>TikTok made political scapegoat
A threat by the US government to ban the Chinese app TikTok in the US has stoked concern among some users and observers that such a move on the short-form video platform is politically motivated.
Citing threats to national security, the Trump administration signaled that it was considering banning TikTok, owned by Byte-Dance of Beijing, in the US.
"Washington DC right now is looking for reasons to show how 'tough' it can be on China, and Tik-Tok is a convenient target precisely because it is wildly popular," said Steven Weber, associate dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.
Weber said some of the generalized frustration with and anger at social media companies, particularly Facebook, for security, is being directed at TikTok. However, these debates have become politicized, and the key issue is worsening US-China relations, he said.
"My view is that the issue here isn't really about TikTok; it's about the overall deterioration in Sino-American relations. This week the villain is TikTok, last month it was Zoom, and before that Huawei," Weber said.
>Video game auction bids high
An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago.
A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros game released in 1985 for Nintendo's NES console during an auction conducted on July 10 by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
The $114,000 price eclipsed Heritage Auctions' previous record amount for a video game, which was a $100,150 bid made early last year for an unopened copy of the same game.
>Alert raised over floods in north
Authorities have warned of the possibility of major floods in China's northern areas as inundations continue to cause serious damage in many parts of the southern half of the country, especially along the Yangtze River's middle and lower reaches.
Since June, high-water alerts have been triggered along 433 rain-swollen rivers. Only 11 are in the Yellow River Basin in the north, while the rest are in southern areas, said Ye Jianchun, vice-minister of water resources, at a news conference on Monday.
While high water levels linger in the Yangtze and Taihu Lake, more rain than normal is expected in some northern areas as the region prepares to enter its rainy season, usually from late July to early August, he said.
Major floods may occur in the Songhua, Liaohe, Haihe and Huaihe river basins and the middle reaches of the Yellow River, Ye added.
The ministry will guide northern regions in rolling out precautionary measures as it continues to contribute to efforts in the south, he said.
>Huawei revenue surges 13.1%
Huawei Technologies Co said on Monday that it recorded 454 billion yuan in revenue in the first half of 2020, marking a 13.1% increase year-on-year, despite US government restrictions and the challenges created by COVID-19. According to the company, Huawei's carrier, enterprise, and consumer businesses had 159.6 billion yuan, 36.3 billion yuan, and 255.8 billion yuan in revenue, respectively. Its net profit margin stood at 9.2%.
Huawei said in a statement that as countries around the globe are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, information and communications technologies have become not only a crucial tool for combating the virus, but also an engine for economic recovery.
Huawei reiterated its commitment to working with carriers and industry partners to maintain stable network operations, accelerate digital transformation, and support efforts to contain local outbreaks and reopen local economies.