recommended reading

author archives

Josh Horwitz

Josh Horwitz is a correspondent for Quartz

Josh is a correspondent for Quartz who covers internet business and technology in Asia. He has lived in Shanghai, Beijing, and the great city of Taipei, where he studied Mandarin through the Taiwan Ministry of Education's Huawei Enrichment Scholarship. He now calls Hong Kong home. Josh's obsessions include China's internet, streaming media, and the future of transportation. He'd love to hear from you.

Results 11-20 of 33

Nearly 100 Tech Companies Have Filed a Court Document Opposing Trump’s Immigration Ban

February 6, 2017 Nearly 100 American companies have filed an amicus brief expressing their opposition to an executive order by President Donald Trump that places immigration restrictions on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. They filed the letter late Feb. 5 to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently weighing an appeal...

An Initiative to 'Clean Up' China’s Internet Will Make it Even Harder to Jump the Great Firewall

January 25, 2017 China’s Great Firewall just got greater. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which oversees regulation of the internet, published a notice Sunday that points to a possible crackdown on virtual private networks, the primary tool that internet users in China use to access banned websites and services. While this...

Samsung Finally Explained What Caused Galaxy Note 7 Explosions

January 23, 2017 Samsung would like you to believe engineering—not mismanagement—were what caused its phones to explode. Today, the South Korean tech giant finally revealed the origins of the Galaxy Note 7 explosions that happened last summer during a live-streamed press conference in Seoul. The company gave detailed explanations of the technical issues...

Apple Removes The New York Times From Its App Store in China

January 6, 2017 Apple is ringing in the new year in China with the censors knocking on its doors. The California-based tech giant has removed The New York Times from its app store in China, reports the paper. The move is the latest indication of a broader government crackdown on the media, and...

from govexec

World Leaders Are Awkwardly Congratulating Donald Trump

November 9, 2016 Heads of state and world leaders have been congratulating Trump on his election victory, but with varying degrees of sincerity. The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, who has been outright hostile to both Barack Obama and to Trump, was respectful: JUST IN: Duterte congratulates Trump on his US election win @gmanewsbreaking pic.twitter.com/cOB752xPrC...

China’s Bewildering New Cybersecurity Law Keeps Foreign Tech Firms Out of the Country

November 7, 2016 Beijing has a tried-and-true tactic for keeping foreign companies out of China—make its domestic laws so vague, they’re impossible to follow. Today, the Cyberspace Administration of China, which oversees internet governance in the country, passed a broad law that dictates how foreign companies must operate in China. Commonly known as...

Alibaba Believes the Future of Mobile Payments Lies in the Veins of Our Eyeballs

September 14, 2016 Apple wants consumers to pay for things using their fingers. Google and Amazon want consumers to pay with their faces. Alibaba is looking elsewhere. Yesterday, Ant Financial, Alibaba’s payments and financial-services affiliate, announced it had purchased Kansas City, Missouri-based startup EyeVerify for an undisclosed sum (though reports citing unnamed sources...

One of the World’s Largest Bitcoin Exchanges Lost $65 Million in a Hack

August 3, 2016 In another blow to bitcoin, one of the world’s biggest exchanges of the cryptocurrency suffered a massive security breach. Bitfinex, a bitcoin exchange registered in Hong Kong announced Tuesday it had suffered a security breach that forced the company to halt all trading indefinitely. The company had yet to identify...

Who Are the Hackers Who Broke into Mark Zuckerberg's Social Media Accounts?

June 6, 2016 A team of hackers broke into Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts on Twitter and Pinterest on June 5, and sent gloating messages from them: Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s — Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016 The purpose of the attacks remain unclear. But their alleged perpetrators...

Will Drones Ever Become Mass-Market, Must-Have Gadgets?

May 31, 2016 Xiaomi’s unveiling of its first, astonishingly cheap drone last week marked a symbolic milestone for the fledgling technology. In recent years, the Chinese electronics company’s entrance has signaled a new technology’s turn to the mass market. In 2011, “the Xiaomi effect” hit smartphones when the company took advantage of decreasing...