Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Xiaomi Accidentally Uses Apple Video to Advertise Controversial Mimoji Phone

The rip-off is what it is — Xiaomi being Xiaomi. China just doesn't have a culture where intellectual property is respected, but Xiaomi takes it to an absurd level.

"Xiaomi's augmented-reality avatar set, Mimoji, is definitely not a clone of Apple's Memoji — they just look very similar and happen to share identical-sounding names — the Chinese company clarified last week. But ads for Apple's Memoji and Apple Music have been embedded on Xiaomi's product page for the Mi CC9 smartphone on e-commerce platforms JD.com and Suning, in lieu of original Xiaomi graphics, a Weibo user found on Friday.

This isn't the first time that Xiaomi has been accused of copying Apple. According to Vanity Fair, Apple's head of design Jony Ive once called Xiaomi out at a conference: "You spend seven or eight years working on something, and then it's copied. . . . I think it's theft, and it's lazy."

Monday, July 15, 2019

Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud

Honestly, we are to the point that if I was the hiring person at any kind of tech company, or a company with serious trade secrets, I'd have a hard time hiring anyone that was Chinese.  Especially if their family was not Chinese American. If they are first gen in this country, they should be HIGHLY suspect:
"Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files containing Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account in late 2018 while still working for the company. Tesla sued Cao earlier this year for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to Autopilot and bringing them to Chinese EV startup Xiaopeng Motors, also known as Xmotors or XPeng, which is backed by tech giant Alibaba.
Cao denied stealing sensitive information from the automaker in the same filing. His legal team argued he "made extensive efforts to delete and/or remove any such Tesla files prior to his separation from Tesla." Cao is now the "head of perception" at XPeng, where he is "[d]eveloping and delivering autonomous driving technologies for production cars," according to his LinkedIn profile."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border - VICE

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Human Rights Groups to U.S.: Trade Carefully on China

"They are forced to renounce the Muslim religion and Uighur language, and memorize and recite Chinese characters and propaganda songs. The 'vocational training' is actually forced labor. Torture and deaths are common. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents and placed in a separate network of orphanages. 'Break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections and break their origins," concluded a state news commentary cited by the [New York] Times. It's hard to read that as anything other than a declaration of genocidal intent."

Uighurs, who are being swept up into China's nets by the thousands at various checkpoints around the country, are scared to even leave the house. Other non-Muslims are being thrown behind the high walls of these prisons for nothing more than having a photo of a woman with a headscarf on their phone -- or reciting something religious at a funeral. "Yet thanks to China's growing power," the editors of the Washington Post point out, "global reaction has been muted."

Canadian sentenced to death in China, escalating a bitter diplomatic row

China has denied that the case — or the arrests of several other Canadians in recent weeks — have been politicized in retaliation for Canada's arrest of a senior officer of China's top telecommunications company, Huawei.


The retrial at the Dalian Intermediate People's Court came with unusual speed, not long after Canada's Dec. 1 arrest of a high-profile Chinese businesswoman, Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the telecommunications giant Huawei. Her arrest came at the request of U.S. authorities who want to extradite her on charge of fraud relating to alleged breaches of U.S. sanctions against Iran.


"... Schellenberg's case, like those of Kovrig and Spavor, appeared to reinforce the message "that China views the holding of human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy."


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-canadian-death-20190114-story.html


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

But corporate filings and other documents found by Reuters in Iran and Syria
show that Huawei, the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network
equipment, is more closely linked to both firms than previously known.

The documents reveal that a high-level Huawei executive appears to have been
appointed Skycom's Iran manager. They also show that at least three
Chinese-named individuals had signing rights for both Huawei and Skycom bank
accounts in Iran. Reuters also discovered that a Middle Eastern lawyer said
Huawei conducted operations in Syria through Canicula.

The previously unreported ties between Huawei and the two companies could
bear on the U.S. case against Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder
Ren Zhengfei, by further undermining Huawei's claims that Skycom was merely
an arms-length business partner.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This Holiday, a Flurry of Church Arrests

This is the same country that the western world is funding to the tune of billions every year because of the manufacturing we do there, the buying we do from there, etc. And in reality, they really should be treated like North Korea and ostracized. That's the problem with a global economy - too many deep ties and we let the money control our morality.

"Dozens of Christians were grabbed from their homes in a series of raids sweeping across the Sichuan area late last night. Some elders were able to escape into hiding. Others were less fortunate. Zhang Guoqing, assistant deacon of the church, said he was released from custody and went straight to Pastor Wang Yi's home -- "but the pastor and his wife were nowhere to be found." The home, a ransacked mess, is just another indication that China's latest crackdown is something everyone -- including the international community -- needs to take seriously.

Started at 9 p.m., social media channels, cell phone discussions, and personal accounts were all blocked. Even the church's telephone line was cut. One church leader is being watched "around the clock by 'security personnel' in his home." The ferocity of the attack surprised a lot of Christians, who've been operating out in the open for years. "This round of crackdown is unusual," said Li Yingqiang, "as it seems that the authorities want to close the church down for good. Our social media channel accounts such as WeChat were not closed in previous rounds and they have taken a large number of our members into custody this time. The scale was unprecedented."