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IBM Expands Power10 Server Line With New Models!

IBM Expands Power10 Server Line With New Models!

IBM just expanded the Power10 server line with new mid-range and scale-out systems with flexible consumption options!

Here is what you need to know…

 

IBM Expands Power10 Server Line With New Models!

IBM announced a significant expansion of its Power10 server line on July 12, 2022, with the introduction of new mid-range and scale-out systems.

The new IBM Power10 servers tout improved performance, scalability and flexibility with new pay-as-you-go options for clients looking to deploy new services quickly across multiple environments.

Joining the Power10 E1080 server that was introduced in September 2021, are these new models :

  • Power10 Midrange E1050 – a 4-socket rack server
  • Power S1014 – a 1-socket, 4U server
  • Power S1022 – a 2-socket, 2U server
  • Power S1024 – a 2-socket, 4U server

These new servers offer 2x more cores, and more than 2x more memory bandwidth than the previous Power generations.

 

IBM Partners Ready To Leverage Power10 Server Capabilities

The newly expanded IBM Power10 Server Line now offers a flexible and broad range of servers for data intensive workloads such as SAP S/4HANA, and SIBS from Silverlake Axis.

The Power10 Midrange E1050 server, for example, delivers scale (up to 16 TB) and 4-socket performance for clients who run BREAKTHROUGH with IBM for RISE with SAP.

Regional banking solution provider, Silverlake Axis, is also ready to leverage the increase compute capabilities and scalability of the new Power10 servers for their Integrated Banking Solution – SIBS.

“Today’s highly dynamic environment has created volatility, from materials to people and skills, all of which impact short-term operations and long-term sustainability of the business,” said Steve Sibley, Vice President, IBM Power Product Management.

“The right IT investments are critical to business and operational resilience. Our new Power10 models offer clients a variety of flexible hybrid cloud choices with the agility and automation to best fit their needs, without sacrificing performance, security or resilience.”

 

 

IBM Offers Power10 Server Line With Flexible Consumption Options

IBM also recently announced new flexible consumption choices with pay-as-you-go options, as well as by-the-minute metering for IBM Power Cloud.

These flexible consumption models offer clients more opportunities to lower their cost of running OpenShift solutions on IBM Power, compared to alternative platforms.

In addition, the IBM I subscription offers clients a comprehensive platform solution with hardware, software as well as support and services included in the subscription price.

 

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Did China Make 7nm Chips In Spite Of US Sanctions?!

Did China successfully fabricate 7nm chips, despite US sanctions on advanced chip manufacturing technology?

Well, yes, but not quite. Here is what you need to know about China’s mysterious 7nm chips!

 

China Made 7nm Chips In Spite Of US Sanctions!

A TechInsights report recently concluded that China has successfully created 7nm chips since last year.

This caused quite a ruckus, because it essentially meant that China jumped two generations ahead in chip manufacturing technology!

The TechInsights team bought a MinerVa mining ASIC which used a custom chip that has been manufactured by China’s SMIC since July 2021.

When they examined the chip, they discovered that it was fabricated on a 7nm process that appears to be a “close copy” of a 7nm process used by TSMC – the Taiwanese foundry giant.

The MinerVa chip is small – at just 19.3 mm², with 120 chips populating the MinerVa board. Each mining ASIC has 3 of these boards, for a total of 360 chips and a total power consumption of 3300 watts.

This discovery is deeply concerning to many people, because it meant that China has more advanced chip manufacturing technology than is even available in the United States or EU.

After all, US sanctioned the sale of advanced chip manufacturing technology to China – which was meant to crippled China’s ability to manufacture such chips.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer used this report to stress the danger of delaying the $50 billion subsidy package for semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.

Members of both sides know that America’s chips crisis is sending shock waves across the economy.

It is endangering our national security. […] China’s top chips maker has now likely advanced its tech by two generations, threatening U.S. competitiveness.

But the situation really isn’t as dire as many people make it out to be…

 

SMIC / China Barely Made Those 7nm Chips

After the report was released, the Internet fell into two main camps – American politicians and China hawks bemoaning the “loss” of Western chip making advantage, and pro-CCP netizens celebrating it.

First, let me start by congratulating China / SMIC on achieving this feat despite being hobbled by US sanctions on crucial chipmaking technology.

Whether China / SMIC “copied / stole / bought” the technology knowhow from TSMC whose 7nm process it closely resembles, it is still a remarkable achievement.

That said, SMIC / China barely made those 7nm chips, and here are the reasons why…

SMIC manufactured these 7nm chips using older Deep Ultraviolet Lithography (DUV) machines, instead of the state-of-art Extreme Ultraviolet Light (EUV) lithography machines made by Dutch company ASML.

This isn’t extraordinary in itself – TSMC and Samsung had much earlier developed 7nm process nodes using the older DUV machines. However, this comes at the cost of “increased process complexity and design rule restrictions“.

That is likely why the MinerVa chip is not only very small, it actually lacks SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) that is critical in processors that run our computers and smartphones.

The simpler design and small size allow SMIC to obtain sufficient workable chips, even with a poor yield. However, the cost of chip would be much higher than if it was manufactured on a higher-quality process.

So for all intents and purposes – this should be considered as a niche / prototype 7nm process, and not a true 7nm process node.

On top of that, SMIC apparently isn’t capable of producing large quantities of these 7nm chips, suggesting either a yield problem, or difficulty in scaling up.

MinerVa has not been able to deliver the mining ASICs based on these SMIC 7nm chips in large numbers. A Bitcoin mining company – Stronghold Digital Mining, for example, said that it ordered 15,000 miners from MinerVa but only received about 3,200 units as of March 2022.

For China / SMIC to present a true “threat” as far as chipmaking is concerned, it would have to be capable of manufacturing MILLIONS of chips, not thousands.

Regardless of whether the Americans are howling in despair, or the pro-CCP netizens are howling in delight, China really does not have true 7nm chipmaking capability for mass production yet.

And even if they somehow manage to improve and scale up this 7nm DUV process, they cannot make more advanced chips without EUV machines made by ASML.

As long as the Dutch government holds firm on blocking sale of ASML’s EUV machines to China, this is likely as far as they can go… unless they invade Taiwan, which is where TSMC is based and has the world’s most advanced chip manufacturing facilities.

 

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China Fines Didi Global $1.2 Billion For Violating Laws!

China just fined Didi Global a whopping $1.2 billion for violating its cybersecurity, data security and privacy laws!

 

China Fines Didi Global $1.2 Billion For Violating Laws!

On Thursday, 21 July 2022, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced that Didi Global breached the country’s cybersecurity law, data security law, and personal information protection law.

The Chinese cyberspace regulator fined Didi Global 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion), as well as a personal fine of 1 million yuan ($148,000) each on Chairman and CEO Cheng Wei, as well as President Liu Qing (also known as Jean Liu).

The facts of violations of laws and regulations are clear, the evidence is conclusive, the circumstances are serious, and the nature is vile.

Didi Global responded to the regulator’s announcement with a contrite statement “sincerely” accepting the judgement and penalties :

We sincerely accept this decision, and resolutely obey it. We will strictly follow the penalty decision and the requirements of relevant laws and regulations, conduct comprehensive and in-depth self-examination, and actively cooperate with supervision and complete rectification carefully.

We will take this as a warning and further strengthen the construction of cyberspace security and data security, strengthen the protection of personal information, and earnestly fulfill our social responsibilities. We will serve every passenger, driver and partner well, and realize the safe, healthy and sustainable development of the enterprise.

 

What Did Didi Do To Incur China’s Wrath?

According to an FAQ by the CAC, its investigators started their investigation of Didi in July 2021.

After conducting an extensive investigation, they found that Didi conducted data processing activities that “seriously affected national security”, and refused to comply with “the explicit requirements of regulatory authorities” and conducted “malicious evasion” of regulatory supervision.

They also stated that Didi Global committed 16 violations of China’s laws, including :

  1. Didi illegally collected 11.9639 million screenshots from its users’ mobile phone photo albums.
  2. Didi excessively collected 8.323 billion pieces of its users’ clipboard information, and application list information.
  3. Didi excessively collected 107 million pieces of passenger face recognition information, and 53.5092 million pieces of age group information, 16.3556 million pieces of occupational information, 1.3829 million pieces of family relationship information, and 153 million pieces of taxi address information.
  4. Didi excessively collected passengers’ evaluation of the drivers, when the app is running in the background, and 167 million pieces of precise location (longitude and latitude).
  5. Didi excessively collected 142,900 pieces of driver education information, and 53.976 billion pieces of “intent information”, 1.538 billion pieces of resident city information, and 304 million pieces of non-local business/travel information.
  6. Its users are frequently asked to provide “telephone permissions” while using its services.
  7. Inaccurate and clear description of user personal information processing, including device information.

The CAC noted that Didi started its bad practices in June 2015, and continued even after the Cybersecurity Law was implemented in June 2017, the Data Security Law started in January 2022, and the Personal Information Protection Law was implemented in November 2021.

 

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Apple settles Butterfly Keyboard lawsuit for $50 million!

Apple just agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class action lawsuit over the controversial butterfly keyboard used in its MacBook laptops!

 

Apple Sued For Controversial Butterfly Keyboard!

Apple introduced the controversial butterfly keyboard mechanism to their MacBook laptops from 2015 to 2019, to make them slimmer.

The butterfly mechanism uses mirrored switches that expand like wings, unlike the typical scissor mechanism used in laptop keyboards which uses two interlocking switches that click together when the key is pressed.

While the butterfly mechanism made the keys thinner, they also made the keyboard prone to trapping dust and debris, resulting in sticky and/or easily broken keys.

Apple added a membrane to the butterfly mechanism, in an effort to make it quieter while keeping debris out; but it didn’t help. Small design changes in 2019 also did little to improve the keyboard.

The Wall Street Journal even printed a famous typo-ridden column to demonstrate the butterfly mechanism’s issues in 2019.

Two law firms – Girard Sharp LLP, and  Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP – then bought on a class action lawsuit, claiming that Apple was aware of the problem but failed to rectify the problem and do enough in supporting customers who experienced the problem.

 

Apple Settles Butterfly Keyboard Lawsuit For $50 million!

On July 18, 2022, Apple filed a $50 million settlement in San Jose, California, to settle the class action lawsuit over its butterfly keyboard.

If approved by a judge, the law firms can claim up to $15 million out of the $50 million settlement, for legal fees. Apple denied any wrongdoing, and did not offer any comments.

The rest of the settlement would be used to pay customers who bought a MacBook, MacBook Air, and most MacBook Pro laptops between 2015 and 2019 in seven US states :

  • California
  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Washington

Under the proposed settlement, customers who had issues with their butterfly keyboards in those states will receive :

  • up to $395, for those who had to replace multiple keyboards
  • $125 for those who had a single keyboard replacement
  • $50 for those who had to replace key caps

Apple dumped the butterfly keyboard for the more traditional scissor mechanism keyboard in 2019, with the introduction of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Magic Keyboard.

 

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Why Elon Musk Backed Out Of Twitter Deal!

