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Federal Prosecutors Pursuing Criminal Case Against Huawei for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets: Report

Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China's Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. business partners, including the technology behind a robotic device that T-Mobile used to test smartphones, WSJ reported Wednesday. From a report: The investigation grew in part out of civil lawsuits against Huawei, including one in which a Seattle jury found Huawei liable for misappropriating robotic technology from T-Mobile's Bellevue, Wash., lab, the people familiar with ...
Tags: China, Tech, Seattle, Huawei, WSJ, Bellevue Wash


Wendi Murdoch travel photo scam

There’s a widespread scam in the travel photography community, and it’s particularly dangerous and deceptive — this is no poorly-worded email from a “Nigerian prince.” Aimed at travel photographers, this elaborate scheme is designed to lure them to Southeast Asia on the pretext of shooting a photo campaign for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Although some costs are covered by the scammers to make the target feel comfortable, other expenses like airfare and “photo permits” are not. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Hollywood, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Scams, Beijing, Rupert Murdoch, Jakarta, Penang, All, Travel Scam, Henry, Wendy


Wall Street expects Netflix to effectively battle competitors in 2019 and loves its biggest price increase ever

Wall Street expects Netflix to succeed in a crowded streaming market in 2019 even as more competitors, including Disney and AT&T, enter the field. Netflix announced a price increase this week, but some Wall Street analysts are optimistic that the price hike will be successful. Analysts said traditional TV viewership was declining and Netflix's push into international markets would give it a boost. But Netflix will also have to rely less on licensing agreements as original content becomes more ...
Tags: Google, Time Warner, Wall Street, China, India, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Credit Suisse, Ubs, Hulu, Morgan Stanley, Black Mirror, Rbc, Stifel


This Photo of Shanghai is Made of 195,000 Megapixels

Shot from 750+ feet above the city, this 360-degree panorama by BigPixel is made from 195,000 megapixels—for reference, the new Google Pixel shoots at 12.3 megapixels. Since it is one of the most detailed photos ever taken, viewers can zoom from the perch it was taken from all the way down to street-level where faces and license plates can be seen clearly. Though the photo …
Tags: Photography, Design, China, Tech, Photo, Digital Photography, Shanghai, Linkaboutit, Megapixels, Google Pixel, Bigpixel


A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc


China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Indonesia, Australia, China, Tencent, Tencent Video, App Annie, Youku, South Korea Japan, Japan South Korea, India Brazil, State of Mobile


Finland's Ambitious Plan To Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China. So the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. From a report: It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of AI to 1% of its population, or 55,000 people. Once it reaches that goal, it plans to go further, increasing the share of the population with AI know-how. The scheme is all part of a greater effort to establish Finland as a leader in applying and using the technology. Citizens take an onlin...
Tags: China, US, Tech, Finland, Citizens


Wall Street expects Netflix to dominate the streaming war in 2019 even after its biggest price hike ever

Wall Street expects Netflix to succeed in a crowded streaming market in 2019, even as more competitors, like Disney and AT&T, enter the field. Netflix increased prices this week, but some Wall Street analysts are optimistic that the price hike will be successful. Analysts said that traditional TV viewership is declining and that Netflix's push into international markets will give it a boost. But Netflix will also have to rely less on licensing agreements as original content becomes more and mo...
Tags: Google, Time Warner, Wall Street, China, India, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Credit Suisse, Ubs, Hulu, Morgan Stanley, Black Mirror, Rbc, Stifel


On-demand telehealth company Tyto Care adds Sanford Health, Itochu and Shenzhen Capital Group as strategic investors

Tyto Care, a telehealth company that enables physicians to conduct on-demand remote exams, announced today that it has added $9 million to its Series C, bringing the round’s total to $33.5 million. The new funding comes from strategic investors Sanford Health, Itochu, and Shenzhen Capital Group. First announced last year, the oversubscribed Series C was led by Ping An Global Voyager Fund, run by the Chinese financial conglomerate. Itochu, Shenzhen Capital Group, and Sanford Health, the largest r...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Japan, New York, China, Medical, Tech, Canada, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, On-demand, Japan China, Sanford Health, Gilad


As the City of Angels begins to look like City of Capone

Chicago has a reputation for a history of political corruption and official lawlessness dating back at least as far as Prohibition. In one vintage joke, a thirsty visitor to the city flags down a cab driver. “Do you know where I can get a drink?” he asks. “You see that church?” says the cab driver, pointing to an ornate building. “That church?” the visitor repeats. “Yeah,” says the cab driver, “That’s the only place in town where you can’t get a drink.” Despite that city’s tradition of indiffere...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, China, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Turkey, Fbi, Chicago, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Burger King, Los Angeles Clippers


Grab moves to offer digital insurance services in Southeast Asia

Grab is Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing firm, thanks in no small part to its acquisition of Uber’s local business last year, but the company also houses an ambitious fintech arm, too. That just added another vertical to its business after Grab announced it is teaming up with China’s ZhongAn to introduce insurance. Grab and ZhongAn International, the international arm of the Chinese insurance giant, said today they will create a joint venture that will provide digital insurance services acro...
Tags: Google, Uber, Asia, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Insurance, Tech, Thailand, Tencent, Vietnam, Meituan


Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and crony capitalism

Donald Trump’s Tweet dubbing Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s billionaire founder, “Jeff Bozo” reveals more than the locker room MO of our president. Our country’s roots are in England, where people of importance are knighted. In America, we now have our own version of knighthood: a nickname from Donald Trump. Amazon is this little hidden gem you may not have heard of where you can buy things.  It’s just like eBay except the Amazon stuff doesn’t show up at your house smelling like cigarette smoke and moth b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, England, New York, Washington Post, Opinion, Ebay, China, US, America, Sport, Turkey, Cnn, Soccer, Bill Clinton, Christian


The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic

CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the consumer electronics world has to offer. And then something comes along to knock your socks off. Square Off was one such product, impressing the crowd at our meetup and walking away the winner of our hardware pitch-off. The company’s first product looks like your run of the mill wooden chess board. And that’s part of the charm. Turn it ...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Hardware, Entertainment, China, Tech, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, CES 2019, Bhavya Gohil, InfiVention, Maker Faire Rome


CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade. The idea isn’t new; CERN has had people looking into it for years. But the conceptual design report issued today shows that all that consulting hasn’t been idle: th...
Tags: Gadgets, Europe, Science, Government, China, Tech, Physics, Cern, Particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Higgs, Hadron Collider, LHC, Particle Colliders, Colliders, Michael Benedikt


Daily Crunch: Netflix hikes prices for U.S. subscribers

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month For the most popular plan (which includes high-definition streaming for up to two devices simultaneously), the price will increase from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. Meanwhile, the one-device plan will go up ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, China, US, Tech, Intel, Netflix, Pandora, Oxford, Qualcomm, 23andMe, Andrew Przybylski, Amy Orben, Daily Crunch, Disney AT T WarnerMedia


Xiaomi plans to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to grow its AI-powered smart home ecosystem

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.   Chinese technology company Xiaomi is planning to spend about $1.5 billion over the next five years to grow its AI-powered smart home ecosystem, CEO Lei Jun  announced  last week. The company, which is best known for low-priced smartphones, is looking to build on its existing AI capabilities and use a range of first...
Tags: China, Trends, Xiaomi, Ikea, Lei Jun, Tcl, Xiao, Business Insider Intelligence


Tencent take Siri on with their own voice assistant

Watch out Siri, you may be about to launch in China in the shape of Apple’s smart speaker but Tencent are looming with their own artificial intelligence on the way. As Apple build up to the launch of their HomePod speaker in China this week on the 18th, native tech giant’s Tencent have announced the readying of their very own powerful artificial intelligence. China’s most notorious tech company Tencent have revealed that they are preparing the launch of their own smart-assistant called Xiaow...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Music, China, US, Siri, Tencent, Alexa, Baidu Inc, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China Tencent, Xiaowei, Mini Programs Mini Programs


A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem

As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019. Some leaders responded with their views on the business impact of the Trump era, pointing to specific policy positions such as tax code revisions, curbs on immigration, and the decision by federal regulators to roll back net neutrality requirements on telecom carriers.Alex Niehenke, a partner at Foster City, CA-based ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Net Neutrality, Internet, Entrepreneurship, China, Russia, Funding, Immigration, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Eu, Web


Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei denies espionage allegations in rare public announcement

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has broken a lengthy silence to hit back at criticism levelled at the Chinese telecoms giant by western countries in recent months, claiming that the firm is not aiding Beijing in espionage. Mr Ren, who has not spoken to the foreign press since 2015, said that his company has “never received any request from any government to provide improper information”. The chief executive made the public appearance following the arrest of his daughter and Huawei’s chief financial ...
Tags: UK, Technology, News, China, US, Beijing, Poland, Vancouver, Huawei, Shenzhen, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ren, Hua Chunying, Ren Zhengfei, EOA, US Australia Japan


Huawei CEO Says Company Doesn't Spy For China and Praises Trump in Rare Appearance

Huawei would never allow China's government to access customer data, even if Beijing requested it, the CEO and founder of the company repeatedly emphasized Tuesday, amid continued political pressure on the Chinese technology giant. From a report: In a rare sit down with international media, Ren Zhengfei addressed concerns raised by the U.S. government, which has warned that the company's equipment could allow the Chinese government to have a backdoor into a nation's telecommunications network. R...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Huawei, Trump, Ren, United States Read, Ren Zhengfei, Shenzhen China China


RIFs, WARN, OWBPA, Disparate Impact – An Alphabet Soup for a Future Downturn

In my prior post, I wondered aloud whether there were some rough waters ahead for employers.  Apple recently announced that it would not meet it’s earnings estimates in the first quarter of 2019, in part because of soft demand from China. Other companies are expected to announce some similar issues. Honestly, I’ve had enough conversations in the last few years with HR professionals who just haven’t lived through a major downturn. Think about this way: For anyone who joined the workforce since 20...
Tags: Apple, Layoffs, Law, China, Recession, Statistics, Class Actions, ADEA, Performance Review, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Discrimination & Harassment, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Owbpa, Reduction in Force, Rif


