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After WeChat ban, some Chinese are shifting to an encrypted app 'Signal'
Technology
After WeChat ban, some Chinese are shifting to an encrypted app 'Signal'

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning American use of WeChat, the most popular app in China, takes effect next month, but some in China are already turning to an American app renowned for its privacy protections. Downloads for Signal, an encrypted chat app that privacy advocates generally regard as best-in-class for everyday use, are spiking in China, a spokesperson for the app said Friday

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Sat Aug 08 - CNBC
Role of Russia and China in the upcoming US elections
Politics
Role of Russia and China in the upcoming US elections

China, Russia, and Iran are among countries seeking to influence the US presidential election this year, a top US intelligence chief has warned. A statement issued by the director of US counterintelligence said foreign states were using "covert and overt influence measures" to sway the vote. It said China did not want President Donald Trump's re-election while Russia wanted to hurt Democrat Joe Biden

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Sat Aug 08 - BBC
Air India plane crash kills 18 people
International
Air India plane crash kills 18 people

An Air India Express plane crashed in the South Indian state of Kerala after skidding off the runway and breaking into two while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport. At least 18 people died in the crash, including both pilots, with up to 30 others receiving treatment for serious injuries, according to CV Anand, Central Industrial Security Force's Inspector General

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Sat Aug 08 - CNN
China’s exports jumped 7.2% against an estimated 0.2% fall
Business
China’s exports jumped 7.2% against an estimated 0.2% fall

Dollar-denominated exports in China jumped 7.2% year-on-year, economists at Reuters predicted a fall of 0.2%. In July, China posted a trade surplus of $62.33 billion, beating the $42 billion economists had expected. China’s trade surplus was $46.42 billion in June. Despite the coronavirus pandemic hitting global demand, exports from China have held up as exports in medical supplies jumped in the first half of the year

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Fri Aug 07 - CNBC
African coronavirus cases top 1 million
International
African coronavirus cases top 1 million

Coronavirus cases in Africa topped 1 million as the numbers are consistently on the rise due to widespread outbreak. South Africa accounts for more than half a million cases. Experts say a lack of comprehensive testing across Africa means the true extent of the pandemic is not known. In the continent overall, more than 21,000 people have died with Covid-19 and almost 674,000 people have recovered, the figures show

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Fri Aug 07 - BBC
Trump bans US transactions with WeChat and TikTok
Technology
Trump bans US transactions with WeChat and TikTok

US President Donald Trump issued executive orders to ban US transactions with Chinese companies Tencent and Bytedance, parent companies of WeChat, and TikTok respectively. The ban will take effect in 45 days and may attract retaliation from Beijing. While the scope of the ban remains unclear, the executive orders said that after 45 days, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross “shall identify the transactions” that will be subjected to the prohibition

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Fri Aug 07 - CNBC
Singapore tops the list of travel destination for Asian tourists
International
Singapore tops the list of travel destinations for Asian tourists

Blackbox research, a social research agency recently conducted a study and interviewed about 10,195 people across 17 countries regarding travel in a post-COVID-19 world. Singapore has topped the list of travel destinations for people living in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and the Philippines when borders reopen. Indians are the most eager to travel internationally in the next 12 months at 77%. This was followed by Thais at 70%

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Thu Aug 06 - Theedgesingapore
Gaming boom during lockdown skyrocketed Nintendo profits
Gaming
Gaming boom during lockdown skyrocketed Nintendo profits

Nintendo reported a skyrocketing 428% operating profits in the fiscal quarter (April-June), thanks to a gaming boom during the lockdown. The Japanese gaming giant reported operating profit of 144.7 billion yen ($1.4 billion) in the April-June quarter, smashing analyst expectations and representing a massive climb from the 27.4 billion yen it posted in the year-ago quarter

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Thu Aug 06 - CNBC
Germany makes coronavirus test mandatory for all arrivals
International
Germany makes coronavirus test mandatory for all arrivals

Germany announced that a COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all the arrivals in the country from Saturday, the country’s health minister Jens Spahn said. Spahn made the announcement on Thursday after Germany reported 1,045 new coronavirus infections, the first daily jump above 1,000 cases in three months. He blamed the rise on the impact of travelers returning from abroad and increasingly complacent attitudes to social distancing

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Thu Aug 06 - BBC
India’s biggest city sees heaviest single-day rain in 46 years
International
India’s biggest city sees heaviest single-day rain in 46 years

Colaba area of India’s biggest city Mumbai reported its heaviest single-day rainfall in August in 46 years on Wednesday, rain and cyclonic winds with a speed of up to 107kmph hit the city and its neighboring areas disrupted suburban train and bus services. All offices, barring essential services, remained shut

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Thu Aug 06 - NDTV
Facebook takes down Trump’s post about the immunity of kids and coronavirus
Technology
Facebook takes down Trump’s post about the immunity of kids and coronavirus

Facebook took down a video President Trump posted to his account Wednesday, citing its rules against false claims about the coronavirus. The post in question was a video clip from a Fox News segment from Wednesday morning in which the president makes the unsubstantiated claim that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19

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Thu Aug 06 - Techcrunch
Bank of England holds interest rate at 0.1%
Business
Bank of England holds interest rate at 0.1%

In an important announcement on Thursday, the Bank of England held interest rates steady and maintained its existing level of asset purchases, as investors watched for signs that it is anticipating a slower economic recovery. The main lending rate was kept at 0.1%, as the central bank cut rates twice from 0.75% since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic

