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China’s president wishes to make the web ‘fairer’– for China

China’s president wishes to make the web ‘fairer’– for China

China’s stranglehold on its citizens’ internet usage is notorious, and now the officials in charge of it are gathered at China’s main internet conference in Wuzhen. Today, President Xi Jinping called for greater global cooperation in making the internet fairer in a speech that was read on his behalf at the conference, Reuters reports. “There…
Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot them

Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot...

Tencent revealed this week it would be pulling its test version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese market. Instead, it’s going to publish a similar but more, um, approachable app called “Game for Peace.” Tencent announced it was pulling back the test version of PUBG it’d released to Chinese gamers. Shortly thereafter, it announced the release of Game for Peace. According…
Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than driving

Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than...

Tokyo-based media outlet The Asahi Shimbun’s Takeho Morita published a quintessentially Japanese story last week: many people who rent cars through vehicle-sharing services across the country don’t drive them at all. Instead, they use them to take naps, making business calls, catching up privately with friends, eating lunch, – and according to a 2018 survey…
Increase of foreign stars in Chinese social networks marks the start of a brand-new pattern

Increase of foreign stars in Chinese social networks marks the start...

China’s internet celebrity economy has expanded exponentially in recent years. According to a report released by iResearch, the number of online celebrities in China with more than 100,000 followers has increased by 57.3 percent since 2016. With a single embedded ad in a WeChat post worth up to $145,000 USD for influencers with dedicated followings,…
Audible lastly brings fairly priced audiobooks to India

Audible lastly brings fairly priced audiobooks to India

At long last, Amazon launched its Audible store for audiobooks in India last week, making its library of more than 2,00,000 spoken word titles available across the country at reasonable prices. You’ll need an Amazon account to register, and as in other countries, an Audible membership nets you one credit a month which lets you purchase an…
Huawei CFO jailed for breaching United States trade sanctions

Huawei CFO jailed for breaching United States trade sanctions

The CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on Saturday for allegedly violating US trade sanctions against Iran, reports The Globe and Mail. Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver over the weekend when she was transferring flights in Canada. She now…
India’s brand-new drone guidelines make it much easier to fly lawfully– however there’s a huge catch

India’s brand-new drone guidelines make it much easier to fly lawfully–...

Last week, India introduced new regulations governing the use of drones by private citizens in the country, effectively overturning a ban from 2014 and allowing people to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) legally. That’s great, but there’s one hitch that might keep drones grounded for a bit. Let’s first take a look at the…
Riot’s message to esports pros: We desire no part of Hong Kong debate

Riot’s message to esports pros: We desire no part of Hong...

Earlier this week the bottom fell out at Blizzard when it banned an esports pro from competing after he spoke out in support of the Hong Kong protests. It seems half the gaming industry (to say nothing of the wider tech industry) has gotten caught up in the ensuing fallout — and now Riot Games is…
Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and Televisions offered in the nation

Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and...

Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps…
China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring people– it’s a huge API

China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring people– it’s a huge...

China’s emerging social credit system (SCS): rarely has a topic been more hotly discussed, and more poorly understood. When most people think about the SCS, they imagine it primarily as a scoring mechanism, a way for the central government to rank China’s citizens and companies based on their behavior. But that’s a skewed misconception of what…

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