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FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies

The FCC is acting on its vow to keep Chinese technology out of American wireless networks. Commissioners have unanimously approved an order barring any carrier receiving Universal Service Fund subsidizes from using that money to buy equipment from co… Source: Engadget | FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies

China tells online stores to stop selling e-cigarettes

E-cigarette sales bans are quickly becoming an international phenomenon. China's tobacco regulators have asked online shopping companies to "temporarily" close online stores that sell e-cigarettes — effectively, it's banning e-cig sales on the inte… Source: Engadget | China tells online stores to stop selling e-cigarettes

Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

The US Department of the Interior has halted the use of its 800 drones, which help monitor endangered species, inspect federally protected land and fight forest fires. According to The Wall Street Journal, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt called fo… Source: Engadget | Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone 11 Sales Are Off to a 'Very, Very Good Start'

Ahead of today’s earnings call covering the fourth fiscal quarter of 2019, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with Reuters that iPhone 11 sales are off to a “very, very good start” so far, and the launch has led to improved sales in key markets like China. In China in particular, the lower …

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Trump administration may blacklist Chinese firms that routinely copy tech

The US trade war is meant in part to punish China for allowing intellectual property theft, but the Trump administration might not be convinced it goes far enough. Washington Post sources claim that White House advisor Peter Navarro is exploring a p… Source: Engadget | Trump administration may blacklist Chinese firms that routinely copy tech

Apple CEO Tim Cook Named Board Chairman of Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management

Apple CEO Tim Cook is now the chairman of the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (SEM), and he recently hosted the 20th annual meeting of the committee. The news of his appointment was shared in a recap of the 2019 meeting of the board, which is the 20th annual …

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U.S. Lawmakers Call Apple's Move to Remove HKMap Live App 'Deeply Concerning'

U.S lawmakers on Friday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over Apple’s decision to remove the HKMap Live app from the App Store after complaints from the Chinese Government. The letter [PDF] calls Apple’s removal of the HKMap Live app “disappointing” and points out a prior quote from ‌Tim Cook‌ that …

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Apple Clarifies Tencent's Role in Fraudulent Website Warnings, Says No URL Data is Shared and Checks are Limited to Mainland China

Following user concern over Apple using Chinese company Tencent as one of its Safe Browsing partners for Safari, Apple has issued a statement assuring customers that website URLs are not shared with its safe browsing partners. For those unfamiliar with the feature, Safari sends data to Google Safe Browsing to cross reference URLs against a …

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Apple Sending User Data to Chinese Company for Fraudulent Website Warnings in Safari

Apple’s Fraudulent Website Warning feature in Safari for iOS and Mac has come under scrutiny for using Chinese internet giant Tencent as one of its Safe Browsing providers. The Safari feature has long sent data to Google Safe Browsing to cross-reference URLs against a blacklist and protect users against phishing scams and sites that attempt …

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Apple Reportedly Told Apple TV+ Show Creators to Avoid Angering China

In the same week that Apple’s decision to pull a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store drew heavy criticism, a new report from BuzzFeed News claims the company has asked Apple TV+ show runners to avoid negative depictions of China. As early as 2018, when Apple’s original programming production got underway, company executives …

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Apple Bans App That Allowed Hong Kong Protestors to Track Police Movements

Apple has reportedly banned an app that allows Hong Kong protestors to track protests and police movements in the city state, despite increasing international condemnation against the violence used by the authorities. According to The Register, Apple has told the makers of the HKmap Live app that it can’t be allowed in the App Store …

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Competitive Oyster Shucking Is Real, Decadent, And China's Best Party

Many people who visit Beijing take special pleasure in doing a thing they often do, but on the Great Wall. Shotgunning a beer on the Great Wall. Lighting a cigar on the Great Wall. Making a sandwich and then eating it on the Great Wall. I have personally seen a used condom on the Great …

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Popular face-swapping app Zao sparks another privacy outcry

Yet another AI-powered face-swapping app has gone viral, and it's introducing the usual privacy concerns in record time. The iOS app Zao quickly topped China's edition of the App Store since its August 30th launch thanks to its uncanny ability to pu… Source: Engadget | Popular face-swapping app Zao sparks another privacy outcry

China Reportedly Used iPhone Exploits to Target Uyghur Muslims

Last week we reported on Google’s discovery of an old iPhone vulnerability – now fixed by Apple – that enabled malicious websites to steal data from thousands of users over a two-year period. Google described these attacks in its original blog post as “indiscriminate,” however a report over the weekend by TechCrunch suggests the websites …

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