Arctic Fibre says takeover by Alaskan company won’t affect plans for Nunavut broadband e

APACCBC — The project to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut via a cable running along the Northwest Passage will go ahead as planned despite a recent takeover by an American company, says Michael Cunningham, CEO of Arctic Fibre. The Toronto-based company planned to build a nearly 16,000 kilometre submarine fibre optic cable connecting Asia to Europe.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-fibre-optic-internet-sale-quintillion-1.3591825

US, India tighten security cooperation

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — USA is poised to add wings to the India’s Make in India campaign by stretching its growing bilateral ties in the defense sector. India and the United States identified new “pathfinder” projects under the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) for the joint production of a helmet-mounted digital display for fighter aircraft and helicopters and a biological tactical detection system.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/us-india-tighten-security-cooperation-1470675745

Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

APACYahoo — SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District of Washington, argues that the government is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Microsoft from notifying thousands of customers about government requests for their emails and other documents.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-sues-u-government-over-160113003.html

Exclusive: US to charge Iran in cyber attacks against banks, New York dam – sources

APACChannel News Asia — WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is expected to blame Iranian hackers as soon as Thursday for a coordinated campaign of cyber attacks in 2012 and 2013 on several U.S. banks and a New York dam, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters. The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against about a half-dozen Iranians, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/exclusive-us-to-charge/2631658.html

First look: New trans-Pacific fiber hub near Seattle connects the U.S. to Asia

APACGeek Wire — Two companies have created a new, direct data connection between North America and Asia. And the U.S. terminus is an 86-acre facility, just outside of Seattle near the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Wave Broadband, a gigabit fiber and broadband services company based in Kirkland, Wash., and Centeris, an infrastructure provider for IT and networking systems with data centers in Seattle and Boise, have partnered to create what they call the first transpacific broadband data and fiber hub.

http://www.geekwire.com/2016/first-look-new-trans-pacific-fiber-hub-near-seattle-connects-u-s-asia/

Wipro-Startup invests in US startup that identifies e-mail frauds

IndiaNikkei — MUMBAI:  Wipro, India’s third-largest outsourcing company, has invested an undisclosed amount in U.S. startup Emailage that helps firms identify e-mail fraud, as Indian software exporters rush to partner with startups across the globe for access to new technologies and ideas.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/AC/Wipro-Startup-invests-in-US-startup-that-identifies-e-mail-frauds

Hackers tried to steal $951 million from US bank account: Bangladesh bank

BangladeshTimes of India — DHAKA: Bangladesh’s central bank has confirmed that cybercriminals tried to withdraw $951 million from its US bank account, as the country’s finance minister said he first got to know of one of the biggest bank heists in history through the media.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Hackers-tried-to-steal-951-million-from-US-bank-account-Bangladesh-bank/articleshow/51392962.cms

Iran behind cyberattack on New York dam: US official

APACTimes of India — NEW YORK: A probe by the justice department has determined that Iran was responsible for a 2013 cyberattack on a dam in the suburbs outside of New York City, and an indictment is expected soon. The official, who was briefed on the investigation, spoke to the AP yesterday on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing criminal investigation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Iran-behind-cyberattack-on-New-York-dam-US-official/articleshow/51359902.cms

American Government Blocks Chinese Company’s Tech Investment

ChinaChina Tech News — U.S.-based hard drive manufacturer Western Digital Corp. announced that China’s Unisplendour Corporation has cancelled the USD3.775 billion investment agreement it originally reached in September 2015. According to the agreement, Unisplendour and its fully-owned subsidiary UNIS Union Information System Limited would subscribe Western Digital’s 40.815 million new shares at the price of USD92.5 per share and the total transaction value would reach USD3.775 billion.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2016/03/01/23159-american-government-blocks-chinese-companys-tech-investment

U.S. Had Cyberattack Plan if Iran Nuclear Dispute Led to Conflict

APACNew York Times — BERLIN — In the early years of the Obama administration, the United States developed an elaborate plan for a cyberattack on Iranin case the diplomatic effort to limit its nuclear program failed and led to a military conflict, according to a coming documentary film and interviews with military and intelligence officials involved in the effort.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/world/middleeast/us-had-cyberattack-planned-if-iran-nuclear-negotiations-failed.html

Silicon Valley firm bets on Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The company behind Myanmar-language news application Bindez Tha Din has now raised more than US$500,000 over three rounds of funding, with previous seed and angel financing adding up to $120,000 together. The round came from a consortium of investors, with 500 Startups taking a minority position.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/18675-silicon-valley-firm-bets-on-myanmar.html

