• 9
    Feb

    Tesla summoned by Chinese regulators for quality concerns

    Tesla, which is seeing rapid growth in China as it ramps up local manufacturing capacity, has been called upon by the Chinese government for talks over quality issues in its electric cars. A group of Chinese authorities, including the country’s top market regulator, cyberspace watchdog and transportation authority, held talks with Tesla after consumers complained about acceleration irregularities, battery fire, ...
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    Feb

    Twitter quietly rolls out Revue newsletters integration on web

    If you were itching to launch an email newsletter via Twitter, following its acquisition of the Dutch newsletter platform Revue last month, it appears you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the official unveiling — although some Twitter users are reporting being able to sign up for the newsletter publishing tool right now. The social media company confirmed to ...
  • 1
    Feb

    New rule reins in China’s flourishing self-publishing space

    Despite China’s history of stringent media control, an industry of uninstitutionalized, individual publishers has managed to flourish on social media platforms like Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s Toutiao. These self-publishers are called “We Media” in the Chinese internet lexicon, denoting the independent power of citizen journalists and content creators. Meanwhile, self-publishers have always had to tread carefully on what they post ...
  • 1
    Feb

    Twitter restricts over a dozen high-profile accounts in India following ‘legal demand’

    Twitter blocked access to over a dozen high-profile individuals in India on Monday to comply with a “legal demand,” prompting confusion and anger among users who are seeking an explanation for this action. Among those whose accounts have been withheld in India include Caravan, a news outlet that conducts investigative journalism, political commentator Sanjukta Basu, activist Hansraj Meena, actor Sushant ...
  • 25
    Jan

    Google pledges grants and facilities for COVID-19 vaccine programs

    Google said today it is taking several steps to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States, including grants and opening its facilities to vaccination programs. The tech giant is among several other large corporations, including Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks and Microsoft, that have pledged support to local government agencies and medical providers to help increase vaccinations. Google will pledge ad grants and ...
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    25
    Jan

    TikTok has until Friday to respond to Italy’s order to block users it can’t age-verify ...

    TikTok has until Friday to respond to an order by Italy’s data protection agency to block users whose age it cannot verify, TechCrunch has learned. The GPDP made an ‘immediate’ order Friday in response to the death of a 10-year-old girl from Palermo who died of asphyxiation after participating in a ‘blackout challenge’ on the social network, according to reports in local ...
  • 20
    Jan

    Alibaba shares jump on Jack Ma’s first appearance in 3 months

    Alibaba’s billionaire founder resurfaced as he spoke to 100 rural teachers through a video call, three months after his last public appearance in October, sending the e-commerce firm’s shares up more than 8% in Hong Kong. A recording of the call was first posted on a news portal backed by the government of Zhejiang, the eastern province where Alibaba is headquartered, and ...
  • 15
    Jan

    Trump Administration adds Xiaomi to military blacklist

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is the latest to be added to the Trump Administration’s military blacklist. On Thursday, the Department of Defense added nine more companies to its list of alleged Chinese military companies, including Xiaomi. Xiaomi was the world’s third-largest smartphone maker as of Q3 last year, coming ahead of Apple and trailing behind Samsung and Huawei, according to market researcher IDC. ...
  • 15
    Jan

    How Twitter is handling the 2021 US presidential transition

    Twitter has set out its plans for US Inauguration Day 2021, next Wednesday, January 20, when president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office as the 46th US president and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will become VP. “This year, multiple challenging circumstances will require that most people experience this historic ceremony virtually,” the social media firm writes in a blog post detailing ...
  • 11
    Jan

    San Francisco police are prepping for a pro-Trump rally at Twitter headquarters

    San Francisco police are preparing for a pro-Trump protest at Twitter’s headquarters, a building that has been essentially abandoned since the start of the pandemic last year, with most Twitter employees working remotely. The potential protest comes days after Twitter banned the president from using its service — his favorite form of communication to millions of followers — following what the company ...