China grants first 5G licenses amid Huawei global setback

It’s official. After much anticipation, China named the first companies to receive 5G licenses for commercial use on Thursday. The announcement from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country’s telecoms authority, came as Huawei, the Chinese company that captured nearly 30% of the world’s telecom gear revenues in …

China’s Didi kicks off expansion in Latin America with moves into Chile and Colombia

The wheels are turning on Didi Chuxing’s first major expansion in Latin America after the Chinese ride-hailing firm announced moves into Chile and Colombia to double its presence in the region. Didi said it rolled into Valparaiso, Chile’s third largest metropolis, and Colombian capital city Bogota this week. The company …

Struggling EV firm Faraday Future gets another financial lifeline with new $225M investment

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. It may have lost its original founding team, but the wheels are still rolling for embattled electric vehicle (EV) maker Faraday Future. The company, famous for lavish promotions but little substance, has received yet another …

‘Socially Inept,’ a comedy startup founded by Microsoft employees, roasts tech bros

Everyone gets a kick out of mocking the quintessential San Francisco techie, Patagonia vest and all. ‘Socially Inept,’ a new traveling comedy cohort, is making a business out of it. The group has been roasting the tech scene in hubs across the U.S., including Seattle, where the company is based, …

AWS opens up its managed blockchain as a service to everybody

After announcing that they were launching a managed blockchain service late last year, Amazon Web Services is now opening that service up for general availability. It was only about five months ago that AWS chief executive Andy Jassy announced that the company was reversing course on its previous dismissal of …

With iOS 13, Apple locks out apps from accessing users’ private notes in Contacts

Apple is closing a loophole that allowed app developers to access users’ potentially sensitive and private data. With the launch of iOS 13, apps that request access to users’ Contacts will no longer be able to read the data in the “Notes” field of those address book entries. For years, …

The wider debate about workplaces gives facilities managers a chance to crack the code

The immediate debate that has followed the BIFM’s announcement of a name change last week appears to have crystallised around the issue of taxonomy. We are already being asked to consider whether facilities management is part of the workplace ecosystem or vice versa and which profession – typically designated as …

My Best Practices for Deploying a Web Application on Alibaba Cloud

This article was originally published on Alibaba Cloud. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. In this article, I want to share the best practices I use when deploying a web application to Alibaba Cloud. I work as a freelancer and recently one of my clients asked …

Over 70 percent of Brits oblivious to indoor air’s deadly impact

A recent UK study piloting a bio synthetic CAW (clean air wall), a filtration intervention, highlighted where we can improve air quality along with other measures to improve well-being in offices. A case in France demonstrated the importance of integrating indoor air quality during renovations. Veolia’s air quality team were …

Sources: Bird is in talks to acquire scooter startup Scoot

If you are among those who thought that the scooter market sounded a little overhyped and overcrowded, we’ve gotten wind of a deal that could point to some impending consolidation. The on-demand scooter business Bird has agreed to acquire Scoot, a smaller two-wheeled mobility startup, sources tell TechCrunch. The stage of …

Facial recognition startup Kairos founder continues to fight attempted takeover

There’s some turmoil brewing over at Miami-based facial recognition startup Kairos . Late last month, New World Angels President and Kairos board chairperson Steve O’Hara sent a letter to Kairos founder Brian Brackeen notifying him of his termination from the role of chief executive officer. The termination letter cited willful …

Google opens Android Automotive OS to Spotify, other media app developers

Google is opening its Android Automotive operating system up to third-party developers to bring music and other entertainment apps into vehicle infotainment systems, starting with the Polestar 2, an all-electric vehicle developed by Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand. Google announced Wednesday that media app developers will be able to create …