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WTO

China hits back at US telecom supply chain order at World Trade Organisation

China has accused the US of undermining the global tech industry’s supply chains with a renewed executive order barring American companies from using telecoms equipment made ...

Amazon

Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech for a year

Amazon.com has said it was implementing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, halting a business it long defended as many protested law enforcemen...

SoftBank

SoftBank’s Arm says China joint venture replaces Chief Executive

SoftBank Group Corp-owned chip technology firm Arm Ltd said on Wednesday the chief executive officer of its China joint venture, Allen Wu, has stepped down and been replaced.

tsmc

TSMC says could fill order gap if unable to sell chips to Huawei

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co could quickly fill the order gap created by the inability to sell to Huawei’s HiSilicon chip division due to US restrictions, the compan...

IBM office in Australia

IBM exits facial recognition business, calls for police reform

IBM disclosed Monday it will no longer offer facial recognition or analysis software in a letter to Congress calling for new efforts to pursue justice and racial equity, new CEO Ar...

Serie A Italian Football

Algorithm would decide Serie A positions in case of new COVID-19 suspension

Italy’s football federation (FIGC) decided on Monday to use an algorithm to calculate final rankings in the top-flight Serie A soccer championship if a new surge in COVID-19 ...

WeWork

Miguel McKelvey, co-founder of WeWork to leave the company

WeWork’s Miguel McKelvey, who co-founded the troubled office-sharing start-up with Adam Neumann, will leave the company at the end of June.

ByteDance CEO

TikTok owner ByteDance shuts down overseas news aggregator TopBuzz

ByteDance, owner of the global hit short-video app TikTok, has shut down its artificial-intelligence-based news aggregator TopBuzz, one of the company’s earliest products aimed at ...

Bitcoin

Investors say it may take time to see a spike in Bitcoin

Investors expecting a sudden surge in bitcoin’s price, after it underwent a technical adjustment three weeks ago that reduced the rate at which new coins are generated, may h...

State backed hackers

Google says Chinese and Iranian hackers targeted Biden and Trump campaigns

State-backed hackers from China have targeted staffers working on the US presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden, a senior Google security official has said. The same official ...

Elon Musk

Tesla’s Elon Musk calls for breakup of Amazon in tweet

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has called for Amazon.com to be broken up, after an author complained on social media about being unable to self-publish a book via the world’s...

SoftBank Group CEO

SoftBank launches $100 million fund aimed at entrepreneurs of colour

SoftBank Group Corp is launching a $100 million fund to invest in “companies led by founders and entrepreneurs of colour”, in the latest corporate action as protests ro...

Hackers

Hackers and hucksters reinvigorate the ‘Anonymous’ brand amid protests

The amorphous internet activist movement known as Anonymous staged an online resurgence in the past week on the back of real-world protests against police brutality.

Samsung

Samsung to add new memory chip line in South Korea as COVID-19 boosts demand

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has said that it has begun construction of a new domestic production line for NAND flash memory chips, betting on demand for personal comput...