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Lithuania's defense ministry told people to throw away Chinese-made phones, claiming they can automatically censor people's texts

People ask past an ad for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G smartphone in Hong Kong. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Lithuania told people to trash their Chinese-made phones "as fast as reasonably possible." It said some phones, like Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phone, can censor terms like "democracy movement." The feature is turned off in the phones in the EU but can be turned back on remotely, it said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Lithuanian government h...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Tibet, China, Censorship, Trends, Eu, European Union, Taiwan, News UK, Xiaomi, Lithuania, Reuters, Tech Insider, National Cyber Security Centre, Xiaomi Corp


China Vows End To Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday that his country "will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad" and plans to boost support for clean energy in developing nations. Axios reports: The pledge, if maintained, would mark a breakthrough in efforts to transition global power away from the most carbon-emitting fuel. Nations, including the U.S., have been urging China -- historically a key source of coal-plant finance -- to make such a commitment. Xi...
Tags: China, Tech, Xi Jinping, United Nations, United Nations General Assembly


US Committee Is Reviewing Zoom's $14.7 Billion Deal For Five9 On National-Security Grounds

A U.S. government committee is reviewing Zoom's agreement to acquire cloud contact center software company Five9 for $14.7 billion on national-security grounds. CNBC reports: According to a letter dated Aug. 27, the Federal Communications Commission was asked to refer the case to the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Service Sector. Attorney General Merrick Garland is chair of the committee. Zoom announced the deal with Five9 in July, m...
Tags: California, China, US, Tech, United States, House, Federal Communications Commission, Commission, Nancy Pelosi, Msnbc, Justice Department, Cnbc, Committee, San Jose California, Merrick Garland, Eric Yuan


China's Lehman Brothers Moment?

The New York Times: Angry home buyers are waiting on as many as 1.6 million apartments. Suppliers that sold cement, paint, rebar and copper pipes are owed more than $100 billion in payments. Employees who were strong-armed into lending are panicking now that the company cannot repay them on time. China's Evergrande Group, the embattled property developer whose towering debt has set off panic in global markets, is buckling under the weight of more than $300 billion in debt. The company's billiona...
Tags: Europe, China, Tech, Bloomberg, Beijing, New York Times, Lehman, Evergrande, Evergrande Group, Matt Levine, Lehman Brothers Moment


Asian shares extend losses as China worries darken sentiment

By YURI KAGEYAMA TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares declined Tuesday, with Tokyo down 2% as worries about heavily indebted Chinese real estate developers weighed on sentiment. On Monday, U.S. stocks logged their biggest drop since May, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite sinking 2.2%. Markets were closed Tuesday in Taiwan, Shanghai and South Korea. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng dropped 0.5% to 23,971.73 as selling of property developers slowed. The Nikkei 225 dropped 601.48 points to 29,898.57. Australia’...
Tags: Apple, Personal Finance, South Korea, Hong Kong, Business, Japan, News, Congress, Australia, Finance, China, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Nvidia, Tokyo


Stocks are heading for their biggest slump since May

By DAMIAN J. TROISE, STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday, mirroring losses overseas and putting the S&P 500 index on track for its biggest drop since May. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default — are rippling across markets. Investors are also concerned that the U.S. Federal Reserve could signal this week that it’s planning to pull back some of the support measures it’s been giving ma...
Tags: Apple, Personal Finance, Hong Kong, Business, News, Utilities, Congress, Finance, China, Bank Of America, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Nvidia, Treasury, Morgan Stanley


Stocks are heading for their biggest slump in almost a year

By DAMIAN J. TROISE, STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday, mirroring losses overseas and putting the S&P 500 index on track for its biggest drop in almost a year. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default — are rippling across markets. Investors are also concerned that the U.S. Federal Reserve could signal this week that it’s planning to pull back some of the support measures it’s been gi...
Tags: Apple, Personal Finance, Hong Kong, Business, News, Utilities, Congress, Finance, China, Bank Of America, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Nvidia, Treasury, Morgan Stanley


