Tech

China reportedly demanded that big Chinese tech companies like Alibaba process stolen US data for the nation’s top spies upon request

China has demanded that the nation’s tech companies process stolen data for Chinese intelligence agencies upon request, according to a Wednesday report from Foreign Policy. The outlet spoke to 36 US officials who said the arrangement represents the “commercial wing” of the Communist Party. Authorities are able to view data […]
China reportedly demanded that big Chinese tech companies like Alibaba process stolen US data for the nation’s top spies upon request
Tech

Apple’s iPhone 12 livestream was absent from Chinese video platforms, who reportedly cancelled coverage without explanation

Apple’s livestream of its iPhone 12 launch event on Tuesday was not available to watch on top Chinese social media platforms. Tencent Video, iQiyi, Bilibili, and Weibo didn’t stream the event. Bloomberg reported that the platforms cancelled coverage without explanation. The event garnered massive interest in China, Apple’s second-largest market […]
Apple’s iPhone 12 livestream was absent from Chinese video platforms, who reportedly cancelled coverage without explanation
Tech

The Trump administration is reportedly considering restricting Chinese giants Ant Group and Tencent in the US over national security concerns

The Trump administration is considering restricting Ant Group and Tencent – two Chinese powerhouses – in the US over national security concerns, according to a new Bloomberg report. Senior officials have not yet presented the possible restrictions to the president, Bloomberg notes. Its the latest example of the Trump administration’s […]
The Trump administration is reportedly considering restricting Chinese giants Ant Group and Tencent in the US over national security concerns
Tech

The Department of the Treasury is reportedly looking into the American companies behind ‘Fortnite’ and ‘League of Legends’ over their ties to Chinese tech titan Tencent

The wildly popular smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the US starting on September 20, the US government announced on Friday morning. CFIUS, the same Treasury group that initated those investigations, is now looking into “Fortnite” maker Epic Games and “League of Legends” maker Riot Games due […]
The Department of the Treasury is reportedly looking into the American companies behind ‘Fortnite’ and ‘League of Legends’ over their ties to Chinese tech titan Tencent
Tech

Trump just banned WeChat for US users. Here’s how the company behind the popular app became a $69 billion behemoth that has a stake in everything from ‘Fortnite’ to Hollywood blockbusters.

The Trump administration has banned WeChat in the US beginning on Sunday. The ban follows an executive order against the app in August that barred US companies and individuals from making any transactions with WeChat. WeChat is owned by Tencent, which isn’t a household name in the US, but is […]
Trump just banned WeChat for US users. Here’s how the company behind the popular app became a $69 billion behemoth that has a stake in everything from ‘Fortnite’ to Hollywood blockbusters.
Tech

Internet goliath Tencent is building a city the size of Midtown Manhattan in China, complete with grass-covered rooftops, offices, and apartments. Here’s what Net City will look like.

Chinese internet company Tencent is building a 320-acre city in China over the next seven years as a work-life campus for employees. Net City will have offices, residences, schools, retail, open spaces, and grass-covered rooftops. Tencent is one of the most recent tech firms to delve into master-planned communities. The […]
Internet goliath Tencent is building a city the size of Midtown Manhattan in China, complete with grass-covered rooftops, offices, and apartments. Here’s what Net City will look like.
Tech

As China lifts its coronavirus lockdowns, authorities are using a colour-coded health system to dictate where citizens can go. Here’s how it works.

Provinces and cities across China are slowly lifting their strict coronavirus lockdown measures. Wuhan, where the coronavirus broke out, just lifted its lockdown. But as people resume their lives, local authorities are trying to prevent further spread by controlling citizens’ movements via smartphone software installed in WeChat and Alipay, two […]
As China lifts its coronavirus lockdowns, authorities are using a colour-coded health system to dictate where citizens can go. Here’s how it works.
Markets

Warner Music Group files for an IPO as streaming services boost labels

Warner Music Group filed for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday as streaming services continue to boost the music industry. The offering is Warner’s second, as a slew of private-equity firms took the company public in 2005 after buying it from Time Warner the previous year. […]
Warner Music Group files for an IPO as streaming services boost labels
Tech

Reddit has released the most ‘upvoted’ posts of 2019, and it shows how much trolling is part of the platform’s culture

