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yesterday at 20:22. 4 comments

Chinese Propaganda Video Rips Off Hollywood Movies to Fake Bombing of U.S. Base

Chinese Propaganda Video Rips Off Hollywood Movies to Fake Bombing of U.S. Base

The Chinese military has published a new propaganda video on the social media platform Weibo that appears to show Chinese bombers attacking a U.S. military base in Guam. Te video is an unexceptional piece of digital saber-rattling between China and the U.S., but the new video might seem oddly familiar to Americans. That’s because the Chinese video includes clips from at least three Hollywood...

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yesterday at 06:00. 1 comments

Turns Out WeChat Won’t Be Banned Immediately, Either

Turns Out WeChat Won’t Be Banned Immediately, Either

What is banned is never really banned, it seems. A judge in California has prevented the Trump administration from blocking WeChat, which the Commerce Department planned to ban from U.S. app stores, on the very day it was supposed to be banned.

Judge Laurel Beeler of the District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction sought by the U.S. WeChat Users...

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Sep 20, 2020 at 05:09. 2 comments

TikTok Files Complaint Against Trump Administration to Prevent Impending Ban

TikTok Files Complaint Against Trump Administration to Prevent Impending Ban

Although the clock is ticking, pardon the pun, TikTok is not going down without a fight.

Per Bloomberg and Reuters, the video-sharing app and its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, filed a complaint in a Washington federal court on Friday aiming to block the Trump administration’s

upcoming ban , which is set to take effect on Sept. 20. The ban, announced by the Commerce Department earlier that...

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Sep 19, 2020 at 02:44.

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Trump's WeChat and TikTok App Store Bans Are a Cybersecurity Nightmare

The Trump administration has barely even bothered to back up its case that its use of emergency powers to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to an American company is based on cybersecurity concerns. It’s actually setting the stage for a meltdown of its own making.

While the White House officially cited cybersecurity concerns when it threatened TikTok and...

Sep 18, 2020 at 20:51. 2 comments

Tesla Thinks It Can Go It Alone On Batteries

Tesla Thinks It Can Go It Alone On Batteries
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

The Ford Ranger is “the most American made,” the auto industry is mad it has to reduce CO2 emissions, and Tesla. All that and more in The Morning Shift for September 18, 2020.

1st Gear: Tesla

Reuters has a big feature on Tesla ahead of “Battery Day,” which is September 22, when Tesla is expected to...

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Sep 17, 2020 at 22:05. 4 comments

DoJ Still Not Sure Why It's Mad at WeChat

DoJ Still Not Sure Why It's Mad at WeChat

In what’s the latest update to the Trump Administration’s... questionable

plans for getting China-based apps off of U.S. soil, Justice Officials are now clarifying that any future crackdown on WeChat won’t explicitly target people who only download the chat platform for... chatting. This update comes courtesy of court docs filed late yesterday responding to a lawsuit filed last month by the...

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Sep 17, 2020 at 09:30.

It's Too Hard to Get Divorced in China

It's Too Hard to Get Divorced in China

Domestic abuse generally takes place out of public view, which is partially why it’s such an insidious problem. But after footage of a husband assaulting his wife in China was circulated online, it seemed obvious she had adequate grounds for divorce. But according to the Chinese court system, even multiple fractures and temporary paralysis weren’t enough to grant her the right to leave him.

Sep 17, 2020 at 09:25. 10 comments

Oracle's Bid for TikTok Is Down to the Wire and Also a Huge Mess

Oracle's Bid for TikTok Is Down to the Wire and Also a Huge Mess

The Trump administration’s efforts to strong-arm Beijing-based ByteDance into selling its U.S. subsidiary TikTok to an American company are closing in, with enterprise software giant Oracle attempting to get regulators to clear a deal. Unsurprisingly, everyone involved is really making a garbage fire out of it.

The White House, claiming that TikTok’s owner poses a security threat because...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 10:20. 2 comments

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

Data Leak Shows Chinese Firm Compiled Data, Social Media Posts of Millions

A Chinese intelligence firm’s database on 2.4 million people—including some 50,000 Americans—was recently leaked, exposing it to researchers.

Per a Tuesday report in the Register, Fullbright University Vietnam researcher Chris Balding and Australian security researcher Robert Potter co-authored a recent paper on Beijing-based company Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, whose data on millions was...

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Sep 14, 2020 at 03:05. 23 comments

Mulan rides multiple controversies to a disappointing debut in China

Mulan rides multiple controversies to a disappointing debut in China

If there was ever an American movie that was obviously and famously targeted directly at a foreign market, it would be Disney’s new live-action Mulan remake. They took out the songs, they took out the talking dragon from the cartoon that people in China supposedly hated, and they made the whole thing into more of a historical war epic—which, in China, is either a genre that people genuinely...

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Sep 13, 2020.

Everyone Forgot That Daryl Morey Still Hasn't Discussed His Hong Kong Tweet

Everyone Forgot That Daryl Morey Still Hasn't Discussed His Hong Kong Tweet

What if I told you that we knew that this was going to be an unusual NBA season before a single game was played.

