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TikTok halts operations in Hong Kong amid security law fears

TikTok will stop operations in Hong Kong in the wake of a sweeping national security law in the former British colony.

The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes amid concerns from various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter over the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.


Tibet Cloud Computing Center becomes “world’s highest” cloud campus

Chinese state media have reported that the first stage of construction of a lofty cloud campus in the Tibet Autonomous Region has been completed.

According to the country’s state media, the facility, located in Tibet’s administrative capital Lhasa, is the highest cloud campus in the world. As noted by DCD, the emphasis on “cloud” is conspicuous here – suggesting that the Tibet Cloud Computing Center is not necessarily the world’s highest data centre. 


Schneider Electric reopens China factories closed due to coronavirus

Electrical equipment and data centre infrastructure giant Schneider Electric has said the financial impact of coronavirus on its quarterly revenues could reach €300m after factory closures in China temporarily halted production.

The company was forced to shut down facilities in China in response to the outbreak, 80 percent of which have now reopened.


Google and Facebook shelve US-China subsea cable plan

Plans for a subsea cable system linking Los Angeles directly to China and Hong Kong have been abandoned over concerns about a third-party backer’s ties to Beijing.

Google and Facebook applied to the US regulator, the FCC, for more modest plans for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), that stop in the Philippines and Taiwan, three years after the tech giants announced what would have been the first submarine cable to directly connect Hong Kong and the US.


Data centres in China set to consume more energy than the whole of Australia

The energy consumed by data centres in China is projected to exceed that consumed by Australia last year, a new report has claimed.

Greenpeace East Asia and the North China Electric Power University, which jointly penned the report, estimate the sector’s electricity consumption to jump to 267 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2023, surpassing the 261 TWh consumed by Australian homes and businesses in 2018.



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