EU companies should prepare for the worst over U.S.-China digital decoupling

In a statement European business groups have said, EU business must “prepare for the worst” over digital decoupling between the U.S. and the Chinese economy, which could significantly impact EU businesses in China. In a statement the European Chamber of Commerce in China and MERICS, a Berlin-based think tank said, U.S.-China political, trade and financial…

Huawei’s mobile equipment gradually being replaced with Nokia equivalent in EU

According to two sources close to the matter at hand, telecom operators Orange Belgium and Proximus plan on replacing Huawei’s mobile equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg with Nokia equivalent. The development comes with growing recognition of U.S. accusations that Huawei’s telecom gear could be used for economic and military espionage purposes by Beijing. Both Nokia…

SoftBank’s introduces food service robot to mitigate labor shortages

On Monday, the robotics arm of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank stated, it will start using its food service robot developed by California-based Bear Robotics in Japanese restaurants as a means to tackle growing labor shortages faced by the country. Servi, the robot, comes with features which includes layers of trays and is equipped with Lidar sensors…

FBI’s Counterintelligence Division admits to slow response in China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property

During a testimony to the U.S. Senate, the FBI said it wished it had taken swifter action with regard to Chinese recruitment of U.S.-based researchers to transfer intellectual property from American laboratories. The admission by John Brown, assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the FBI, backed up a Senate subcommittee report which concluded that…

Microsoft wins $10 billion cloud computing contract from the Pentagon

Microsoft beat Amazon Web Services in securing the contract. Microsoft Corp has beaten Amazon.com Inc in winning a $10 billion cloud computing contract from the Pentagon, said the Defense Department in a statement. The contracting process, mired in allegations of conflict of interest even drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who has publicly taken…

ZTE follows Huawei’s footsteps, opens cybersecurity lab in Brussels

Huawei and ZTE are striving to increase transparency regarding their products in order to mitigate allegations of espionage. It is not clear whether these lab tests will cover re-routing of data through servers located in China, thus compromising unencrypted data. In a significant development, embattled Chinese telecom vendor ZTE opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels,…

CFIUS undoes China’s Kunlun Tech’s acquisition of Grindr

CFIUS concerns stems from the fact that the Chinese dating app collects personal information including a person’s location, messages, which could include potential data of the U.S. military or intelligence personnel. According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, a U.S. government national security panel has raised concerns over the ownership of Chinese gaming…