It’s official – Elon Musk moved to officially terminate his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter!

Find out why he backed out, and if he can really do that!

 

Buyer’s Remorse : Elon Musk Backs Out Of Twitter Deal!

On Friday, July 8, 2022, Elon Musk moved to terminate his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.

According to the official SEC filing, Musk is ending the deal because he believed that Twitter was “in material breach of multiple provisions” of the April 2022 agreement he signed to buy Twitter.

For the past month, Mr. Musk has been clear that he views Twitter’s non-responsiveness as a material breach of the Merger Agreement giving him the right to terminate the Merger Agreement if uncured.

Thus, Mr. Musk has been clear about his requests, his right to seek such information, and his view regarding Twitter’s material breach of the Merger Agreement.

Elon Musk’s lawyer pointed out to Twitter’s Chief Legal Officer, Vijaya Gadde, that Twitter failed to provide “much of the data and information” repeatedly requested by Musk “over the past two months” :

  • Information related to Twitter’s process for auditing the inclusion of spam and fake accounts in mDAU (monetizable Daily Active Users)
  • Information related to Twitter’s process for identifying and suspending spam and fake accounts.

Twitter shares fell nearly 6% in after hours trading immediately following the news, after ending the day down 5%.

Twitter board chair Bret Taylor responded that they will pursue legal action against Elon Musk for reneging on the deal :

The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement.

We are confident we will prevail in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

The April 2022 deal actually allows Elon Musk to terminate the deal, but he has to pay a cool $1 billion termination fee. It looks like he is trying to get out of that, by blaming Twitter for not providing him with information.

 

Elon Musk Backing Out Of Twitter Deal : Was It Ever In Doubt?

The writing was on the wall right after Elon Musk agreed to purchase Twitter for $44 billion.

Instead of celebrating the purchase with champagne, he started raising doubts about actually going through with the deal.

Even though he claimed he wanted to buy Twitter to eradicate bots, he started to complain that Twitter did not provide him with the data he needs to evaluate the number of bots and fake accounts on Twitter.

Then in May – just a month after agreeing to buy Twitter – he put the deal “on hold”. In June, he directly threatened to walk away from the deal.

His contradictory moves are perplexing considering the fuss he kicked up to buy Twitter – buying a ton of shares, and then turning down a board seat while threatening a hostile bid.

Even more perplexing – Elon Musk explicitly waived due diligence, in his eagerness to sign the April 2022 contract to purchase Twitter.

It was not like Musk didn’t know about Twitter’s bot and spam problem. He knew. He also chose to waive due diligence… and he chose to sign a contract.

It is possible that Musk is pressuring the Twitter board to renegotiate the purchase price, now that Twitter shares have fallen significantly. Twitter shares have fallen about 32% – down from $54.20 when he announced the offer, to just $37 on Friday, when he moved to terminate the deal.

It is also possible that Musk is forced to renegotiate the deal, because Tesla shares that he relied on to finance Twitter’s purchase has taken a beating since he signed the deal. Tesla shares have fallen about 31% – down from $985 when he announced the offer, to just $682 when he moved to terminate the deal.

Ultimately, the Twitter deal may go through at a lower price, or this will end up in court with an expensive breakup lesson for Elon Musk.

 

Elon Musk – Twitter Saga : A Timeline

Here is a quick timeline summary of the Elon Musk – Twitter saga :

March 28 : Elon Musk says he seriously thinking about building the “next Twitter”

April 4 : Twitter announces that Elon Musk had purchased 9.2% of Twitter shares, worth about $2.9 billion

April 5 : In an effort to ward off a hostile bid, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal offered Musk a Twitter board seat, which he accepted.

April 10 : Elon Musk reverses his decision to join the Twitter board, implying he intends to mount a hostile bid.

April 14 : Elon Musk offers to pay $54.20 per share to buy 100% of Twitter, valuing the company at $43.4 billion.

April 15 : Twitter board announces a poison pill defence to block Musk’s anticipated hostile bid.

April 25 : Twitter board accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the entire company at $54.20 per share, and take it private. Both parties agreed to pay a $1 billion termination fee, if either party reneges on the deal.

May 13 : Elon Musk announces that the Twitter deal is “temporarily on hold” pending “details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.” He then quickly “clarified” that he is “still committed to acquisition”.

June 6 : In a legal letter to Twitter Chief Legal Officer, Vijaya Gadde, Elon Musk alleged that Twitter was “actively resisting and thwarting his information rights”, and that he reserves the right “not to consummate the transaction” and “to terminate the merger agreement”.

July 8 : Elon Musk officially moved to terminate his Twitter purchase agreement.

 

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ViewSonic Launches New Corporate + Education Solutions!

ViewSonic just launched new solutions for the corporate and education segments!

Here’s a quick look at the new ViewSonic LED projectors, and the ViewSonic Studio!

 

ViewSonic Launches New Corporate + Education Solutions!

Thanks for the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those working in the corporate and education industry are looking for a hybrid approach to combine in-person and online meetings and education.

Capitalising on the increased demand in those market segments, ViewSonic is introducing two new 3rd Generation LED projectors, as well as their Hybrid Ecosystem ViewBoard Interactive Display.

3rd Gen ViewSonic LED Projectors

ViewSonic is offering two new 3rd Generation LED projectors – the LS500WHE and the LS550WHE, both offering a maximum brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, as well as greater energy efficiency, and a longer lifespan.

The ViewSonic LS500WHE delivers 125% Rec.709 colour gamut, with 50% lower power consumption, and an LED light source that does not require replacements (thanks to its 30,000 hour lifespan), and is mercury-free.

Its optical engine is sealed against dust, with an IP5X rating, ensuring optimal image quality regardless of the environment. And the LS500WHE offers a 360-degree tilt angle projection to support floor and ceiling projections.

The ViewSonic LS550WHE is a short-throw version that offers all of the LS500WHE’s capabilities, with a 0.49 short throw lens, together with horizontal and vertical keystone correction, as well as 4-corner adjustments to eliminate crooked or distorted images.

ViewSonic LS500WHE (left) and LS550WHE (right)

ViewSonic Studio For Education Tech Solutions

ViewSonic also launched the first ViewSonic studio in Malaysia, which offers educators and policy makers access to their latest edtech solutions, like the ViewBoard Interactive Display, and the myViewBoard visual learning software suite.

The ViewBoard interactive display has made significant inroads in the Malaysian education system, taking up 43.5% of the market share up to Q1 2022.

ViewSonic hopes to expand on this through their myViewBoard software suite, which would allow for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP).

The integration of the ViewBoard interactive display, with their myViewBoard software suite will allow classrooms to adopt group work, with better engagement through enriched content and an immersive learning system.

 

ViewSonic Corporate + Education Solutions : Price + Availability

The new ViewSonic corporate and education solutions are available with immediate effect.

Here are the launch prices for the 3rd Generation ViewSonic LED projectors :

  • LS500WHE : RM3,599 (about US$815 | £672 | A$1,187 | S$1,137)
  • LS550WHE : RM3,999 (about US$905 | £747 | A$1,319 | S$1,263)

Online purchase options in Malaysia :

Online purchase options in Singapore :

 

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Crypto Hedge Fund 3AC Filed For Chapter 15 Bankruptcy!

Cryptocurrency hedge fund, Three Arrows Capital (3AC) just filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy! Here is what you need to know…

 

Crypto Hedge Fund 3AC Filed For Chapter 15 Bankruptcy!

The 2022 Crypto Winter continues to blow hard and cold…

On Friday, July 1, 2022, Singapore-based cryptocurrency hedge fund, Three Arrows Capital (3AC) filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York.

Representatives from the law firm Latham & Watkins filed the Chapter 15 bankruptcy filing to legally protect its US assets from creditors in the United States.

In the legal filing, they stated that “the Debtor’s business has collapsed in the wake of extreme fluctuations in cryptocurrency markets” and “the Debit commenced a liquidation processing before the BVI Court” on June 27, 2022.

This move came after a British Virgin Islands court ordered the liquidation of 3AC on Monday, June 27, 2022.

Voyager Digital revealed that 3AC failed to make payments on loans made up of US$350 million in USDC and 15,250 BTC (worth US$306 million), and issued them a notice of default on the same Monday, June 27.

 

3AC Founders Remain Silent On Bankruptcy, Location Unknown

Founded in 2012 by Zhu Su and Kyle Davis, 3AC managed about $10 billion in assets as recently as March 2022, but that sank to just $3 billion a month later.

3AC was dogged by persistent insolvency rumours in the last few weeks, with rumours of more than US$400 million in losses when the cryptocurrency markets collapsed between May and June 2022.

Zhu and Davis admitted in a WSJ interview that 3ACa lost their $200 million investment following the collapse of Luna and its sister coin, TerraUSD.

8 Blocks Capital chief executive Danny Yuan also alleged that 3AC had misappropriated US$1 million of its funds to pay off their margin calls.

Both co-founders have remained silent over the implosion of 3AC, and its bankruptcy. Zhu’s last Twitter post was on June 15, in which he sought to allay rumours of insolvency, while Davies has not said a word.

According to the lawyers from Latham & Watkins, their current locations are unknown, and they are “rumoured” to have left Singapore.

The foreign representatives understand and believe that while the debtor has had certain operations in Singapore, Mr. Davies and Mr. Zhu’s current location remains unknown. They are rumored to have left Singapore.

 

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FCC Commissioner Asks Apple + Google To Remove TikTok!

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr just publicly asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores!

Here is what you need to know about the renewed heat on TikTok!

 

FCC Commissioner Asks Apple + Google To Remove TikTok!

On June 29, 2022, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr publicly called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores.

This move came after leaked TikTok audio recordings obtained by Buzzfeed News revealed that ByteDance staff in China (and possibly the Chinese government) retained extensive access to data on US citizens.

Read more : TikTok Leak Showed China Repeatedly Accessed Private User Data!

In his public letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the FCC Commissioner asked that TikTok be removed for “its pattern of surreptitious data practices”.

It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data harvesting being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access to that sensitive data.

But it is also clear that TikTok’s pattern of conduct and misrepresentations regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. user data – just some of which is detailed below – puts it out of compliance  with the policies that both of your companies require every app to adhere to as a condition of remaining available on your app stores.

Therefore, I am requesting that you apply the plain text of your app store policies to TikTok and remove it from your app stores for failure to abide by those terms.

FCC Commissioner Carr also labelled TikTok as a “sophisticated surveillance tool” that is designed to harvest “personal and sensitive data“.

At its core, TikTok functions as a sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data.

Indeed, TikTok collects everything from search and browsing histories to keystroke patterns and biometric identifiers, including faceprints – which researchers have said might be used in unrelated facial recognition technology – and voiceprints.

It collects location data as well as draft messages and metadata, plus it has collected the text, images, and videos that are stored on a device’s clipboard. The list of personal and sensitive data it collects goes on from there.

This should come as no surprise, however. Within its own borders, the PRC has developed some of the most invasive and omnipresent surveillance capabilities in the world to maintain authoritarian control.

