21 February 2020


  • General view of the area where US electric vehicle pioneer Tesla plans to build a new factory on forest land in Gruenheide in Germany. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla wins court nod to clear forest for German Gigafactory

    Feb 21, 2020 9:40am
    Tesla secured approval from a German court on Thursday to continue to cut down forest near the capital Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory, in a defeat for local environmental activists, Reuters...
  • Google will require its British users to acknowledge new terms of service including a change in jurisdiction, according to a report. Photo: Reuters

    Google users in UK to lose EU data protection: report

    Feb 20, 2020 9:30am
    Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under US jurisdiction instead, Reuters reports, citing sources. The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the...
  • Xiaomi and other Chinese smartphone makers could face new challenges as the US mulls further tech-related export controls. Photo: Reuters

    Why Xiaomi can’t rest easy despite the ‘hot’ new Mi10 phones

    - Feb 19, 2020 2:35pm
    Smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched its much-awaited 5G-capable Mi10 devices in China and enjoyed good consumer response on all the online shopping platforms in the country.  The company will be pleased with the demand, yet it...
  • Europe's competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is set to unveil data strategy and artificial intelligence discussion papers. File photo: Reuters

    EU to unveil plans to boost Europe firms, rein in US tech giants

    Feb 19, 2020 9:58am
    The European Commission will on Wednesday launch the first of a raft of proposals to help European companies exploit their trove of industrial data and at the same time rein large online platforms such as Facebook,...
  • Huawei has accused US authorities of overlooking HSBC's Iran sanctions violations in exchange for cooperation with a government investigation into the Chinese telecoms equipment firm. Photo: Reuters

    US accused of overlooking HSBC misconduct to go after Huawei

    Feb 19, 2020 9:37am
    American prosecutors overlooked apparent violations of US sanctions against Iran by HSBC in exchange for the British bank’s cooperation with a government investigation of Huawei Technologies, lawyers for the Chinese telecoms giant said. “The government agreed...
  • Huawei says it will consider further legal options as a US judge rejected the firm's challenge to a federal law that restricted the firm's ability to do business with US government agencies. Photo: Reuters

    US judge rejects Huawei challenge to law curbing its business

    Feb 19, 2020 9:13am
    A judge in Texas on Tuesday rejected a challenge from Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies to a US law that restricted the firm’s ability to do business with federal agencies and their contractors, Reuters reports. In...
  • New restrictions on commerce with China's Huawei are reportedly among several options to be considered at high-level US meetings this week and next. Photo: Reuters

    US mulls cutting Huawei off from global chip suppliers: report

    Feb 18, 2020 9:30am
    The Trump administration is considering changing US regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from firms such as Taiwan’s TSMC, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. New restrictions on...
  • Apple's facilities in China have begun to reopen, but they are ramping up more slowly than expected. Photo: Reuters

    Apple to miss revenue forecast due to coronavirus impact

    Feb 18, 2020 9:21am
    Apple warned on Monday that it is unlikely to meet its revenue guidance for the March quarter as the coronavirus outbreak has slowed iPhone production and also affected demand in China. The company’s manufacturing facilities in...
  • Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos considers climate change as the biggest threat to our planet. Photo: Bloomberg

    Amazon’s Bezos pledges US$10 billion to climate change fight

    Feb 18, 2020 9:17am
    Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said he will commit US$10 billion to fund scientists, activists, non-profit organizations and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change, Reuters reports. “Climate change...
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook must be treated like telco-newspaper hybrid: Zuckerberg

    Feb 17, 2020 9:40am
    Online content should be regulated with a system somewhere between the existing rules used for the telecoms and media industries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Saturday, Reuters reports. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in...
  • Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart said the proposed tax will hurt the online retail industry. Photo: Reuters/AFP

    Amazon, Flipkart seek rollback of India tax on online sellers

    Feb 17, 2020 9:34am
    Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart are among online retailers demanding that India scale back a proposed tax on third-party sellers on their platforms, saying the burden of compliance will hurt the fledgling industry, according to documents seen...
  • Governments want social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to do more to block or remove harmful content on their platforms. Photo: Reuters

    Tech firms must do more on child abuse, police chiefs say

    Feb 14, 2020 10:48am
    European police chiefs have thrown their support behind British demands for technology companies to urgently transform how they operate to prevent access to child sex abuse, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Friday. The NCA...
  • The bright outlook reflects the benefit of share buybacks and investment timing, eBay said. Photo: Reuters

    EBay boosts share buyback plan, tips strong first-quarter profit

    Feb 14, 2020 10:33am
    EBay Inc. added US$3 billion to its 2020 share buyback plan and forecast current-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations after closing the sale of its StubHub ticketing unit, Reuters reports. The company is expanding its buyback plans...
  • A man walks past an advertisement promoting 5G data network at a mobile phone store in London. Photo: Reuters

    British network Three joins 5G mobile club

    Feb 14, 2020 10:03am
    British network Three is rolling out 5G mobile to major cities including London, Glasgow and Birmingham from the end of the month, joining its larger rivals in offering next-generation services on new 5G-enabled handsets, Reuters reports....
  • Tesla is launching a stock sale, taking advantage of the big surge in its share price in recent months. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla plans US$2 billion share sale amid stock surge

    Feb 14, 2020 9:54am
    Tesla plans to raise US$2 billion in a stock offering, seizing an opportunity following a huge jump in its share price over the past few months. The US electric carmaker announced on Thursday that it will...
  • Huawei Technologies was charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from six US technology companies. Photo: Reuters

    US accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets, assisting Iran

    Feb 14, 2020 9:50am
    US prosecutors accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran track protesters in its latest indictment against the Chinese company, Reuters reports. In Thursday’s indictment, which supersedes one unsealed last year in federal court in...
  • Microsoft maintains that it won the Pentagon cloud computing deal through a detailed, thorough and fair process. Photo: AFP

    Amazon wins court bid for Microsoft to suspend Pentagon work

    Feb 14, 2020 7:44am
    A US judge granted Inc.’s request to temporarily halt the US Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp. from moving forward on a cloud computing deal worth up to US$10 billion that Amazon says reflected undue...
  • Google’s cloud computing division is a distant third globally to and Microsoft in terms of revenue from renting infrastructure and other computing tools to businesses. Photo: AFP

    Google seals takeover of Looker after UK green light

    Feb 13, 2020 4:37pm
    Alphabet Inc.-owned Google said on Thursday it has completed its US$2.6 billion buyout of privately held big-data analytics firm Looker Data Sciences after winning clearance from Britain’s competition watchdog, Reuters reports. Google announced the cash deal...
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the 3.8-hectare property from media mogul David Geffen, who acquired it in 1990 for US$47.5 million. Photo: Reuters

    Bezos buys Warner Estate in Beverly Hills for US$165 million

    Feb 13, 2020 10:54am
    Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest person, has purchased a Beverly Hills mansion known as the Warner Estate from media mogul David Geffen for US$165 million, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the...
  • Facebook has put on hold a new dating service in the EU after concerns were raised by a data protection watchdog. Image: Reuters

    Facebook postpones EU rollout of dating service

    Feb 13, 2020 10:02am
    Facebook has postponed the rollout of its new dating services in the European Union scheduled for Thursday after Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) raised concerns about the launch, Reuters reports. The social network announced the launch...