Apple Releases watchOS 8 With Mindfulness App, Focus Mode, Messages Updates, Find My and Contacts

Apple today released watchOS 8, the newest version of the watchOS operating system designed to run on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 8 is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 3 and later. ‌‌watchOS ‌8 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌....
Tags: Apple, Google, Featured, China, US, Siri, Tai Chi, Apple Watch, Lithuania, Voice, watchOS, Control Center, Hong Kong Japan, Pilates Apple, Wallet Home


US stocks are heading for their biggest slump since Feburary

By DAMIAN J. TROISE and STAN CHOE Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday, mirroring losses overseas and putting the S&P 500 index on track for its biggest drop since February. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default — are rippling across markets. Investors are also concerned that the U.S. Federal Reserve could signal this week that it’s planning to pull back some of the support measures it’s been giving markets a...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Hong Kong, Congress, China, Uncategorized, US, Bank Of America, Sport, Soccer, Nvidia, Treasury, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Fed, U S Treasury


Bzaar bags $4M to enable US retailers to source home, lifestyle products from India

Small businesses in the U.S. now have a new way to source home and lifestyle goods from new manufacturers. Bzaar, a business-to-business cross-border marketplace, is connecting retailers with over 50 export-ready manufacturers in India. The U.S.-based company announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, led by Canaan Partners, and including angel investors Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, PhonePe founders Sameer Nigam and Rahul Chari, Addition founder Lee Fixel and Helion Venture...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Enterprise, China, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, US, Tech, Walmart, SaaS, Alibaba, Vietnam, Market, Flipkart


Equity Monday: A global selloff to kick off Disrupt week

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here. I also tweet. A few things this morning: I shook up the show format a little, including how the script ca...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, China, India, US, Tech, Debt, Markets, Stocks, Evergrande, Equity podcast, Equity Monday, OVHcloud, Cars24


The Station: Gogoro scoots into a SPAC, a Rivian milestone and Tesla prepares to unleash FSD beta software

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. The future of transportation beat was flooded with news this week as per ushe. There are two stories that I want to highlight here. First up, is that the first Rivian R1T electric pickup truck...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, China, India, Tech, General Motors, Tesla


Eli EVs begins production, European rollout of Eli ZERO, a compact two-seater

Eli Electric Vehicles, an early stage compact EV manufacturer, announced the start of production on its flagship Eli Zero, a micro “neighborhood electric vehicle” that is built for city commuting. The company plans to roll out small batches of the two-seater EV to distributors across 13 European countries over the next few months with a starting price of $11,999. Micro-electric vehicles are on the rise with other compact quadricycles coming to market recently, including the Renault Twizy, the Ci...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Europe, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Vienna, Automotive, Paris, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Austria Germany, Li, Eli, KSR Group


China Tells Its Tech Giants To Stop Blocking Rivals' Links

"China fired a fresh regulatory shot at its tech giants on Monday," writes Reuters, "telling them to end a long-standing practice of blocking each other's links on their sites or face consequences." The comments, made by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) at a news briefing, mark the latest step in Beijing's broad regulatory crackdown that has ensnared sectors from technology to education and property and wiped billions of dollars off the market value of some of the coun...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Reuters, Zhao Zhiguo


iPhone 13 Orders Begin Shipping From Apple Ahead of Friday Launch

Apple has started shipping out iPhone 13, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max orders to customers who pre-ordered one of the new devices on Friday, September 17. Many orders will still say "Preparing to Ship" in Apple's ordering system and will continue to do so until later this week, but customers in the United States who are receiving their devices through UPS can use the UPS My Choice feature for tracking purposes or can track through a reference number like a phone nu...
Tags: Apple, Featured, China, United States, Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro


Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt Allegedly Installs Irremovable Chinese Spyware

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt, a free-to-play battle royale game set in the universe of Vampire: The Masquerade, supposedly contained Chinese spyware masquerading as an anti-cheat service, the same thing that happened to Genshin Impact, though the developers say they have already removed this so-called “error”. Various steam reviews (as well as people on Twitter) […]
Tags: Games, Usa, Technology, Review, Privacy, China, Vampires, Steam, Hacking, Anime, Pc Gaming, Battle Royale, Online Gaming, Genshin Impact


