This week should be interesting for space launches. On Thursday, the Inspiration4 mission will launch on a Falcon 9. The crew of four will orbit the Earth for several days before returning.
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This week will see China launch several satellites into space. They will perform tasks such as monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, radio and TV transmissions, and secret military work.
China has announced a new rule under which people below the age of 18 can only play video games one hour daily from Friday to Sunday. Real-name registration systems will also be implemented.
Next week is set to be very quiet in terms of rocket launches but as long as everything goes to plan, we could see Firefly Aerospace perform the maiden flight of the Alpha rocket carrying 26 CubeSats.
In the next week, Blue Origin is planning to launch the first New Shepard mission since the company's founder, Jeff Bezos, took a ride to space aboard one of these re-usable rockets.
China has passed a new privacy bill into law. Similarly to the EU's GDPR, the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) will see companies adhere to stricter privacy requirements when handling data.
Chinese internet giants and the video gaming industry is facing criticism from state media over their celebrity culture. This has also prompted a lawsuit filed against Tencent by Beijing prosecutors.
Chinese state-run newspapers, People's Daily, and Economic Information Daily have criticized platforms that propagate celebrity culture. This criticism comes during China's crackdown on online firms.
WeChat has suspended new user registrations in a bid to upgrade its tech "to align with relevant laws and regulations" in mainland China. It is expected to get back to normal in early August.
The Chinese regime has denied any role in hacking Microsoft Exchange Server. In retaliation, China's foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, has called the US the world's top "hacking empire".
The US, European Union, the UK, and NATO countries have expressed concerned over China's numerous cyberattacks on businesses, maritime, aviation, defense, education, and healthcare sectors.
Microsoft has issued an advisory about a cyberattack from a Chinese group targeting SolarWinds' products. A hotfix has been released but organizations are still advised to review guidance.
Google has been fined a whopping €500 million ($592 million) in France for failing to reach an agreement with news agencies about how they will be compensated for their content being displayed.
Next week, China's Long March rockets will be performing several missions to ferry satellites into orbit and Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, will also be taking his first trip to space.
China's National Space Administration (CNSA) has shared a video of Zhurong rover's descent on Mars. It is part of the Tianwen-1 mission aimed at studying the Martian geology and atmosphere.
In the upcoming week, China will be sending its first three taikonauts to the new Chinese Space Station. They are set to blast off on Thursday morning aboard the Shenzhou 12 spacecraft.
Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing app, has filed to go public with the U.S. SEC. It's expected that the company will be publicly listed on the NYSE and Nasdaq as soon as July.
The Biden administration has signed a new Executive Order that replaces three Executive Orders - two in litigation - signed by former President Trump prohibiting transactions with some Chinese firms.
Facebook has updated its blog post about Covid-19 misinformation to note that "in light of ongoing investigations" it will now allow users to post claims that the virus originated in a lab in China.
According to an internal memo, Huawei's founder and CEO wants to shift the company's focus from hardware products to software and services, in an attempt to lessen the impact of U.S. sanctions.
Google has announced the launch of News Showcase in India. By partnering with over 30 Indian publishers, the company hopes to increase audience reach with adequate financial compensation.
Sony has announced its next-gen console in China before its competitor Microsoft. The PS5 will be available to purchase in the region on May 15. An Xbox Series X|S launch is still pending in China.
A study finds that 40% of China's bitcoin mining is powered by coal and will produce 130.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2024. This would hamper the country's control of CO2 emissions.
A report from Reuters suggests that we could see Xiaomi-branded electric cars come to market in the future. It's supposedly talking to Great Wall Motors to use its factory to build the cars.
Facebook has disrupted a cyber espionage operation being carried out against Uyghur activists living abroad. The malicious activity has been attributed to a sophisticated Chinese hacking group.
There are four planned rocket launches this week, two from SpaceX, one from Rocket Lab, and another from the Chinese National Space Administration. Rocket Lab's mission was delayed from last week.
Microsoft has unveiled new features for its Azure analytics solutions such as Synapse Analytics and Cosmos DB. The company is also opening a new datacenter region in China to cater increased demand.
Xiaomi introduced today its latest smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 SoC, namely the Redmi K40 Pro and Pro+. The standard K40 was also unveiled with a Snapdragon 870 chipset.
Clubhouse has confirmed a security breach which allowed live audio to be siphoned. This follows concerns raised by multiple researchers around the integrity of the backend platform for the app.
This week, India, SpaceX, Russia, China and Iran are all planning space launches. All of the launches are carrying satellites but for very different purposes from internet delivery to monitoring.
Valve and Sony have announced the launch of Steam China and PlayStation 5 in China, respectively. The former currently hosts around 40 games that have been approved by the government.
5G smartphones will account for 35% of all smartphone sold in 2021 according to the analyst firm Gartner. In China, it's expected that 59.5% of smartphones will be equipped with 5G this year.
With Honor now no longer a part of Huawei, the company is reportedly working on a new lineup of devices that support Google Mobile Services for launch in Russia later in the spring.
The Brazilian government looks likely to let Huawei operate in the country's 5G network. The government's leader, Jair Bolsonaro, wanted to block the firm but he has faced resistance.
The United States government has signed a new executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, The order could be revoked by the President-elect once he takes office, though.
The analyst firm TrendForce expects Huawei to drop from third to seventh place in terms of smartphone production as restrictions placed on it by the United States really begin to be felt.
The Chinese Communist Party has launched an antitrust probe against Alibaba Group, Jack Ma's e-commerce and tech giant. The probe follows the government's recent crackdown on business monopolies.
The U.S. government added 77 more companies to the Entity List, banning the firms from trading with U.S. companies without a license, The firms include chipmaker SMIC and popular drone maker DJI.
U.S. Lawmakers wrote to Intel and Nvidia inquiring them about the export of their technology that has potentially been used by China to carry out surveillance of Uyghurs in Xinjiang region.