Why China won’t eliminate foreign technology by 2020


Late last week, an interesting piece ran in Bloomberg about China’s plans to eliminate foreign technology from government agencies and key industries by 2020, mostly for security reasons. China has already begun pushing in this direction – Windows 8 is banned from government computers, Qualcomm got slammed with a massive anti-trust fine, and Apple products … Continue reading

U.S. coding website GitHub hit with cyberattack, probably by China


A popular U.S. coding website is enduring an onslaught of Internet traffic meant for China’s most popular search engine, and security experts say the episode likely represents an attempt by China to shut down anticensorship tools. The attack on San Francisco-based GitHub Inc., a service used by programmers and major tech firms world-wide to develop … Continue reading

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