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A brand new survey about People’ sentiments over corporations working with the Chinese language authorities is highlighting stress dealing with Apple, the identical day CEO Tim Cook dinner is scheduled to look with President Biden at an announcement a couple of chip manufacturing funding in Arizona.

In different information, Meta’s Oversight Board slammed the corporate’s use of a “cross-check” program for choose high-profile customers and urged an overhaul that emphasizes transparency.

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Ballot: People much less prone to do enterprise with corporations working with China 

A brand new ballot finds a majority of People say they’re much less prone to do enterprise with main corporations working with the Chinese language authorities amid a crackdown on citizen-led protests, additional highlighting stress dealing with tech big Apple.

The ballot commissioned by the conservative advocacy group Conference of States Motion in partnership with the Trafalgar Group discovered 77 p.c of surveyed People stated they’re much less prone to do enterprise with main corporations working with the “Chinese language Communist Celebration to censor citizen-led protests in China,” in keeping with the survey outcomes solely obtained by The Hill.

The ballot doesn’t particularly title Apple, however the outcomes printed Tuesday come because the Silicon Valley big is reportedly accelerating plans to shift a few of its manufacturing outdoors China after mounting stress over reported uprisings at an Apple plant in Zhengzhou. The Wall Avenue Journal reported over the weekend Apple instructed suppliers to plan extra exercise for creating Apple merchandise in different elements of Asia.

  • The sentiment within the Conference of States Motion survey was shared by 71 p.c of Democrats and 84 p.c of Republicans, in keeping with the ballot.
  • The ballot surveyed 1,085 People between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3. The margin of error is 2.9 p.c. The individuals had been overwhelmingly white, at 71 p.c, and greater than half had been age 45 and older.  

The background: Apple has caught flak over a transfer in China to restrict an AirDrop perform that allowed protesters to share photographs and circumvent censorship techniques. The replace, which initially solely utilized to telephones offered in mainland China and got here weeks earlier than protests erupted, is anticipated to increase to others nations subsequent 12 months, Bloomberg reported.

The timing: The ballot was launched the identical day Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner is scheduled to attend an occasion with President Biden in Arizona the place the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm (TSMC) is set to announce it’s going to enhance its funding within the state from $12 billion to $40 billion. The Taiwan-based TSMC is the world’s largest contact chipmaker and a significant provider to Apple.

TSMC can be set to announce that it’s going to construct a second facility in Arizona that can produce 3-nanometer chips by 2026.

The newest funding comes as Biden goals to spice up the home semiconductor business to compete with China’s chip market. In August, the president signed the CHIPS and Science Act into regulation to spice up the business. 

Board slams Meta’s ‘cross-check’ 

The Meta Oversight Board is urging the proprietor of Fb and Instagram to overtake its “cross-check” program that delays imposing content material moderation measures for politicians, celebrities and different high-profile customers.

This system permits for posts that may in any other case be “rapidly eliminated” to stay posted and doubtlessly trigger hurt primarily based on a system that seems “structured to fulfill enterprise issues,” the board stated in a 57-page advisory printed Tuesday.

The board, made up of teachers, specialists and civic leaders, requires Fb mum or dad firm Meta to make this system extra clear and prioritize expression that’s vital for human rights.

The advice adopted a roughly 13-month assessment spawned after this system was revealed as a part of a Wall Avenue Journal report that included disclosures from Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Meta’s response: Meta stated in an up to date weblog submit it’s going to assessment the board’s suggestions and reply inside 90 days.

Learn extra right here. 


Director of Nationwide Intelligence Avril Haines is warning dad and mom about dangers to their kids’s information privateness on the social media platform TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese language firm ByteDance.

In an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the Reagan Nationwide Protection Discussion board, Haines stated it’s “extraordinary” how adept the Chinese language authorities is at “accumulating overseas information.” 

“And their capability to then flip round and use it, to focus on audiences for data campaigns but additionally to have it for the longer term to make use of it for a wide range of means,” she stated. 

When Mitchell requested if dad and mom needs to be nervous, Haines responded, “I believe you ought to be.” 

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Apple illegally interfered with union organizing efforts at an Atlanta retailer by holding necessary conferences to discourage union membership, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) discovered.

The NLRB additionally discovered benefit behind allegations that the Apple retailer at Cumberland Mall in Atlanta interrogated employees about union assist and actions, solicited grievances and instructed employees that union membership would lead to much less favorable phrases of employment.

The Communications Employees of America (CWA), a nationwide communications and media union, initially filed a grievance towards Apple Cumberland Mall in Could. CWA beforehand petitioned for a union election on the retailer however withdrew its request because of “Apple’s repeated violations.”

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Threat to Resilience: Cyber & Local weather Options to Bolster America’s Energy Grid — Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. ET

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Invoice and the Inflation Discount Act present billions of {dollars} to remodel America’s vitality system. The White Home initiatives they’ll lower U.S. greenhouse gasoline emissions by about 40 p.c by 2030, whereas additionally boosting vitality resiliency and safety. The Hill sits down with policymakers and business leaders to debate cyber and climate-focused options for reinforcing the resiliency of America’s energy grid. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), DOE Cybersecurity, Power Safety & Emergency Response Director Puesh Kumar are extra be part of The Hill and the Bipartisan Coverage Middle. RSVP to affix in-person or on-line.


Google has introduced a brand new initiative geared toward addressing the unfold of misinformation in India, which has been blamed for the rise of violence within the nation.

The newest initiative from Google’s subsidiary, Jigsaw, will use a “prebunking” video function in an effort to cease false claims earlier than they turn out to be extra widespread, in accordance to Reuters.

Jigsaw can be working with companions such because the German-based pro-democracy group Alfred Landecker Basis and philanthropic funding agency Omidyar Community to supply 5 movies in three completely different languages.

Learn extra right here.  


An op-ed to chew on: Is the clock ticking for TikTok? 

Notable hyperlinks from across the net:

Elon Musk Has Outfitted Twitter’s Headquarters With Bedrooms For Workers (Forbes / Cyrus Farivar and Katharine Schwab)

Pc Science College students Face a Shrinking Large Tech Job Market (The New York Instances / Natasha Singer and Kalley Huang)

Another factor: Musk medical firm faces probe

Neuralink, the medical gadget firm owned by Elon Musk, is beneath investigation from a federal company for alleged animal welfare violations, Reuters studies.

The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector Common’s workplace opened the probe on the request of a federal prosecutor, Reuters reported, citing sources. Investigators are reportedly potential violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Neuralink, which launched in 2016, is growing a mind implant to assist paralyzed folks stroll once more. Musk this month introduced the corporate might place the implant gadget in a human mind for a scientific trial in about six months.

Learn extra right here.

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