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Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has become the latest country to ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform, in a move that government critics said stemmed as much from politics as from allegations of immoral content.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement on Friday that it was banning TikTok “in view of number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content.” It said it had already informed the company about complaints about its content, but TikTok’s administrators did not address their concerns.

The regulator said it was open to talks with the company “subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.”

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, said that it was committed to following the law and that it was in regular contact with Pakistani regulators. “We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us serve the country’s vibrant and creative

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US sets restrictions on China’s biggest chipmaker, citing military fears

US wariness of Chinese tech firms was underlined again Friday, when the Commerce Department reportedly sent a letter to companies in the states telling them they must get a license before exporting certain goods to China’s largest chipmaker, because of concerns about military use of technology.

a traffic light hanging off the side of a building: The Beijing branch of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Su Weizhong/Getty Images

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The Beijing branch of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation. Su Weizhong/Getty Images

The Commerce Department said in the letter that exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation “may pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China,” according to a report Saturday by The New York Times.


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Last year, the US placed restrictions on companies selling gear to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, over concerns about Huawei’s relationship with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.

And popular video app TikTok, owned

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Amazon appeals product liability ruling to CA Supreme Court, citing ‘potentially vast blast radius’

Amazon argues that it shouldn’t be held liable for defects in products sold by others on its third-party marketplace, even when it holds and ships them from fulfilment centers such as this one. (GeekWire File Photo)

Amazon is asking the California Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling in a landmark product liability case, seeking to avoid a precedent that would leave the tech giant open to legal claims over defective products sold by third parties through its online marketplace.

The company’s petition for review, filed Tuesday, argues that the appeals court took an “unprecedented leap” when it found that Amazon was not shielded from liability for a replacement laptop battery that allegedly exploded several months after purchase, causing severe injuries to the plaintiff in the suit, Angela Bolger.

“This Court has never extended strict liability to an entity that provides a forum or service used by others to

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Nvidia Further Explains Botched RTX 3080 Launch, Citing “Unprecedented Demand”

The pre-order launch of Nvidia’s much-anticipated RTX 3080 was an unmitigated disaster, and many would-be customers have yet to get their hands on a confirmed order. Yesterday, Nvidia posted a more detailed explanation on its website, citing a heretofore unseen level of traffic and answering a few of the questions that frustrated fans have been asking on sites like Reddit.

In the statement, Nvidia generally blames the “truly unprecedented” level of demand for the RTX 30-series as the source of the trouble, saying that it and its partners underestimated it. The manufacturer notes that the traffic to retailers exceeded Black Friday numbers, illustrating just how many people wanted to buy the card. Nvidia notes that it began shipping GPUs to retailers in August, and that such shortages are relatively common when it comes to the launch of high-end graphics cards.

Later in the statement, Nvidia blames a wave of “malicious

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PNG Technology Minister Confirms citing of 150 PNG Nationals in Leaked International Database

Papua New Guinea Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Hon. Timothy Masiu today informed that the Ministry is undertaking rapid vulnerability assessment on the leaked database, international media organizations claim is owned by Chinese data analytics company, Zhenhua Data.

“My Department has managed to obtain parts of the leaked database and in the interest of national security, I have instructed for an assessment to be undertaken on all aspects of the database.”

Minister Masiu said that the Department of Information & Communication Technology has spent the last 96 hours analysing the data so as to develop an understanding around the data collection sources, and the purpose of the database.

“At this stage, I can confirm the following facts:

• The leaked database contains data of 2.4 million individuals;

• The database contains a broad array of public and non-public data with classifications;

“At this stage, and from what we are

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Computing Pioneers Endorse Biden, Citing Immigration

Two dozen award-winning computer scientists, in a rebuke of President Trump’s immigration policies, said on Friday that they were endorsing Joseph R. Biden Jr. in November’s presidential election.

The scientists, including John Hennessy, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, are all winners of the Turing Award, which is often called the Nobel Prize of computing.

In a group interview, four of the scientists said the Trump administration’s restrictive immigration rules were a threat to computer research in the United States and could do long-term damage to the tech industry, which for decades has been one of the country’s economic engines.

“The most brilliant people in the world want to come here and be grad students, but now they are being discouraged from coming here, and many are going elsewhere,” said one of the scientists who organized the endorsement, David Patterson, a Google distinguished engineer and former professor at

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U.S. Restricts Chinese Apparel and Tech Products, Citing Forced Labor

Hefei Bitland “is not a direct supplier to HP,” a spokesperson for HP said in a statement. “We have robust policies in place to protect human rights and prohibit the use of involuntary labor of any kind across our supply chain. We are committed to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect.”

American law bans the importation of any goods produced with forced labor. But human rights groups say the practice has long been widespread in Xinjiang, where many detainees are recruited into programs that assign them to work in factories, on cotton farms or in textile mills.

Xinjiang accounts for about 85 percent of China’s cotton production, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, and about one-fifth of cotton production globally. Brands including Muji, Uniqlo, Costco, Caterpillar, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss have been named in reports tying them to Xinjiang factories

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RBC Capital Markets Reiterates Outperform Rating on Facebook Citing Underappreciated Product Development

On Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets analysts reiterated their Outperform rating and $320 price target on Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB). Facebook has inserted itself into developing three encouraging product initiatives that lead analysts to “come away with greater conviction” in their above consensus 2021 estimates.

Facebook’s level of product development has been deemed by analysts to be very “underappreciated” in the market. However, the addition of Marketplace, Shops, and Reels has served to add leverage to the company’s positioning amongst its competitors. These initiatives should help drive increased user engagement, provide Facebook with additional monetization opportunities, and significantly benefit from the company’s leading position in “Social Commerce”.

“The COVID-generated inflections in Online Retail and Social Media usage have created a massive opportunity that FB is extremely well-positioned against.”

“We believe FB still needs to get much closer to a ‘One-Click’ shopping experience (more products enabled by Instagram Checkout and less payments

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