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Thu Aug 06 - CNBC
China conducts a record 4.8 million coronavirus tests in one day
International
China conducts a record 4.8 million coronavirus tests in one day

China ramped up its coronavirus testing capacity in recent days as the country reached a record 4.84 million tests conducted each day by the end of July, said Wang Jiangping, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. China also reported 37 new symptomatic Covid-19 cases and 20 new asymptomatic cases on Thursday

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Thu Aug 06 - BBC
The US plans a crackdown on the Chinese technology companies
Technology
The US plans a crackdown on the Chinese technology companies

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said in a statement that Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat pose "significant threats to the personal data of American citizens". Wednesday's announcement marks a further deterioration in relations between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump hinted at a potential ban on apps like TikTok in order to safeguard the security of American users

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Thu Aug 06 - BBC
Beirut explosion killed at least 100 people, injured over 4,000
Sports
Beirut explosion killed at least 100 people, injured over 4,000

According to the latest reports, the death toll from the Beirut explosion crossed 100 with at least 4,000 injured in one of the deadliest incidents the region has ever seen. The Lebanese cabinet has ordered that “officials” involved in the Beirut port explosion be placed under house arrest “in the coming days,” the Lebanese Minister of Displaced People Ghada Shreim said without providing further details

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Wed Aug 05 - CNN
Vietnam reports the biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases
International
Vietnam reports the biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases

Vietnam reported 45 new COVID-19 cases in the city of Danang, making it the largest single-day increase in the country, Reuters reported Friday citing the health ministry. That brings the total number of cases in Vietnam to 509. There have been no deaths. The new cases were patients aged between 27 to 87 and are linked to three hospitals and two clinics in Danang, a central coastal city

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Fri Jul 31 - CNBC
Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber gives encore performance in 2-0 win over Twins
Sports
Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber gives encore performance in 2-0 win over Twins

Bieber, in his second start of the season, struck out 13 in eight innings Thursday night as the Indians beat the Twins, 2-0, at Target Field. It’s hard to imagine Bieber being better than he was on July 24 when he set an opening night record for the Indians with 14 strikeouts in six scoreless innings against Kansas City, but he was.

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Fri Jul 31 - Cleveland
China hits US with blame for 'poisoned' relations with UK over failed Huawei deal
International
China hits US with blame for 'poisoned' relations with UK over failed Huawei deal

China’s ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, said that London’s decision to reverse previously agreed upon plans to grant Huawei a leading role in their development of 5G was "seriously poisoning" the U.K.-China relationship, Sky News reported Thursday. U.S. security officials, largely led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have cited concerns regarding the Chinese government’s potential ability to demand access from the Huawei’s foreign networks

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Fri Jul 31 - Foxnews
More than 18,000 people quarantined in China as COVID-19 cases rise in Asia
International
More than 18,000 people quarantined in China as COVID-19 cases rise in Asia

Six months after the coronavirus was declared a global health emergency, China on Thursday said it has more than 18,000 people in quarantine amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.Meanwhile, in Japan the number of new COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 on Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began in February, albeit the Japanese government said it had no plan to declare a state of emergency.

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Fri Jul 31 - Nbcnews
Zuckerberg says there's 'no end in sight' for Facebook employees working from home
Business
Zuckerberg says there's 'no end in sight' for Facebook employees working from home

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said there is no timetable for when employees will return to the company's offices amid a continuing surge in Covid-19 cases in the U.S. Zuckerberg made his comments on a call with analysts about Facebook's second-quarter results, specifically criticizing the Trump Administration for its handling of the coronavirus.

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Fri Jul 31 - Cnbc
California Pizza Kitchen Files for Bankruptcy Because of Coronavirus
Business
California Pizza Kitchen Files for Bankruptcy Because of Coronavirus

Los Angeles-based casual restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen, better known simply as CPK, is now officially in chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of the ongoing economic downturn fueled by the global coronavirus pandemic. While today’s announcement, made at Wall Street Journal, Nation’s Restaurant News, and elsewhere, does not mean that the company is closing its more than 250 locations permanently, though it does put the popular chain in direstraights.

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Fri Jul 31 - Eater
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are already living separate lives
Entertainment
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are already living separate lives

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are living separate lives as their future hangs in the balance, sources reveal. West, 43, now lives full time at his $14 million Wyoming ranch, which is best for his “creativity”, we’re told, while Kardashian is based in LA with their four kids and her family.

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Fri Jul 31 - Pagesix
Google/Fitbit deal could face full EU investigation
Technology
Google/Fitbit deal could face full EU investigation

Google’s Fitbit deal will undergo a full investigation from the European Union. Reuters reports that the EU will announce a full-scale investigation into the Google/Fitbit deal next week. In a statement reiterating its previous comments, a Google spokesperson said that the deal is about the devices, not the data, and how Fitbit will help Google better compete in the wearable space.

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Fri Jul 31 - 9to5google
Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate dies of coronavirus
International
Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate dies of coronavirus

Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has died from coronavirus, according to an obituary sent from his verified Twitter account and Newsmax, where he was launching a television show. Cain, 74, was hospitalized earlier this month after contracting coronavirus

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Thu Jul 30 - CNN
Trump wants a delay in the 2020 elections
Politics
Trump wants a delay in the 2020 elections

US President Donald Trump has suggested November's presidential election be postponed, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results. He floated a delay until people could "properly, securely and safely" vote. There is little evidence to support Mr Trump's claims but he has long railed against mail-in voting which he has said would be susceptible to fraud

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Thu Jul 30 - BBC