Carr ended his letter with an “ultimatum” of sorts – if Apple and Google do not remove TikTok from their app stores, they need to provide “separate responses” to him by July 8, 2022, explaining why TikTok does not contravene their App Store policies.

As of June 30, 2022, TikTok is still available to download in the US app stores of both Apple and Google.

If Apple and Google acts on the FCC Commissioner’s request, TikTok will only be removed from their US app stores. It won’t affect downloads in other countries.

Neither would it prevent users in the US from continuing to use TikTok. They just won’t be able to download it any longer, or update to newer versions.

 

FCC Commissioner Lists History Of TikTok Data Practices!

While the leaked TikTok audio recordings may have precipitated this open letter to Apple and Google, FCC Commissioner Carr pointed to a list of questionable data practices by TikTok in the past.

The list makes for really interesting reading, especially for those who are not up to date on TikTok’s privacy and data security issues :

  • In August 2020, TikTok circumvented a privacy safeguard in Google’s Android operating system to obtain data that allowed it to track users online.
  • In March 2020, researchers discovered that TikTok, through its app in the Apple App Store, was accessing users’ most sensitive data, including passwords, cryptocurrency wallet addresses, and personal messages.
  • In 2021, TikTok agreed to pay $92 million to settle lawsuits alleging that the app “clandestinely vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China (and to other servers accessible from within China) vast quantities of private and personally identifiable user data and content that could be employed to identify, profile, and track the physical and digital location and activities of United States users now and in the future.”
  • In March 2022, a report included current and former TikTok employees stating in interviews that TikTok delegates key decisions to ByteDance officials in Beijing and that an employee was asked to enter sensitive information into a.cn domain, which is the top-level domain operated by the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
  • Earlier, in 2019, TikTok paid $5.7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that its predecessor app illegally collected personal data on children under the age of 13.
  • India- the world’s largest democracy–has already banned TikTok on national security grounds for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data in an unauthorized manner.
  • Multiple U.S. military branches have also banned TikTok from government-issued devices due to national security risks, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.
  • U.S. government officials have also urged troops and their dependents to erase the app from their personal phones.
  • U.S. national security agencies have similarly banned TikTok from official devices citing national security risks, including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the TSA.
  • The RNC and DNC have warned campaigns about using TikTok based on security concerns and the threat of officials in Beijing accessing sensitive data.
  • Citing data security concerns, private U.S. business operations have also banned TikTok from company devices, including Wells Fargo.
  • Once accessed by personnel in Beijing, there is no check on the CCP using the extensive, private, and sensitive data about U.S. users for espionage activities because compliance with the PC’s 2017 National Intelligence law is mandatory in China.

 

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TikTok Leak : China Repeatedly Accessed Private User Data!

Leaked audio from internal TikTok meetings show that private user data has been repeatedly accessed from China!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Privacy Promise By TikTok : Overseas Data Stored In US + Singapore

For many years now, TikTok has repeatedly assured users that all data collected from users outside of China, stays out of China and is thus, not accessible to anyone in China.

To ensure that the Chinese government has no access to the data, one of the measures they took was to store all data collected overseas in servers located in the United States, with backups in Singapore.

This was explicitly stated in their New Privacy Policy :

We store the information described in the What Information We Collect section in servers located in the United States and Singapore.

Most people may not realise this, but they also added a caveat right after that, stating that their Corporate Group (in China) may remotely access the data…

When entities in our Corporate Group need information to help us provide the Platform, they remotely access the information pursuant to authorised and secure access controls.

 

TikTok Leak : China Repeatedly Accessed Private User Data!

Buzzfeed News recently received audio recordings from more than eighty (80) internal TikTok meetings, in which employees admitted that engineers in China accessed private user data.

This was despite a TikTok executive’s sworn testimony at an October 2021 US Senate hearing at the same time period, that a “world-renowned, US-based security team” decides who gets access to the private user data.

Instead, the leaked audio revealed that US staff did not have permission or knowledge of how to access the data. Rather, it was their colleagues in China who determined how and who accessed the private user data.

The leaked tapes ultimately show that TikTok may have misled lawmakers, users, and the public by downplaying the fact that their private data is readily accessible by employees in China, and potentially, the Chinese government.

Everything Is Seen In China

Eight different employees stated in nine statements that they had to refer to their colleagues in China to make those decisions.

Everything is seen in China“, said a member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety department in a September 2021 meeting.

In another September 2021 meeting, a TikTok director referred to a Beijing-based engineer as a “Master Admin” who “has access to everything“.

There’s Some Backdoor To Access User Data…

Fourteen of the leaked audio recordings were with, or about, a team of Booz Allen Hamilton consultants that TikTok brought in to investigate how data flows through TikTok and ByteDance’s internal tools.

In September 2021, one Booz Allen Hamilton consultant told colleagues that the tools felt like they had backdoors to access user data :

I feel like with these tools, there’s some backdoor to access user data in almost all of them, which is exhausting.

Oracle Only Providing Storage For Project Texas

TikTok has been working on what they call Project Texas – securely storing overseas data in Oracle cloud servers to comply with CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States).

Project Texas is limited to protecting the private information of US users, like phone numbers and birthdays – details that are not publicly visible, or have been set to private.

Such data will be stored at an Oracle datacenter in Texas – hence the name, and would only be accessible to specific US-based TikTok employees.

However, TikTok’s head of global cyber and data defense made clear that Oracle was only providing the data storage space for Project Texas. Ultimately, TikTok would be setting up the servers, and controlling everything.

It’s almost incorrect to call it Oracle Cloud, because they’re just giving us bare metal, and then we’re building our VMs [virtual machines] on top of it.

Unique IDs Not Protected Information

In one of the leaked audio recordings from a January 2022 meeting, TikTok’s head of product and user operations announced with a laugh that the Unique ID (UID) will not be amongst the protected content under the CFIUS agreement.

The conversation continues to evolve. We recently found out that UIDs are things we can have access to, which changes the game a bit.

Other Data Not Stored On Oracle Servers

The problem with Project Texas is that it only addresses US users… and only a small subset of their data.

Everything else – including private user data from non-US countries – will stay in their US and Singapore servers that remain accessible to ByteDance’s Beijing offices.

 

Response By TikTok : 100% US Data Traffic Routed To Oracle

TikTok publicly announced on the same day – June 17, 2022, that it changed the “default storage location of US user data“, and that “100% of US user traffic is being routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure“.

Although they “expect” to fully pivot to Oracle cloud servers located in the US, they will continue to use their existing US and Singapore servers for backup, and delete US users’ private data over time.

While this may address some of the privacy concerns for US users, it does not address the other privacy concerns revealed in the leaked audio recordings… or the privacy concerns of non-US users.

 

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Exasperated Apple Shifts Some iPad Production Out Of China!

Apple has gotten so exasperated that they shifted some iPad production out of China for the first time!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Exasperated Apple Shifts Some iPad Production Out Of China!

Apple has reportedly shifted some of its iPad production out of China, over the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in Shanghai.

Strict lockdowns in and around Shanghai after a surge in COVID-19 cases have led to months of supply chain disruptions for Apple, even though their factories operated in a closed loop.

Apple built production lines in Vietnam with the help of China’s BYD, and will “soon start to produce” some iPads there.

Apple had asked Foxconn to move iPad and MacBook Pro production from China to Vietnam in 2020, with plans to manufacture a significant proportion of iPads there. However, a COVID-19 surge in 2021 delayed those plans.

Even though China has started to lift their Zero COVID restrictions in Shanghai, Apple is unlikely to reverse these plans to shift production to Vietnam.

This will be the second major production line to shift to Vietnam. Apple shifted almost 30% of AirPods production to Vietnam in the second quarter of 2020.

 

Apple Also Asked Suppliers To Build Up Inventories

Apple also asked multiple component suppliers to build up their inventories, to prevent supply chain disruptions from affecting production.

One of the people with direct knowledge of this issue said :

For example, component supplier X has a 40% share of Apple’s business in Jiangsu Province, which is a risky region of supply chain disruption, and supplier Y in another city accounts for the remaining 60% share.

Apple would want supplier Y to build enough additional components to match supplier X’s 40% share in the coming months in case production in Jiangsu is shut down again.

If China continues with its Zero COVID policy, it is likely that Apple and other companies will seriously look at shifting more of their production to other countries.

Supplies of electronics from China’s factories have been severely impacted by their strict COVID-19 lockdowns, even though some factories are allowed to use a closed loop system.

There is also worker welfare to consider – there is only so much they can tolerate the closed loop system, where workers are restricted to factory campuses for weeks on end.

In early May, workers at the Quanta factory producing MacBook laptops in Shanghai rioted over the closed loop system, and fled the factory.

 

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Fact Check : What China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine!

People are sharing a post by Li Guangman on what China should worry about the Russia-Ukraine War.

Take a look at the viral post, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Li Guangman : What China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine!

Chinese and pro-China netizens have been sharing this post by Chinese blogger Li Guangman on what lessons China should learn from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It’s a very long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

Some worries brought about by the Russia-Ukraine war (says Li Guangman)

After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the robbery behavior in the entire Western world broke many Chinese people’s perceptions, which made me feel a strong and deep worry.

PS. I have no idea who Li Guangman is, but apparently, some Community Party folks think he’s important, and have been sharing his posts.

 

Li Guangman Is Wrong About Why China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine

I have no idea if Li Guangman actually wrote that post, but one thing is for sure – it is full of misinformation.

I’m not going to focus on what lessons China should learn from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but I will show you what can be easily and factually proven false in that viral post.

Fact #1 : Corporations Do Not Sanction Countries

Li Guangman falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Internet service providers and social media platforms announced sanctions against Russia after they invaded Ukraine.

That never happened, because corporations don’t issue sanctions. Those corporations only decided to stop working with Russia, after Western countries announced sanctions against Russia.

  • Cogent Communications, which is the second-largest Internet connectivity provider in Russia, terminated their contracts there on 4 March 2022 to comply with EU Regulation 2022/350.
  • Lumen terminated their services in Russia on 8 March 2022, to comply with sanction requirements.

Fact #2 : Corporations Chose To Stop Doing Business In Russia

Many corporations decided to stop doing business in Russia, mainly because they are public-listed companies that are answerable to their shareholders, and their customers worldwide.

For many, the limited Russian business they conduct is not worth risking their worldwide business, especially when the rest of the world is stridently against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Automotive : Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan
  • Aviation : Boeing and Airbus
  • Finance : Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal, Western Union, Moody’s, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup
  • F&B : Burger King, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nestle, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Yum Brands (KFC and Pizza Hut)
  • Energy : BP, Exxon, Shell, Equinox
  • Big Tech : Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, Nintendo, Sony, Spotify, TikTok
  • Hotels : Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott

There is also the issue of sanctions – Western sanctions may also prohibit them from selling their products and services to Russia and/or Belarus.

Fact #3 : US Did Not Launch “Disconnection Action” Against Russia

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that the US launched disconnection action against Russia. That never happened.

