Tech Sightings, July 30, 2014

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Russia Wants Apple, SAP to Cooperate Against Foreign Spying

Moscow suggested that Apple and SAP should give the government access to their source code to ensure that it is not being used for espionage. The development comes amidst renewed U.S. and European consultations to impose even more severe sanctions on Russia for its role in Ukraine.

Chinese Hospitals Tap Alipay for E-payment, Medical Appointments

Alibaba’s e-payment platform, Alipay, has picked up a number of Chinese hospitals looking to help patients book medical appointments and pay bills using their mobile devices. Five hospitals have already subscribed to a program that connects Alipay users with hospital booking and payment systems.

Facebook is Developing Its Own Standards for Privacy

Previously, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held the view that privacy is no longer a social norm. Now, Facebook is changing its stance, although the changes appear to be an effort at a compromise between monetizing privacy and keeping users comfortable.

How Twitter Won the World Cup

Throughout the June12-July13 World Cup games, Twitter kept fans updated and engaged. And while experts say this in itself did not drive up the subscriber base, the service did encourage more people to interact with Twitter.

These Girls are Ready to Shape Future of Game Development

LearnDistrict is a California-based educational studio helping get more girls into programming. Recently, it held its Girls Make Games camp – a program designed to give women the tools and knowledge to get into game development.

Xbox One Will Launch in China September 23

Now that China’s ban on the sale of game consoles has been lifted, Microsoft announced that its Xbox One game console will be offered for sale in China’s Free Trade Zone for 3, 699 yuan, or $599.35. Xbox games in China will cost somewhere between 99-249 yuan.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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