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Apple’s China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company – TechCrunch

In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government. Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Congressional …

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Catalan separatists have tooled up with a decentralized app for civil disobedience – TechCrunch

Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition for la república and being forced to watch political leaders jailed or exiled — Catalonia’s …

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China’s Political Correctness: One Country, No Arguments

Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the internet. When censors deleted it, he complained to his family. They weren’t sympathetic. “How can you support Hong Kong separatists?” they asked. …

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Blizzard Faces Wide Backlash Over Hong Kong ‘Hearthstone’ Ban

Update: In a hot piece of end of Friday news Blizzard officially responded to the controversy. You can read the lengthy attempt at spin on their blog, but long story short Blitzchung is getting his money back and everyone’s bans are being reduced to six months. People don’t like that this still implies calling for …

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Apple CEO Tim Cook lambasted for pulling Hong Kong protest app

Apple Inc. took down a Hong Kong protest app late yesterday after pressure from China, only to prompt a torrent of criticism today from some quarters. On Wednesday, China state media criticized Apple for allowing the app in the App Store, calling the technology “poisonous.” The app in question, HKmap.live, allowed users to locate Hong …

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Apple removed Hong Kong mapping app that lets activists track police

People queue to try out the new iPhone 11 Pro smartphone at an Apple store in Hong Kong on September 20, 2019. (AFP) Apple has removed from its online store a smartphone app that allows Hong Kong activists to report police movements after an official Chinese newspaper accused the company of facilitating illegal behaviour. The …

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Cowardly kowtowing to China means Hong Kong blood is on Apple’s hands

It’s easy to sum up one of today’s most pressing geopolitical issues: American companies must choose whether to apply American standards to their foreign operations, or follow foreign standards — no matter how inapposite they be to U.S. employees and customers — when doing business outside U.S. borders. Thanks to its dealings in China, Apple …

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Battle of the Quants, BIG DATA, October 15th, Asia Society, Hong Kong

When and where is it on? The upcoming Battle of the Quants – BIG DATA will be held on October 15th at the Asia Society Hong Kong with a pre-event cocktail reception in Tai Kwun on October 14th. How many years has it been going? The Battle of the Quants is in its fourteenth year.  We …

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China Plays ‘Fight the Landlord’ to Tame Hong Kong

“Fight the Landlord” is one of the most popular card games in China. The name comes from the 1950s, when the Chinese Communist Party confiscated property from landowners, often violently, in the name of the masses. As many as two million people were killed. China’s state-controlled media is playing a new game of “Fight the …

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Google shuts down 210 YouTube channels linked to Chinese disinformation campaign

Some 210 YouTube accounts were just disabled by Google LLC for involvement in a coordinated effort to spread disinformation relating to the Hong Kong protests. Google said Thursday it has identified threats after sharing information with industry partners and law enforcement, following an internal investigation found a propaganda campaign on YouTube similar to the campaigns recently …

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We’re Offering Technology-Driven Virtual Banking, Says WeLab CEO

“We got our virtual banking license in April,” says WeLab CEO Simon Loong. “These are very exciting times. We’re busy building a bank, hiring, recruitment, that’s our core focus. What we’re working on right now is rebuilding the core functions of the bank but with a more innovative and more tech-driven approach. Traditional banks have …

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