Day: June 11, 2020

Zoom says China demanded shutting activists’ accounts over Tiananmen event

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed between small toy people figures and a keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) – Zoom Video Communications Inc (ZM.O) said on Thursday the Chinese government demanded the termination of four public meetings held on its video conferencing platform on June 4 to commemorate the 31st anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Zoom said it did not provide any user information or meeting content to the Chinese government and that it would not allow further requests from China to impact users outside the country.

“The Chinese government informed us that this activity is illegal in China and demanded that Zoom terminate the meetings and host accounts,” the company said.

The company’s statement here comes after it temporarily shut three accounts, one based in Hong Kong and two in the United States, after they held the

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Apple, YouTube unveil $100 million funds to support black causes amid U.S. protests

FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is shown atop an Apple store at a shopping mall in La Jolla, California, U.S., December 17, 2019, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Thursday it will increase spending with black-owned suppliers as part of a $100 million racial equity and justice initiative, while Google-owned (GOOGL.O) YouTube said it will spend $100 million to fund black artists.

The efforts join a wave of actions by big companies, including banks and retailers, aiming to show support for the black community as recent protests in the United States and elsewhere call attention to longstanding discrimination against African Americans.

The protests followed the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man, while detained by Minneapolis police.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook in a video posted to Twitter said the iPhone maker seeks to increase minority representation among the firms

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Spider-Man, Gran Turismo among games for new PS5, Sony says

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp on Friday unveiled a host of titles for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console, including a sequel to its hit ‘Spider-Man’ title and the latest ‘Gran Turismo’ racer, as it builds anticipation ahead of the planned year-end launch.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Sony PlayStation is displayed at Tokyo Game Show 2019 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan, September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

As rival Microsoft Corp prepares the launch of its next generation Xbox Series X console for this year’s holiday season, the presentation gave a first glimpse of how games will look when played on Sony’s device.

The PS5 promises advanced graphics and shorter load times through the use of its solid-state hard drive. Along with the games pipeline, those are key selling points as contenders like Google push into gaming.

“You’ve seen games that can only be enjoyed with the full range of

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Google sues Sonos, escalating wireless speaker battle amid trade panel probe

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google filed a lawsuit accusing home speaker maker Sonos Inc (SONO.O) of infringing five of its patents, escalating tensions between the partners that have already led to a U.S. International Trade Commission probe.

FILE PHOTO: The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

In a complaint filed on Thursday in San Francisco federal court, Google accused Sonos of using “substantial volumes” of its technology without permission for several products, including controller apps and its Sonos Radio service.

The lawsuit came five months after Sonos sued Google for infringing five other patents, and four months after the ITC said it began investigating Sonos’ complaint about audio players and controllers from Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O).

“Sonos has made false claims about the companies’ shared work and Google’s technology,”

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