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Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in U.S. operations of TikTok within 90 days

Impeached U.S. President Donald Trump late on Friday ordered the Chinese-owned company ByteDance to divest all interest in the U.S. operations of video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days. "There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," said Trump in the order. Trump's Friday night order directs ByteDance to divest all interests in any assets or property used to enable or support the oper...
Tags: Post, Politics, Technology, News, China, US, Tech News, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Jennifer Jacobs, Bytedance, Tiktok


Google Has Stopped Responding To Data Requests from Hong Kong Authorities

Google will stop responding to requests for data from Hong Kong authorities with the search giant instead directing requests for user data to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States that is done in conjunction with the Department of Justice. From a report: The move comes after a new national security law imposed by China curbed political expression. Although Hong Kong officials have said that the law would only target a "small minority," human rights groups such as Amnesty Intern...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, China, Tech, United States, Amnesty International, Department Of Justice, Cnet, Google Facebook, Hong Kong Authorities


Trump dismisses concerns that banning WeChat could hurt Apple's iPhone sales: 'Whatever'

President Donald Trump dismissed concerns that his executive order banning WeChat could hurt Apple's iPhone sales. On Friday, a reporter asked Trump if he's concerned about the ban's potential harm to Apple's business, to which the president replied, "Whatever." The ban could force Apple to remove the app from its app store, which could cut off Chinese users from the widely-used WeChat app. Doing so could make buying iPhones less attractive to Chinese users, which some analysts speculate could...
Tags: Apple, China, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Trump, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo


China Sets Trial Run For Digital Yuan in Top City Hubs

Chinese authorities will expand test use of the country's prototype digital currency across the nation's three leading urban clusters centered on Beijing, Shanghai and the southern cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. From a report: The move, announced by the Ministry of Commerce, expands the coverage area for testing the cyber currency to a potential user base of around 400 million, or 29% of the country's population. It has been trialed since April in four cities with a combined popula...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Washington, China, Tech, Beijing, Ministry of Commerce, BEIJING SHANGHAI, Guangzhou Shenzhen, Digital Yuan, Top City Hubs, Andrew Collier, Orient Capital Research


Google stops responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong government

"As always, authorities outside the U.S. may seek data needed for criminal investigations through diplomatic procedures," Google said in an emailed statement. Google reviewed all requests for user data and pushed back on "overly broad ones" to protect the privacy of users, it added. The Washington Post newspaper reported earlier on Friday that Google would stop responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong authorities, implying the company would now treat Hong Kong effectively the same a...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, News, Washington Post, China


Fortnite maker Epic Games just set an antitrust trap for Apple, and Tim Cook walked right into it (AAPL)

Apple on Thursday removed the popular game Fortnite from its App Store, and in doing so, fell right into the trap set by Fortnite's maker, Epic Games. Epic set its snare by intentionally breaking one of Apple's rules, offering Fortnite players an alternative way to pay for its virtual currency than through the App Store. Apple's response of banning Fortnite is likely to help Epic win public relations battle — and served as a case in point for the lawsuit it immediately filed charging the iPhon...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Congress, Steve Jobs, China, Trends, Epic, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, European Commission, App Stores, Ibm, App Store


95% of Chinese Users Surveyed Would Rather Give Up Their iPhones Than Lose WeChat

As a ban on WeChat and other apps originating in China looms, companies who do business in China and iPhone users in the country are concerned about how the ban could impact device sales and daily device usage. It's still unclear whether the ban applies to the WeChat app only in the United States or if it will result in the removal of the WeChat app from iPhones across the globe. Tencent, which owns WeChat, said it believes the ban applies only in the U.S., but it is seeking clarity. The word...
Tags: Apple, White House, China, Disney, Bloomberg, United States, Tencent, WeChat, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Commerce Department, Ming Chi Kuo, Ding, Craig Allen, U S China Business Council


Amid rising US-China trade tensions, electronics manufacturers like Foxconn will need to build facilities within the markets they plan to sell

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced it has shifted production away from China, and will continue doing so. And this shift comes in response to escalating tensions between the US and China. Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced that 30% of its production capacity now resides outside of China, up from 25% in June 2019, per Nikkei Asian Review. Foxconn — the world's largest contract-based electronics manufacturer and Apple's foremost supplier — plans to continue s...
Tags: Apple, Indonesia, China, India, US, Trends, Eu, Taiwan, Nato, Brazil, State Department, Huawei, TSMC, Foxconn, Liu, US State Department


TikTok rival Likee reaches 150M monthly users worldwide

As TikTok’s fate remains in flux, its smaller rival Likee has been making waves around the world, garnering 150 million monthly active users as of this June. That’s according to the earnings report of Chinese internet company Joyy, the owner of Likee. For comparison, TikTok recorded about 200 million daily active users in early 2020, an investor with knowledge told TechCrunch. That means its MAU will be much bigger, and TikTok has seen explosive growth since the COVID-19 outbreak that kept pe...
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, Entertainment, Indonesia, China, Russia, Singapore, India, Tech, Earnings, Vine, Yy, Dubsmash, Ken, Li, Apptopia