Reddit recently released its year-in-review report highlighting the most popular posts, active subreddit communities, and viral trends on “the front page of the internet.” The report includes 2019’s top posts – that is, those with the most “upvotes,” the Reddit-equivalent of “likes” on other social platforms. Included in this list […]
Reddit has released the most ‘upvoted’ posts of 2019, and it shows how much trolling is part of the platform’s culture
Tech

The Nintendo Switch will launch in China December 10, bringing the world’s fastest-selling video game console to the world’s biggest video game market

The Nintendo Switch will be released in China on December 10. Nintendo‘s portable video game console has already sold more than 40 million units worldwide, and China is the world’s biggest market for video games. Nintendo has partnered with Tencent, one of China’s largest companies, to make the deal possible; […]
The Nintendo Switch will launch in China December 10, bringing the world’s fastest-selling video game console to the world’s biggest video game market
Tech

The biggest game company in the world is helping Nintendo break into the Chinese market, but it may be making a bold play for Nintendo’s beloved characters in exchange

Nintendo, a 100-plus-year-old Japanese company, is making a major play for the massive Chinese gaming market. The Japanese gaming giant is teaming up with Tencent, a Chinese conglomerate and the biggest game company in the world, to release the Nintendo Switch and some of its most popular games in China. […]
The biggest game company in the world is helping Nintendo break into the Chinese market, but it may be making a bold play for Nintendo’s beloved characters in exchange
Tech

Millennials love plants so much they’re convincing tech companies to replace office artwork with ‘living walls’

Tech companies are increasingly installing greenery, particularly living walls, in offices and retail spaces. Apple became one of the latest adopters of this trend with two living walls in its redesigned Fifth Avenue store. These installations are primarily driven by millennials’ propensity for plants and wellness. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
Millennials love plants so much they’re convincing tech companies to replace office artwork with ‘living walls’
Tech

Apple shares some Safari data from iPhone users in China with the Chinese tech behemoth Tencent, and it’s attracting attention amid mounting tensions between the US and China

Apple may in some cases share Safari web address information from iPhone users with their device region set to mainland China with the Chinese tech giant Tencent as part of a safety feature that monitors for phishing scams. Apple shares some web address data with Tencent Safe Browsing and Google […]
Apple shares some Safari data from iPhone users in China with the Chinese tech behemoth Tencent, and it’s attracting attention amid mounting tensions between the US and China
Tech

These 6 tech companies have made the controversial decision to try to operate in China, where the government can demand social media posts be removed or search results be censored

China’s“Great Firewall” of internet censorship blocks content that the government deems sensitive, including reports of political unrest and references to Taiwan as an independent country. US tech companies including Facebook,Twitter, and others are banned from the country. But some tech companies made the controversial decision to comply with China’s strict […]
These 6 tech companies have made the controversial decision to try to operate in China, where the government can demand social media posts be removed or search results be censored
Tech

‘Fortnite’ creator says it won’t punish players for speaking out about politics, as Blizzard faces backlash and calls for a boycott after banning competitor for supporting Hong Kong protests

Epic GamesCEO Tim Sweeney says the company will not punish “Fortnite” players who choose to comment on politics or human rights. Sweeney’s statement comes as Activision Blizzard faces a massive backlash for punishing an esports competitor from Hong Kong. Chung Ng Wai, the esports competitor better known as Blitzchung, shouted […]
‘Fortnite’ creator says it won’t punish players for speaking out about politics, as Blizzard faces backlash and calls for a boycott after banning competitor for supporting Hong Kong protests
Tech

The biggest game company in the world isn’t Nintendo — it’s a Chinese company that has a piece of everything from ‘Fortnite’ to ‘League of Legends’

The world’s biggest game company isn’t Nintendo, and it isn’t Microsoft or Sony either – it’s a Chinese company named Tencent. Tencent is a Chinese conglomerate that has major holdings in tech, film, music, and gaming. Despite being a relatively unknown name among gamers, Tencent has major stakes in some […]
The biggest game company in the world isn’t Nintendo — it’s a Chinese company that has a piece of everything from ‘Fortnite’ to ‘League of Legends’
Tech

Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook sounds a lot like China, where I couldn’t buy a cup of coffee without the app that dominates people’s lives there

