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Topic: China

Tim Cook lambastes Bloomberg for iCloud spy chip report, calls for retraction

10/19/2018, 01:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook has uncharacteristically spoken out about the Bloomberg report that claimed that the Chinese had inserted a spy chip into the company's iCloud server, and is completely denying that Apple was impacted.

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U.S. intelligence director: 'no evidence' of Chinese spy chips in iCloud servers

10/19/2018, 09:10 am

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, claims that the government has seen "no evidence" so far that Chinese spy chips were planted onto motherboards that then made their way into servers at companies like Apple.

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Chinese consumer group demands Apple compensate stolen Apple ID owners

10/19/2018, 08:10 am

The China Consumer Association is calling on Apple to fully compensate people who lost money as a result of stolen iCloud accounts, arguing the company is downplaying a recent security breach.

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China App Store growth slowing, but only in short term & nothing to worry about says analyst

10/18/2018, 01:10 pm

Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley has taken a look at Apple's App Store numbers in China, and while there does appear to be a combination of factors provoking a short-term stall in growth for Apple's iOS App Store, earnings will still be massive, and long-term Services revenue won't be impacted much, if at all.

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iPhone will insulate TSMC from negative financial effects of US trade war with China

10/18/2018, 10:10 am

Taiwan-based chip manufacturer TSMC is predicting modest growth in the new quarter, suggesting that production of smartphone chips -- particularly for Apple's iPhone -- will offset not just weakness in cryptocurrency mining, but risks caused by the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

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Apple apologizes to Chinese users after iCloud phishing spree

10/16/2018, 08:10 am

Apple is "deeply apologetic" that some users in China had been pilfered by assailants -- but at the same time noted that the attacks would have been prevented had the victims been using security measures that Apple enables to protect accounts from such thefts.

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iPhone sales may be taking big hit in China because of weak smartphone market

10/15/2018, 10:10 am

Despite other data sources to the contrary, Goldman Sachs' Rod Hall is afraid of a slowdown in the Chinese iPhone market that may dramatically impact Apple's quarterly earnings, and future prospects in the region.

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App Store fraud allegedly impacting major mobile payment firms in China

10/11/2018, 10:10 am

Two major mobile payments companies in China have asked Apple to help reduce theft on their platforms, where customers' funds are being drained by criminals using stolen Apple IDs connected to their payment accounts for fraudulent App Store purchases.

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iPhone XR launch expected to beat iPhone 8 debut in weakening China smartphone market

10/11/2018, 08:10 am

Given the weakness of Chinese device manufacturers, and a lack of innovation in new products by them, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting Apple to have a good local debut in a critical October holiday period.

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Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour

10/10/2018, 08:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his latest China tour on Wednesday with a visit to a Beijing high school that integrates iPad and Apple Pencil into its learning curriculum, moves that one report suggests are part of a plan to remain in Chinese consumers' good graces.

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Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple

10/10/2018, 08:10 am

Media personalities have been bending over backward to find a way to square the claims made by Bloomberg in its "China Hack" story with a series of strongly worded denials from Amazon and Apple insisting that the report was "wrong and misinformed." However, there is solid evidence that Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either from a lack of research coupled with bad perspective, or possibly to simply craft a dramatic narrative.

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US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

10/10/2018, 08:10 am

A pair of senators have written to Supermicro requesting more information about events detailed in the recent Bloomberg investigation alleging the company's servers were compromised, in an attempt to find out if it is a risk to the national security of the United States.

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Supermicro iCloud spy chip report bolstered by US telecom network hardware hack

10/09/2018, 02:10 pm

Bloomberg is doubling down on its investigative report claiming servers belonging to Apple, Amazon, and other major organizations were tampered by China, by citing documents and analysis from a security expert working for a major telecommunications firm.

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Rampant Chinese iPhone repair fraud forced Apple to develop countermeasures

10/09/2018, 01:10 pm

Apple has spent the last five years combatting fraud relating to iPhone repairs in China, where parts were stolen from working iPhones and were submitted for repair under warranty, a problem that reportedly cost billions of dollars and forced Apple to investigate.

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Apple's Tim Cook visits Shanghai amid alleged Chinese iCloud spy chip debacle

10/09/2018, 10:10 am

Apple's CEO is making a surprise tour of Shanghai, possibly in response to the controversy over a report claiming Chinese spy chips were inserted into Apple servers.

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Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity [u]

10/08/2018, 10:10 pm

Security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, one of the few sources named in Bloomberg Businessweek's bombshell China hack investigation, in a podcast this week said he felt uneasy after reading the article in part because its claims almost perfectly echoed theories on hardware implants he shared with journalist Jordan Robertson.

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No evidence of spy chips, Apple insists in letter to US Congress [u]

10/07/2018, 09:10 pm

Apple hasn't detected unusual transmissions or other evidence servers were infiltrated with Chinese spy chips, the company's VP of Information Security insisted in a letter to Congress on Sunday.

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Apple launched investigation into Bloomberg's China hack claims, 'found nothing'

10/05/2018, 09:10 pm

Apple reportedly launched a wide-reaching internal investigation into an explosive report claiming Chinese spies compromised its servers in what boils down to a complex supply chain hack, but came up empty in its examination.

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Why Samsung's smartphones are winning in shipments but losing in business

10/03/2018, 12:10 pm

This summer, Samsung Electronics reported a 22 percent drop in mobile revenues and a 34 percent collapse in year-on-year profits in its IM division, which includes smartphones, tablets, PCs, watches, and other products comparable to Apple's business. Over the same three months, Apple reported a greater than 17 percent increase in both its revenues and profits. Why is the world's largest phone maker by unit volume performing so poorly?

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Apple Business Chat expands to Canada, UK, Japan, several other countries

10/02/2018, 10:10 am

Apple's iMessage-based Business Chat platform is now available in many more countries, having originally launched as a U.S. exclusive earlier this year.

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