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China’s Ban on Video Games Continues with Apple

The Chinese App Store sustained by Apple has confirmed thousands of applications were removed permanently. Demands were issued by the Chinese Communist Party to Apple, stating all unlicensed applications must permanently be removed by December 31st. It’s resulted in Chinese iPhone owners having considerably less entertainment available on their mobile phones, a purposeful tactic implemented by China’s Communist Party. The CCP have strategized they’ll take control over the gaming industry & ensure that civilians cannot abuse that entertainment, with Chinese personnel informed their permitted a maximum of one hour for video games per day. It’s announcements of this nature which show the Chinese people don’t have any civil rights, with prominent games across China disputing recent regulations implemented by the CCP.

CCP Representatives have clarified Apple needs to sustain transparency regarding the applications given to Chinese civilians & that because transparent reports weren’t issued before legislative orders were enacted, thousands of applications must be terminated. Its bullish behaviour meant to further the CCPs aspiration to govern over China’s gaming industry. Apple hasn’t agreed with issued demands but are subjected to follow or face permanent operational bans in China. That’s the standard tactic employed by the Chinese Communist Party with international corporations. Listen to legislative orders or be barred from billions of consumers.

Reports issued by the BBC notified that Apple was pressured by China’s Communist Party, which for years has increased their enforcement over the technology industry. That enforcement resulted in forty-eight thousand applications being terminated from the Apple Chinese Store. Largescale apps holding licensing rights in China were still removed, showing the CCP pressured Apple to eliminate legalized properties for their governing aspirations. Licensing products removed included “Assassins Creed Identity” and “NBA 2K20”, with all other Ubisoft properties being terminated as well.

BBC Reporters noted that an average of ninety publication licenses are issued for video games in China per year. Those licenses are typically supported to corporate entities holding prominent ties with the Chinese Communist Party. Largescale developers once famed in the United States have lost their reputations after connections to the CCP were learned. That includes Blizzard Entertainment, developers behind World of Warcraft.

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Hospital Group Hacked by Darknet Criminals

Prominent information from an international corporation has been acquired by hackers, with “The Hospital Group” confirming their servers have been attacked & patient information was being threatened against THG for ransom funds. Information being used for ransom include pictures of patients before & after shots during cosmetic surgery. Millions worldwide would suffer in their careers and social lives permitting this information is released. Those that’ve acquired jobs based on the merits of their looks, from models to elite personnel in government, would face public humiliation beyond comprehension.

The Hospital Group isn’t taking the claims made by hackers seriously, as the “Information Commissioners Office” was contracted was ransom messages were sent to THG. Personnel working for the Hospital Group emphasised an investigation into these hackers had begun & made that announcement public. This means hackers can release pictures to darknet servers at anytime, with cybernetic analysts anticipating that’ll be the result of THGs ignorance.

Nine hundred gigabytes worth of photographic details from millions of consumers have been acquired. Reports from individuals familiar with the darknet suggest REVIL Hacker Group has released those intimate photos to an unknown webpage. THG & ICO are working diligently to locate that webpage, which hasn’t been found to date. Every hour passed causes additional risk to clientele that trusted the Hospital Group with these personal photographs.

Struggling Over the Last Decade

Cosmetic personnel aren’t surprised that the Hospital Group is maintaining a bullish mentality towards these hackers. Over several years, downward spirals have been witnessed for THG. Marketing finances have reached minimal valuations, with celebrity enforsements having not been witnessed since 2013. Celebrity personnel that worked with the Hospital Group terminated their endorsements, showing the untrustworthy nature of THG. That untrust has grown internationally after learning servers have been breached & revealing photos of millions have been stolen. Breast augmentation surgery photographs could be released, creating ample concern for female clientele that trusted THG.

US Energy Department Hacked by Russia

Multiple government agencies in the United States of America have experienced a prominent attack. Announcements have been issued by the US Energy Department that confirms they’ve been the most recent agency attacked. It’s not surprising when America is facing its most prominent cyber attack in history. What’s concerning about the US Energy Department being affected is that this branch og government manages nuclear weapons. Statements made by the US Energy Department notify that nuclear arsenals weren’t affected by the cyber attack.

Malicious software originating from likely Russia has been located in largescale corporations & government agencies. Microsoft confirmed on December 17th that they’d located malicious software inside their platforms. Details regarding what that malicious software caused for Microsoft wasn’t detailed. Russia was likely collecting consumer data over months, with confirmations from the “US Treasury & Commerce Department” confirming that this cyberattack was sophisticated, requiring months for hackers to accomplish. It should be clarified that Russia has denied all responsibility revolving around the cyberattack. However, denials are likely falsified. Every cyberattack initiated in recent months has been accomplished by Russia or China, two largescale communist regimes that work diligently towards destabilizing global operations for federal benefits.