The easiest way to do that would be to get ICANN to remove Russian domains from the Internet, which would prevent anyone from accessing any server in Russia.

However, the United States never made such a request. Only Ukraine asked ICANN to do this, but ICANN refused their request.

It is also a very silly claim to make, because it actually benefits the US and Western nations to maintain Internet connectivity to Russia, which allows them to reach out to Russian citizens with the truth.

Fact #4 : Russia Blocked Western Social Media

In fact, Li Guangman (intentionally?) left out the fact that the Russian government itself blocked or restricted access to Western social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The truth is – it does not benefit Russia to let their citizens access uncensored information about their invasion of Ukraine. That’s why they blocked access to Western social media platforms.

This is where Russia is attempting to mimic China in its control of what information citizens can access. China is the undisputed leader in Internet censorship.

Fact #5 : Russia Prepared To Cut Itself Off The Internet

Li Guangman also (intentionally?) left out the fact that Russia was more than prepared to cut itself from the Internet.

The Russians started working on the ability to cut themselves from the Internet in the early 2010s, testing that ability in 2019 and in subsequent years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also signed into law, a set of 2019 amendments called the Sovereign Internet Law (Закон о «суверенном интернете»), that lets the government cut Russia off the rest of the Internet.

Fact #6 : SWIFT Is Controlled By EU, Not US

SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) messaging network is not American, but Belgian, based in La Hulpe, Belgium.

As a cooperative society under Belgian law, SWIFT is owned by its members – financial institutions, not countries. In fact, its current chairman is Yawar Shah of Pakistan, while its CEO is Javier Pérez-Tasso of Spain.

Li Guangman (intentionally?) forgot to point out that the United States and Britain had been pushing for Russia to be banned from SWIFT, but EU nations refused earlier.

In the end, the European Union agreed to remove seven Russian banks from SWIFT, instead of the entire country.

The EU also excluded Sberbank (largest bank in Russia) and Gazprombank from the SWIFT removal, so they could still buy oil from Russia.

All proof that SWIFT is controlled by the EU, not the US.

Fact #7 : SWIFT Is Just A Messaging Service

SWIFT is a messaging system that securely transfers “messages containing the payment instructions between financial institutions involved in a transaction“.

It is not a payment system, and therefore, does not hold any funds. Neither does it perform cleaning or settlement services.

After a payment instruction has been initiated through SWIFT, the corresponding financial institutions must then “settle” the transaction through a payment system, like TARGET2 in Europe.

Fact #8 : SWIFT Removal Is Only An Inconvenience

While removal from SWIFT is a big deal, it is not the end of the world for those seven Russian banks, because it is merely a messaging system.

Banks can use alternative methods like faxes (yes, they still exist!) or alternative messaging systems like Russia’s own SPFS, China’s CIPS and India’s SFMS.

  • VEB is largely focused on domestic projects, and uses SPFS for overseas transactions
  • Sovcombank says that other sanctions already block it from making overseas payments, so the SWIFT removal has no impact
  • Promsvyazbank said that it had prepared for SWIFT removal, so it will not have a significant impact
  • VTB and Otkritie said that they would not be impacted

So Li Guangman’s claim that SWIFT removal is a weapon of war is… absurd and melodramatic.

Fact #9 : No One Ever Said Satellites Are Safe From Attacks

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Western nations had earlier claimed that “satellites are safe and will not be attacked“.

No country ever said that. In fact, the United States Space Force was formed, in part, to protect US satellite communications.

The US Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations, General David Thompson even shared in November 2021 that :

Both China and Russia are regularly attacking US satellites with non-kinetic means, including lasers, radio frequency jammers, and cyber attacks… every single day

Li Guangman seems incredibly naive and ignorant about daily attacks on satellites, because the alternative explanation would be that he knew but intentionally chose to mislead you.

Fact #10 : Anonymous Is Not A Government Organisation

Li Guangman falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Anonymous is “some government organisations”.

  • Anonymous is a decentralised collective of anonymous hactivists… hence, its name.
  • It is not a government organisation.
  • It has previously attacked several Western governments, including the United States
  • Dozens of people associated with Anonymous cyberattacks have been arrested in the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, India and Turkey.

This is common knowledge, so it is peculiar that Li Guangman is so ignorant about Anonymous… or believes that people are stupid enough to believe him.

Fact #11 : Anonymous Did Not Hack Russian Space Agency

Technically, Anonymous did not hack the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), which was really hacked by their affiliates – NB65 and v0g3lSec.

They never shut down the Russian space control centre, or took any Russian satellite out of control. All those are lies that Li Guangman apparently concocted.

Roscosmos Chief Executive, Dmitry Rogozin also denied the claim, saying that “The information of these scammers and petty swindlers is not true. All our space activity control centers are operating normally.

So you have to ask yourself – why would Li Guangman lie about this? These are all on public record. Does he believe that you are so gullible that you would believe everything he says?

Read more : Anonymous Affiliates Are Attacking Russian Space Agency!

Fact #12 : Sanctioned Assets Were Frozen, Not Seized

Li Guangman falsely claimed (intentionally?) that the assets of Russian government and private individuals were looted (stolen) by Western banks / governments.

As part of sanctions against the Russian government, Western countries also sanctioned certain Russian individuals, including the super-rich Russian oligarchs.

However, their assets were frozen, not seized. At least, not yet.

All individuals sanctioned by the US Treasury Department, for example, will have their assets frozen. Those assets would be locked up, and cannot be sold or accessed in any way.

The owner has to get a licence from the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to do anything – even to just pay property taxes, or fix a leaking roof.

That’s different from the government actually seizing the frozen assets – this requires the government to first prove that they are linked to a crime. Until that happens, the assets have not been “looted”.

According to Michael Parker, head of the anti-money laundering and sanctions practice at Ferrari & Associates :

These cases need to be built, there has to be a showing of some sort of underlying theory of forfeiture, there has to be a reason that they are forfeited. The mere fact that somebody the United States has said is a target owns this asset isn’t enough to form a basis of seizure under U.S. law.

Fact #13 : Only Assets Of Sanctioned Individuals Were Frozen

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that ALL assets belonging to the Russian government and private individuals were stolen by Western banks / government.

Not only were they not stolen, only assets belonging to sanctioned individuals and the Russian government were frozen. The assets of other Russian individuals were not affected.

Chinese netizens need not be overly concerned about their money stashed in Western banks.

Even if China decides to do something similarly evil like Russia, and invade another country, Western banks will only be forced to freeze the assets of those in power, like Chinese President Xi Jinping, for example.

Fact #14 : Less Than US$1 Trillion Frozen So Far

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Western countries froze US$8 trillion worth of assets.

On 5 March, UK Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted a chart that showed the value of Russian bank assets that were being sanctioned. That was actually criticised as being overly optimistic, but let’s assume it’s true.

That’s a total of £537.6 billion pounds, or US$703.7 billion. Even if you add US$15 billion of assets targeted by sanctioning seven Russian oligarchs, the total is still under US$719 billion.

So Li Guangman overstated the amount of sanctioned Russian assets by some 11X… if not more.

Fact #15 : Switzerland Only Adopts Military Neutrality

Li Guangman appears to be confused by the concept of “Swiss neutrality”, which refers to military neutrality – Switzerland will not be involved in armed or political conflicts between other states.

Switzerland, however, pursues an active foreign policy, and is frequently involved in peace-building processes globally.

Fact #16 : Switzerland Has Adopted EU Sanctions Since 1998

Li Guangman appears to be living in the past, claiming that Switzerland abandoned its neutrality to sanction Russia.

While Switzerland declined to be part of EU, it has been adopting EU-only sanctions for the past 24 years!

  • 1998 : EU sanctions against Yugoslavia
  • 2000 : EU sanctions against Myanmar
  • 2002 : EU sanctions against Zimbabwe
  • 2006 : EU sanctions against Uzbekistan and Belarus
  • 2022 : EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus

Fact #17 : Tech Companies Have To Comply With Sanctions

Li Guangman appears to be surprised that tech companies are complying with sanctions.

Of course, tech companies have to comply with sanctions. If they don’t, they would be legally liable and punished with fines and other legal actions.

In fact, Russia just announced sanctions against a wide range of American officials, including US President Joe Biden. They are expecting companies to comply with those sanctions as well.

We should also remember that China imposed sanctions of her own on US individuals and organisations, and expected companies to comply with their sanctions.

Did he expect companies to only comply with Russian and Chinese sanctions, but not those from Western countries?

Fact #18 : Russia Started The Conflict

Li Guangman claimed that Russia invading of Ukraine is “a real all-out war waged by the entire Western bloc against Russia“. What utter nonsense.

Western nations have repeatedly warned the world that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine since November 2021, even as Russia and pro-Russia forces derided them.

As early as December 2021, US President Joe Biden even threatened Russia with sweeping Western economic sanctions if it invaded Ukraine.

Russia repeatedly denied it was going to invade Ukraine, dismissing those warnings as “hysteria”. But they were lying, and ultimately invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

So let me be clear to Li Guangman and his supporters – the invasion of Ukraine was a war that Russia actively chose to initiate.

This was not a war “waged by the entire Western bloc against Russia“. This was a war that Russia waged against Ukraine.

Until today, the United States and NATO have repeatedly refused to directly defend Ukraine against attacks by Russia. So to call it an “all-out war” is also ludicrous.

This fake news appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Intel Condemns + Leaves Russia Over Invasion Of Ukraine!

Intel joined over 600 other companies in condemning and leaving Russia over its invasion of Ukraine!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Intel Condemned Russia Over Invasion Of Ukraine!

A week after Russia invaded Ukraine, Intel issued a press release condemning the invasion, and announcing a stop to all shipments to both Russia and Belarus.

While Belarus did not directly participate in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it continues to be a willing partner in the invasion, allowing Russian troops, tanks and aircraft to attack Ukraine from their territory.

This announcement on 3 March 2022 effectively cut off supply of Intel chips to both countries.

Intel condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and we have suspended all shipments to customers in both Russia and Belarus. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this war, including the people of Ukraine and the surrounding countries and all those around the world with family, friends and loved ones in the region.

We are working to support all of our employees through this difficult situation, especially those with close ties to this region. We have launched an employee donation and matching campaign through the Intel Foundation that has already raised over $1.2 million for relief efforts, and we are proud of the work our teams in surrounding areas including Poland, Germany and Romania are doing to aid refugees. We will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine and the global community in calling for an immediate end to this war and a swift return to peace.

 

Intel Leaves Russia Over Invasion Of Ukraine!

After Russia’s initial attempt to seize Kyiv and topple the Ukrainian government failed spectacularly, Russian forces began a wholesale bombardment of Ukrainian cities.

Even worse, it was recently discovered that Russian forces raped and massacred Ukrainian civilians in the town of Bucha.

All those atrocities may have made it untenable for companies like Intel to even maintain a local presence while waiting out the war.

On 5 April 2022, Intel announced that they immediately suspended all business operations in Russia.

It is unknown what will happen to their 1,200 employees in Russia, but Intel says that it is now working to support those employees.