China Roundup: Beijing is tearing down the digital ‘walled gardens’

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, China gets serious about breaking down the walled gardens that its internet giants have formed for decades. Two major funding rounds were announced, from the newly established autonomous driving unicorn Deeproute.ai and fast-growing, cross-border financial service provider XTransfer. Tear down the walls The Chinese ...
Tags: TC, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, Tech, Beijing, Shanghai, Alibaba, JD.com, Tencent, WeChat, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Online Payments, Jack Ma, Anker


From Tesla to Netflix: These are the companies that look set to join the '$1 trillion club' in the next 5 years

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Britta Pedersen/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Tencent, Netflix, Berkshire Hathaway, and Visa are among companies headed towards the trillion-dollar stock market valuation, a study shows. The study compared the market cap of the 50 biggest public companies along with their average annual growth. Estimates for Chinese firms do not factor in Beijing's most recent regulatory crackdowns. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Tesla, Netfli...
Tags: Google, Facebook, South Korea, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Beijing, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Saudi Aramco, Apple Microsoft Amazon, Roberto Machado Noa LightRocket, Jenny Kane, Shalini Nagarajan


Daily Crunch: Apple, Google bow to Russian pressure

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Friday, September 17th! What a week, ya’ll. It is now just days before Disrupt, which means the TechCrunch hive is buzzing. I’ll leave it by noting that Reid Hoffman is coming, which is going to be a treat. See you next week! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Profits > Ethics: Apple and Google have removed a “tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny” from their marketplaces, we reported. TechCrunch notes that “the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Texas, China, America, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Reid Hoffman, Kremlin, Journey, Instacart, Wall Street Journal, Alexei Navalny


Elon Musk praises Chinese automakers amidst regulatory scrutiny

An unusually scripted Elon Musk issued conciliatory and complimentary comments to Chinese automakers during a pre-recorded appearance at China’s World New Energy Vehicle Congress, striking a pose that is worlds away from his commentary style in the United States. “I have a great deal of respect for the many Chinese automakers for driving these [EV and AV] technologies,” he said, the reflection of a ring light just visible in the window over his left shoulder. The entire tableau was enough to mak...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, China, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Bmw, Baidu, Musk, Global Times


Renewable AppleCare+ Coverage for Mac Now Available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the UK

Apple this week expanded the option to extend an expiring AppleCare+ plan to additional countries, including France, Italy, and Spain. In addition, Apple has also expanded the Mac coverage renewal option to all countries where extended ‌AppleCare‌+ coverage is offered: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior to now, extended ‌AppleCare‌+ coverage options for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch were limited to the U.S., UK, Australia,...
Tags: Apple, Japan, UK, China, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Apple Watch, Mac Apple, France Italy, AppleCare, Australia Canada France Germany Italy Japan Spain, U S UK Australia Canada Germany


Renewable AppleCare+ Coverage Now Available in France, Italy, and Spain [Updated]

Apple this week expanded the option to extend an expiring AppleCare+ plan for iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch to additional countries, including France, Italy, and Spain. Prior to now, extended ‌AppleCare‌+ coverage options for ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Apple Watch were limited to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan. The three new countries have been added in an updated version of Apple's ‌AppleCare‌+ support document. In all eligible countries, if you paid upfr...
Tags: Apple, Japan, China, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Apple Watch, France Italy, AppleCare, Australia Canada France Germany Italy Japan Spain


Tencent Opens WeChat To Rivals' Links as App Walls Crumble

Tencent allowed users of its main WeChat social media service to link to rivals' content for the first time in years, taking initial steps to comply with Beijing's call to dismantle walls around platforms run by the country's online giants. From a report: From Friday, users who upgrade to the latest version of the messaging service can access external services such as Alibaba's Taobao online mall or ByteDance's video app Douyin, both of which were previously walled off from WeChat's billion-plus...
Tags: Facebook, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, Taobao, Tmall, WeChat Alibaba


