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What is Tencent?

What is Tencent?

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Based in Shenzhen and founded in 1998, the Chinese company Tencent enjoys huge popularity - and profits - in China.Its cute penguin symbol is as familiar to Chinese children as the McDonalds "golden arches" logo is to children in the West, says the BBC's China media analyst Kerry Allen."Tencent is thought of as so much more than just a Chinese company in China - it has gained a reputation as a family-friendly organisation that connects families, friends and work colleagues in a digital age," she said."It has a business model that other Chinese companies can only envy - it can reach an audience of, basically, everyone."But many people in the West have never heard of it. That doesn't mean it isn't present in our everyday lives, th...
Huawei: Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions

Huawei: Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions

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An executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says it is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctionsBy JOE McDONALD AP Business WriterAugust 8, 2020, 1:30 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions and will be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive says, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from American pressure. Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the biggest producers of smartphones and network equipment, is at the center of U.S.-Chinese tension over technology and security. The feud has spread to include the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and China-based messaging service We
Gigabit broadband: Rural households urged to claim upgrade cash

Gigabit broadband: Rural households urged to claim upgrade cash

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The government is urging struggling rural broadband customers to apply for cash it has set aside to pay for ultra high-speed connections.Digital Minister Matt Warman said £70m is "still there for the taking".The gigabit voucher scheme is part of the government's election pledge to bring broadband speeds of up to 1,000Mbps to the whole country by 2025.It says nearly half a million homes have been connected with the help of government subsidies.The average UK broadband speed is around 64Mbps (megabits per second), according to the latest Ofcom figures.Mr Warman said the 2025 target was ambitious and he could commit only to "getting as close as we can"."We're talking about a target that's five years away. We are absolutely confident

Trump moves against Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat apps

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President Trump broadly prohibits unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat via executive order in 45 daysBy TALI ARBEL AP Technology WriterAugust 7, 2020, 8:30 PM1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK -- President Trump is broadly prohibiting unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat via executive order in 45 days. Trump had threatened a deadline of Sept. 15 to “close down” TikTok unless Microsoft or “somebody else” bought it. Video app TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance;,Microsoft and Tencent, which owns messaging app WeChat, had no immediate replies to questions. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday had said that the U.S. government was expanding its crackdown on Chinese technology b

UN reports sharp increase in cybercrime during pandemic

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The U.N. counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the yearBy EDITH M. LEDERER Associated PressAugust 7, 2020, 4:16 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleUNITED NATIONS -- A 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year, many targeting hospitals and health care systems and hindering their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N. Security Council that the upsurge in phishing sites was part of “a significant rise in cybercrime in recent months” reported by speakers at last month’s first Virtual Counterterrorism Week at the United Nations. He said the U.N. and global experts don’t yet fully und