Intel continues to join the global community in condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine and calling for a swift return to peace. Effective immediately, we have suspended all business operations in Russia. This follows our earlier decision to suspend all shipments to customers in Russia and Belarus.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this war, particularly the people of Ukraine and the surrounding countries and all those around the world with family, friends and loved ones in the region.

We are working to support all of our employees through this difficult situation, including our 1,200 employees in Russia. We have also implemented business continuity measures to minimize disruption to our global operations.

Intel joins over 600 companies that have withdrawn from Russia, according to the Yale School of Management.

They include major brands like 3M, Adidas, Amazon, Cisco, Ikea, LVMH, Mastercard, McDonald’s, VMware, Visa, Western Union.

Notably, Chinese companies like Alibaba, Didi, HUAWEI, Tencent and Xiaomi continue to operate in Russia.

 

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How Central Medicare Leveraged Ruckus For Digital Transformation!

Find out how Central Medicare leveraged Ruckus network technologies to digitally transform and rapidly expand their business!

 

Central Medicare Undergoes Digital Transformation + Rapid Expansion

Central Medicare Sdn. Bhd. (CMSB) is a nitrile glove manufacturer, that started with a single manufacturing facility with 6 production lines and an annual manufacturing capacity of 1.1 billion nitrile gloves in 2015.

Based in Teluk Intan, Perak, Central Medicare has been undergoing a massive expansion and digital transformation plan that started in 2019.

They expanded to 27 production lines delivering an annual capacity of 8 billion gloves in 2020, and 34 production lines with an annual capacity of 11.6 billion in 2021.

 

How Central Medicare Leveraged Ruckus For Digital Transformation!

Peter Cheong, the IT Assistant Manager of Central Medicare, recently shared how they leveraged Ruckus network technologies for digital transformation during their rapid expansion plans.

As Central Medicare added more production facilities, it was becoming complicated to manage the rapidly expanding digital network.

After a thorough evaluation process that included top brands like Cisco, Aruba and Juniper, the IT team decided to leverage Ruckus network technologies for their new digital network.

They started creating their new digital network in 2016, using Ruckus ICX7150 network switches, and Ruckus ZoneDirector 1200 with R500 and R600 series wireless APs.

Both Ruckus switches and wireless APs allowed them to link and manage their different facilities in a centralised, unified manner.

The Ruckus wireless APs also allowed them to create an isolated Wi-Fi network for their customers and suppliers to use, hardening their network security.

The team also liked how Ruckus’ centralised management interface is so user-friendly, making it easy to manage for people who are not IT-savvy.

On top of that, the Ruckus KnowledgeBase is so comprehensive and easy-to-use that they can self-manage their network, without requiring any technical assistance.

All those advantages allowed the IT team to remotely manage their network during the COVID-19 pandemic MCO lockdowns.

The reliability of Ruckus network also shone through during the pandemic – Peter stated that they have not experienced a single failure, since they implemented their Ruckus network 5 years ago.

Central Medicare plans to continue leveraging Ruckus network technologies as they continue to expand their business and production facilities in 2022.

 

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KKM : MySejahtera Was NOT Sold To Private Company!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health has clarified that the MySejahtera app and its data was not sold to any private company.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Claim : MySejahtera Was Sold To Private Company!

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed that MySejahtera will be sold to a private company – MySJ Sdn. Bhd. through direct negotiation.

The MySejahtera application was rolled out in April 2020, under the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM). It was built by KPISoft (now Entomo) as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

According to his statement, the government appointed MySJ Sdn. Bhd. through direct negotiation to take over MySejahtera on 26 November 2021.

Then in December 2021, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proposed that the government should take over MySejahtera since it is now “an integral part of the national health system”.

 

KKM : MySejahtera Was NOT Be Sold To Private Company!

On 27 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin issued a press statement, clarifying that the government did not sell MySejahtera to any private company.

Here are the key points of his statement on the claims that MySejahtera was sold to MySJ Sdn. Bhd. :

  1. On 26 November 2021, the government decided that MySejahtera is owned by the government, and the Ministry of Health (KKM) was appointed as the main owner of the application.
  2. The government did not pay KPISoft any money for the development of MySejahtera, which was carried out from 27 March 2020 until 31 March 2021.
    This was based on the company’s offer to let the government use the app for one year for free, as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
  3. After the CSR period ended on 31 March 2021, the government agreed to extend the use of MySejahtera, and work with KPISoft to expand its features.
  4. On 26 November 2021, the government ordered KKM to form a Price Negotiation Committee comprising of stakeholder agencies to negotiate the purchase and service maintenance of MySejahtera for two (2) years.
    The scope of the procurement and management of the MySejahtera app included operating MySejahtera, system development including additional modules, maintenance, datacenter management and third-party services like Google Map and Places API, as well as SMS services.
  5. On 28 February 2022, the Ministry of Finance approved KKM’s procurement of the MySejahtera app.
  6. MySejahtera data has been under KKM’s supervision from the first day it was used, and the data is processed according to KKM procedures.
  7. KKM does not share MySejahtera data with any government agency, or private companies.
  8. All data from the MySejahtera app are uploaded to a cloud server network, and can only be accessed by the MySejahtera app only.

In short, the MySejahtera app was not sold to any private company, and was purchased by the Ministry of Health with approval from the Ministry of Finance on 28 February 2022.

 

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Fact Check : Pfizer Delisting Itself On Nasdaq + NYSE?!

Is Pfizer really delisting itself on the Nasdaq and NYSE?! Was it due to the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Is Delisting Itself On Nasdaq + NYSE!

People are excitedly sharing messages and articles claiming that Pfizer is delisting itself on both the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)!

According to these messages and articles, Pfizer is delisting itself in both stock exchanges over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents with 9 pages that allegedly listed 1,291 side effects.

This example of what’s being shared is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Arena Pharma moved higher after Nasdaq announced a delisting notice for Pfizer Inc, U.S. investment research platform Seeking Alpha reported on March 8.

 

Truth : Pfizer Is NOT Delisting Itself On Nasdaq / NYSE!

This is yet another example of anti-Pfizer, anti-vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Is Not Delisting Itself On Nasdaq / NYSE

I had already addressed this earlier, when they claimed that the NYSE delisted Pfizer.

Now they are claiming that Pfizer is delisting itself on Nasdaq or NYSE, but that is also complete nonsense.

Anyone who takes just 2 seconds to look at the NYSE or Nasdaq website, or even Google, would realise that Pfizer Inc. (PFE) is still listed on both stock exchanges.

Not only is Pfizer still on Nasdaq and NYSE, its stock price actually went up by 2.17% on 11 March 2022!

Read more : Did NYSE Just Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal?!

Fact #2 : Pfizer Delisted Its 0.250% Note From NYSE

This new fake news is based on two recent Pfizer announcements. The first is a Form 25 submission that Pfizer filed with the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) on 7 March 2022.

Pfizer submitted that Form 25 to delist its euro-denominated 0.250% notes – basically debt with a payable interest of 0.25% that matured on 7 March 2022.

In short, Pfizer paid off that matured debt with interest, and consequently removed the notes from the NYSE. It’s even stated in the description of their 7 March 2022 SEC filing on the Pfizer website.

Notification filed by National Security Exchange to report the removal from listing and registration of matured, redeemed or retired securities Initial Filing Amendments

The Pfizer common stock (PFE) remains on the NYSE and Nasdaq, and is being actively traded as we speak.

Fact #3 : Companies Can’t Go Private By Simply Delisting

Public-listed companies can go private, but not by simply notifying the stock exchange.

They have to first purchase shares from a majority of the shareholders, before they can even think of going private.

Even if that happens, the process can take four to six months to complete. It doesn’t just happen over a few days, with a simple notification to the stock exchange.

Fact #4 : Pfizer Delisted Arena Pharmaceuticals

The second Pfizer news that this fake story is based on is their delisting of Arena Pharmaceuticals from the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

Pfizer announced that it completed its acquisition of Arena Pharmaceuticals on 11 March 2022, and so Arena’s shares of common stock were delisted that day.

Again, Pfizer was not delisting itself, it was delisting the common stock of its (now) wholly owned subsidiary, Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Fact #3 : G-Times News Is Infamous For Fake News

This fake story appears to be created by G-Times News, a website owned by Guo Media – a company associated with Guo Wengui (also known as Miles Guo) and Steve Bannon.

Guo is an exiled Chinese businessman, and both Guo and Bannon are infamous for creating and spreading misinformation.

Naturally, both Guo and Bannon are often featured in G-Times News coverage. It doesn’t make them prescient, just pretentious.

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Did NYSE Just Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal?!

Did the NYSE just delist Pfizer over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : NYSE Just Delisted Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal!

People are excitedly sharing messages and articles claiming that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) just delisted Pfizer over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents.

Allegedly, this delisting was over 9 pages of Pfizer documents that listed 1,291 side effects from their COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine.

This example of what’s being shared is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic two years ago today (11 March 2020). Ironically today marks the day that Pfizer has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Truth : NYSE Did NOT Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal!

This is yet another example of anti-Pfizer, anti-vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : NYSE Did Not Delist Pfizer

It’s really silly, but let me just say it out straight – the New York Stock Exchange did NOT delist Pfizer.

Anyone who takes just 2 seconds to look at the NYSE website, or even Google, would realise that Pfizer Inc. (PFE) is still listed on the New York Stock Exchange!

Not only is Pfizer still on the NYSE, its stock price actually went up by 2.17% on 11 March 2022!

Read more : Was Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Proven To Change Our DNA?!

Fact #2 : Pfizer Delisted Its 0.250% Note From NYSE

People are sharing this Form 25 document filed with the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) on 7 March 2022, as evidence that Pfizer was delisted from the NYSE.

The trouble is the Form 25 does not say what they think it said. The Form 25 was not filed to delist Pfizer from the NYSE.

Instead, Pfizer filed that Form 25 to delist its euro-denominated 0.250% notes – basically debt with a payable interest of 0.25% that matured on 7 March 2022.

In short, Pfizer paid off that matured debt with interest, and consequently removed the notes from the NYSE.

It’s even stated in the description of their 7 March 2022 SEC filing on the Pfizer website.

Notification filed by National Security Exchange to report the removal from listing and registration of matured, redeemed or retired securities Initial Filing Amendments

With the delisting of the 0.250% note, only the Pfizer common stock (PFE) and their 1.000% Note are still listed on the NYSE.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Not Linked To 1,291 Adverse Events

The articles and messages falsely claimed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was linked to 1,291 adverse events in the recently-released documents.

That is a gross / intentional misunderstanding of the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) in one of the documents released by the FDA.

That was a list of potential adverse events that Pfizer would looking out for in their post-vaccination surveillance.

Think of it as a shopping list of adverse events that everyone agreed that Pfizer should be looking out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, scientists still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #4 : BioNTech Is Much Smaller Than Pfizer

Whoever wrote that piece is an idiot. A 5 second search would have shown the writer that BioNTech is much… MUCH smaller than Pfizer.

