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After India and US, Japan looks to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps – TechCrunch

After India and US, Japan looks to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps – TechCrunch

A group of Japanese lawmakers is seeking to restrict the use of and other apps developed by Chinese firms, following in the footstep of India, which has dozens of Chinese apps, and the U.S., which isThe decision was first by Japanese national broadcaster NHK. The lawyers shared the same concern as officials in the U.S. and India that their domestic user data could end up in the hands of Beijing, and planned to submit the proposal to the Japanese government as early as September.Japan was one of TikTok’s first overseas success cases despite being considered a tough nut for foreign internet...

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Tencent and Chinese scientists use deep learning to predict fatal COVID-19 cases – TechCrunch

Tencent and Chinese scientists use deep learning to predict fatal COVID-19 cases – TechCrunch

Tech firms around the world are in overdrive to help battle the coronavirus pandemic. Research showed that of COVID-19 patients can suddenly progress to serious illness, and among them the mortality rate can be as high as . Therefore one of the key tasks for health authorities is to identify and treat patients who may develop severe or fatal syndromes early on.That’s what has been underway at a research team jointly established by Tencent AI Lab and a group of Chinese public health scientists headed by Zhong Nanshan, the country’s senior medical advisor on COVID-19,This week, the team...

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VPN providers rethink Hong Kong servers after China’s security law – TechCrunch

VPN providers rethink Hong Kong servers after China’s security law – TechCrunch

In recent decades, Hong Kong has been considered a haven for data centers given its strategic location in Asia, a legal system trusted by international businesses and reliable internet connectivity. Many virtual private network (VPN) operators keep servers in the city, serving mainland users who want to conceal their internet activity or access websites blocked by the Chinese authority.But some VPN providers are reevaluating the risks of keeping their servers in Hong Kong , which critics warn could compromise user privacy and have a chilling effect on free speech. Under the new legal...

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US threatens to restrict WeChat following TikTok backlash – TechCrunch

US threatens to restrict WeChat following TikTok backlash – TechCrunch

Amid intense scrutiny over as a potential national security risk in the U.S., the essential tool for Chinese people’s day-to-day life, is also taking heat from Washington.White House trade advisor Peter Navarro Fox Business on Sunday that “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that.”Navarro alleged that “all of the data that goes into those mobile apps that kids have so much fun with and seem so convenient, it goes right to servers in China, right to the Chinese military, the Chinese communist party, and the agencies...

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Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts removed from Apple’s China store – TechCrunch

Pocket Casts and Castro Podcasts removed from Apple’s China store – TechCrunch

Before June each year, content and media platforms in China anxiously anticipate a new round of censorship as the government tightens access to information in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.This year, Chinese users lost access to two podcast apps — and Castro Podcasts. Neither app is searchable within Chinese App Store at the time of writing.Pocket Casts, which was by a group of American public radio companies in 2018, that it “has been removed from the Chinese App Store by Apple, at the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China,” the country’s...

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What grocery startup Weee! learned from China’s tech giants – TechCrunch

What grocery startup Weee! learned from China’s tech giants – TechCrunch

moved to the U.S. in 2003, one of the first challenges he experienced was the lack of Chinese ingredients available in local groceries. A native of Hubei, a Chinese province famous for its freshwater fish and lotus-inspired dishes, Liu got by with a limited supply found at local Asian groceries in the Bay Area.His yearning for home food eventually prompted him to quit a stable financial management role at microcontroller company Atmel and go on to launch , an online market selling Asian produce, snacks and skincare products.Like other players in grocery e-commerce, the five-year-old startup...

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