China & U.S.Top the List of Cyber-Attack Sources

ChinaBase Line Mag — The source for the greatest volume of cyber-attacks is China, followed by the United States, Saudi Arabia and Germany, according to the “Global Perspective” report from Norse, a provider of security solutions and attack intelligence. Other countries high on the source-of-attacks list include the Russian Federation, the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan.

http://www.baselinemag.com/security/china-u.s.top-the-list-of-cyber-attack-sources.html

Infosys, TCS invest in Barack Obama’s ‘Computer Science for All’ plan

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top software exporters have joined the likes of Google and Salesforce to support US President Barack Obama’s just announced $4-billion ‘Computer Science for All’ initiative that aims to dramatically increase the number of children with access to computer science training in the US and build a more technologically advanced nation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Infosys-TCS-invest-in-Barack-Obamas-Computer-Science-for-All-plan/articleshow/50802238.cms

Intel’s Latest China Venture Eases Spying Concerns

ChinaChina Tech News — Intel has teamed with Tsinghua University and Montage Technology Global Holdings Ltd for the founding of a special chip joint venture in China. This move will reportedly help eliminate China’s worries about the security of imported technologies. Prior to this, the Chinese government called to reduce the dependence on foreign-made semiconductor products, especially those used in systems that could be targeted by spies from abroad.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2016/01/27/22995-intels-latest-china-venture-eases-spying-concerns

US telecoms expert swears by Belt and Road, Internet Plus

ChinaChina Daily — China’s Belt and Road Initiative will not only boost economic development in its footprint but bring latest technologies to the world’s most remote areas, according to Stephen Ho, president and chair of the US Pacific Telecommunications Council.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2016-01/18/content_23130904.htm

Telehouse Expands Services via AT&T Partner Exchange

JapanChannel Partners Online — NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2016 – TELEHOUSE, a global leader for data centers, international Internet exchanges and managed IT services, is helping to simplify the way its customers do business by providing them with access to AT&T*’s high-speed network, mobility and cloud solutions. Working through the AT&T Partner Exchange® reseller program, TELEHOUSE will offer AT&T’s services to business customers served by its two mission-critical facilities in New York.

http://www.channelpartnersonline.com/news/2016/01/telehouse-expands-services-via-att-partner-exchange.aspx

Installed cost of utility-scale PV system in the US down 17% in 3Q15; falling PV costs to spur demand, says EnergyTrend, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — According to EnergyTrend, prices of photovoltaic (PV) systems are in a steady decline. In the US, for example, the average installed cost of utility-scale PV systems was at US$1.38/W in the third quarter of 2015 compared with US$1.66/W in the same quarter of 2014, representing a 17% on-year drop.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160106PR201.html

CES 2016: Asustek to start marketing ZenFone Zoom in US in February

TaiwanDigi Times — Asustek Computer has announced that it will begin marketing its flagship smartphone, the ZenFone Zoom, in the US in February, priced at US$399. The vendor is currently showcasing the ZenFone Zoom alongside its ZenFone 2 series models as well as its new 2-in-1 Transformer Book Chi tablet products, at the ongoing CES 2016.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160105PB201.html

China to surpass US in 3D printer shipments in 2016, says IDC

China.gifDigi Times — According to IDC, 3D printer shipments in the China market reached over 34,000 units in 2014, and are expected to have reached 77,000 units in 2015, exhibiting a growth rate over 120%. This growth rate is largely driven by sales of desktop 3D printers priced under US$5,000. As the China government continues to promote 3D printer awareness and usage within schools and educational institutions, the desktop 3D printer market is expected to maintain an annual growth trend in the coming years.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20160105PR201.html

Singapore investors lead $45M funding in IoT firm

SingaporeZDNet — US-based Internet of Things (IoT) vendor Greenwave Systems has secured US$45 million in its Series C, raising most of the funds from Singapore investors. The Economic Development Board’s investment arm EDB Investments (EDBI) and Singapore Technologies Telemedia (STT) led the funding round, the latter of which contributed the majority of the financing.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/singapore-investors-lead-45m-funding-in-iot-firm/

Guam to receive second submarine tender

APACStarts Stripes — Submarine-support ship USS Emory S. Land will change its homeport to Guam from the central Indian Ocean. The submarine tender will move to Naval Base Guam from Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia as part of the Navy’s long-range plan to put its most advanced and capable units forward, a Navy statement said last week. The vessel, which joins fellow submarine tender USS Frank Cable, will support four fast-attack submarines in Guam and other submarines rotating through the region.

