U.S. International Trade Commission probing select devices made by Lenovo Group Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

In a statement the U.S. International Trade Commission stated, it was probing certain LTE-compliant cellular devices made by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd owned Motorola Mobility and by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, following a complaint. On February 1, 2021, an investigation was launched following a complaint filed by Austin, Texas-based Evolved Wireless LLC alleging infringement of…

TikTok’s owner ByteDance agrees to settle $92M class-action lawsuit

According to a document filed in the U.S. District Court in Illinois, China’s ByteDance has agreed to settle a $92 million class-action lawsuit from U.S. TikTok users who had alleged data privacy concerns. ByteDance, TikToko’s owner, has agreed to the settlement after more than a year of litigation. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather…

Electric vehicle startup Fisker mulls prismatic cell battery manufacturing unit in partnership with major supplier in either US or Europe

In a statement Fisker Inc’s chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said, the electric vehicle startup is weighing options to set up a battery cell manufacturing facility with a major supplier in either Europe or the United States. The move is aimed at securing components in its supply chain. Earlier Fisker had struggled with the recall…

Oshkosh Defense wins 10-year contract agreement to build next-gen U.S. Postal delivery vehicle

In a significant development, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stated, it will award a multibillion-dollar, ten-year contract agreement to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture a new generation of postal delivery vehicles. Under the initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense, a unit of Oshkosh Corp, will finalize the production design, testing and vehicle tooling required prior to…

U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told SolarWind hack affected 60 Microsoft customers

During a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Microsoft Corp’s president Brad Smith stated, the company has notified 60 customers that their data was most likely compromised by hackers during a hacking campaign revolving around Texas-based software firm SolarWinds Corp. In prepared remarks, Smith told members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that…

SolarWinds hack was the largest and most sophisticated cyber attack to date: Microsoft president

In a statement, Microsoft Corp’s President Brad Smith said, the SolarWinds hacking campaign that used the U.S. tech company as a springboard to compromise many U.S. government agencies is “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen”. The hacking campaign, identified in December 2020, was allegedly orchestrated by China and Russia, had…

Department of Energy launches $100 million tech funding in push towards clean energy

In a statement the Biden Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Energy will “offer $100 million in funding to support low-carbon energy technologies”; it will also create a working group to aid their development and sale. The announcement was made by National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at the White House’s first meeting of the…

Amazon.com Inc orders more than 1000 CNG powered truck engines for U.S. fleet

In a development that underscores Amazon.com Inc’s push towards reducing its carbon footprint, the world’s biggest e-commerce retailer has ordered more than 1,000 truck engines that run on compressed natural gas, marking its latest shift away from heavy polluting trucks. In 2020, as a result of the coronavirus induced pandemic, there has been a surge…

TSMS helps Washington overcome auto chip shortage

On Friday, the United States thanked Taiwan for helping to resolve an auto chip shortage that impacted production. Both countries reportedly did not discuss prioritising production of making these chips, said Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua after a high-level meeting. Car factories across the globe have been significantly affected and have been forced to shutter…