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Despite slowdowns, pandemic accelerates shifts in hardware manufacturing

Despite slowdowns, pandemic accelerates shifts in hardware manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t hit every factory in China at once. The initial impact to China’s electronics industry arrived around the time the nation was celebrating its new year. Two weeks after announcing 59 known cases of a new form of coronavirus, the national government put Wuhan — a city of 11 million — under…
Chinese propaganda network on Facebook used AI-generated faces

Chinese propaganda network on Facebook used AI-generated faces

Facebook removed two networks of fake accounts spreading government propaganda on the platform Tuesday, one originating in China and one in the Philippines. In its latest report on this kind of coordinated campaign, the company says it took down 155 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, nine groups and seven Instagram accounts connected to the Chinese activity…
Amnesty calls for human rights controls on EU digital surveillance exports

Amnesty calls for human rights controls on EU digital surveillance exports

In a new report, Amnesty International says it has found evidence of EU companies selling digital surveillance technologies to China — despite the stark human rights risks of technologies like facial recognition ending up in the hands of an authoritarian regime that’s been rounding up ethnic Uyghurs and holding them in “re-education” camps. The human…
Qualcomm-powered Chinese XR startup Nreal raises $40 million

Qualcomm-powered Chinese XR startup Nreal raises $40 million

Nreal, one of the most-watched mixed reality startups in China, just secured $40 million from a group of high-profile investors in a Series B round that could potentially bring more adoption to its portable augmented headsets. Kuaishou, the archrival to TikTok’s Chinese version Douyin, led the round, marking yet another video platform to establish links…
This new Southeast Asian fund has its eye on Chinese cross-border firms

This new Southeast Asian fund has its eye on Chinese cross-border firms

As U.S.-China relations remain tense, Southeast Asia becomes the darling for investors and tech companies from both sides as they seek overseas expansion. Behemoths like Google, Facebook, Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance have elbowed into the region. Some set up shop, while others formed alliances and took stakes in local startups. Now five prominent investors originating…
Explore the global markets of micromobility at TC Sessions: Mobility

Explore the global markets of micromobility at TC Sessions: Mobility

While electric scooters first launched at scale in the U.S., they quickly made their way overseas. Now, there’s a bustling electric scooter market in Europe, China, Latin America and one that’s growing in parts of Africa. At TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 on October 6 & 7, we’ll explore the journey of electric scooters and bikes…
Xiaomi backs Dyson’s Chinese challenger Dreame in $15 million round

Xiaomi backs Dyson’s Chinese challenger Dreame in $15 million round

Once known for its affordable smartphones, Xiaomi has in recent years been transforming itself into an online mall for consumer electronics by making deals and building relationships with hundreds of hardware and lifestyle startups. And some of its allies are now going after the Western market with their high-end, China-made products. Beijing-based Dreame, which produces…
Daily Crunch: Shopify confirms data breach

Daily Crunch: Shopify confirms data breach

Shopify blames “rogue” employees for a data breach, Google Maps adds COVID-19 data and China pushes back against the TikTok deal. This is your Daily Crunch for September 23, 2020. The big story: Shopify confirms data breach The e-commerce platform blamed two “rogue members” of its support team, alleging that they stole customer data from…
Honda’s electric SUV concept is a peek at a production vehicle

Honda’s electric SUV concept is a peek at a production vehicle

The company is quiet about specifications, release dates or pricing, but says the production model will be its first EV destined for China. It’s not clear if the street-ready version of the SUV E:concept will be limited to China, however. While we wouldn’t expect a two-door version to reach many parts of the world, a…
Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’

Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’

Image copyright EPA Image caption China's President Xi Jinping addressing the UN via video link China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced.Mr Xi outlined the steps when speaking via videolink to the UN General Assembly in New York.The announcement is being seen…