Tech firms deploy Bluetooth enabled contact tracing apps to contain spread of coronavirus

Technology companies have begun developing their own contact tracing systems to help prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreaks in their offices. The development comes in the wake of countries begining to ease lockdown measures and return to the workplace. Juniper Networks Inc plans on equipping its nearly 10,000 employees with work identification…

Foxconn’s China factories will resume full production in late February

According to a source with direct knowledge of the matter at hand, Taiwan’s Foxconn aims to gradually restart operations at its factories in China and could resume full production within 3 weeks. Foxconn has filed requests to reopen factories with Chinese authorities, said the source while adding that a full resumption is likely towards the…

France and the United States hammer out a draft agreement on French digital tax

U.S. tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook routinely generate huge profits from digital services in countries but route the profits through low-tax countries, such as Ireland and Luxembourg, in order to lower their tax profile in the country from which they had generated their revenues. France’s proposal to rectify this anomaly had unnerved…

European Commission corners Amazon on its usage of merchant data

Amazon has come under scrutiny over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants as well as their competitor. In a significant development, antitrust regulators in the European Union are increasing their scrutiny on Amazon over its usage of merchants’ data. The development underscores increasing regulatory scrutiny over how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Facebook,…

Netherlands’ ASML – a victim of Chinese corporate espionage

In its annual threat assessment, Netherland’s intelligence agency had warned that China is targeting tech companies in the Netherlands for intellectual property theft, just like it does in other countries. In a significant development, Netherland’s ASML disclosed, it has become a victim of Chinese corporate espionage. Luckily the perpetrators who had stolen information did not…

Key stakeholders to attend meeting on quantum computing at White House

Given its wide ranging potential, Washington wants to develop and leverage the power of quantum computing which is currently in its infancy. On Monday, in efforts aimed at boosting efforts at quantum computing, the White House is set to hold a meeting with academic experts, U.S. government officials, and leading tech companies including Alphabet Inc,…