Apple Shipped 15 Million iPhones in the U.S. in Q2 2020, a New Domestic Record

Apple shipped approximately 15 million iPhones in the United States in the second quarter of 2020, according to a new report shared by Canalys, setting a new domestic record. Apple shipped 15 percent more iPhone 11 devices than last year's equivalent, iPhone XR. Most strikingly, iPhone SE was responsible for growing Apple's quarterly market share to 47 percent. Overall, Apple shipped 10 percent more devices compared to the same quarter of last year. Vendors shipped 31.9 million smartphones ...
Tags: Apple, China, Samsung, United States, Lg, 5g, Canalys, Thielke, Overall Apple, Vincent Thielke, Wiko Google


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. The Trump administration is asking a court to dismiss the tech industry's legal challenge his executive order taking aim at social media companies. The lawsuit was brought in June by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a group backed by Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet subsidiary Google, which called Trump's directive "unconstitutional." Uber and Lyft have threate...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Instagram, California, China, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, New Delhi, Palantir, Alexa, Trump


Moka, the HR tool for Arm and Shopee in China, closes $43M Series B

Investors are betting on the automation of human resources management in China. We reported last year that Moka, one of the key players in the space, secured roughly $27 million for its Series B led by Hillhouse Capital. This week, the startup announced closing a Series B+ at over 100 million yuan ($14.4 million), lifting its total raise for the B round to 300 million yuan ($43.2 million). The startup declined to disclose its investors in the latest round, saying the proceeds will go towards ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, China, San Francisco, Tech, HR, Beijing, SaaS, Human Resources, Hiring, Moka, McDonald, Li, Zhao, Turo, Shopee


How China’s ACRCloud detects copyrighted music in short videos

Music is front and center in the rise of TikTok and other short-video apps. It’s not just the video platforms that are harvesting the fruit of their surging popularity. Music rights holders are also prepared to extract money from the millions of songs found in snappy user-generated videos. To detect copyrighted content, record labels and publishers summon a technology called audio fingerprinting, a tool pioneered by now Apple-owned Shazam. ACRCloud, a five-year-old startup based in Beijing and D...
Tags: Apple, Media, Entertainment, China, Tech, Beijing, Dusseldorf, West, Nielsen, Huawei, Shazam, Ugc, Gracenote, Li, ACRCloud, Audible Magic


Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile (AAPL)

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. Let's see how far we can get this week before mentioning TikTok. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. Most of our content is available to BI subscribers. Click here for 20% off.  This week: Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile After nine years in the top job, Apple CEO Tim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Stanford, China, Ipo, US, Toronto, Trends, Paris, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley


Merico raises $4.1M for its developer analytics platform

Merico, a startup that gives companies deeper insights into their developers’ productivity and code quality, today announced that it has raised a $4.1 million seed round led by GGV Capital with participation from Legend Star and previous investor Polychain Capital. The company was originally funded by the open source-centric firm OSS Capital. “The mission of  Merico is to empower every developer to build better and realize more value. We are excited that GGV Capital and our other investors see...
Tags: Productivity, TC, Developer, China, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Open Source Software, Software Development, Manufacturing, Free Software, Ggv Capital, Wheatley, Jenny Lee, GGV


iPhone Maker Foxconn Says China's 'Days as the World's Factory Are Done'

China will no longer be the world's manufacturing epicenter going forward, according to Apple's largest supply chain partner Foxconn, which has been gradually expanding its operations in other countries amid the U.S.-China trade war. "No matter if it's India, Southeast Asia or the Americas, there will be a manufacturing ecosystem in each," said Foxconn chairman Young Liu, according to Bloomberg. Liu boldly proclaimed that while China will continue to be a key location for Foxconn's factories,...
Tags: Apple, China, India, Americas, Vietnam, Foxconn, India Southeast Asia, Foxconn Says China, Young Liu, Bloomberg Liu


HMD Global's latest funding could help it expand in markets where Chinese smartphone vendors face threat of eviction

HMD Global is positioned to capitalize on Chinese smartphone vendors' geopolitical woes. The US' Clean Networks initiative wouldn't apply to HMD Global since it is a European company, so a market exodus of Chinese smartphone vendors could bolster the company's plan to expand. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here. HMD Global announced the...
Tags: Europe, China, India, Nokia, US, Trends, Snapchat, Xiaomi, State Department, Qualcomm, Trump, US India, US State Department, Africa Brazil, Facebook Instagram YouTube, Connectivity Tech


The Trump campaign accidentally gave YouTube ad money to Chinese state media (GOOG, GOOGL)

The Trump campaign is unintentionally funding Chinese and Russian state media outlets by running YouTube ads on their channels, a new study found. At least 22 Trump campaign ads ran on YouTube channels linked to the Chinese government this month alone, according to an analysis of thousands of YouTube videos by cybersecurity firm Omelas. The findings come after the Trump administration cracked down on Chinese-owned media outlets earlier this year, imposing steeper requirements on how they opera...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Washington, China, US, Trends, Missouri, Donald Trump, Trump, Omelas, Business Insider Google


