ZDNet — China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers, and will require firms to register to ensure they do not “compromise national security” according to state media. From August 15, manufacturers of certain powerful drones and computers will have to give technical details to the authorities to obtain a licence prior to export, Xinhua news agency says.
Times of India — TOKYO: Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, was arrested in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, Japanese media reports said. The French-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of falsifying data on the outstanding balance of the exchange, at one point the world’s largest hub for trading the digital currency, they added.
IT News — Telstra received an average of 246 customer data requests from law enforcement every day in 2014-15 according to its latest transparency report, an increase of six percent on the previous year. The telco today revealed it responded to a total of 90,106 telecommunications data requests in the 12-month period, showing that the rate at which law enforcement is demanding access to customer information is increasing.
MIS Asia — Collaborations between the public and private sectors will be integral for the success of Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, asserted panellists at the recent “Driving the Smart Nation Vision with Data” dialogue in Singapore, organised by NetApp. According to Eddie Toh, Regional Director of Datacenter Platforms at Intel APAC, the idea of the public and private sector co-creating Smart Nation solutions is encouraged by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
Want China Times — The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has teamed up with e-commerce giant Alibaba to research and develop quantum computing, which is expected to be trillions of times faster than a supercomputer, according to Shanghai-based news website The Paper. Aliyun, the cloud computing unit of Alibaba, announced with the CAS the creation of a quantum computing laboratory to develop the next generation of computing technology in Shanghai on July 30. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150801000099&cid=1104
China Tech News — China Internet Network Information Center’s latest Internet statistics showcase the breadth of the country’s online population. Its recently published 36th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China states that by June 2015, China had 668 million netizens, representing an increase of 18.94 million netizens over the past six months.
Digi Times — The number of fixed-line and mobile Internet surfers in China increased to an estimated 667.69 million at the end of June 2015, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The number of Internet surfers rose by 2.92% from half a year ago and was equivalent to a penetration rate of 48.8%, CNNIC indicated. Of the Internet surfers, 593.57 million or 88.90% used handsets for mobile access.
Tech in Asia — South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs and Hanjin, the “chaebol” conglomerate that operates Korean Air, have launched a government-supported innovation center in Incheon. It completes South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s plan to build 17 such facilities across the country to promote domestic entrepreneurship.
Enterprise Innovation — In 2011, 1.8 zetabytes of data was created, and this figure is set to grow by five times in 2020. The proliferation of data from the Internet of Things is creating the need for data ecosystems that can unlock the potential of big data. Leaders from Singapore’s technology industry came together for a dialogue titled “Driving the Smart Nation Vision with Data,” to share their viewpoints on data-driven solutions that are rapidly emerging in Singapore.
Malicious cyber incidents reported by Australian governments and business have more than tripled in the last three years and will cost more than $1 billion in damage in the future, but the country is yet to suffer a major attack, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom service providers have called for an auction of airwaves in the fourth-generation band of 700Mhz, but after two years so there would be enough time to prepare and the ecosystem to mature. Industry executives said they wanted time to make their business strategy to play in a fairly new band. They expect the 700MHz band to be very expensive to buy, further straining the books of telecom operators who are sitting on about Rs 3 lakh crore of debt.
IT News — A proprietary market management platform developed by Australia Post to help local small-to-medium retailers sell into the Chinese market has attracted more than 30 customers to the government enterprise’s books. The organisation last year partnered with software development firm MyMedia to build out a platform that would enable it to act as the middleman between local sellers and Chinese marketplaces like Alibaba, which AusPost signed a partnership with last year.
Myanmar Times — The winning proposal will ultimately be partnered with a foreign company, and will likely compete head to head against Telenor, Ooredoo and MPT, which have all received integrated licences already. Speculation has surrounded which companies would receive a fourth licence that was first announced in passing in state media in June 2013.
WSJ — SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention.
Vietnam Net — The trouble occurred at 2.30 pm on July 22, the time when MOET (Ministry of Education and Training) began making public the national high school finals’ results. The ministry’s website was accessible but no action could be taken because of millions of people were trying to access the site. The ministry’s website was designed for 60,000 simultaneous visitors only. MOET later tried to fix the problem by sharing the database with some universities to balance the load.
Internet users in China have reported that Google has begun to register a series of Chinese domain names, lending credence to a piece in Forbes last month which stated that the company intends to return to the Chinese market, according to the technology news web portal of the Shanghai-based New Outlook. Google may launch a Chinese version of its Google Play app store in China by the end of the year, according to Forbes.
Myanmar Times — State-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) said they had closed sales to focus on “expanding capacity” and increasing broadband speed. Despite their efforts Myanmar’s internet remains frustratingly slow. The country is ranked 159 out of 198 by Net Index for consumer download speed, averaging five megabits per second (MBps).
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is planning another bumper auction of telecom spectrum that may even surpass record sales in March. Likely to be held early next year, this will include frequencies in the 2G, 3G and 4G bands. Spectrum in the prized 700MHz band for 4G may also be on offer for the first time ever. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Next-spectrum-auctions-likely-in-2016/articleshow/48234946.cms
China Tech News — Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba says its Aliyun cloud computing subsidiary has a new data protection pact that supposedly protects user data. At an event held today in Beijing, Simon Hu, president of Aliyun, announced the pact and promised to abide by this pledge to protect user data and business data privacy for all of its international customers. Hu encouraged the entire Internet industry to exercise self-regulation that is vital in promoting the sustainable development of the data technology economy.
IT News — The Finance department has spent an extra $30 million on its troubled redevelopment of the federal government’s central budget management system. The overhaul was originally funded in the 2010 budget, when it received $62.4 million. The CBMS is the platform used by Finance and government agencies to put together the Commonwealth budget and track spending against the budget throughout the year.