Because before David Stern died. Before we lost Kobe Bryant, before anybody knew what COVID-19 was, before the NBA headed to Orlando to enter the bubble, before Lou Williams taught the world that exquisite cuisines do exist inside of strip clubs, and before Danuel House turned...

Sep 13, 2020. 6 comments

Disney is facing increased heat for thanking Chinese government agencies in Mulan

Disney is facing increased heat for thanking Chinese government agencies in Mulan

Disney’s live-action

Mulan movie continues to be the headache that keeps on giving this week, as THR reports that the massive entertainment company has come under increasing scrutiny for the film’s decision to film in—and thank the government of—China’s Xinjiang region. Said critiques include pointing out that the film’s credits apparently specifically thank the Xinjiang Public Security...

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Sep 12, 2020. 10 comments

China Would Rather See TikTok Go the Way of Vine Than Bow to U.S. Pressure: Report

China Would Rather See TikTok Go the Way of Vine Than Bow to U.S. Pressure: Report

The

international game of chicken between China and the Trump administration over TikTok is starting to feel like an episode of “The Bachelor” at this point, with suitors like Microsoft , Twitter , and Walmart competing for the app’s U.S. assets in the face of a possible ban. Apparently, though, China would rather choose option d) None of the above.

Chinese officials reportedly believe that...

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Sep 12, 2020. 1 comments

Pentagon Official Warns About Chinese Drones Without Explaining Specific Security Risks (Again)

Pentagon Official Warns About Chinese Drones Without Explaining Specific Security Risks (Again)

Ellen Lord, the top official at the Pentagon in charge of acquiring new technology, appeared on a virtual panel Thursday to discuss the threat posed to the U.S. by small drones made by Chinese companies like DJI. And while it might seem self-evident to many people within the national security establishment that a geopolitical adversary like China shouldn’t be trusted, Lord didn’t explain why...

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Sep 11, 2020. 3 comments

Disney's Response to Mulan's Xinjiang Backlash Is Unsurprisingly Vague

Disney's Response to Mulan's Xinjiang Backlash Is Unsurprisingly Vague

Disney, one of the largest and most influential movie studios in the world, arguably had a single job to do when controversy exploded in the wake of Mulan’s

at-home release . When the film’s credits revealed the company had shot parts of the film in a region of China where Uighurs are facing a xenophobic crackdown, all the company had to do was, y’know, condemn genocide.

Instead, it...

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Sep 11, 2020. 15 comments

Report: Mulan Press Coverage Is Being Blocked by the Chinese Government

Report: Mulan Press Coverage Is Being Blocked by the Chinese Government

Though

Disney’s live-action Mulan remake is only just now hitting VOD in certain markets—ahead of a cinematic release in territories where movie theaters have been allowed to reopen—the movie’s already come under a significant amount of fire, first for its star’s pro-police comments regarding the protests in Hong Kong , and now for Disney’s decision to film Mulan in Xinjiang and thank...

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Sep 10, 2020. 16 comments

The Pandemic Has Been A Boon For Cars

The Pandemic Has Been A Boon For Cars
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

People are turning to cars because of coronavirus, GM says its wireless battery-management system is good, and Renault. All that and more in The Morning Shift for September 10, 2020.

1st Gear: Cars!

I have heard, anecdotally, from friends in New York City and elsewhere that they are considering...

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Sep 10, 2020. 2 comments

Chinese Ambassador's Twitter Account Likes Porn Video, China Calls for Investigation

Chinese Ambassador's Twitter Account Likes Porn Video, China Calls for Investigation

Two days from now, we’ll celebrate the second anniversary of that time Ted Cruz’s Twitter account

liked porn and all he could say in his defense is that it was a “staffing issue.” But China’s leaders operate a little differently than our homegrown hucksters. On Tuesday, the Twitter account of China’s UK Ambassador liked a porn clip and a couple of politically volatile posts. Now, authorities...

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Sep 09, 2020. 11 comments

Disney's Mulan Faces Backlash for Thanking Chinese Region Marred by Human Rights Violations

Disney's Mulan Faces Backlash for Thanking Chinese Region Marred by Human Rights Violations

Disney’s

Mulan is the story of a woman who overcomes systemic oppression to serve her country. But its message of fighting for one’s rights has been clouded, as Disney stands accused of overlooking actual oppression of Muslims in China to make its movie.

Washington Post columnist Isaac Stone Fish and several folks on social media pointed out that the end credits on Disney’s Mulan, which was

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Sep 08, 2020. 15 comments

China: Hear Me Out on This New Internet Plan

China: Hear Me Out on This New Internet Plan

“Which global power will win the moral high ground for global internet security standards?,” asked nobody. But the US and China are locked in competition for the title nonetheless. Today, China served its own counter-proposal for the global internet, in what will predictably become a pointless, boring bit of geopolitical dick measuring.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ratcheted up the latest...

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