Baidu starts mass producing 2nd generation Kunlun AI chips

On Wednesday, Chinese tech giant Baidu said, it has started mass-producing its second-generation Kunlun artificial intelligence (AI) chips, as it races to become a major player in the chip industry with Beijing’s backing. In a statement Baidu said, the second-generation Kunlun AI chips, using 7 nm process technology, produced computational speeds of two-to-three times faster…

Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice sue Florida over new social media law

In a significant development two tech trade groups have filed a lawsuit against Florida over a new legislation that fines social media companies that ban political candidates, saying it violates free speech rights. The lawsuit states that the bill signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this week on Monday, was unconstitutional. It…

Canada will introduce digital service tax on tech giants from 2022

In a statement Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng said, Toronto has reiterated to Washington that it plans on going ahead with a digital services tax; the potential move is likely to impact U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google. Ng made the remarks in bilateral talks with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who has…

Latin American SoftBank-backed startup Kavak is Mexico’s first unicorn

In a significant development, SoftBank-backed used-car platform Kavak has become Mexico’s first ever tech “unicorn”. The startup was valued at $1.15 billion in its latest funding round last month, said its CEO Carlos Garcia. Since its founding in 2016, Mexico City-based Kavak has raised more than $400 million in total funding with SoftBank, Greenoaks Capital…

Apple, Netflix pull out of South by Southwest music and tech festival

Apple Inc and Netflix Inc stated, they are pulling out of the South by Southwest music and tech festival which is scheduled to be held later this month midst China’s coronavirus outbreak. As of Wednesday, the U.S. death toll from coronavirus infections stands at 11 with California Governor Gavin Newsom declaring a state emergency. Earlier…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

Vodafone found security vulnerabilities in Huawei equipment in 2011 & 2012

While software vulnerabilities are a common occurrence and Huawei was quick to patch them, what the Chinese telecom equipment maker keeps side stepping is the fact that it cannot avoid being a vehicle for Chinese intelligence since it has to comply to China’s 2017 cybersecurity law. On Tuesday, Europe’s biggest telecom group Vodafone stated, it…

Chinese tech comes with risks attached: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo’s underscores and highlights the growing and significant risks to using Chinese technology given their connection to the Chinese state. On Friday, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State of the United States of America highlighted the fact that the countries need to keep their “eyes wide open” on the risks of using Chinese technology…