Xiaomi names Qualcomm as destination for ‘illegal’ payments • The Register

Asia in brief The Indian subsidiary of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi expressed disappointment at the national government’s decision to freeze $683 million of its assets, saying the disputed funds were payments to US chip giant Qualcomm.

The money was seized in May, when Indian authorities opened an investigation into alleged illegal remittances from Xiaomi to three foreign entities on the grounds that the Chinese gadget maker had not received any service for payments, and that so they were suspects.

Xiaomi appealed the decision, but India’s money laundering prevention agency, the Law Enforcement Directorate, rejected the appeal. “The Xiaomi India did not benefit from any service from the three foreign-based entities to which these amounts were transferred,” says Management. announcement [PDF] of his decision.

Xiaomi hit back with a statement claiming that more than 84% of the $683 million was royalty payments to Qualcomm for licensed technologies used in its smartphones.

“Without these technologies, the phones would not have worked in India,” said Xiaomi India.

“Additionally, we would like to clarify that Xiaomi Technology India Private Limited does not own or hold any assets outside of India,” the smartphone maker added.

Xiaomi warned in its April-June 2022 report that India’s investigation into its business could materially impact its business.

India hasn’t been shy about pulling low-end Chinese smartphones from its market as it continues to fight for technological self-sufficiency through subsidies and industry development programs that set out to objective to increase local electronics production by 400% by 2026.

Japan mulls customer registration on crypto exchanges

Japan is set to revise its law on preventing the transfer of proceeds of crime to require customer registration for transactions made on crypto exchanges, as it cracks down on money laundering and seeks to better monitor digital currencies.

A draft amendment to the law is due this week and will come into force in May 2023, according to Nikkei Asia.

India’s HFCL claims world’s first Wi-Fi 7 hotspot

Indian tech maker HFCL has launched what it claims is the first Wi-Fi 7 hotspot – quite a feat given that Wi-Fi 7 (aka 802.11be) is expected to be on the way to ratification in 2024 and that no commercial client devices are currently available.

The register therefore asks HFCL if the device is practical. We’ve been told that since it’s backwards compatible with Wi-Fi 6 and 5, buyers might consider the device for current Wi-Fi networks and then add Wi-Fi 7 once client devices become available.

The company added that it had performed interoperability testing with earlier versions of Wi-Fi, but had not yet done so for Wi-Fi 7.

The machines use Qualcomm Networking Pro silicon.

HFCL has not set prices for its access points but will start taking orders in December and expects the machines to ship in April 2023.

IDC predicts public cloud boom in Asia

IDC analysis firm predicted the overall market for public cloud services (PCS) in Asia will more than triple between 2021 and 2026.

The Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) is expected to grow at a rate of 26.4% CAGR, from $51.2 billion to $165.2 billion over the five-year period.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is expected to account for nearly half ($80.7 billion) of the Asia-Pacific PCS market in 2026, platform as a service (PaaS) 16.6% ($27.4 billion) and software as a service (SaaS) 34.6% ($57.1 billion).

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Vietnam reportedly preparing to restrict news sources on social media

Vietnam is would have develop regulations on which entities can post news on social media.

The new laws are expected to be announced before the end of 2022. According to Reuters, the new rules will place a “significant moderation burden on providers of platforms” like Facebook and YouTube.

Vietnam already has limited free speech, and the new controls could allow authorities to order certain voices on social media to be shut down.

Toshiba pushes takeover talks forward – but warns it has nothing to say until a deal is struck

Japanese tech conglomerate Toshiba last week announcement [PDF] it received “a number of more detailed (including legally binding) written expressions of interest submitted by several potential partners, in varying degrees of completeness”.

The company told shareholders it would evaluate the proposals “over the next few months”, but warned they could now expect a long silence.

“As the company now expects to enter a more critical phase of the process, it does not plan to provide any further official updates,” the company said.

If Toshiba makes a deal, it will make another proclamation. However, the missive reported here also leaves open the prospect that no deal will be reached.

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American veteran Harris presents the CHIPS Act in Japan

US Vice President Kamala Harris visited Japan last week as part of efforts to diversify the US chip supply chain.

“We see Japan as playing a very important and critical role in our ability to do this work and meet the challenges we face,” said Harris during a panel discussion with Japanese business leaders on CHIPS and science law.

Harris detailed that at the start of the pandemic, the United States recognized that it “did not have a system that was strong and resilient enough to supply [its own] basic needs.

Passed last July, the CHIPS Act provides $52 billion for research into semiconductors and other sciences. As of this writing, no major Japanese chipmaker has officially expressed interest in the program.

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Reliance Jio set to launch $180 laptop for India

After having success in India with low-cost Jio phones, Reliance Jio is launching a low-cost laptop with an entry price of around $180.

The JioBook will would have use 4G SIM card, Qualcomm chips and run JioOS operating system. It will initially be available for schools and government. Sales to the public will follow, along with a 5G version.

NSO Group Forced Entry Reportedly Rolled Out Against Indonesian Officials

Six Indonesian officials reportedly confirmed that they were the target of Israeli-designed spyware.

Officials were only about half a dozen people who were allegedly targeted. The media said the officials had been told by Apple that they were potentially being targeted by state-sponsored attackers using ForcedEntry, spyware made available by Pegasus maker NSO Group.

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Our regional coverage last week included a warning from Microsoft that the North Korean state-sponsored threat group responsible for the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures is now impersonating LinkedIn recruiters to distribute Malware-laden versions of open-source software packages.

Singapore-based Coda Payments is being investigated for violating India’s Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The company has been accused of making unauthorized deductions from users’ accounts and structuring its affairs to make Coda Singapore a mere way to transfer funds outside India.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has clarified that there is no immediate requirement for smartphone manufacturers to include hardware that connects to the Indian Constellation (NavIC) satellite navigation system. from the country. Media had alleged that manufacturers would be required to produce NavIC-enabled equipment by January 2023.

Southeast Asian Uber clone-turned-superapp Grab flexed on its Investor Day that it has so much data about its customers and drivers that it can preemptively assess their suitability for a loan. The financial arm of the superapp provides both cash advances and loans. Thirty percent of the company’s gig economy drivers already have one.

Tencent CEO Pony Ma believes that “immersive convergence” is imminent. The intoxicating concept includes digital twins of an individual’s normal physical environments to move seamlessly between the real world and the meta-world.

The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, has issued a mission accomplished statement on its efforts to suppress Bitcoin and online lending.

Following the data breach at Australian telecom operator Optus, a request has been made to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help identify the attackers.

Vulnerability reports from researchers in China have plunged, said think tank The Atlantic Council, which has speculated that Beijing’s preference for reporting bugs locally takes precedence over global disclosures. However, the think tank found that anonymous reports are on the rise, suggesting Chinese researchers are keen to share their findings.

Microsoft China has turned 30 and is looking to hire, as well as export.

Alibaba Cloud revealed a billion-dollar “ecosystem upgrade” at its annual event. The upgrade will include $1 billion over three years “to support partners’ technology innovation and market expansion.” ®

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