We compared Apple's $159 AirPods to Xiaomi's $30 AirDots and the winner was clear

Apple AirPods have a low-price competitor: Xiaomi came out with $30 knockoffs called AirDots that are currently only available in China.  We tried the AirDots to see how they compared against Apple's $159 AirPods. Watch the video above to find out if AirPods are worth the cost or if AirDots provide the same quality wireless headphones for a fraction of the price. These are AirPods, Apple's $159 wireless headphones and these are AirDots, Xiaomi's $30 wireless headphones. Xiaomi has long been re...
Tags: Apple, China, New York City, Trends, Siri, Xiaomi, AirPods Apple, AirDots Xiaomi


The CEO of a social media firm valued at $1.8 billion has a plan to survive the mar-tech consolidation thanks to big-name clients like McDonald's and Microsoft

10-year old Sprinklr wants to be one of a handful of marketers' platform of choice for handling social media and messaging. While investors' interest in social media management firms has waned, CEO Ragy Thomas views its software as a service (SaaS) model as well-positioned. Sprinklr is on track to hit between $250 to $300 million in revenue this year and is preparing to go public. Sprinklr has turned the firehose of social media content into big business. Valued at $1.8 billion, the firm has ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Adobe, Microsoft, China, Ipo, Trends, Salesforce, Johnson, Sap, United Airlines, Sprinklr, Thomas, McDonald, Marie Kondo


The top 5 places to put your music online

Getting your music heard around the world in the 21st century is incredibly easy and when you use RouteNote it’s free too! Here are the best places to get your music heard around the world online. Spotify Spotify are without a doubt the most recognised music streaming service – they’re basically synonymous with the idea of unlimited music streaming online. They have over 200 million listeners on their service listening to music on Premium or on their free tier. They’ve built their reputati...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Featured, Free, Top, China, India, Digital, Best, Online, Artists, Indie, How To, Saavn, Soundcloud


German court tosses Qualcomm’s latest iPhone patent suit

Qualcomm has had a patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed by a court in Mannheim, Germany, as groundless (via Reuters). The chipmaker had argued Intel -powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the court disagreed. Qualcomm has said it will appeal. In a statement, Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive VP and general counsel, said: “Apple has a history of infringing our patents. While we disagree with the Mannheim court’s decision and will...
Tags: Apple, China, Germany, Tech, Intel, Cupertino, Qualcomm, Ftc, Reuters, Mannheim, Mannheim Germany, Don Rosenberg Qualcomm


Digital insurance firm Singapore Life raises $33M ahead of Southeast Asia expansion

Digital insurance firm Singapore Life has started 2019 with a bang after it raised $33 million across two investments as it eyes new market expansions in Southeast Asia. The company pulled in $20 million from NYSE-listed Aflac Investment on December 31 and then it added a further $13 million via an investment from Aberdeen Standard Investments, a Scotland-based asset management firm with 50 offices worldwide. These deals take the company to $97 million to date, which included a massive $50 milli...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Asia, Scotland, Finance, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, Tech, Asia Pacific, Hsbc, Alibaba, Tencent, Head, Nyse, Asset Management


TikTok is giving China a video chat alternative to WeChat

ByteDance, the world’s most-valued startup, just launched a new social media product under its Douyin brand in what many people see as a serious attempt to challenge WeChat. Tencent has long dominated China’s social networking space with WeChat and QQ. WeChat claims to have one billion monthly active users worldwide, most of whom are in China. Its older sibling QQ managed to survive the country’s transition from PC to mobile and still have a good chunk of 800 million MAUs at last count. Th...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, China, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Weibo, Messaging Apps, Social Media Platforms, Snap, Smartisan, Weibo China


After Years Of Blockbuster Global Sales, Apple's iPhone Hits A Slump

Apple's stock nose dived after the company told analysts that it would be lowering revenue expectations this quarter. It cited problems in China as the reason.
Tags: Apple, News, China


in the beginning was the word

A fairly lengthy article in The New Humanist — Are we city dwellers or hunter-gatherers? — questions the accepted wisdom that it was agriculture that domesticated hunter-gatherer societies and as a result imposed hierarchies and created societal inequalities. The authors cite many discoveries of hunter-gatherer societies that managed to organize on a massive scale and create large complicated structures. “Still more astonishing are the stone temples of Göbekli Tepe, excavated over 20 years ago o...
Tags: Technology, Leadership, China, Communities, Moscow, North America, eLearning, Göbekli Tepe, Incas, Yellow River, Sungir, Arctic People


WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba

Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other errands. And the Tencent app has quietly started using this type of signal to determine whether a user is worthy of perks such as deposit-free renting services. The rating system, which the company calls the “WeChat Payments Score” in Chinese, soft-launched last November across eight cities and has been piloting on a small ...
Tags: Apple, Messenger, Asia, Government, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Mobile Payments, Bank, Alipay, Payments, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial



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