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The Huawei Case Signals the New USChina Cold War Over Tech

The deepening saga of the US government’s campaign against Chinese tech company Huawei intensified this week, with Huawei filing a lawsuit in Texas alleging that the government’s ban of Huawei equipment is “illegal” and based on propaganda, not facts. The case may not have much of a chance legally, but it underscores how this contest has become a microcosm of the larger competition between the US and China over who will define—and control—the technology of the 21st century. The main thrust of the US push versus Huawei is that the…

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Transportation Weekly: Didi woes, how Nuro met Softbank, Amazons appetite

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the second edition and seriously people, what happened this week? Too much. Too much! Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming). Off we go … vroom. ONM … There are OEMs in the automotive world. And here, (wait for it) there are ONMs — original news manufacturers. (Cymbal…

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LinkedIn now requires phone number verification for all users in China

LinkedIn’s China site looks and functions just like LinkedIn everywhere else, except now it asks users in the country to verify their identities through phone numbers. The American company is requiring both new and existing users with a Chinese IP address to link mobile phone numbers to their accounts, TechCrunch noticed this week. LinkedIn had for months told its China-based users to provide mobile number details before sending them to the main page, but it had mercifully kept a little “Skip” button that let users avoid the fuss — until at least…

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Urban Density: My Photo Series That Shows The True Side Of Living In Hong Kong

In these ‘Urban Density’ series, I explore the urban landscape of Hong Kong And Macau. Like Hong Kong, Macau is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, and crowded apartments similar to Hong Kong can be found. #1 reply #2 reply View More Replies… #3 reply View More Replies… #4 reply View More Replies… #5 reply #6 reply View More Replies… #7 reply View More Replies… #8 reply reply View More Replies… #11 reply View More Replies… #12 reply View More Replies… #13 reply View More Replies……

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China’s ‘Jack the Ripper’ executed for rapes, murders

(CNN)A serial killer who raped and murdered 10 women and one girl in northwest China has been executed, state media reported. His uncle’s DNA was taken over a minor offense — and turned out to be close enough to the killer’s that police suspected he must be related. Detectives narrowed in on Gao, covertly gathering his DNA to confirm he was the reclusive “Ripper.” Goa ultimately confessed to 11 murders in Gansu province and Inner Mongolia, and was sentenced to death in March last year. Most of the attacks took…

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5 things to know for December 17: White House, Brexit, Sri Lanka, China, Hungary

(CNN) 1. White House It’s bound to be another exhausting week in Washington. Why? Let us count the ways: Over the weekend, President Trump lashed out at the ongoing Mueller investigation, calling it a “scam” and characterizing a raid of his former attorney Michael Cohen’s office as a break-in. This of course comes among court filings and sentencing hearings regarding some of the high-level Trump associates implicated in the investigations. Next up? Tuesday’s sentencing hearing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted lying to the FBI. Moving on,…

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In venture capital, its still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu At the time, the piece defined a new breed of startup — the $1 billion privately held company. When Lee did her first count, there were 39 “unicorns”; an improbable, but not impossible number.. Today, the once-scarce unicorn has become a global herd with 376 companies on the roster and counting. But the proliferation of unicorns begs raises certain questions. Is this new breed of unicorn artificially created? Could these magical companies see their valuations slip and fall out of the herd? Does this indicate an irrational exuberance…

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The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US

Jason Rowley As of mid-October (when we pulled the data for the above chart), Chinese companies accounted for about 39.3 percent of venture funding raised in 2018. Compare that to 38.4 percent for U.S.-based companies, overall. In this respect, the venture markets in the U.S. and China are running neck-and-neck.

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‘You tell me’: China ambassador stumped on who aids Trump on trade

Cui Tiankai says other diplomats in DC face same problem while economic adviser Kudlow says China talks unsatisfactory Chinas ambassador to the US said on Sunday he and other diplomats in Washington did not know which advisers Donald Trump turns to when forming policy on trade. Cui Tiankai was asked on Peter Navarro, is a tariffs hardliner and ultra-loyalist who seems to have the presidents ear. Speaking a column published by Fox this week, Navarro linked policies meant to protect US businesses to the emergence of China as a major…

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China Built the Worlds Largest Telescope. Then Came the Tourists

Credit Intentionally Withheld The day before, Stierwalt had traveled from Southern California to Pingtang Astronomy Town for a conference hosted by scientists from the world’s largest telescope. It was a new designation: China’s Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST, had been completed just a year before, in September 2016. Wandering, tipsy, around this shrine to the stars, the 40 or so other foreign astronomers had come to China to collaborate on the superlative-snatching instrument. VCG/Getty Images China spent $180 million to create the telescope, which officials have repeatedly said…

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Security News This Week: A Devastating Report on the CIA’s Deadly Mistakes in China

There's no such thing as summer vacation in security, and researchers started off this week by disclosing a problematic flaw in Intel processors that undermines the company's so-called secure enclave offering, and potentially other capabilities like virtual machines. A different group of analysts realized that they could potentially take a power grid down by conscripting air conditioners, water heaters, and other devices into a botnet and coordinating a massive power draw. And yet another research team exposed risks in how developers manage app storage on Android. Plus, an analysis of…

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Meet the U.S. Officials Now in Chinas Sphere of Influence

As Chinas wealth has grown, so has its sophistication at currying favor in Washington and among the American elite. Both the Chinese government and Chinese companies, often with close state ties, have retained lobbying and public-relations firms in the Beltway, in some cases hiring former U.S. officials as personal lobbyists. Beijing has also learned how to harness its economic might by alternately opening its doors to companies who play by Chinas rules, and Charles Boustany Boustany served as the U.S. representative for Louisianas 3rd Congressional District until 2017 and co-chaired…

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Asia Stocks Mixed on Trade Volleys; Kiwi Slumps: Markets Wrap

Asian stocks traded mixed as China hit back against the Trump administration’s latest tariffs and tensions ratcheted up between the U.S. and Russia. The yen edged higher, while oil held on to its losses. Shares fell in Japan and South Korea, fluctuated in Hong Kong, and pushed higher in China and Australia. Treasuries added to gains made as investors scooped up a record $26 billion 10-year auction. The kiwi tumbled to a two-year low after the New Zealand central bank pushed out its forecast for a rate increase by a…

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Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China

British foreign secretary refers to his Chinese wife as Japanese during debut visit to Beijing Jeremy Hunt, Britains new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as Japanese. China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japans bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s. Hunt, who was on his first…

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