As of 13 March 2022, BioNTech has a market capitalisation of 32.9 billion dollars, while Pfizer is valued at 282.7 billion dollars. In other words, Pfizer is 8.6X “larger” than BioNTech.

While it is technically possible for BioNTech to buy out Pfizer, it would require A LOT of funds, many times more than it is worth. It is far more likely for Pfizer to buy BioNTech.

Fact #5 : Pfizer Acquired Arena Pharmaceuticals That Day

Ironically, Pfizer completed its acquisition of Arena Pharmaceuticals on 11 March 2022 – the day it was claimed that Pfizer was delisted from the NYSE.

Instead of Pfizer being delisted from the NYSE, it was Arena Pharmaceuticals that was delisted from the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Incidentally, Pfizer purchased Arena for approximately $6.7 billion. While that’s a huge amount of money to most of us, it’s just 2.37% of Pfizer’s market capitalisation.

Fact #6 : Company Acquisitions Do Not Necessarily Change Products

The writer wonders what (vaccine) formula will BioNTech use after they acquire Pfizer. That’s an incredibly stupid comment.

First of all, the COMIRNATY vaccine was developed by BioNTech, not Pfizer. Pfizer is merely their manufacturing and marketing partner, just like Fosun Pharma in China. The vaccine technology and rights belong to BioNTech, not Pfizer.

Secondly, just because a company is acquired does not mean the new owners have to change product formulas, especially if it’s a winner like the COMIRNATY vaccine.

Fact #7 : Vaccines Are Highly Regulated

Unlike consumer products like Coca-Cola, vaccines are highly-regulated.

While you can buy over The Coca-Cola Company, and change the drink’s formula on a whim; changing the vaccine formula will mean new clinical trials and a new approval process.

And consider the absurdity of BioNTech buying over Pfizer, merely to change its own formula? This logic pretzel is simply astounding.

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UOB Buys Citibank Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand + Vietnam!

UOB just announced that they will take over Citibank consumer business in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam!

Here is what you need to know…

 

UOB Buys Citibank Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand + Vietnam!

On 14 January 2022, UOB announced that they won the bid to take over Citibank consumer business in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The acquisition of Citibank in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam will cost UOB about S$5 billion (about RM15.5 billion or USD 3.72 billion).

When completed around early 2024, the acquisition of Citibank Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam will expand UOB’s retail customer base to approximately 10 billion in the region (including Singapore).

The sale comes more than 8 months after Citi announced in April 2021 that it would be exiting the consumer banking market in 13 markets. Citi, however, will continue to retain its Singapore assets.

The acquisition will affect some 5,000 Citi employees in those four countries, about 36% of whom have worked at Citi for more than a decade.

 

Official Statement By Citibank Malaysia On UOB Purchase

On 14 January 2022, Citibank Malaysia issued this advisory on the acquisition of Citi’s Consumer Banking business in Malaysia :

Dear Valued Customer,

I am writing to let you know that Citi in Malaysia has reached an agreement with UOB Group for the acquisition of Citi’s Consumer Banking business in Malaysia.

This is a positive outcome for Citi, our people, and our customers.

UOB Group will acquire Citi’s consumer business which includes credit cards, personal loans, retail banking, mortgages and wealth management solutions for high net-worth individuals.

We are delighted to find a strong partner in UOB Group, a leading Pan-Asian institution committed to providing great products, services and customer experiences. They have established a strong presence in Southeast Asia backed by a global network of 500 offices and have a reputation for building lasting relationships with customers.

Rest assured, there will be no immediate impact to your credit card accounts, loan accounts, deposits, investments, or any other product you may hold with us. This announcement is the start of a process that we expect will take time, with closing of the transaction subject to regulatory approvals.

Until such time, all our Consumer Banking business operations, Citibank service teams including our Relationship Managers, branches, call centers, Citibank Online and mobile banking services, will continue to serve you as usual.

Citi remains committed to serving you with excellence. Together with UOB Group, we will be sharing further updates with you in the future.

 

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All Petrol Stations Are Go To Safety Points, Not Just Shell!

Did you know that all petrol stations in Malaysia are Go To Safety Points, not just Shell petrol stations?

Here is what you need to know about the Go To Safety Point (GTSP) initiative!

 

Claim : All Shell Petrol Stations Are Go To Safety Points (GTSPs)

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, telling people to go to Shell petrol stations, as they are Go To Safety Points (GTSPs).

GTSP – Go To Safety Point

Not many know that all Shell stations are GTSPs. This means it is a haven to provide help. Make sure your loved ones know and make sure they head straight to a Shell station in any emergency.

Pass the word around!

 

Truth : All Petrol Stations Are Go To Safety Points (GTSPs)

The viral message is correct, but only partially true, and therefore, not very helpful.

The truth is – ALL petrol stations in Malaysia are Go To Safety Points (GTSPs). Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Go To Safety Point (GTSP) Started In 2013

The viral message started circulating in January 2022, but the truth is – the Go To Safety Point initiative started way back in March 2013.

Fact #2 : GTSP Started With 7-Eleven And Pos Malaysia!

The PDRM Go To Safety Point (GTSP) initiative actually started with seven 7-Eleven and two Pos Malaysia outlets in the Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur.

Fact #3 : All Petrol Stations Are Now Go To Safety Points

The GTSP program then rolled out to petrol stations, as they are convenient public locations where people can seek help.

Today, all petrol stations in Malaysia are Go To Safety Points (GTSPs), not just Shell stations.

Fact #4 : Shell Was Not First, Last Or Most Extensive

It is unknown why the viral message only mentioned Shell – they were not the first or the latest to participate in the GTSP program. Neither do they have the most extensive network.

Petron was the first company to participate, starting with just 96 stations but later expanding to 560 petrol stations.

By July 2014, over 940 Shell petrol stations were trained and qualified under the GTSP program. BH Petrol was next with some 230 petrol stations qualified by 2015.

Petronas has the most extensive GTSP network, with over 1000 of their petrol stations qualified by June 2016.

Fact #5 : All Petrol Stations Offer Same Assistance

The Go To Safety Point assistance that Shell petrol stations provide are not unique either.

All petrol stations trained under the Go To Safety Point (GTSP) program offer the SAME assistance :

  1. Provide immediate first aid or help
  2. Contact the police or relevant authorities
  3. Call for an ambulance if required
  4. Provide a place for victims to rest while they wait
  5. Accompany the victim and provide comfort until the police / ambulance arrives

So there is really no need to look specifically for a Shell petrol station. ALL petrol stations in Malaysia will render the same aid.

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MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!

MKN just announced that their Work From Home directive will end on 31 March 2021! Here is what you need to know!

 

MKN : Work From Home Directive Ends On 31 March 2021!

On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas, but was optional for RMCO areas.

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) cancelled MCO 2.0 and later, lifted inter-district travel restrictions.

On 9 March 2021, MKN confirmed that the existing Work From Home directive would continue in CMCO areas, with 30% capacity for office / management staff.

That finally ends on 31 March 2021. From 1 April 2021 onwards, there will no longer be a requirement for the management and support staff of private companies to work from home.

In the private sector, 100% of the management and operations or support staff in CMCO areas can return to work in their offices.

In the public sector, the attendance will be based on the circular or orders of the Public Services Department (JPA).

 

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MKN : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

MKN just confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applies!

Here is what you need to know about the Work From Home directive for RMCO and CMCO areas!

 

MKN : Work From Home Directive Still Applies!

On 11 December 2020, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) confirmed that their Work From Home directive still applied for CMCO and TEMCO areas.

On 2 March 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) cancelled MCO 2.0 and later, lifted inter-district travel restrictions.

On 9 March 2021, MKN confirmed that the existing Work From Home directive would continue in CMCO areas, with 30% capacity for office / management staff.

Therefore, businesses are expected to continue implementing their work from home policies. This is only optional for RMCO areas.

 

MKN Work From Home Directive : What You Need To Know!

Here is a refresher course on the MITI Work From Home directive, based on the latest 23 October 2020 FAQ :

1. Is WFH Mandatory?

WFH is compulsory for management and supervisory staff in CMCO and TEMCO areas, including those involved in tasks like:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • administration
  • law
  • planning
  • ICT.

WFH is not compulsory for employees of these sectors, who are allowed to work as normal :

  • retail stores, grocery stores, convenience stores
  • food stalls, food courts, restaurants
  • plantation and agriculture
  • transportation – express bus, LRT, MRT, taxi, e-hailing
  • food delivery services

2. What If We Need To Be In The Office?

Up to 10 per cent of management and supervisory staff can be in the office, limited to 4 hours only – from 10 AM until 2 PM – for up to 3 days a week.

If the company has 10 people or fewer in the management and supervisory group, only one (1) person is allowed to come to the office at one time.

The company must issue an authorisation letter for each employee who is allowed to work.

3. Can We Rotate?

Companies can create a rotation system for their management and supervisory staff.

The company should maintain the rotation schedule, as well as a list of those who are working from home, and those who are allowed to work in the office.

4. Can We Change The Working Hours?

No, MITI requires companies to comply with these rules for management and supervisory staff :

  • maximum of 4 hours a day
  • from 10 AM until 2 PM
  • maximum of 3 days a week

5. Do We Need To Get Tested Before Working In The Office?

COVID-19 screening is not mandatory for staff who are working in the office. It is only mandatory for :

  • foreign workers in the construction sector
  • security guards
  • all workers from red zones who are symptomatic

 

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TikTok + ByteDance Ban By Donald Trump Explained!

US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, highlighting the dangers of TikTok and ordering a ban of ByteDance, calling it a national emergency!

Find out what this new Trump ban means for TikTok users, and ByteDance!

 

TikTok Triggers ByteDance Ban

On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from transacting with TikTok owner, ByteDance Ltd.

This effectively bans the usage of TikTok in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with ByteDance.

Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.

His executive order claims that TikTok collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of American citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, while censoring content deemed sensitive to the CCP, pointing out that :

These risks are real.  The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Armed Forces have already banned the use of TikTok on Federal Government phones.  The Government of India recently banned the use of TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications throughout the country; in a statement, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asserted that they were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”  American companies and organizations have begun banning TikTok on their devices.  The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.

 

ByteDance Ban : How Does It Affect TikTok?

Interestingly, while Trump’s executive order explicitly mentions TikTok, it doesn’t actually ban TikTok. It only bans transactions with TikTok’s owner – ByteDance and its subsidiaries.

In other words, if Microsoft buys TikTok from ByteDance, TikTok can continue to operate, as long as the deal gets done soon.

This is different from the concurrent WeChat and Tencent Holdings ban, which specifically bans both WeChat (the app) and its owner (Tencent Holdings).

Of course, targeting ByteDance and its subsidiaries will include the US-based TikTok, and forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries.

Section 1.  (a)  The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.

(c)  45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.

In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.

The TikTok ban follows the WeChat ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.

Possibly to pressure ByteDance into accepting the Microsoft offer to buy them out. It could also just a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.

