28 January 2020

Tech, Media & Telecom

  • Huawei may not be completely shut out from Britain's 5G rollout, a report suggests. Photo: Reuters

    UK officials propose limited 5G role for China’s Huawei: report

    Jan 24, 2020 9:29am
    British officials have proposed granting Huawei a limited role in the UK’s future 5G network, resisting US calls for a complete ban over fears of Chinese spying, Reuters reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter....
  • Apple's iPhones and most of its products are powered by its Lightning cable, whereas Android devices are powered by USB-C connectors. Photo: Reuters

    Apple pushes back against EU calls for common charger

    Jan 24, 2020 9:29am
    Apple has pushed back against EU lawmakers’ call for a common charger, warning the move could hamper innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste and irk consumers, Reuters reports. The iPhone maker’s comments came a week...
  • Google researchers are said to have disclosed to Apple last August multiple security flaws in the Safari web browser. Photo: Bloomberg

    Google finds security flaws in Apple’s web browser: FT

    Jan 23, 2020 9:14am
    Google researchers have found multiple security flaws in Apple’s Safari web browser that allowed the tracking of users’ browsing behavior, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing a soon-to-be published paper. The vulnerabilities were found in...
  • Facebook has high hopes for virtual reality with the launch of Oculus Go, a cordless, all-in-one VR headset. Photo: AFP

    Will augmented and virtual reality be the next big thing?

    - Jan 22, 2020 12:40pm
    Big technology firms are always thinking of the Next Big Thing. Right now, everyone is focusing on the fifth-generation mobile communications network, which is expected to play an important role in the development of emerging technologies. But...
  • Viettel has 60 million Vietnamese users, or 63 percent of the population.  Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Viettel could be an emerging challenger to Huawei

    - Jan 22, 2020 10:39am
    Vietnam’s largest telecommunications company, Viettel, said it will launch 5G mobile services in June. Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia are considered frontrunners in the development of 5G infrastructure technology. Among them, Huawei is believed to have the...
  • Tencent staff will still be getting their red packets, although the annual Lunar New Year event has been cancelled because of concerns over the Wuhan virus. Photo: AFP/Xinhua

    Tencent cancels Lunar New Year gathering

    - Jan 22, 2020 10:28am
    Remember that scene on the first working day after the Lunar New Year holiday last year, when thousands of employees of Tencent Holdings (00700.HK) formed a kilometric, serpentine line at their corporate headquarters in Shenzhen to personally receive...
  • Over-reliance of imported chips from US puts China in a disadvantageous position in any further trade negotiation. Photo: Reuters

    5G and the chip battle

    - Jan 22, 2020 8:30am
    This is the year of 5G. Whether in terms of data speed or scale, the progression of each successive generation is geometric. But whichever the generation, the chip inside has been the soul of the applications....
  • Uber Eats in India is directing restaurants, delivery partners and users to the Zomato platform following an acquisition deal by the latter. Photo: Bloomberg

    Uber sells Indian food delivery arm to local rival Zomato

    Jan 21, 2020 3:36pm
    Uber has sold its online food-ordering business in India to local rival Zomato in exchange for a 9.99 percent stake in the latter, which is backed by China’s Ant Financial, Reuters reports. The all-stock deal is...
  • News of chairman Pony Ma selling nearly HK$2 billion worth of stock on the market is fueling anxiety among Tencent’s shareholders. Photo: Bloomberg

    Is it time to sell your Tencent shares?

