Mexico City to go WiFi
All of Mexico City will be one free, wireless Internet hotspot by next year, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday. The project "will accelerate the technological development of the city," Ebrard said after signing a contract with the Chinese telecoms and networking giant ZTE Corp (中興通訊). The project began as a hook-up for security cameras around the Mexican capital, he said. "Why connect 4,000 cameras with fiber [optic cable] if everyone has wireless?" he said. "If we are going to deploy 4,000 [security] cameras, I want them to be WiFi," Ebrard said.
China to curb speculation
China plans to issue revised rules to curb speculation and the lucrative trade in grave plots, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday. Traditional preferences for graves, instead of smaller areas for urns carrying ashes, has resulted in soaring prices, the China Daily reported. It said in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, the average price of a grave in a public cemetery was 7,800 yuan (US$1,000) per square meter, while the average house price was less than 4,000 yuan per square meter. The revised rules will say public cemeteries can sell grave sites only to customers who produce a death certificate, or they face a fine of up to 500,000 yuan, it said.
Lender files for bankruptcy
Subprime mortgage lender New Century Financial Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday and said it intended to fire 3,200 workers -- 54 percent of its work force -- and sell the company's major assets. Once the second-largest provider of subprime mortgages in the US based on loan volume, the company said the firings would better position the company for a possible sale.
Bolivia plans nationalization
The Bolivian government has announced plans to nationalize the country's top telecommunications company, now controlled by Telecom Italia but formerly owned by the state. At a news conference in La Paz on Monday, Presidential Minister Juan Ramon Quintana announced the formation of a commission to plan the renationalization of the former National Telecommunications Co, now known simply as Entel. The committee of Cabinet-level ministers will be given 30 days "to move forward with negotiations that will allow us to recover the telecommunications company that is now in the hands of a private business," Quintana said.
Google vies for DoubleClick
Microsoft Corp may have competition from Google Inc if it seeks to acquire Web advertising company DoubleClick Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Last week, the Journal reported that DoubleClick was in active talks with several companies. Microsoft was reported to be interested in buying the online advertising company for up to US$2 billion. The newspaper, citing unnamed people familiar with the situation, said on Monday that Google has emerged as a contender, and Yahoo Inc and Time Warner Inc's AOL division have also talked to DoubleClick, which is owned by San Francisco private-equity group Hellman & Friedman. Negotiations were fluid, and a winner could be declared within days, the report said.
HONG KONG SECURITY: The president blasted regulations requiring Taiwanese agents or political organizations to provide information on their Hong Kong-related activities President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday warned of countermeasures should controversial Chinese national security legislation imposed on Hong Kong undermine or harm Taiwanese interests. Article 43 of the legislation empowers the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to serve written notices to Taiwanese political organizations or individual agents to furnish information on their Hong Kong-related activities, including their personal particulars, finances, assets, expenditure and capital in the territory. Failure to comply or providing false or incomplete information can result in a fine of HK$100,000 (US$12,903) or imprisonment of six months or two years respectively. Tsai said that Taiwan would keep a close watch on how
CAUTION: Taiwanese should be alert, even if they have just liked or shared posts that would breach Beijing’s national security legislation for Hong Kong, the council said Due to the newly implemented Hong Kong national security legislation, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has drawn up a list of what it described as “high-risk groups,” cautioning them not to travel to Hong Kong. People who support independence for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang; those who are critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Hong Kong government and the “one country, two systems” concept; and those who donated to or voiced support for the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement are urged to refrain from visiting Hong Kong, the council said on its Web site. It released two posts on
MORAL COURAGE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the global community to face China’s intention to subdue Taiwan and reject such irrational requests The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday strongly condemned the Chinese government for meddling with US officials’ interactions with Taiwan after FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed China’s efforts to discourage US officials from visiting Taiwan. The greatest long-term threat to the US’ information security and intellectual property, as well as its economic vitality, is China’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations, Wray told a video event at the Hudson Institute in Washington. Beijing is engaged in a highly sophisticated and maligning foreign influence campaign, with methods that include bribery, blackmail and covert deals, he said. Giving an example, Wray said that when a US official
CAUTION: Taiwan had zero cases of death from food poisoning for six years until last year, when two people died after eating wildlife, an FDA official said The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday urged the public not to eat wildlife or unidentified wild plants, as they could be fatal, with nearly 7,000 people affected by food poisoning last year, including two deaths due to wildlife consumption. The number of food poisoning incidents increased by nearly 50 percent last year, from 398 cases involving 4,616 people in the previous year to 503 cases involving 6,944 people, FDA data showed. That figure was the second-highest in history, the FDA said, adding that the highest number was recorded in 1997, with 7,235 people. Among the 503 cases, 87 were food poisoning clusters