Media \n \nDisney's Eisner to resign \nThe Walt Disney chief executive officer Michal Eisner said he plans to resign in 2006 after two decades at the front of the media giant, in an interview published yesterday by The Wall Street Journal. Eisner, 62, said his decision, which the daily said was expected to be announced yesterday, had nothing to do with Disney's crises. It was "not asked for, not motivated by current circumstances at all," he said. The decision, which coincides with his 20th anniversary at Disney, satisfies both his personal and professional interests, he said. "I want to position the company for the future," he told the economic daily. "I want to ensure that the company continues its strong cultural direction and fiscal direction. I have great affection for the company." \nTelecoms \n \nMotorola plans R&D center \nMotorola Inc, the world's second-biggest mobile-phone maker, plans to invest US$90 million in a new research and development center in China, expanding to meet rising demand in the world's biggest wireless market by users. The 55,000m2 campus, in the Chaoyang district of Beijing, is scheduled for completion by 2006 and will house Motorola's existing 3,000 employees in the Chinese capital, Motorola China president Daniel Shih said at a press briefing. Motorola and bigger rival Nokia Oyj have regained market share from domestic handset makers by introducing new models developed specifically for the Chinese market, the Financial Times reported on Aug. 24. Engineers working at the Beijing campus will focus on designing mobile phones and wireless software such as voice-activated technology, Shih said. \nInternet \n \nSome Sina services stopped \nSina Corp, one of China's top three Internet companies, said China Mobile Communications Corp suspended some of its services after it and other wireless-service providers violated rules. China Mobile sent Sina a notice of sanction for "inappropriate content" and unauthorized expansion of its interactive voice response services, which allow people to access databases using touch-tone telephones, Shanghai-based Sina said in a statement. China Mobile is imposing penalties and sanctions on 27 wireless service providers for rule violations, Sina said. Sina received verbal notification of the sanction last month and recently was notified in writing, spokeswoman Denise Roche said. \nElectronics \n \nEDS could cut more jobs \nElectronic Data Systems Corp could cut 15,000 to 20,000 jobs -- 10 percent of its work force -- over about two years to help reduce costs by about US$3 billion, chief executive Michael Jordan said on Thursday. "The next two years, there are going to be a lot of change in EDS," Jordan said at an investor conference in New York. "But that will, as I said, take 20 percent out of our cost structure -- US$3 billion out. That's the way you do it." EDS runs computer systems for other companies. It has struggled with money-losing contracts, a downturn in corporate technology spending and debt downgrades. The company has made most of the 5,200 job cuts announced last year, and has 120,000 employees remaining. Jordan has said the company is trying to improve productivity to reduce the cost it charges for its services, making its offers more competitive with rivals such as IBM.
EFFICIENCY: The rules for Philippine arrivals were revised after 17.6% of arrivals with symptoms tested positive, compared with 0.7% of those with no symptoms Starting today, Chinese spouses who hold a reunion permit can apply to enter Taiwan and travelers without symptoms from the Philippines do not need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, but are to be tested after a 14-day quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that from today, Chinese who are married to a Taiwanese citizen and hold a reunion permit can apply to the National Immigration Agency for entry into Taiwan. Chinese who are married to a foreign national and hold an accompanied reunion permit
PENGHU INSPECTION: Taiwan cannot let its enemies strut around in its airspace, Tsai said, one day after a Chinese spokesman denied a median line exists in the Taiwan Strait Following China’s assertion on Monday that there is no “median line” in the Taiwan Strait, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to defend the nation’s airspace during a visit to an air force base in Penghu, saying that Taiwan cannot allow others to flex their military muscle in its territorial airspace. Tsai praised the “heroic performance” of the pilots of the Indigenous Defense Fighters who have been intercepting Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes in recent days. “I have a lot of confidence in you. As soldiers of the Republic of China [ROC], how could we let enemies strut
CONSOLIDATION? Taiwan Thinktank deputy executive-general Doong Sy-chi said Beijing’s intimidation tactics are further alienating those who identify as Chinese Only 2 percent of respondents to a poll on constitutional amendments and national identity identified as Chinese, while 62.6 percent identified as Taiwanese, the Taiwan Thinktank said yesterday. Legislators have proposed amendments to the Additional Articles of the Constitution (憲法增修條文), which would change the definition of the nation’s territory, remove the Taiwan Provincial Government as an entity, prioritize the use of “Taiwan” for national groups at international events, and remove restrictions on defining the national emblem, national flag and national anthem. The poll showed that 80.5 percent of respondents agreed that the nation should participate as “Taiwan” at events organized by world
BALANCED DEVELOPMENT: TSMC chairman Mark Liu said the firm is committed to local investment: a third in the north, a third in the center, a third in the south Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, yesterday said that, based on its strategy of balancing capacity, it plans to make northern Taiwan its manufacturing hub for advanced technologies that go beyond 2 nanometers. “As the company is committed to investing in Taiwan, we try to deploy one-third [of our total production capacity] in the north and have one-third each in the center and south” of the nation, TSMC chairman Mark Liu (劉德音) told reporters on the sidelines of Semicon Taiwan’s Master Forum in Taipei. TSMC last year reached its goal of deploying capacity equally across those parts