Investigators reviewing the extensive cyberattack have noted it’ll take years for America to comprehend the fallout of this nation-wide hack. President Donald Trump has ignored all questioned regarding the cyberattack, believing it’s an issue for upcoming President-Elect Joe Biden. America’s forthcoming president has promised that they’ll deter adversaries by implement prominent tariffs & disrupting national growth. Presidential-Elect Joe Biden emphasised that America’s critical infrastructures being attacked cannot be permitted, that the private & federal sectors have now been comprised. Biden promises a co-ordinated attack will be returned towards China or Russia, with one of the two likely at fault.

Analysts believe that those responsible originate from China, with nation-wide hacks beginning in March 2020. It means hackers began attacking the United States when Covid-19 became an international attack. Most still suspect China of creating Covid-19 in laboratory environments. This hack leans harder towards those allegations being accurate.

Uber Fined $59 Million by CPUC

Uber Technologies, an American company that offers transportation services for hire, has been hit with a $59US million fine for failing to provide answers to the California Public Utilities Commission in relation to a report that identified serious safety issues with the service.

The company, and subsequent fine, which is payable to the California Public Utilities Commission, could face the suspension of their license based on the ruling issued on Monday by an administrative law judge.

The ruling is just another development in Uber’s history of legal trouble relating to assaults and violence between passengers and drivers. This is a troubling issue that is shared by its competitor, Lyft shares, and one that must be addressed.

At the time of publishing, Uber had yet to respond to requests that it provide comments on the latest ruling. The ruling and its contents were initially reported earlier by The San Francisco Chronicle.

Report detailed thousands of sexual assaults

Uber has faced harsh criticism of its hiring practises over the years, but the latest report details a history of disturbing physical and sexual assaults. The report, which many have called “jarring” outlined multiple assists during trips using the Uber service in 2017 and 2018.

While it was noted that the report included a large amount of aggregate data, the California Public Utilities Commission requested additional information after its release. This became even more so after Uber admitted that the reports fine print failed to access whether any of the incidents took place.

As a regulatory authority, it is the responsibility of the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate any complaints against those companies operating within the state. Therefore, based o the report, the commission asked the lift sharing service questions pertaining to the author of the report and requested further details about each of the assaults that were contained within the report.

Unfortunately, Uber has refused to answer any questions stating privacy issues, and that disclosure would reveal information about employees and assault survivors. It is unknown how long Uber has to respond and whether the commission will suspend their licenses for failure to do so.

HBO Battles with Roku

Integration of HBO Max onto devices supporting the Roku platform has been delayed since launch. The reasoning for postponed integration is because Warner Brothers (Owners of HBO Max) want industry-control of released content. Third-party suppliers aren’t warranted in the new era of streaming, with Roku working diligently to avoid consumers not having access to HBO Max.

Negotiations continue for Roku & HBO Max to finalize an agreement, with Executives at Warner Brothers pleading that integration is arriving shortly. Promises have been made that discussions will favour WB Pictures while providing consumers with content from HBO Max. It appears that Warner Brothers is confident they’ve got the financial resources to contest Roku. How WB Pictures plans on having primary control of content released on Roku hasn’t been defined. Executives likely don’t understand the extent of streaming technology, having worked exclusively with film & television for decades.

Prognostication won’t be permitted under statements issued by Warner Brothers. Verbal warnings from WB Pictures is bullish behaviour meant to prompt fear into Roku. Sentiments after those verbal warnings revert towards praising Roku, with Executives mentioning that Roku has been a formidable partner behind streaming & that HBO Max is dedicated to reaching an agreement.

Fighting with Netflix

HBO Max launched in May 2020, competing against multiple services for market dominance. Unlike numerous streaming services that’ve struggled to ascertain consumers like Quibi, HBO Max saw immediate interest amongst household viewers. Rivals like Netflix & Disney+ are finding small percentages of customers leave their platforms for Warner Brothers streaming service.

There’s potential that WB Pictures could shift the market into their favour. However, Netflix will contest market growth for HBO Max. Netflix has successfully eliminated multiple streaming services & will likely continue holding prominent market share, even with HBO Max partnering with Roko shortly. Popularity for HBO Max is anticipated to increase whenever negotiations are completed with Roku.

