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Chinese Internet Users are in Crisis; Pay to Obfuscate IP Address
China, Technology

Chinese Internet Users are in Crisis; Pay to Obfuscate IP Address

China, known for censorship and ghost-tracking Chinese Internet users, has got all Chinese social media companies to reveal user data, including IP addresses. How are users responding to the situation and how are social media platforms complying with the mandate? Well, it is known to the world that the authoritarian Chinese regime never permitted its people to freely use globally known social media platforms like Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, etc.  To curb the exposure of Chinese Internet users to the West and its belligerent voice of innovation and protest, China came up with its own homemade jam of social media apps to appease the youth. While this strategy certainly worked for managing the unintelligible crowd, it shot crisis to the ones with a voice. It...
TomaGrow Wins Pinduoduo Smart Agriculture Competition
China, Technology

TomaGrow Wins Pinduoduo Smart Agriculture Competition

Precision greenhouse management technology developed by agriculturists and data scientists participating in Pinduoduo's Smart Agriculture Competition is easy to use and does not need training for growers. TomaGrow, a team primarily comprised of Wageningen University & Research and China Agricultural University graduates with extensive industry experience, emerged victorious in the tomato-growing greenhouse challenge. It was decided by factors, including yield, nutritional value and environmental sustainability. In the preliminary round of the competition, more than 120 researchers from 15 teams were nominated. To cultivate tomatoes remotely during the six-month challenge, contestants used a variety of approaches that included nutrition science and computer vision, as well as ...
8 Well-Funded Stem Cell Startups are Manipulating your DNA
China, Europe, India, MEA & Japan, Technology, United States

8 Well-Funded Stem Cell Startups are Manipulating your DNA

Using stem cells or their derivatives, stem cell startups champion the production of regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy, to promote the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional, or injured tissue. Instead of using donor organs in short supply, stem cells are used for stem cell therapy. In the laboratory, researchers cultivate stem cells to manipulate them into specific cell types like those found in the heart, blood, or nerve tissue, such as heart muscle cells. The manipulated cells are then injected directly into the target muscle with the degenerative condition to usher in new cell development. With the advancement in stem cell technology, several medical researchers, doctors, and scientists have established stem cell startups making an innovative impact globall...
Is China’s Evergrande Group a Mutation of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis?
Business, China

Is China’s Evergrande Group a Mutation of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis?

Could the current real estate crisis of China led by the Evergrande Group be a mutation of the United States subprime mortgage crisis? Many, including India's Uday Suresh Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank, have compared China's real estate behemoth the Evergrande Group's collapse to Lehman Brothers.  The world's stock markets, including those in India, are on pins and needles. The early gains made by the Indian indices were partially eroded on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, due to a downturn in global markets led by China Evergrande Group (HKG: 3333) and Evergrande Property Services Group Ltd (HKG: 6666). Character Sketch: Evergrande Group Historically, Evergrande Group has been one of China's most successful real estate developers, with sales ranking as high as second. The Fortune Global 5...
China Bans Crypto Mining: Chinese Crypto Traders at Loss
China, Crypto & NFT

China Bans Crypto Mining: Chinese Crypto Traders at Loss

On Friday, September 24, 2021, China's most powerful regulators went a step further by issuing a blanket ban on all cryptocurrency transactions and crypto mining, hurting bitcoin and other big coins, squeezing the whole cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem influencing the value of major cryptocurrencies. Ten government organizations, including the People's Bank of China and the central bank, together with banking, securities and foreign exchange regulators, have agreed to work together to root out "illegal" cryptocurrency activities for the first time. According to George Zarya, CEO of Bequant crypto exchange in London, China often takes drastic measures with claims of threats or countermeasures but then goes completely radio silent for some time. He openly stated that China would n...
Ai Weiwei Goes Pink & Middle Finger Over Julian Assange’s Extradition
China, People

Ai Weiwei Goes Pink & Middle Finger Over Julian Assange’s Extradition

On Monday, contemporary Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest outside a London court demanding the release of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, facing extradition to the United States. Julian Paul Assange from Australia is an editor, publisher, and activist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006. Assange became a household name in surveillance whistleblowing in 2010 after releasing 500,000 secret files detailing military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, which compounded him a misfortune of 18 charges as per US's federal law. US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning facilitated the provision. Ai Weiwei, who has been in exile in Berlin, Germany, left China in 2015 to flee from Beijing's wrath. In solidarity with Assange, Ai says that the US's prosecution of Assange is...
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