Weekend reading: DIY disaster capitalists

What caught my eye this week. W hen I began investing in the early 2000s, the September 11th attacks still loomed large in investors’ minds. Of course, that shadow extended everywhere then. The West was at war in Afghanistan and soon Iraq. Terrorist plots exploded or were foiled with numbing regularity. It all hogged the news like Covid or Brexit. In investing circles there was seemingly an extra moral question, too. Was it right to try to profit from the share price moves that resulted from t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, England, New York, Hollywood, London, Microsoft, California, China, Iraq, Marketing, US, Bbc, Afghanistan, West


We're reaching a critical moment in the debate over COVID-19 booster shots

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and this week in healthcare news:We're reaching a critical moment in the debate over COVID-19 booster shots;We got the scoop that Commure has raised $500 million as digital-health startups continue to raise massive rounds;Big corporations like Walmart and Google are shaking up their healthcare teams in different ways. If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Tips, comments? Email me at [email protected] or twee...
Tags: Google, Startups, Washington Post, Cdc, China, Israel, Trends, Walmart, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccines, Biden, Andrew, New England Journal of Medicine


China Intensifies Hunt For Cryptocurrency Miners In Hiding

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: China's campaign against the cryptocurrency industry is now targeting miners who tried to disguise themselves as data researchers and storage facilities to stay in business, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Inspections intensified this month in several Chinese provinces, targeting illegal mining activities in colleges, research institutions and data centers, said the people who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of...
Tags: China, Tech, Bloomberg


Daily Crunch: Lucid Air puts Tesla in rearview mirror by earning 520-mile EPA range rating

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for September 16, 2021. We are still on the countdown to Disrupt, so make sure you have a ticket, and get ready to drop your pitch deck into the hat. We’re going to space! — Alex Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck will discuss taking a company interplanetary at Disrupt 2021 The TechCrunch Top 3 Tigers love robots: Sure we’re accustom...
Tags: Apple, TC, China, Tech, Tesla, United States, Ford, Tigers, Epa, Cupertino, Lucid, Newsletters, U S Federal Trade Commission FTC, Altos Ventures, Byju, Brian Heater


Wikipedia Bans Seven Chinese Users Amid Concerns of 'Infiltration, Physical Harm'

Thelasko writes: The Wikimedia Foundation has revealed efforts to gather personal information on some Chinese Wikipedia editors by entities opposed to their activities on the platform and likely to threaten the targets' privacy or well-being. The foundation's response has been to ban seven users in mainland China, cancel sysop privileges for another dozen, and warn plenty more Wikipedia editors to modify their behaviour. The bans and warnings were revealed in a Monday letter from Maggie Dennis, ...
Tags: China, Wikipedia, Tech, Dennis, Wikimedia Foundation, Thelasko, Maggie Dennis, Wikimedians of Mainland China Dennis


Morning mail: Aukus deal backlash, strip search breach, Murdoch hires Piers Morgan

Friday: Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine deal with the US and the UK sparks international fury. Plus: everyone is listening in Liane Moriarty’s new novelGood morning. The US, UK and Australia’s defence deal has upset not only China and France, but climate experts too. Labor’s national secretary has appealed to Google over misinformation concerns ahead of the federal elections. And the controversial British journalist Piers Morgan has joined News Corp.China has denounced Australia’s nuclear...
Tags: Google, UK, Labor, Australia, France, China, US, World news, Australia news, Beijing, United States, United Kingdom, Piers Morgan, Murdoch, Morrison, US UK


When You Can Pre-Order the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max in Every Time Zone

Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 mini, ‌iPhone 13‌, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max will kick off on September 17 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time, allowing customers to purchase any iPhone model in Apple's 2021 ‌iPhone‌ lineup. Apple is planning to make the new devices available in multiple countries around the world simultaneously, so we've created a list of when pre-orders will kick off all around the world. Australia West - 8:00 p.m. AWST Australia East - 10:00 p.m. AEST Austria - 2:...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, France, China, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Austria, United States, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, Belgium



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