CMA Preventing Google & Facebook from Market Dominance

Google & Facebook are finding themselves prominent targets with democratic governments. This follows after undeniable evidence proved both these corporations were using their namesake & market dominance to abuse growth in numerous industries. This prompted the United States government to investigate Google, Facebook, and Apple for multiple crimes. Now another nation is targeting tech conglomerates, with the United Kingdom’s Competition & Market Authority announcing the two firms accounted for 80% of advertising revenue in 2019.

It prompted the CMA to develop new legislation that’d limit Google & Facebook with their advertising capabilities, providing smaller companies with an ability to advertise at greater levels in the United Kingdom. The legislation is additionally meant to provide consumers with greater control over user data, which Google & Facebook abuse to leverage market consumption. Via this legislation, it hoped by CMA Executives that smaller business would thrive & largescale rivals won’t limit innovations.

The United Kingdom’s Digital Secretary discussed the upcoming legislation, with Oliver Dowden clarifying that civilian consensus indicates concern for the concentration of power sustained by largescale technology firms like Facebook & Google. It’s reduced innovation, employment opportunities, and maintained negative impacts on the United Kingdom’s economy. UK Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden ended his sentiments by promising the new age of technology will be addressed.

Don’t Break the Rules.

Legislation being introduced will provide Google & Facebook with clear directives towards what’s acceptable behaviour. Digital advertising must become an open-source industry for numerous businesses & maintain profitable opportunities, without concerns that larger firms will use their namesake to destroy the competition. Google & Facebook won’t locate loopholes to outweigh government orders, with the CMA developing a dedicated unit that’ll suspend powers of largescale corporations if found breaking legislation. Financial penalties given to Facebook & Google are breaking the new legislation will be severe and meant to disrupt quarterly revenue.

Bribery Charges for Apple Head of Global Security

The Head of Global Security for Apple Incorporated has been charged with Bribery. Details were provided that $70,000.00 in bribes were provided to Thomas Moyer, with financial compensation awarded to the Head of Global Security in the form of concealed firearms licenses. Those licenses were distributed to unknown individuals on the Apple Security Team, with suppliers awarded with iPads. Collectively, it’s been determined that $70k in concealed firearms were distributed to Thomas Moyer alongside their respective licenses.

These charges have been known to the Apple Corporation for a prolonged period, with the company refusing to comment on Thomas Moyer with media personnel. It was announced by the California State Courts that a Grand Jury had found Thomas Moyer guilty of committing his crimes. What was more interesting is that justice was evoked towards the two officers supplying Thomas Moyer with concealed firearms & the respective licenses. Santa Clara County Sheriffs were charged and are expected to spend a shorted timeframe in prison for their actions.

Sheriff Captain James Jenson & County Undersheriff Rick Sung wer accused of requesting Thomas Moyer for bribes via iPad for the concealed firearm licenses/weaponry. It would be revealed in-court that Moyer had worked diligently to maintain the firearms legally, and that these officers refused Thomas. After being backed into a corner that required him to accept bribes & award these Sheriff’s with iPads, the officers regularly recorded Moyer. The Head of Global Security for Apple also recorded those policemen, resulting in everyone being found guilty.

Jobs Lost

Two years of investigation followed after accusations were made, with Apple Incorporated selecting to terminate Thomas Moyer days after learning he’d taken bribes from law enforcement. It’s expected that neither of these cops will be permitted back to the Santa Clara County Sheriff Department following their charged being removed.

Kamala Harris Defended by Facebook

As the political environment in the United States continues to be hostile after the election, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris has been facing misogynistic and racist posts, comments and racially charged memes.

This has seen Facebook removing a large number posts after it was alerted about three groups active on Facebook that are known to post hateful content on their respective pages. One media body that routinely monitors this type of activity on Facebook has described the posters pages as one dedicated to misogynistic and racist smears.

In response to the warning, Facebook has stated that its systems automatically flag 90% of hate oriented posts. However, while the pages in question are routinely being directed to the president-elect, Facebook has opted not to take additional actions against the group.

Angelo Carusone, who is the president of Media Matters commented that: “Facebook’s removal of this content only after it’s been flagged to them by the media confirms that the rules and guidelines they establish are hollow because they put little to no effort into detection and enforcement.”

Carusone furthermore stated that from a detection perspective, this is the lowest of low and that until notified by the media, that Facebooks “detection” software failed to identify the hate-filled comments. In addition to the quoted comments brought to light by Angelo Carusone, other posts suggested Harris was not black enough, and that she should be sent back to India.

