Huawei arrest puts 'bullseye' on Apple

Apple draws 20% of its global revenue from China Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Apple draws 20% of its global revenue from China

You don't need to look hard to see how the Global Times - the state-backed Chinese newspaper - is interpreting the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

"Washington's move to stifle Huawei will undermine itself," reads a headline. "Banning Chinese companies like Huawei will isolate US from digital economy of the future," reads another.

It's that second headline, the threat of isolation, that should give US technology companies considerable pause as we head into Ms Meng’s 12th day of detainment in a Canadian jail.

The fallout from her arrest will surely mean, at the very least, an even more difficult relationship for the handful of US tech giants that have found great fortune in China.

In particular, Apple, the poster child for US tech success, and a company that relied on China for 20% of its revenues this past year.

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Google+ to shut early after second bug revealed

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Google has found another bug in its Google+ social network that it says affects as many as 52.5 million users.

It said the flaw allowed "name, email address, occupation, and age" to be exposed to third-party developers, even if accounts had been set to private.

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Tom Cruise gives lesson in TV settings and 'motion smoothing'

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Image caption McQuarrie (left) and Cruise worked together on the latest Mission Impossible film

Something is keeping movie star Tom Cruise up at night: motion smoothing.

In an impassioned video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, the Mission Impossible star warned that a default setting on many high-end televisions "makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video instead of film".

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Tumblr's porn ban abandons the marginalised

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Image caption Communities on Tumblr were developed around specific tastes

Tumblr has a major porn problem - bots, spam and, most seriously, images of child abuse.

But for those that use its site legally, the decision to ban adult content across its entire network is seen as a reluctance to tackle the issues properly.

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US charges Iranian ‘SamSam’ hackers

The accused are currently believed to be in Tehran Image copyright FBI
Image caption The accused are currently believed to be in Tehran

The hacking attack was said to have lasted for 34 months, holding schools, hospitals, universities in several countries to ransom - earning the perpetrators millions of dollars in the process.

Now US prosecutors have charged two Iranians they believe were behind the attack - though justice is perhaps unlikely.

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Facebook and its ‘black people problem’

Mark Luckie left Facebook in early November, disappointed at how he felt black people were treated Image copyright Mark Luckie
Image caption Mark Luckie left Facebook in early November, disappointed at how he felt black people were treated

When it rains, it pours - and Facebook’s utterly sodden year continues to be flooded by accusations of bad governance.

Mark Luckie, a black, former Facebook employee whose job it was to handle the firm’s relationship with “influencers”, put it quite plainly: “Facebook has a black people problem.”

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Predictim babysitter app: Facebook and Twitter take action

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Image caption The app analyses social media accounts for posts that might give parents cause for concern

An app that claims to vet babysitters is being investigated by Facebook, and has been blocked altogether by Twitter.

Predictim, based in California, offers a service that scours a prospective babysitter’s social media activity in order to provide a score out of five to suggest how safe they may or may not be.

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Mark Zuckerberg, missing in inaction

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Image caption Mark Zuckerberg said he had been unaware of the activity outlined in the New York Times' report

Mark Zuckerberg is both chief executive and chairman of Facebook. In the wake of a damning New York Times report, he is facing renewed questions on whether he should relinquish at least one of those roles.

The Times’ report, which it said was based on interviews with more than 50 insiders, is extraordinary. Mr Zuckerberg is notable by his absence at times of major decision-making at the firm he founded as a college kid.

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Harassment victims at Google gain more power

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Image caption Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California

Google employees will now be able to more freely speak out over issues of sexual harassment at the firm.

Responding to demands from the around 20,000 workers who protested last week, the company has said it will end the practice of "forced arbitration" in cases of sexual harassment.

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Relief at social networks as defences hold - for now

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The last time the US went to the polls, it was nothing short of a disaster for the biggest social media companies.

Multiple congressional hearings later, a huge concern - would Facebook, Twitter and others be capable of protecting the integrity of the mid-term vote?

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