    - Jan 21, 2020 1:19pm
    You don’t become a tycoon in China if you don’t know how to sell your shares high and buy them low. So, how do we take the news of Tencent’s chairman Pony Ma Huateng selling nearly...
  • Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a conference in Brussels, Belgium on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Alphabet CEO backs temporary ban on facial-recognition

    Jan 21, 2020 9:29am
    The EU’s proposal for a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology won backing from Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith, Reuters reports. While Pichai cited the possibility...
  • Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou arrives at court after a lunch break during the first day of her extradition hearing in Vancouver, Canada on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei CFO’s lawyer attacks US extradition case in Canada trial

    Jan 21, 2020 9:19am
    A lawyer for Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou argued in a Canadian court that “double criminality” was at the center of a trial to decide whether she can be extradited to the United States, Reuters reports. The...
  • French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a visit to the AstraZeneca factory in Dunkirk on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Macron, Trump declare truce in digital tax dispute

    Jan 21, 2020 9:15am
    French President Emmanuel Macron said he had a “great discussion” with US President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid a rise in tariffs,...
  • Airbnb, which plans to go public this year, will seek to avoid the mistakes that led to troubles at shared workspace provider WeWork in 2019. Photo: Reuters

    Airbnb takes in some lessons from WeWork debacle

    - Jan 20, 2020 12:33pm
    Last week, I mentioned two startups — Tink Labs and WeWork — that either crashed or suffered major setbacks last year. Let us now take a look at Airbnb, the home-sharing rental startup that plans to...
  • A pro-Tesla poster is seen during an action to support plans by the US electric vehicle pioneer to build its first European factory and design center in Gruenheide near Berlin on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla moves a step closer to opening first European factory

    Jan 20, 2020 12:15pm
    Tesla has agreed to buy a property on the outskirts of Berlin, bringing it a step closer to opening its first European factory, Reuters reports, citing local authorities in Germany. The US electric carmaker last November...
  • Setting up strict security conditions will not create delays in the rollout of 5G in Europe, the bloc's industrial policy chief says. Photo: Bloomberg

    EU official dismisses fears strict security rules could delay 5G

    Jan 20, 2020 9:18am
    European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton dismissed claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its rollout, weighing in on an increasingly tense debate in Germany over the risk posed by...
  • The proposal values WeWork China at around US$1 billion. Photo: Reuters

    Temasek, Trustbridge eye majority stake in WeWork China: report

    Jan 17, 2020 12:01pm
    Temasek Holdings and Trustbridge Partners have held talks with WeWork China over increasing their stake in the China branch of the troubled co-working startup to take majority ownership, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters....
  • The Peacock, NBC’s longtime logo, stands outside the NBC headquarters at the Rockefeller Center in New York City on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Comcast set to launch Peacock streaming service

    Jan 17, 2020 11:55am
    NBCUniversal’s new Peacock streaming service will offer free and US$5-per-month options with advertising to try to win customers for its belated entry into the online video wars, the company announced on Thursday. NBCUniversal parent Comcast Corp....
  • The lawsuit accuses Facebook of inappropriately revoking developer access to its platform in order to harm prospective competitors. Photo: Bloomberg

    Facebook sued in US federal court over anti-competitive conduct

    Jan 17, 2020 11:27am
    Four companies sued Facebook Inc. in US federal court for alleged anti-competitive conduct, saying the social network inappropriately revoked developer access to its platform in order to harm prospective competitors, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs sought class-action...
  • A file picture shows Google's closing price displayed on a marquee in Times Square, New York on the first day of public trading for the company on Aug 19, 2004. Photo: Bloomberg.

    Google parent Alphabet tops US$1 trillion market cap

    Jan 17, 2020 10:13am
    Google’s parent Alphabet became the fourth US company to top a market value of more than US$1 trillion, joining a lofty club that includes Microsoft, Amazon and Apple. Alphabet entered the trillion-dollar league as its shares closed...
  • Microsoft plans to create a Climate Innovation Fund, which will invest US$1 billion over the next four years to speed up the development of carbon removal technology. Photo: Reuters

    Microsoft vows to erase its carbon footprint in climate push

    Jan 17, 2020 9:57am
    Microsoft Corp. has set a new ambition among Fortune 500 companies in addressing climate change, pledging to remove as much carbon as it has emitted in its 45-year history, Reuters reports. The focus on clearing carbon...