Day: July 7, 2020

Pence says U.S. to maintain ‘strong stand’ on TikTok

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looks on during an event with community and faith leaders at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, U.S., June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the United States would “continue to take a strong stand” regarding Chinese entities that threaten U.S. security, including potentially the social media app TikTok.

Pence made the remark in an interview with Fox News Channel a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, suggesting it shared information with the Chinese government, a charge TikTok denied.

Pence, citing Washington’s tough stance against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies, said President Donald Trump had made it clear his administration would defend U.S. interests from “being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party.”

“So these entities, whether it be Huawei

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Next, Zalando and Amazon drop Boohoo over worker rights allegations

FILE PHOTO: The logo of fashion retailer Zalando is pictured at the new headquarters in Berlin, Germany, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Retailers Next Plc, Zalando SE and Amazon.com Inc are delisting products made by Britain’s Boohoo Group Plc following a media report about dire working conditions in an English factory that supplied the popular brand.

Boohoo shares have slumped since the Sunday Times newspaper said workers in a factory in Leicester, central England, making clothes destined for Boohoo were being paid as little as 3.50 pounds ($4.38) an hour.

Boohoo said on Monday it will end relationships with any supplier found to have breached its code of conduct. It could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Next said it had already removed all Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing branded items from all its websites last week in response to a report from workers’ rights

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Cars, a cocktail and a celebrity: South Koreans succumb to Tesla fever

SEOUL (Reuters) – From an eponymous cocktail to eager buyers following the shipping routes of long-awaited cars, Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is having a moment in South Korea, particularly among tech-savvy professionals.

A couple looks at a Tesla dealership in Hanam, South Korea, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Kang Sung-mo, who runs an advertising production agency in Seoul, is a convert.

“I am not interested in cars, but I am interested in the Tesla brand and its technology,” the 39-year-old told Reuters.

Kang bought a Tesla Model 3 in December, ditching the Hyundai crossover he bought only last summer. Being associated with Tesla’s reputation for innovation was good for his image, he said.

The U.S. electric car maker had its best month for South Korea in June, selling 2,827 vehicles and bouncing back from weak sales in April and May which were hit by U.S. production disruptions due to

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Exclusive: U.S. probing allegations TikTok violated children’s privacy – sources

FILE PHOTO: A TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department are looking into allegations that popular app TikTok failed to live up to a 2019 agreement aimed at protecting children’s privacy, according to two people interviewed by the agencies.

A staffer in a Massachusetts tech policy group and another source said they took part in separate conference calls with FTC and Justice Department officials to discuss accusations the China-based short video sharing app had failed to live up to an agreement announced in February 2019.

The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and others in May asked the FTC look into their allegations TikTok failed to delete videos and personal information about users age 13 and younger as it had agreed to do, among other violations.

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