And “coincidentally”, he signed his executive order on the same day Facebook unveiled Instagram Reels

 

TikTok Responds : We Are Shocked

TikTok responded with a statement, saying that they are shocked by the Executive Order :

We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.

 

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WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban By Donald Trump Explained!

US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, ordering a ban of both WeChat and Tencent Holdings, calling it a national emergency!

Find out what this new US ban means for WeChat users, and Tencent Holdings!

 

WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban Signed By Donald Trump

On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from using WeChat or transacting with its owner, Tencent Holdings.

This effectively bans the usage of WeChat in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with Tencent Holdings.

Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.

His executive order claims that WeChat collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of both American and Chinese citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, citing an example :

In March 2019, a researcher reportedly discovered a Chinese database containing billions of WeChat messages sent from users in not only China but also the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party. These risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of WeChat. The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security.

 

WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban : What Does It Mean?

The executive order is actually quite wide-ranging. It does not only ban WeChat, but also Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries.

This could mean other apps owned by Tencent Holdings – like Valorant, League of Legends, Clash of Clans, JOOX, etc. could be affected.

We will only know more when Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce, clarifies the ban (as stated in section 1(c) below.

Targeting Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries will also forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries, at least within the United States.

The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kònggǔ Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.

(c)  45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.

In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.

The WeChat ban follows the TikTok ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.

This could be an effort to pressure the Chinese into agreeing to a trade deal, or a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.

 

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Fact Check : Donald Trump Attacks Top Glove On Twitter?

Did Donald Trump attack Top Glove to protect American companies, and prevent it from becoming a Fortune 500 company?

Find out what’s going on with Donald Trump and Top Glove, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Top Glove In Trouble With US Government : A Quick Primer

On 15 July 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on disposable gloves manufactured by two Top Glove subsidiaries – Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd.

That action led to a massive sell-off in Malaysian and Singaporean bourses, with Top Glove shedding 9.63% (RM 2.10) in Malaysia and 9.18% (96 cents) in Singapore on 16 July 2020.

 

Claim : Donald Trump Attacked Top Glove On Twitter!

After that announcement, a screenshot of Donald Trump attacking Top Glove on Twitter started going viral.

It suggests that Top Glove was being targeted for being too successful, and Donald Trump wanted to protect American companies.

I’ve got to cause the Malaysian market to fall. We can’t let Topglove be a Fortune 500 company, we’ve to protect our own. Amazon shall not be taken over by some Chinese business man. #MAGA #MakeAMERICAgreatAGAIN

12:11 PM – 15 Jul 2020

Note : We intentionally placed a HOAX overlay on the screenshot to prevent it from being further abused.

 

Donald Trump Did NOT Attack Top Glove On Twitter : Here Are The Facts!

As our intentional placement of the HOAX overlay shows, that tweet is FAKE.

Skeptics may ask – how do you know Donald Trump did not attack Top Glove on Twitter?

Fact #1 : Donald Trump Did Not Post That Tweet

If you check Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, you won’t find the post at all. It doesn’t exist.

Donald Trump was “offline” for about 12 hours on 15 July 2020. He did not post anything after his 7:43 AM tweet, only posting on 7:39 PM when he commented about Joe Biden.

Fact #2 : No Mention Of It In Any Media Outlet

Donald Trump may be a buffoon, but he is a buffoon whose tweets are anxiously covered by media outlets all over the world.

Such a tweet, which was allegedly retweeted over 10,900 times, would have been covered by the Malaysian press, if not international media outlets.

Yet, you won’t find a single mention of this tweet online.

Fact #3 : Top Glove Cannot Possibly Be In Fortune 500

Fortune 500 is an annual list of the 500 most profitable American companies. Top Glove is not an American company, and therefore, would not qualify for the Fortune 500 list.

So it would not be logical for Donald Trump to be worried about Top Glove entering the Fortune 500 list.

Fact #4 : Top Glove Revenue Too Low To Be In Fortune 1000

Fortune 500 is not based on market capitalisation, but revenue for the fiscal year.

While Top Glove is the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves, its annual revenue is only RM 2.4 billion (about US$ 562 million).

Liberty Oilfield Services is ranked #1000 in the Fortune 1000 list for 2020, with an annual revenue of US$1,990.3 million – 3.5X Top Glove’s revenue!

Never mind about Fortune 500, Top Glove cannot even make it into the Fortune 1000 list!

While there is a Global 500 list, Top Glove does not have enough revenue to qualify.

Fact #5 : It Would Be Impossible For Anyone To Take Over Amazon

Amazon is no. 2 on Fortune 500, with an annual revenue of US$280 BILLION – about 500X more than Top Glove.

On top of that, it has a market capitalisation of US$1.46 TRILLION, with CEO Jeff Bezos owning 11.1% of its shares.

Anyone who wants to buy Bezos out, will need to fork out some US$162 BILLION. Any takers?

Even Donald Trump and his entire family isn’t rich enough to THINK about buying out Jeff Bezos!

PS. Someone suggested to us that the post was written by a Chinese native who wanted to say t hat Top Glove might “overtake”, not “take over” Amazon. As you can tell – that’s not happening either.. LOL!

Fact #6 : Top Glove Detention Order Due To Labour Issues

Top Glove Managing Director Datuk Lee Kim Meow identified labour issues as the reason for the CBP detention order.

According to him, a consultant they hired narrowed down two possibilities for the detention order :

  • Passport retention of Top Glove’s migrant workers
  • Recruitment fees previously paid by their migrant workers

Fact #7 : Top Glove Was Dogged By Forced Labour Controversies

Back in December 2018, The Guardian claimed that Top Glove was subjecting their migrant workers to forced labour, forced overtime, debt bondage and other labour controversies.

Just last month (June 2020), Channel 4 News reported that Top Glove employees were forced to live in cramped conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of that, they were only paid £1.08 (~RM 5.60) an hour, while being forced to work for long hours with excessive overtime.

The workers, who are mostly migrants, claimed that they had to pay up to US$5000 in recruitment fees, leaving them in debt bondage.

 

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AMD Datacenter Leadership In 2020 & Beyond!

AMD Senior VP and General Manager Forrest Norrod just shared AMD’s datacenter leadership with EPYC and Radeon Instinct, and AMD’s datacenter roadmap beyond 2020!

 

Forrest Norrod : Senior VP + GM, AMD Datacenter + Embedded Solutions Business Group

Forrest Norrod is senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group at AMD.

He is responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering and sales for AMD datacenter and embedded products.

Norrod has more than 25 years of technology industry experience across a number of engineering and business management roles at both the chip and system level.

 

AMD Datacenter Leadership In 2020 & Beyond!

During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Forrest Norrod shared AMD’s datacenter leadership with EPYC and Radeon Instinct, and AMD’s datancenter roadmap in this presentation.

Here are the key points from Forrest Norrod’s presentation :

  • AMD won the contract to power the recently announced El Capitan supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs.
  • Expected to come online in 2023, El Capitan is expected to deliver more than 2 exaFLOPs of double-precision performance, making it more powerful than today’s 200 fastest supercomputers combined.

  • AMD is continuing to gain traction with its 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors in enterprise, cloud and HPC markets based on delivering performance leadership and TCO advantages across the most important enterprise and cloud workloads.
  • AMD EPYC is enabling Nokia to double the performance of their 5G Cloud Packet Core.
  • In 2020 AMD expects more than 150 AMD EPYC processor-powered cloud instances and 140 server platforms to be available.

  • AMD is introducing new technologies including AMD CDNA architecture, 3rd Generation Infinity Architecture and the ROCm 4.0 software platform, all of which will support the AMD-powered Frontier and El Capitan supercomputers.
  • AMD plans to ship the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC “Milan” processor in Late 2020, and it will provide 100% coverage of enterprise requirements – whether it’s for the cloud, HPC or enterprise IT.
  • Milan will remain on the 7 nm process, but the next-generation Genda core (Zen 4) will use the 5 nm process technology.

  • The AMD CDNA architecture will allow for better scalability, with accelerators fully interconnected with 2nd Gen Infinity Architecture.
  • But the next-generation AMD CDNA 2 architecture will allow for Unified Data, with CPU + GPU coherency with 3rd Gen Infinity Architecture – allowing for easier programming and improved performance.

 

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AMD Graphics Roadmap 2020 by David Wang

At AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, David Wang unveiled the AMD graphics roadmap for 2020 and beyond. Check it out!

 

David Wang : AMD Senior VP of Engineering, Radeon Technologis Group

David Wang is senior vice president of engineering for the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) at AMD.

In this role, Wang is responsible for all aspects of graphics engineering, including the technical strategy, architecture, hardware and software for AMD’s graphics products and technologies

With more than 25 years of graphics and silicon engineering experience, Wang brings deep technical expertise and an excellent track record in managing complex silicon development to AMD.

 

AMD Graphics Roadmap 2020 by David Wang

During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, David Wang unveiled the AMD graphics roadmap for 2020 and beyond in his presentation – Driving GPU Leadership.

Here are the key points from David Wang’s presentation :

  • The AMD Radeon DNA (AMD RDNA) architecture was designed for gaming and is currently powering the award-winning AMD Radeon RX 5000 series GPUs.

Here are the key points from David Wang’s presentation :

  • The next-generation AMD RDNA 2 architecture is planned to deliver a 50% performance-per-watt improvement over the first-generation AMD RDNA architecture.
  • The AMD RDNA 2 architecture will support hardware-accelerated ray tracing, variable rate shading (VRS) and other advanced features.
  • The first AMD RDNA 2-based products are expected to launch in late 2020.
  • AMD unveiled its new AMD Compute DNA (AMD CDNA) architecture, designed to accelerate data center compute workloads.
  • The first-generation AMD CDNA architecture, planned to launch later in 2020, includes 2nd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture to enhance GPU to GPU connectivity and is optimized for machine learning and high-performance computing applications.
  • The follow-up AMD CDNA 2 architecture will support 3rd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture to enable next generation exascale-class supercomputers.
  • Expanding on previous generations of the ROCm open source software platform for the data center, AMD plans to introduce ROCm 4.0 later this year as a complete software solution for high-performance computing exascale systems and machine learning workloads.

 

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AMD Computing Roadmap 2020 by Mark Papermaster

At AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Mark Papermaster unveiled the AMD computing roadmap for 2020 and beyond. Check it out!

 

Mark Papermaster : AMD CTO & EVP (Technology & Engineering)

Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and executive vice president of Technology and Engineering at AMD and is responsible for corporate technical direction, product development including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory and advanced research.

He led the re-design of engineering processes at AMD and the development of the award-winning “Zen” high-performance x86 CPU family, high-performance GPUs and the company’s modular design approach, Infinity Fabric. He also oversees Information Technology that delivers AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.

 

AMD Computing Roadmap 2020 by Mark Papermaster

During AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020, Mark Papermaster unveiled the AMD computing roadmap for 2020 and beyond in his presentation – Future of High Performance.