http://www.stripes.com/news/guam-to-receive-second-submarine-tender-1.386104

Xiaomi in the U.S.: Challenges and opportunities

ChinaVenture Beat — Nearly every American is familiar with Apple, the crown jewel of technology firms, but it’s just as likely they’ve never heard of a company dubbed the “Apple of China”: Xiaomi. On the surface, the two companies have opposing strategies; Apple products sell for a premium at industry-leading margins, while Xiaomi targets budget-conscious consumers by charging little more than their production costs.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/12/11/xiaomi-in-the-u-s-challenges-and-opportunities/

China, US high-level cybercrime talks set to begin

ChinaTimes of India — WASHINGTON/HONG KONG: Top US and Chinese officials will convene this week in Washington for the first round of cybersecurity talks following the signing of a bilateral anti-hacking accord in September. China’s Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in Washington through Sunday and will meet US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Chinese state media reported. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch is also expected to take part in the discussions.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/China-US-high-level-cybercrime-talks-set-to-begin/articleshow/49992480.cms

Chinese E-commerce Firm Builds R&D Center In Silicon Valley

ChinaChina Tech News — Liu Qiangdong, founder of JD, said that considering the extensive influence of American brands, products and market, America is the first choice for JD to build its first branch outside Asia. This new R&D center will help American retailers, business partners and various brands to establish and enlarge their influence in China via the shopping platform of JD.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/10/19/22183-chinese-e-commerce-firm-builds-rd-center-in-silicon-valley

China reportedly tries to hack U.S. businesses the day after agreeing not to

ChinaMIS Asia — “It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the intrusions from Chinese-government affiliated actors we have detected during this time period; it is limited only to commercial entities that fit squarely within the hacking prohibitions covered under the Cyber agreement,” says CrowStrike CTO Dmitri Alperovitch.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/industries/china-reportedly-tries-to-hack-us-businesses-the-day-after-agreeing-not-to/

Chinese SSD maker eyes U.S. market for 8TB drive intro

ChinaMIS Asia — Sage Microelectronics (SageMicro), a four-year-old company based in Hangzhou, China, plans to release an 8TB solid-state drive (SSD) next month as it attempts to break into the U.S. market. The company, which emerged from quiet mode last year, already sells a 5TB SSD in a 2.5-in. form factor, along with SD cards and NAND flash memory controllers. The 8TB SSD simply adds another stack of eMMC flash memory crammed into a 9.5mm-high SSD.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/storage/chinese-ssd-maker-eyes-us-market-for-8tb-drive-intro/

Taiwan ranks among top 5 nations in US patents

TaiwanTaiwan Today — Taiwan ranks fifth globally in the number of patents acquired in the U.S., according to a technological competitiveness report published Oct. 13 by Taipei City-based National Applied Research Laboratories. For the period 2009 to 2013, Taiwan obtained more than 40,000 patents in the U.S., or 3.62 percent of the total number granted.

http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=237763&ctNode=2194&mp=9

China’s second largest ecommerce company just arrived in Silicon Valley

ChinaVenture Beat — JD.com, China’s second largest ecommerce company by sales behind leader Alibaba, on Monday announced the opening of its first U.S. office — a research and development center located in Silicon Valley. The focus is expected to be on cloud computing, mobile applications, and big-data infrastructure.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/10/13/chinas-second-largest-ecommerce-company-just-arrived-in-silicon-valley/

Alibaba sets up another U.S. data center in $1B cloud expansion

ChinaComputer World — Continuing the expansion of its AliCloud cloud computing business, Alibaba Group is setting up a second data center in Silicon Valley. The Chinese company said customers could apply from Monday for  services from the data center, which will span over 10 cloud services including Elastic Compute Service, offering scalable computing services, an Analytic Database Service that provides real-time, high-concurrency online analytical processing, and a Cloud Monitor System using an open platform for the real-time monitoring of sites and servers.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2991089/cloud-computing/alibaba-sets-up-another-us-data-center-in-1b-cloud-expansion.html

Wipro Ventures to invest in early-stage venture capital funds in US

IndiaDeal Street Asia — Wipro Ltd’s corporate venture arm Wipro Ventures plans to invest in early-stage venture capital (VC) funds based in the US even as it buys minority stakes in early-to-mid-stage start-ups to help fill gaps in its own range of offerings. Wipro’s $100 million corporate venture arm, overseen by Rishad Premji, son of chairman Azim Premji, has minority stakes in four US-based start-ups; India’s third-largest software services firm has until now shied away from investing in VC funds.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/india-wipro-ventures-to-invest-in-early-stage-venture-capital-funds-in-us-14801/