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24 Mar 2023
22 Mar 2023
"American companies don't have a good track record with data privacy," Chew reminded the committee while repeatedly telling Congress members that the questions that they had about TikTok reflected industry-wide problems that go well beyond one app.
20 Mar 2023
Nvidia has modified its flagship product into a version that is legal to export to China.
17 Mar 2023
Huawei Technologies has replaced more than 13,000 parts in its products that were hit by US trade sanctions, the Chinese tech giant's founder said, according to a speech transcript posted on Friday by a Chinese university.
Baidu Inc. surged more than 14% Friday after brokerages including Citigroup tested the company's just-unveiled ChatGPT-like service and granted it their preliminary approval.
Chinese tech companies have joined the global rush to develop rival software, with Alibaba and JD.com announcing similar projects. But Baidu's Ernie Bot, unveiled at a press event in Beijing on Thursday, fell short of expectations, with the company's co-founder and chief executive, Robin Li, showing only a prerecorded demonstration of the software's capabilities, rather than a live interaction.
13 Mar 2023
On Thursday, Baidu CEO Robin Li gave a one-hour presentation on Ernie that only offered a small glimpse into the chatbot. The jury is still out on what Ernie can do and how it actually works. For now, Ernie is only available for testing through invitation and others need to get on a waitlist. TechCrunch hasn't tried it yet, so it's unfair to draw any conclusions about Ernie's capability.
Meta, the parent firm of Facebook and Instagram, is working on a standalone, text-based social network app.
12 Mar 2023
US regulators said Silicon Valley Bank depositors would be fully repaid as they acted to shore up the banking system after the lender's implosion, unveiling emergency funding measures and closing down a second financial institution.
The Financial Times
Apple is facing an unprecedented wave of executive departures. Also: The company will shake up its sales operations with a focus on India, a yellow iPhone arrives, and Amazon's Ring and Sonos introduce key new products.
9 Mar 2023
Exclusive: Chip equipment maker ASML's suppliers eye Asia plants outside China amid tensions (Mar 11)
Suppliers to Dutch chip-making machines giant ASML Holding are considering building plants in Southeast Asia instead of China amid political tensions between Beijing and the West, according to two sources and documents seen by Reuters.
Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and other tech firms are scrambling to assess whether they must halt sales to units of China's Inspur Group after its addition to a US export blacklist last week.
Chinese artificial intelligence groups are skirting export controls to access high-end US chips through intermediaries, revealing potential loopholes in Washington's blockade of cutting-edge technology to the country.
The Financial Times
Artificial intelligence was supposed to be Google's thing.
Scott White, of Pragmatic Semiconductor, said without a huge funding boost UK firms will go abroad.
2 Mar 2023
Lin Jun-cheng, a veteran engineer who worked for TSMC for nearly 19 years, has been hired by Samsung as a vice president.
In late 2020, Alibaba founder Jack Ma also disappeared from public view for three months, after making comments critical of market regulators. Mr Bao's disappearance also comes after a series of cases of high-profile Chinese executives going missing as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign.
The National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund will commit CNY12.9 billion towards Yangtze Memory Technologies, according to a government website that discloses company registration information. The capital infusion from the Big Fund, as Beijing's signature investment vehicle is commonly known, was slated for completion on Januar 31, according to Tianyancha.
Rare earth elements are a bone of contention in EV supply chains, as it can be hard to secure supplies of them, and a large majority of worldwide production is either sourced or processed in China.
1 Mar 2023
Tesla's leadership said Wednesday at an investor event held at the company's factory near the Texan capital that while silicon carbide transistors are key components, "we've figured out a way to use 75% less without compromising the performance or the efficiency of the car."
HP maintained its annual guidance for cash flow even as it grapples with slumping PC demand, a sign it expects a rebound later in the year.
The Commerce Department on Tuesday kicked off the application process for semiconductor manufacturing subsidies under the $53 billion Chips Act, along with conditions aimed at advancing some of the Biden administration's priorities.
Wall Street Journal
24 Feb 2023
China has accused the US of overreacting after federal employees were ordered to remove the video app TikTok from government-issued phones.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger sees the first signs of a turnaround in the company's business during his nearly two years at the helm of the top US chipmaker, he said yesterday. Analysts contacted by EE Times were less optimistic.
23 Feb 2023
Since the beginning of this year, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have been receiving a surge in orders for high bandwidth memories (HBM).
Apple has a moonshot-style project underway that dates back to the Steve Jobs era: noninvasive and continuous blood glucose monitoring.
Employee doubts are rising about TSMC's US$40 billion investment in an Arizona factory.
New York Times
22 Feb 2023
Forrester Research analyst Rowan Curran told MarketWatch that ChatGPT is an "iPhone moment for AI," citing Apple's reinvention of consumer electronics in 2007.
According to analysis by Swiss bank UBS, ChatGPT is the fastest growing app of all time. In January, only two months after its launch, UBS analysis estimates that ChatGPT had 100 million active users. For comparison, it took nine months for TikTok to reach 100 million.
Huawei Technologies Co is reportedly co-developing high-end electric vehicles with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Co Ltd, according to a contractor, showing that Huawei is getting increasingly involved in the vehicle industrial chain to grow its revenue. Yu Chengdong, chief executive of Huawei's intelligent automotive solution business unit, said in a reply to news website Paper.com late on Tuesday that the company has no plans to make cars itself. It is partnering with JAC Motors to help the latter produce and sell cars in a better way.
16 Feb 2023
US curbs on China's access to advanced technology are killing its viability as a manufacturing base for exports, according to the head of Japan's Kyocera, as one of the world's largest makers of chip components shifts its production elsewhere and invests heavily in facilities at home.
The Financial Times
14 Feb 2023
Major computer chip equipment maker ASML says a former employee in China stole information about its technology.
Google has reached a key milestone in designing server processors aimed at reducing the cost of operating its data centers and keeping up with cloud business rival Amazon, according to one person with direct knowledge of the project and one person who was briefed about it. The progress means Google could start using the new chips by 2025, one of these people said.
By creating chatbot ChatGPT, artificial intelligence research and deployment company OpenAI has democratised AI, but, like all new technological developments, this carries the risk of challenges such as contextual errors, prejudice, information trustworthiness or credibility, analysts say.
Mail and Guardian
13 Feb 2023
While chip sales reached the highest-ever annual total in 2022, the slowdown in the second half of the year substantially limited growth. A deeper dive into the year-end data reveals how this pattern is consistent with the semiconductor industry's predictable cycle and why the current short-term downturn does not change the reality that long-term growth prospects for this foundational technology remain very promising.
Advanced Micro Devices has captured nearly a third of the market for central processor units while British chip technology firm Arm's rise in the PC market slowed in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to an analyst report.
10 Feb 2023
SoftBank's chip technology firm Arm's China joint venture laid off 90-95 employees last week to cope with a challenging business outlook this year, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
7 Feb 2023
It's hard to feel sorry for Silicon Valley tech workers. From high salaries and generous stock options to nap pods and unlimited time off, they're among the most privileged class of employees in the world. Conversely, there's no denying that these pampered staffers engineered a technology revolution that's brought untold economic and social value to the entire planet.
Apple's earnings were an even bigger disaster than expected thanks to a combination of a stronger US dollar, global economic malaise, and more strife at its China factories. That analysts were unable to model for each of these known factors could signal that problems will persist even after supply returns to normal.
6 Feb 2023
The job cuts are expected to affect about 5% of its global workforce.
Third-party retailers in China are offering discounts of as much as 10% on Apple's iPhone 14 Pro amid sluggish demand for smartphones.
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