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Apple is moving its Chinese iCloud operations to a local firm
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-01-11 00:28:53

Apple is moving its Chinese iCloud operations from its own datacenters to a local Chinese company run by the government.

The firm is called Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD). It's based in Guizhou Province and supervised by a board ran by government-owned businesses. In emails to mainland Chinese customers, Apple says that the move enables "us to continue improving the speed and reliability of iCloud and to comply with Chinese regulations."

But there's also the chance that closer ties with the Chinese government might mean more regulation, which Apple has a record of abiding closely to in the past. Last July, Apple deleted VPN apps from the App Store that had helped netizens evade Chinese censorship, "because it includes content that is illegal in China." Those who aren't happy with the move at least have the option of closing their iCloud accounts.

Read into it what you will, but the ties between Apple and the Chinese government are strengthening. One has to wonder how long until Apple has to open up iMessage's encryption.

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What is left unsaid
By kwan_e on 2018-01-12 09:35:09
People should be reminded of this when they try to argue that if you have too much regulations, it will chase away big business. Big businesses are fine with heavy regulation and only the extremely gullible fall for their tantrums.
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CISCO cooperation for hunting down political dissidents
By hackus on 2018-01-12 23:52:10
In the 1990's and early 2000's CISCO was almost bankrupt from over extending itself and like many companies should have died and went away after the DOT COM crash.

However, they managed to make a huge deal with the Chinese government to move all design and engineering operations to China.

In return, they would be awarded generous contracts to build the infrastructure in China to enslave its population to total authoritarian control. Providing key support and equipment to monitor, track and apprehend anyone who was determined to be subversive on an IP network.

This saved the company.

I could never understand from reading the financials in 2001-3 how they managed to secure credit and capital to sustain the company.

CISCO should have went bankrupt and been sold.

The company was literally brought back from the dead on the bodies of people murdered/tortured by the state.

Think about that next time you buy CISCO gear, and if you have a conscience, pick a different company.
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RE[6]: a lark
By kamil_chatrnuch on 2018-01-14 23:03:30
The money is created when a bank makes a loan.

Well, when someone repays the loan, the opposite process happens, and money is actually destroyed. It effectively disappears from the economy entirely.
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No difference
By Soulbender on 2018-01-15 08:27:49
Both companies are operating within the same regulatory framework in China so it doesn't really matter that it's being transferred to a local company.
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