Past political trouble in the U.S. isn’t stopping Huawei Technologies from selling its enterprise services in the country. The Chinese company, which was labeled a U.S. national security threat in 2012, has been effectively blocked from selling telecommunication gear to U.S. carriers. Government officials there are concerned about Huawei’s alleged ties with the Chinese government, even as the company has repeatedly denied the claims. Huawei, however, hopes it can still attract U.S. customers to its enterprise products, which include servers, storage and IT services.
Taiwanese computer maker Acer is expanding its smartphone business into the United States for the first time by bringing its Windows 10-ready handset to Microsoft retail outlets. The Acer Liquid M220 smartphone will be available at Microsoft Stores and Microsoftstore.com in the United States from June for US$79.99, Acer announced at its global press event in New York on Thursday to launch new products for the back-to-school season.
BENGALURU: Infosys has acquired US-based digital experience solutions company Kallidus for $120 million that includes a deferred component and retention bonus. Kallidus offers including mobile commerce and in-store shopping experiences to large retail clients. It develops and host mobile websites, apps, and other digital shopping experiences across mobile, tablet, desktop, in-store and all emerging channels. The latest acquisition is Bengaluru-based IT company’s second acquisition this year.
Express Mobile, an information technology company in the U.S., has sued China’s Alibaba for patent infringement. According to Express Mobile, the company filed the patent infringement lawsuit against the Alibaba Group in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. In the statement, Express Mobile accused Alibaba for infringing its patent related to the development of platform independent websites. The involved patent record number is 6,546,397.
Last year, problems were found with 1,000 modems HG8045A imported by the Vietnam Post and Telecom Corporation (VNPT) from Huawei, a large Chinese large telecom device manufacturer. VNPT customers complained they could not change passwords and had to use a default password provided by the supplier. Dang Anh Son, deputy director of VNPT Hanoi, explained at a press conference held to clarify the problem that VNPT’s technicians made mistakes when providing the wrong password to clients.
China’s aggressive new policy to expand its semiconductor industry is worrying U.S. chipmakers, many of which are based in Silicon Valley, and raising potential national security concerns as it begins to acquire U.S. tech companies. The world’s largest market for integrated circuits, China is expected to spend up to $100 billion on both domestic investments and acquisitions abroad to grow its semiconductor industry by more than 20 percent annually over the next five years.
While the Indian IT firms are getting aggressive in buying smaller ticket size companies in the US, sources with direct knowledge share that one such candidate, Sierra-Cedar with HQ in Georgia, US is close to launching a sale process soon. Valuation expectation for a complete sale of Sierra-Cedar is pegged at around $350 million, a source said.
The United States and Russia announced a joint effort to construct a new space station to replace the International Space Station (ISS), but festering geopolitical tensions might yet undo this plan. The announcement made March 28 in Moscow by the Russian Federal Space Agency or Roscosmos is being hailed as a welcome move despite stubborn tensions between Russia and the U.S., especially over the war in Ukraine.
Japanese hardware startups were out in force at this year’s SXSW Interactive. In fact, the Japan section of the SXSW trade show was the largest display by any foreign country that made the trip to Austin. The University of Tokyo’s “Todai to Texas” area, which showcased 10 up-and-coming hardware startups, made up the bulk of the Japan section and was one of the event highlights. You can read all about Todai to Texas and their first five startups in yesterday’s post.
Acer Octon, a joint venture established in November 2014 by Taiwan-based IT vendor Acer and US-based multimedia application developer Octon, will soon announce the outcomes of talks it has been holding with the three largest telecom carriers in North America about cooperation, according to company president James Sha. Acer Octon has also been making deployments in the China and Southeast Asia markets concerning adoption of abPBX plus, its cloud computing-based IP communication solution for businesses, Sha said.
Greatfire.org, the outspoken activist website that openly fights against web censorship in China, reported yesterday it is under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Greatfire representative Charlie Smith (a psuedonym) says the attack began shortly after the website was cited in a Wall Street Journal article describing tactics used to circumvent China’s censors and make mirrors of blocked websites accessible from the mainland.
WASHINGTON: A US-subsidized advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blockages on censored content says it is suffering a mysterious denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations. Greatfire.org says the attack started two days ago and internet traffic is 2,500 times above normal. It says the attack has affected “mirror,” or duplicate, websites that it has set up via encrypted web services offered by companies like Amazon.
Alibaba’s cloud computing service Aliyun announced that its data center in Silicon Valley has started trial operation and is providing cloud services to users in North America and around the world. This is reportedly Aliyun’s sixth data center, following those opened in Hangzhou, Qingdao, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. It also means that Aliyun will start competing with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure in the cradle of cloud computing.
Earlier this week, Alibaba subsidiary Aliyun announced it was opening a data center in Santa Clara, California, as the first step in expanding the giant’s reach into the U.S. cloud services market. Alibaba isn’t the only Chinese internet company looking to gain data center foothold in Silicon Valley. Other heavyweights, including Tencent and Baidu, have been shopping for data center space in the Valley in recent months, Jeff West, director of data center research at the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, said.
Alibaba‘s cloud services arm Aliyun is preparing to open its first overseas cloud data center in Silicon Valley. The Chinese tech giant is making a global push, with the data center a first important step. The data center in Santa Clara, California, announced Wednesday, will provide a variety of cloud computing services. It will initially focus on Chinese companies based in the U.S., with the plan to gradually expand services and products to international clients later this year.
Alibaba’s cloud computing service is expanding outside of China for the first time. Alibaba today announced that its Aliyun platform, which started in China in 2009, is now adding a data center filled with servers in Silicon Valley and going after businesses who need cloud horsepower across the US. Yu Sicheng, vice president of Alibaba’s Aliyun division (“yun” means cloud in Chinese) and head of its international business, says in today’s announcement (on the company’s blog) that US-based servers are just the beginning.
JAKARTA/WASHINGTON: The United States is pressing Indonesia to relax local-content rules it believes will handicap efforts of tech firms such as Apple to expand into one of the world’s last big markets where demand for high-end smartphone has yet to really take off. The regulation, which would come into force on January 1, 2017, requires companies that sell smartphones and tablets in the fast-growing economy of 250 million people to produce 40% of their content locally.
Chinese mobile tech darling Xiaomi held a press event in Silicon Valley yesterday to introduce itself to the US. And while some thought the company might announce that its popular phones are finally coming to America, that is not happening this year. Xiaomi president Bin Lin and VP Hugo Barra maintained at the event that the decision not to launch phones in the US has to do with things like America’s already-high smartphone penetration rate, but an obvious reason,,,
SAN FRANCISCO: Alibaba Group said on Friday it was asked by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for information about its dealings with a Chinese regulator, coming just five months after the company’s stock market debut. The SEC’s request follows an unusually public fracas between Alibaba and China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, or Saic, over the issue of fake products being sold on the company’s websites and a series of related lawsuits filed in the United States.
SAN FRANCISCO: Xiaomi, one of China’s hottest companies, is bringing its blend of cheap yet fashionable technology and crowd-pleasing antics to the US. While its smartphones won’t be available here anytime soon, Xiaomi unveiled plans Thursday to test the US market by selling inexpensive headphones and other accessories online, hewing to the Internet-driven, customer-friendly model that has helped turned the company into a major player in mobile computing just five years after its founding.