Mark Zuckerberg has laid out a vision of how Facebook services will become the backbone for the way people live online, Business Insider’s Shona Ghosh writes. Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook is uncannily similar to how the WeChat app dominates modern life in China, serving a variety of functions from messaging, […]
Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook sounds a lot like China, where I couldn’t buy a cup of coffee without the app that dominates people’s lives there
Tech

China approves 80 new video games, ending the freeze on new releases that dominated 2018 — but the country’s largest game publisher still isn’t happy

Chinese officials have expressed concerns about the impact of video games on children, fearing the hobby can lead to addiction and decreased productivity. The country halted new releases for months as they reorganized their process for reviewing new games. China’s Online Game Ethics Committee, a newly formed regulatory body, recently […]
China approves 80 new video games, ending the freeze on new releases that dominated 2018 — but the country’s largest game publisher still isn’t happy
Tech

The 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in the world in 2018

Apps downloaded from the Apple App Store generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue this year. Using data from Sensor Tower, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 apps downloaded from the App Store that brought in the most revenue in 2018. Half of the apps that brought in […]
The 10 highest-grossing iPhone apps in the world in 2018
Tech

A top video-game executive accused of farting on subordinates and hitting their genitals as a joke has been suspended without pay, but some employees want him gone entirely

The “League of Legends” developer Riot Games has suspended its chief operating officer, Scott Gelb, for two months without pay following reports of sexual misconduct in the workplace and a pending lawsuit against the company. Gelb has been accused of repeatedly touching his employees’ genitals in the workplace and farting […]
A top video-game executive accused of farting on subordinates and hitting their genitals as a joke has been suspended without pay, but some employees want him gone entirely
Tech

Fortnite’s biggest competitor was just named Best Game of 2018 on Google Play

“PUBG Mobile” has been named GooglePlay’s Best Game of 2018 and Fan Favourite Game of 2018. “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” is a battle-royale shooter and helped inspire “Fortnite: Battle Royale” and the Blackout mode in “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” “PUBG Mobile” is free on Google Play, while the versions on […]
Fortnite’s biggest competitor was just named Best Game of 2018 on Google Play
Markets

6 things Australian traders will be talking about this morning

Good morning. To the scoreboard: Dow: 25,162.41 -137.51 (-0.54%) S&P500: 2,818.37 -21.59 (-0.76%) AUD/USD: 0.7240 +0.0001 +0.01% ASX SPI futures (September contracts): 6,241 (-50) 1. The heavy falls in Chinese stocks yesterday weighed on US markets overnight. Technology and energy companies took the biggest hits after Hong Kong-based internet giant […]
6 things Australian traders will be talking about this morning
Tech

The company behind the biggest game of 2017 is suing the company behind the biggest game of 2018 — here’s what’s going on

The company behind the biggest game in the world, “Fortnite,” is being taken to court by the studio responsible for the second-biggest game in the world, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” also known as “PUBG.” Stranger still: The two companies involved share a mutual investor, the Chinese holding company Tencent. Bluehole, the South […]
The company behind the biggest game of 2017 is suing the company behind the biggest game of 2018  —  here’s what’s going on
Markets

Chinese tech giant Tencent is making a killing on its Snap investment

Chinese tech giant Tencent is Snap’s largest shareholder, owning 17%. The firm has likely seen a hefty gain thanks to Snap’s stock, which on Wednesday climbed above its initial public offering price for the first time since July. You can track Snap’s stock price in real-time here>> Tencent‘s bet on […]
Chinese tech giant Tencent is making a killing on its Snap investment
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Tencent joins Facebook, Apple, and Amazon in the $500 billion club

Chinese tech giant Tencent has had a stellar year, and on Tuesday, it became the first Asian company to be worth more than $US500 billion. As we can see in this chart from Statista, the company is now more valuable than Facebook. Tencent’s stock has more than doubled this year, […]
Tencent joins Facebook, Apple, and Amazon in the $500 billion club
Tech

This is the tangled future of tech and transportation

When Didi Chuxing merged with Uber China in a $35 billion mega-merger last August, it created a partnership between the two biggest ride-hailing companies in the world. But it also further complicated the already interconnected world of ride-hailing, tech, and transportation. It called into question the stability of the global […]
This is the tangled future of tech and transportation
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