Here are the key points from Mark Papermaster’s presentation :

  • AMD plans to introduce the first processors based on its next-generation 7nm Zen 3 core in late 2020.
  • The Zen 4 core is currently in design and is targeted to use advanced 5nm process technology.
  • AMD unveiled plans to expand its chiplet and die stacking leadership, including new X3D packaging that combines chiplets and hybrid 2.5D and 3D die stacking to deliver more than a 10x increase in bandwidth density.
  • AMD announced its upcoming 3rd Generation AMD Infinity Architecture with optimized CPU and GPU memory coherency that can enable significant performance improvements and simplify the software programming required for accelerated computing solutions by allowing the CPU and GPU to seamlessly and coherently share the same memory.
  • AMD is building on its strong product security portfolio with expanded features. AMD announced it joined the Confidential Computing Consortium, a group of leading hardware and software companies working to close gaps to protect data through its entire lifecycle.

 

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HUAWEI Completes 800G Optical Transport Trial In Zhejiang!

HUAWEI announced today (4 March 2020) that they successfully completed the first live trial of their 800G optical transport network with China Mobile in Zhejiang.

This moves HUAWEI one step closer to the commercialisation of their 800G optical transport network solution, which will support 5G, big data and cloud computing in China.

 

HUAWEI Completes 800G Optical Transport Trial In Zhejiang!

The HUAWEI 800G optical transport solution promises to meet China Mobile (Zhejiang)’s large-capacity transmission requirements for tens of millions of users.

It achieves this by delivering up to 48 Terabits per second of bandwidth per-fibre – which is 6 times the capacity of traditional 100G networks, allowing it to support 1 million concurrent 4K video streams.

HUAWEI reported that the first live test of their 800G optical transport solution, using two data centres 80 kilometres apart, was successful.

Simon Lu, President of Huawei’s Transmission Network Domain, said, “We are delighted to have completed the first operator-based 800G trial with China Mobile (Zhejiang).

This is a milestone in the global commercial use of Huawei’s 800G solution. Huawei will continue investing in R&D to provide high-quality, reliable, and evolvable solutions while helping China Mobile (Zhejiang) achieve greater business success.”

 

HUAWEI 800G Optical Transport Trial : Why It Matters

The deployment of such 800G high-capacity transport solutions will greatly increase the capacity and efficiency of China Mobile (Zhejiang)’s optical networks.

This will be important in the next five years as new technologies like 5G, cloud computing, big data and AR/VR become more common, and require more bandwidth.

China Mobile (Zhejiang) states that they plan to strengthen its cooperation with HUAWEI to “build more efficient optical networks, and provide high-quality connection services“.

 

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TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab Official Launch In Malaysia!

TÜV AUSTRIA and LGMS just officially created the TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab in Malaysia, to offer cybersecurity testing and certification to the Asia-Pacific region.

 

TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab Official Launch In Malaysia!

The formation of the TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab in Malaysia is a major joint venture between TÜV Trust IT (a member of TÜV AUSTRIA) and LGMS of Malaysia.

The Austrian Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr. Michael Postl, was the guest of honor to inaugurate this partnership, which aims to deliver both cybersecurity testing and certification to the Asia-Pacific region.

TÜV AUSTRIA : A Quick Primer

TÜV AUSTRIA is an international testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company, with more than 2,000 staff members in more than 20 countries globally. Founded and based in Austria, TÜV AUSTRIA generates more than €220 million in annual revenue.

LGMS : A Quick Primer

LGMS – a proudly Malaysian cybersecurity company – has been accredited with multiple international certifications and is recognised internationally by IDC as one of the world’s leading IoT key penetration testing vendors in their 2019 report.

 

TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab : The Quick Details

The new TÜV AUSTRIA Cybersecurity Lab will house a global Cybersecurity Testing and Certification Center of Excellence (CoE) in Malaysia to serve both domestic and international markets.

Staffed by a mix of TÜV AUSTRIA and LGMS staff initially, they plan to add a hundred more cybersecurity positions over the next few years.

The new team’s focus will be to help organisations identify vulnerabilities within their IT infrastructure, and recommending measures to maintain and improve on their cybersecurity practices.

This Austrian-Malaysian joint venture will also stimulate Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity Testing and Certifications both locally and internationally, as well as drive the protection Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) as encouraged by the Malaysian government.

This joint venture is also supported by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), which is striving to promote Malaysia as the Asian hub for cybersecurity testing and certification.

 

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Get Ready For The 5G Revolution In Malaysia!

5G will roll out in Malaysia in the near future, empowering Malaysians with next-generation wireless communications.

Are YOU ready for Malaysia’s 5G revolution?

 

What Is 5G? 

5G is a new wireless technology that offers significantly faster Internet connectivity speeds, and far less delay (called latency) than current 4G networks.

While 4G networks can deliver downloads speeds of 1 gigabit per second, with latencies as low as 70 ms, 5G networks will be able to deliver 10x better!

That next-generation level of improvement will power new capabilities in the areas of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Internet of Things. It will transform a wide variety of industries, from transportation to agriculture and even education.

 

How Does 5G Work?

5G introduces a slew of new technologies that let it deliver much higher bandwidth, with almost zero delay :

Millimeter Wave Spectrum

With so many people using the same 4G spectrum, it is impossible to deliver high bandwidth.

5G networks avoids this problem by using millimeter wave frequencies between 30 and 300 GHz to make use of a new and different spectrum.

Massive MIMO

In addition to using millimeter waves, 5G networks can leverage on the massive MIMO technology to massively expand the number of users they can support by 22X or more!

This technology allows a 5G base station to fit many more antennas than a 4G base station, letting it to send and receive signals from many more users at once.

Beamforming

5G networks will use beamforming to more efficiently deliver your data, while reducing interference for people around you.

Full Duplex Transmissions

5G networks will introduce full duplex transmissions – their base stations can send and receive data from your smartphone at the same time – doubling download and upload speeds!

 

The Future of 5G In Langkawi, Malaysia!

Celcom collaborated with the Royal Malaysian Police and the Langkawi Municipal Council to explore the future of 5G technologies.

They started with the deployment of their 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution, with multiple 360⁰ UHD 4K panoramic live video surveillance cameras were installed at the famous tourist spots in Langkawi.

Leveraging 5G’s low latency and high data speeds, the Celcom 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution used Artificial Intelligence and video analytics to perform real-time monitoring with high-definition picture quality.

Celcom is also expanding its 5G use cases in Langkawi to cover Digital Defense for Beach Boundaries, Crowd Control Monitoring, Digital Control of Inbound and Outbound of Cargo, Fleet Management System, Geo-Fencing & Smart Perimeters, as well as 5G Fixed Wireless Access.

 

Celcom Blazes Path To 5G In Malaysia

The journey to 5G started in 2017, when Celcom became the first network operator in Malaysia to embark on a 5G trial, working with Ericsson to achieve a throughput of 18 Gbps.

Celcom and Ericsson enabled Malaysia’s first 5G hologram call, and demonstrated an autonomous vehicle that connected over a live 5G network in April 2019.

Celcom then launched their first 5G Live Cluster Field Trial at Celcom’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya on 26 July 2019.

The 5G Live Cluster Field Trial lasted six months, allowing Celcom engineers to test and observe use cases and behavior of 5G coverage in a real-life environment.

  • Data throughputs of close to 6 Gbps
  • Latency of about 10 ms
  • 5G-to-5G and 5G-to-4G VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls
  • Ultra-High Definition (UHD) voice calls
  • 4K UHD video streaming
  • GameCloud game streaming

Celcom also conducted additional live field trials in areas like Seksyen 14, Crystal Crown Hotel, MPBJ Tower and Taman Jaya LRT Station. So far, those 5G macro sites cover just over 1.2 square kilometers, reaching about 4600 people in 450 households, and 130 shops and offices.

 

What Can You Expect When 5G Rolls Out In Malaysia?

When 5G rolls out in Malaysia, it will transform how we play and work, and how we consume our online services and content.

Besides delivering a higher bitrate of 4K video streaming, gamers will immediately notice a big drop in network latency, greatly reducing lag. With ultra-low latencies, it will make gaming far more enjoyable and give them a big advantage over gamers still on 4G.

The combination of high data bandwidth and ultra-low latency will greatly improve AR and VR experiences. 5G will enable AR and VR displays with much higher resolution and refresh rates, for a more believable and comfortable experience.

The introduction of 5G will also spur the creation of high-bandwidth IoT devices for our smart homes, always-connected computing devices, and smarter vehicles and yes, even autonomous vehicles one day!

Even cloud and media services will be transformed by 5G. Data stored in cloud services will feel as if they are residing in your mobile device or computer.

The quality of the media we consume today on streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV+, Tidal and Spotify will be greatly improved because the industry will move to optimize for quality, instead of optimizing for low-bandwidth.

Even location services like Waze and Google Maps will be greatly enhanced by 5G. Your location can be more precisely triangulated using the 5G network, which means you will no longer miss a turn, or lane change!

5G may seem like a buzz word today, but it will change our lives when it rolls out in Malaysia!

 

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Dell 2030 Progress Made Real Goals Revealed!

Dell Technologies just revealed their moonshot goals for 2030, that they hope will propel their worldwide social impact.

Find out what are Dell Technologies’ moonshot goals in their 2030 Progress Made Real plan!

 

Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : What Is It?

The Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan is their moonshot plan for the future, by which they hope to create a positive social impact through these 3 areas :

  • Advancing Sustainability
  • Cultivating Inclusion
  • Transforming Lives With Technology

 

Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Goals Revealed!

Over the next decade, Dell Technologies will aim to use their global scale, and broad technology portfolio and expertise to achieve these goals.

Advance Sustainability Goals

We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities.

It is a core part of Dell Technologies business to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that they do, being accountable for their actions while driving improvements wherever and whenever possible.

  • Recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys
  • Lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material
  • Use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging
  • Deliver future-ready skills development for workers in their supply chain
  • Drive a comprehensive science-based climate program, setting emissions goals across facilities, supply chain and operations to customer use of their products including partnering with suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030

Cultivate Inclusion

Dell Technologies believes that closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting future talent needs. They view diversity and inclusion as a business imperative that will enable them to build and empower our future workforce, while also doing our part to address societal challenges.

  • Acquire, develop and retain women so they account for 50% of the company’s global workforce and 40% of global people managers
  • Acquire, develop and retain black/African American and Hispanic team members so they account for 25% of the company’s U.S. workforce and 15% of U.S. people managers
  • Educate 95% of all team members on an annual basis about unconscious bias, harassment, micro-aggressions and privilege

Transform Lives Through Technology

Dell aims to leverage their scale, portfolio and partners to harness the power of technology in creating a future that is capable of fully realizing human potential.

  • Advance the health, education and economic opportunity of 1 billion people
  • Digitally transform 1,000 non-profit organisations
  • Achieve 75% team member participation in charitable giving and volunteerism in communities

 

Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Ethics + Privacy

Ethics and privacy are key to the Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan.

They intend to set the pace in privacy and transparency by fully automating data control processes, making it easier for customers to access, delete, or share their personal data.

They will also use digital tools to make it easier to get insights from, measure and monitor compliance issues using digital data.

 

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