Apple Supplier Foxconn Reports Better-Than-Expected Second Quarter Profit

Major Apple supplier Foxconn reported better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, overcoming slowing smartphone sales thanks to rising telecommuting demand amid the global health crisis (via Reuters). The iPhone manufacturer posted net profit of $778.54 billion for the second quarter ended June, almost $5 billion more than a consensus estimate from analysts, and up around 34 percent from a year earlier. The results reflect a huge turnaround for the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer,...
Tags: Apple, China, Taipei, Foxconn, Reuters, Major Apple, KGI Securities Analysts


TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption


Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

A new document outlining the potential scope of President Trump's TikTok ban suggests Apple could be forced to remove the short-form video sharing platform from its App Store in China. Trump last week signed an executive order that would officially ban any U.S. transactions with TikTok if its Chinese parent ByteDance does not reach a deal to divest it to a U.S. company in 45 days. According to a White House document sent out to supporters and seen by Reuters, the ban aims to cut off U.S. b...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, White House, China, US, United States, Tencent, App Stores, Trump, Reuters, Trump Administration, Tiktok, ByteDance Twitter, App Store in China Trump, Ming Chi Kuo TikTok


Report: TikTok Collected Persistent IDs From Android Phones in Apparent Violation of Google Policy

TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that Donald Trump’s administration is incoherently threatening to ban from the U.S. and may be gearing up for a court fight in response, quietly collected persistent identifiers from Android devices for 15 months, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Advertising, Cybersecurity, Ads, Donald Trump, Bytedance, Tiktok


TikTok exploited Android security vulnerability to grab MAC addresses, maybe for ad tracking, no way to opt out — stopped in November, WSJ reports

“The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, appears to have violated Google policies” The Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday that TikTok exploited an Android vulnerability to obtain user MAC addresses, possibly for ad tracking, with no ability to opt out. They stopped the practice in November, 2019, WSJ reports: The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of enc...
Tags: Google, Security, Apps, Post, Technology, News, Mac, White House, China, Beijing, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Pompeo, Steve Herman, Bytedance


Daily Crunch: Android phones become earthquake detectors

Google is using accelerometers in an interesting new way, Twitter allows everyone to limit tweet replies and Mozilla announces major layoffs. This is your Daily Crunch for August 11, 2020. The big story: Android phones become earthquake detectors Google said that smartphone accelerometers are sensitive enough to detect P-waves, which are the first waves to arrive during an earthquake. So if your Android phone thinks it has detected an earthquake, it will communicate with a central server t...
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, California, China, Nokia, Tech, Eu, Mozilla, Tencent, Dell, United States Geological Survey, Moovit, Atomwise, Universal Music, US Department of Commerce


Russia Claims To Have Registered World's First COVID-19 Vaccine

New submitter Hmmmmmm shares a report from CNBC: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of what Russia claims to be the first vaccine for the coronavirus in the world and said one of his daughters had already taken it. "Although I know that it works quite effectively, it forms a stable immunity and, I repeat, has passed all the necessary checks," Putin said. Clinical trials of this Russian vaccine have been completed in less than two months and phase three trials are set to ...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Tech, Al Jazeera, Cnbc, Gamaleya, United Arab Emirates the Philippines


IBM, the Linux Foundation, and Grillo unveil global earthquake early-warning system

Only a handful of countries (Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, and China) have nation-wide earthquake early-warning systems. Isn’t that weird? Many other countries have alert systems in place for certain portions of the population but a significant portion of the estimated 2.7 billion people who live in daily risk of experiencing a dangerous earthquake remain uncovered. IBM Developer Advocate Pedro Cruz in a recent interview said: In early January, the largest earthquake I’ve ever felt hit Puerto Rico, a 6...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Ibm, Linux Foundation, Puerto Rico, Grillo, Pedro Cruz, Japan Taiwan Mexico


Secretive Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


Zoom Sued By Consumer Group For Misrepresenting Its Encryption Protections

A consumer advocacy group is suing Zoom and seeking millions of dollars in damages, accusing the company of misleading its users about the strength of its encryption protections. From a report: The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog is also accusing the videoconferencing company of deceiving users about the extent of its links with China and the fact that some calls between people in North America were routed through servers in China. That raises the danger Beijing could steal or demand access to...
Tags: Washington, China, Tech, Beijing, North America, Consumer Watchdog, D C Superior Court


Ask Slashdot: Is it Time To Call Time on Time Zones?

An anonymous reader shares a report [may be paywalled]: Anyone who has struggled to schedule a conference call across multiple time zones should pity the poor residents of Indiana. For decades, the Midwestern US state has been in flux over whether to observe Central or Eastern time. Some counties even switched time zones twice in as many years during the mid-2000s. This situation must be particularly baffling to the people of India and China, whose countries span thousands of miles yet obey a si...
Tags: China, India, Tech, Indiana, UTC, Midwestern US, Steve Hanke, Richard Conn Henry


Secretive data-analytics firm Palantir Technologies has thrived in the shadows, but a coming IPO could poke holes in its most valuable asset — its reputation

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia



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