Apple, Amazon Deny China Installed Tiny Spy Microchips on Their Servers, But We’re Still Freaked Out

In what could be the most important national security story of the decade, a new report alleges that China has been installing tiny microchips, roughly the size of a grain of rice, on the motherboards of countless servers imported into the U.S. Read More >>

Scientist Who Quit Google in Protest Urges US Senate to Investigate Project Dragonfly 

Yesterday, representatives from tech companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before the US Senate Commerce Committee on issues of consumer data privacy at a hearing with the limply stated purpose of finding “what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation.” A former Google senior research scientist who resigned from the company this month is hoping the committee will dig further. Read More >>

This Video of a Giant Penis Building Shooting Fireworks Is Too Good to Be Real

It’s all but impossible to keep phallic comparisons out of your head when staring up at a towering skyscraper, but residents of the Guangxi region in southeastern China have a new addition to their skyline that seems unmistakably penis-inspired—and a fake viral video isn’t helping to dissuade opinions. Read More >>

Looks Like Twitch Is Now Blocked in China

Twitch had a rush of popularity in China last month, but now reports indicate that the live streaming video platform is no longer available in the country. Read More >>

Amazon Reportedly Investigating Whether Some of Its Staff Are Taking Kickbacks From Merchants

Amazon is reportedly investigating whether independent merchants operating on their platform are greasing the palms of staff to divulge confidential information about the site, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Read More >>

Juul Labs Gets Restraining Order on 30 Chinese Entities Selling Knockoffs on eBay

Juul Labs, the embattled manufacturer of the eponymous (and extremely popular among teens) Juul e-cigarette, is cracking down on Chinese knockoffs being sold on eBay. Read More >>

Chinese Ridesharing Service Didi Chuxing Suspends Carpooling Option After Second Murder of Year

Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing has suspended Hitch, its free carpooling component that allows passengers to ride along with drivers headed in the same direction, after the second murder of a passenger this year. Read More >>

Apple Reportedly Kills Off Thousands of Apps in China Because They’re ‘Illegal’

Apple has reportedly pulled thousands of apps from its App Store in China, possibly in response to pressure from government-run media outlets in recent weeks. Read More >>

Here’s the Letter 1,400 Google Workers Sent Leadership in Protest of Censored Search Engine for China

Following similar action against secretive drone AI project Maven, Googlers are once again organising internally to push back against their leadership — this time around a project dubbed Dragonfly, the proposed search product the company intends to build for the Chinese market in accordance with government-mandated censorship. Read More >>

China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft Capable of Penetrating US Missile Defence Systems

China claims to have successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching speeds in excess of Mach 6, or 4,563 miles per hour. The cutting-edge vehicle has the potential to penetrate US missile defence systems and be refitted to include a nuclear warhead. Read More >>

Airbnb Ditches Plan to Offer Luxury Night on China’s Great Wall After Backlash

Airbnb, a company that considers everyone’s home to be part of one big hotel, recently decided it might be a good idea to bring cultural heritage sites into its real estate portfolio. But a special offer to spend a night on the Great Wall of China has been cancelled after complaints on social media. Read More >>

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Donnie Yen Has Some Insight Into Why Star Wars Doesn’t Do Well in China

China is an increasingly essential part of the global film market, and cracking into success there is a venture that any Hollywood film franchise needs to take seriously. Star Wars has not done exceptionally well, and Donnie Yen, who was in Star Wars himself, has some thoughts as to why. Read More >>

Christopher Robin Won’t Release in China, and It Could Be for a Very Odd Reason

Most of the world will get to see the depressing adventures of a grown-up Christopher Robin in Disney’s Christopher Robin live-action movie this month, but China won’t—because the country’s film authorities have just denied the film a release, with rumours swirling about an old meme as the possible reason. Read More >>

By Outselling the iPhone, Huawei Shows It Doesn’t Need the US to Succeed

Earlier this year, fuelled in part by the US government’s concerns over security and potential espionage, AT&T, Verizon, and Best Buy all backed out of deals to carry Huawei phones in their shops. This forced Huawei to shift its attention away from the US and focus more on other markets such as Europe and Asia. Despite this situation in the US, Huawei sold more than 54 million devices last quarter. Read More >>