Data

Apple’s iCloud Service in China Will Be Managed by a Data Firm Started by the Government

With so much of its business—both in sales and manufacturing—in China, Apple has stay on Beijing’s good side.

Emerging Tech

In 2017, Silicon Valley Got Cozier with China. In 2018, Washington Will Get Frostier

Here are some of the most significant moves by U.S. tech firms and Washington over the past year.

Cybersecurity

Researchers Have Found an Unexpected Axis of North Korea’s Cyber Activity: India

The country’s suspect cyber activities are unlikely to be coming only from inside North Korea itself.

Data

In China, Facial Recognition Is Used to Buy KFC, Board Planes, and Catch Drug Users

The speed of the rollout is a sign of how China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence are advancing rapidly.

CIO Briefing

Just in Time for Its Stellar Earnings, China is Going After Alibaba

Just hours before Alibaba released its numbers, the Chinese government shook its fist at the Hangzhou-based e-commerce giant.

IT Modernization

Apple’s Next Big Moneymaker is Its Biggest Headache in China

A Beijing-based law firm said Apple has been engaging in monopolistic behavior.

CIO Briefing

After China’s Crackdown, Now Russia Is Banning VPNs Too

The law is yet another sign of Putin’s growing control over internet access.

IT Modernization

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

The move is the latest indication of a broader government crackdown on the media, and of pressure on Apple itself.

Cybersecurity

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

The law generally re-affirms the state’s commitment to controlling what technology is used within China’s borders and how it can collect information.

IT Modernization

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

Chinese companies in particular have much to gain from investing in biometrics for security.

Emerging Tech

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

At this point, drones have been mostly deployed by military units, logistics providers, and other large enterprises.

Emerging Tech

A Silicon Valley Top Tech Investors Is Backing Donald Trump for President

Peter Thiel, an entrepreneur and investor best known as the co-founder of PayPal, has pledged to be a Republican delegate for Trump in the upcoming California primary.

IT Modernization

Uber Introduces Facial Scans to Reduce Driver Fraud

For all its improvements over traditional taxis, Uber’s safety features have been far from perfect.

CIO Briefing

Change to Proposed Chinese Law Would Make Foreign Websites Impossible to Reach

The new regulations, if taken to the extreme, would require that even harmless websites—your mom’s favorite recipes site, for example—be blocked.