Tech Sightings, August 28, 2014

Posted August 28th, 2014 at 2:57 pm (UTC+0)
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Source: Microsoft CEO to Visit China Amid Antitrust Probe

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is planning to visit China in late September, according to sources quoted by Reuters. The move comes amid ongoing Chinese government anti-trust probes of Microsoft and other Western companies.

China Supplier of Samsung, Lenovo Denies Using Child Workers

HEG Technology, a supplier for Samsung Electronics and Lenovo Group, has denied allegations by  U.S.-based activists that it hired child laborers at its Huizhou factory, in violation of Chinese law. But Samsung said it found no evidence to support these claims, while Lenovo said it will look into the report.

Internet Operators Explore Improving African Interconnections

Despite significant improvements to Africa’s infrastructure over the past few years, much of the continent’s Internet content is still hosted abroad. Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, African Internet Service Providers, infrastructure providers, government officials and regulators are discussing a new initiative to enhance interconnection and content sharing while reducing costs.

Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two

Students at universities across the United States are taking their education to higher levels, often outperforming their mentors with better and easier ways to do things than the ones they started out with.

Mozilla Accidentally Left Email Addresses, Passwords of 97k Bugzilla Users in the Open

Following a server migration, Mozilla left email addresses and encrypted passwords of nearly 97,000  of Bugzilla’s early testers exposed for  months. This is the second “accident” this month affecting projects supported by the Mozilla Foundation.

Bitcoin Shows Staying Power as Online Merchants Chase Digital Sparkle

After a rocky ride, Bitcoin seems to be getting the attention of some U.S.merchants like Overstock and Expedia, albeit at a slow pace. But there is hope that Bitcoin will eventually become more prevalent.

 

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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