Tag Archives: China

Microsoft’s Work With Chinese Military University Raises Eyebrows

Microsoft has been collaborating with researchers linked to a Chinese military-backed university on artificial intelligence, elevating concerns that US firms are contributing to China’s high-tech surveillance and censorship apparatus. Over the past year, researchers at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing have co-authored at least three papers with scholars affiliated with China’s National University of Defence Technology (NUDT), which is overseen …

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Rare Overtime Protest by China Tech Workers Goes Viral

Chinese technology workers are protesting online against gruelling overtime hours at some companies, a rare push back against the work culture in the country’s tech industry. The posts on Microsoft’s GitHub, which calls itself the world’s largest code host, and other programming tools have gone viral amid large-scale layoffs in the sector. The protest is aimed at the industry’s “996” …

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Semiconductor Group Urges More Research Funding to Counter China

 A trade group for the semiconductor industry on Wednesday called on US government leaders to boost funding for chip research and science education while easing limits on green cards in an effort to counter China’s investments in chip technology. The Semiconductor Industry Association, which represents firms such as Intel, Micron Technology, and Nvidia, is asking US officials to raise federal funding for …

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Apple Reduces Prices in China as VAT Cuts Come Into Effect

Apple and other consumer brands lowered prices for their products in China on Monday as a cut in the country’s value-added tax (VAT) rate came into effect. Price tags for products listed on the Apple’s China website were lowered on Monday morning, including a discount of up to CNY 500 (roughly $74 or Rs. 5,100) for some of its latest …

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China Regulator Approves 30 Imported Online Video Games, Including Tencent’s

China’s regulators approved 30 imported online video games Tuesday, including Tencent’s “Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming”, according to a notice on the regulator’s website. It marked the first batch of imported online games approved since February 2018. China stopped granting licenses to monetise online games in March 2018, hurting the industry and developers such as Tencent and NetEase. China …

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Huawei Posts Record Smartphone Sales Despite US Pressure

China’s Huawei Technologies, the world’s third-biggest maker of smartphones, turned in a higher annual profit on record handset sales even as it continued to grapple with heightened global scrutiny amid allegations of espionage. Huawei, which has risen quickly to become a dominant player in the smartphone industry, saw its consumer business sales hit a record CNY 348.9 billion ($52 billion) in …

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Japan Curbs on Chinese Telecom Firms Could Hurt Ties, Says China

 Japan’s decision to curb government purchases from Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp could hurt bilateral ties if Tokyo’s actions are deemed unfair, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday. Japan revised its procurement rules last year, introducing measures to strengthen security that were also a de facto ban on government purchases from Huawei and ZTE. The measures …

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Second Chinese Rocket Startup Fails to Put Satellite Into Orbit: State Media

A rocket developed by OneSpace failed to reach orbit after lifting off from a state launch facility in northwestern China, state media reported on Thursday, the second failed orbital launch by a privately funded Chinese firm in five months. An anomaly occurred within “tens of seconds” after OneSpace’s OS-M1 rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on Wednesday, …

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Sony to Close Smartphone Plant in Beijing, Shift Production to Thailand

Sony will close its smartphone plant in Beijing in the next few days, a company spokesman said, as the Japanese electronics giant aims to cut costs in the loss-making business. Sony will shift production to its plant in Thailand in a bid to halve costs and turn the smartphone business profitable in the year from April 2020, the spokesman said on …

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US Said to Push Chinese Owner of Grindr to Divest the Dating App

Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech is seeking to sell Grindr, the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016, after a US government national security panel raised concerns about its ownership, according to people familiar with the matter. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has informed Kunlun that its ownership of West Hollywood, California-based Grindr constitutes …

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