Harris invited to visit Canada

The Canadian House of Commons gave its unanimous consent on Monday to a motion tabled by the NDP. The motion was in reference towards congratulating both U.S. president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris on their winning the election. This comes while current president Donald Trump refuses to conceded and remains focused on trying to disrupt and challenge vote results. 

While the motion non-binding, its passing reflects Canada’s desire to see it’s returning to friendlier terms with the United States after a strenuous four years under the leadership of Donald Trump. That sediment was shared by many other countries who found the hostile nature of Trump to be disheartening.

Codemasters Sold to Take-Two Entertainment

An iconic & prominent developer from Great Britain has announced that it’s been acquired by Take-Two Interactive. Codemasters revealed via Twitter and later made official confirmations via SkyNews that Take-Two Interactive had acquired their corporate possessions. This includes office space owned by Codemasters, subsequent development studios, and all licensed properties including Formula One. It means that Take-Two Interactive will govern over the development of new titles for F1 & Dirt Rally.

Codemasters was founded in the United Kingdom in 1986 at Banbury, England. Their first title surrounded motorsports & was named “BMX Simulator”. It released for multiple consoles in 1986, with that title now being an iconic game worth hundreds. The 90s saw Codemasters released numerous games for the Sega Genesis & NES. Popularity for this studio wouldn’t arrive until 1988 after partnering with Jester Interactive Limited. Multiple games themed around MTV Music would be developed.

Throughout the early 2000s, Codemasters began returning to motorsport games & started developing shoots, with their iconic series “Operation Flashpoint” still loved by thousands. Codemasters would cement their name throughout gaming in 2010 when they received the Formula One gaming license. They’ve maintained that license over ten years, with contract renewal approved in 2020 for an additional four years. Take-Two Interactive will hold priority control over that license from now on.

No Firm Offer

Codemasters announced to employed personnel on an unfortunate date, with Dirt Rally Five being released the same day. Workers were informed that Codemasters had been sold to Take-Two Interactive for $973 Million. Information given to employees noted that the acquisition contract hasn’t been signed, with Take-Two Interactive not having made a firm offer to date. Codemasters making this announcement could be a strategic decision to evoke other parties into a bidding war, which would force Take-Two Interactive to make a firm offer.

Take-Two Interactive taking control of Codemasters would mean solving numerous problems associated with their games. Formula One & Dirt Rally are known for having horrible internet connections, which often decreases the quality of gameplay. It’ll be issues like these that Take-Two Interactive considers before making their firm offer.

Apple Company Ordered to Pay $502 Million in Royalties.

The VirnetX Company has done the impossible & defeated Apple in court. It was announced on November 1st after ten years of cases against Apple; a Texas Jury has determined that the tech conglomerate must pay out $502.8 Million in royalties. This follows after evidence indicates that Apple uses the “VPN on Demand” technology operated by VirnetX, which Apple stole to maintain its FaceTime service. VirnetX filed patents on the “VPN on Demand” service in 2010, which follow the exact formula Apple uses for FaceTime. It’s unsurprising that when the case went to a jury, they determined that $502.8 million must be paid out.

The Apple Company actively avoided this case, reaching a jury, knowing that implicating evidence wouldn’t lean in their favour. Lawyers under the employment of Apple are refusing to give up against VirnetX, confirming that they’ll appeal the decision & that implicating patents don’t sustain enough evidence to suggest the core operations of FaceTime are consistent with “VPN on Demand”. Apple would then use an excuse that they are infamous for accomplishing in numerous industries, with representatives stating that VirnetX is stifling innovation for consumers. Considering that Apple regularly stifles innovation for international customers, their excuses are irrelevant & borderline ignorant.

Appealing is Foolish

Analysts anticipate that Apple will see the US Court System reject their appeal. It’d be consistent with VirnetX winning another case earlier this year. However, Apple hopes that history will repeat itself similarly to 2018. A Texas Judge ordered in 2018 that Apple payout $502.8 Million in royalties to VirnetX. That decision was overruled by a panel of three judges, prompting another year of unneeded court involvement.

Judges ordered a jury be instituted for this case & within days of being called for assessment, jurors came to their conclusion. It was read to the court by the leading juror that Apple had knowingly underlined the technology of iMessage & FaceTime by stealing patent information from VirnetX. Apple will likely fail in their appeal process, with most judges standing behind the decision of a jury. Lawyers from Apple will have to prove without a doubt that jurors were corrupted into swaying the decision.