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Idols, Alibaba scandal and Hi-Tech. Last week in China

Chinese Idols Business and the illegal practices behind it

China’s Central Cyberspace Administration recently closed more than 1300 groups and handled more than 4000 illegal accounts. An operation that aimed at correcting the bad standards in the Idols business in China. For who knows the online environment in Japan and Korea, this should not be surprising. China, like the other two Asian countries, has had a conspicuous growth of the Idol business. Because a lot of the fans are actually underage (8% of minor netizens are fans of one or more idols) or extremely young adults, the influence of Chinese Idols can be extremely dangerous. Furthermore, some companies in the industry committed several illegal practices. Among them, fake or hired “fan” accounts that act as leaders for the real fans in order to push for fundraising or other fighting online against fans of rival idols. If the correction move will be successful, then Chinese Idols will become a much more positive energy for the new generations. [People’s Daily]

Another Alibaba scandal brings out deeper issues

Last few weeks Chinese web has been in fire due to another Alibaba scandal. An employee has reported receiving sexual harassment from a manager and a client. She reported the issue to the police after HR didn’t handle it quickly. As a consequence, both companies fired the suspects. Two executives who mishandled the situation chose to resign. Yet, the most recent news from police specify there is still no evidence of sexual harassment having happened. It also brought some bigger problems out. The Alibaba scandal is not important only for the company on its own, but also because it presents new problems for the future. First, should corporations like Alibaba own, participate or influence newspapers and social media? If they should, how to avoid they use their influence to prevent similar news from getting the right amount of attention? Second, should the past generation’s business culture be more flexible to respect the new generation’s standards and ideas? [Global Times]

Loongson brings out CPUs entirely designed in China

Loongson 3A5000: this is the name of the new quad-core CPU entirely designed in China released just last month. It is considered on the level of a 6th gen Intel CPU. It is not certainly astonishing in its performance. The real news is the fact it is using an architecture designed entirely in China, called LoongArch. It is possible to install it on laptops, servers and few other applications. This means one step forward for CPU production without relying on foreign licenses. LoongArch is quite similar to x86 and Arm, and newer versions of the processor, though, like the 16-core 3C5000, can be even more interesting. We should see more about the 3C5000 later this year. [techspot.com]

The 3A5000 CPU by Loongson. Source: HKEPC

2 deaths in 2 weeks on NIO cars

In just two weeks two fatal accidents involved the carmaker NIO. The NOP (Navigate on Pilot) function, which implies that the car requires constant attention from the driver, was accused of being the main reason for these and other smaller accidents online. A driver online who experienced a minor accident said that drivers tend to relax when the car seems to be able to handle everything on its own. But that’s not how it should be. The company declared accidents should be investigated by traffic police first, as NOP is not autonomous driving and therefore the attention of the driver is fundamental at all times. In the past, some Tesla cars also got into similar accidents. [Sina Technology]

High speed trains are regularly operative at -40°C

On August 15th, the Fuxing HSR train model CR400BF-G managed through a new test. A cold-weather version of it, made particularly resistant to low temperatures, ice and snow, could operate regularly even at -40°C. The CR400 series are technically able to reach 400 km/h of sustained speed, but they are currently limited at 350 km/h. The first models entered in service just 5 years ago. [People’s Daily]

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