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Disney’s recently acquired 20th Century Fox TV studio is the latest to have the “Fox” name dropped, with the company announcing today that it’ll be rebranding the studio to just 20th Television, as part of a larger rebrand for all of Disney’s TV studios. Additionally, Fox 21 Television Studios is getting renamed to Touchstone Television (a TV brand that Disney stopped using in 2007), as the company works to remove the last traces of the Fox name from its assets. Disney is also using the rebranding to merge ABC Studios and its subsidiary ABC Signature under the ABC Signature banner. New logos and end cards will appear on TV shows this fall, including on episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and Bob’s Burgers. Existing... Continue reading…
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SpaceX launched 57 new satellites in its latest push to get its Starlink cluster up and running. The company plans to start beta trials of its Internet service served by the satellites later this summer. There has been controversy surrounding the Starlink satellites, particularly with them being much brighter than anyone anticipated. Astronomers and scientists worldwide have complained the SpaceX … Continue reading
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Right now, at Best Buy, these great smart alarm clocks are only $50, that’s $30 off the original price of $80.
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Google Cloud's data analytics company Looker announced its first new product features on Thursday since it was acquired for $2.4 billion. With its new features, Looker is going after Google's core marketing audience.   This is part of Looker's strategy to roll its tools out to additional parts of Google to help them reel in new customers.  Looker also gives Google Cloud a stronger data analytics offering that works on multiple clouds, which is a major part of Google Cloud's strategy to compete with Microsoft and Salesforce.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Data analytics company Looker just announced its first new features since Google Cloud closed its $2.4 billion acquisition of the business in February.  Looker is launching a development framework that allows developers to build their own applications, a marketplace for custom applications, and enhanced features in its analytics platform specifically built for marketers.  That final feature is key to Looker's strategy of finding areas within the broader Google business where it can combine its product with the company's existing tools.  In this case, it has built analytics and AI capabilities specifically for Google's core marketing audience.  "As a marketer, you want to understand how the programs you're running are influencing buyer decisions," Pedro Arellano, head of product marketing at Looker, told Business Insider. The new tools are designed to appeal to existing Google clients on the advertising side: "If you're a marketer that's used to living in that Google world, now having that exposure — and understanding the broader business context — is powerful." While the marketing features came first, Looker plans to roll its tools out to additional parts of Google, to help them reel in new customers, too:  "Now that we're part of Google, we're finding and identifying opportunities to broader Google teams where we provide existing value to new customers," Arellano said. "Google Cloud now has enterprise class [business intelligence] and analytics solutions. That is a very important market that Google Cloud and Looker can now pursue." Looker and Google Cloud's multi-cloud strategy Overall, Google Cloud acquired Looker to help it better compete with Microsoft and Salesforce, as well as to push its multi-cloud initiative.  Looker has always worked with multiple clouds, and a multi-cloud philosophy is a major part of Google Cloud's strategy to compete with its larger rivals. Read more: Google Cloud just closed its $2.4 billion acquisition of data analytics company Looker, and CEO Thomas Kurian says it will make more acquisitions 'when the time is right' Google Cloud has been building products of its own that allow customers to work with multiple clouds, including Anthos, which allows customers to run applications on multiple clouds and private data centers, as well as BigQuery Omni, a data warehouse product that works with Google Cloud and rival clouds like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.  "We're excited to have Looker as part of the Google family," Debanjan Saha, vice president and general manager of data analytics at Google Cloud, told Business Insider. "It completes our portfolio. What Looker is helping us do is bridge the gap between data and using data and building solutions quickly for our customers." Do you work at Google Cloud or Looker? Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], Signal at 646.376.6106, Telegram at @rosaliechan, or Twitter DM at @rosaliechan17. (PR pitches by email only, please.) Other types of secure messaging available upon request. SEE ALSO: An exec who spent nearly 8 years helping grow Google Cloud into a behemoth explains why he ditched his Silicon Valley job to join tiny, Midwestern 3D modeling startup Physna Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How the Navy's largest hospital ship can help with the coronavirus
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Authenticating transactions or login sessions through SMS-based two-factor authentication is standard practice. However, SMS as a 2FA medium might not be totally secure. Hackers can intercept these messages and use them to log in to your account. Apple is trying to make this method a tad bit more secure through domain-bound messages for developers. Make no mistake, the company’s new effort is trying to improve autofill — a function that lets you automatically put received code in the field. Here’s how it works: developers will need to implement this functionality in their apps and websites. Once they do that, your… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple
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Over 100 kid-friendly movies and specials are coming to YouTube Kids.
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The nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are in, and once again, streaming services dominated the nominees. Netflix led the pack with 160 nominations, with Amazon and Hulu making waves, too. But there are also some big new names on the list this year, with Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, and even Quibi picking up their first nominations for the coveted TV awards. Apple TV Plus picked up a total of 18 nominations across various categories, including two major nominations for prestige series The Morning Show: Steve Carell was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Jennifer Aniston was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass were also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series... Continue reading…
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OnePlus' new phone, the Nord, isn't available in the US at the moment, but its value is hard to beat. You get a 90-Hz screen, a big battery, great performance, and 5G for 399 euros.
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Researchers say that SARS-CoV-2 is being mutated by human proteins that degrade it, although “natural selection” of the virus is enabling it to bounce back.
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Microsoft's big streaming event will only focus on games
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Build, build, build – that is the message Boris Johnson gave the UK as it emerged from the coronavirus lockdown. Promising the most radical building reforms since the Second World War, the prime minister vowed the government would make it “easier to build better homes where people want to live”. Housing campaigners are *seriously* worried about how ministers plan to go about this.What is the issue? On Tuesday, the government announced it was pushing forward with plans to free developers of the need to get full planning permission when they demolish unused light industrial or office buildings (for planning nerds, classes B1a, B1b and B1c) and replace them with housing (so long as it has a footprint below 1000 square metres, and isn’t more than 18 metres tall).That means extending what are known as “permitted development rights” (PDR). Developers are already able to bypass planning permission and use these rights to convert office blocks into housing, but the changes would allow them to go further – physically knock those buildings down and start again.Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said the changes would “help transform boarded up, unused buildings safely into high quality homes at the heart of their communities”.Sounds like a way to tackle the housing crisis, right?Except for one pretty major problem. Or, actually, several.Why are campaigners worried about PDRs? Campaigners – including the Local Government Association (LGA) – have warned that there could be serious repercussions if the government presses ahead with plans to extend PDRs. Unlike when they apply for planning permission through councils, developers are not required to provide affordable housing when they build housing using PDRs. Which means... they don’t.In January, the LGA estimated 13,500 affordable homes had been lost because developers were able to covert office buildings into houses through PDRs and bypass council requirements. Housing charity Shelter has previously branded the the government’s extension of PDRs an “ineffective and unsuitable method of solving the housing crisis”. Reacting to Tuesday’s news, Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes said it was “extremely concerning” that developers had been granted “further leeway to avoid building the affordable homes we desperately need”. “The current lack of genuinely affordable housing is leaving thousands living on a knife edge unable to keep up with spiralling rents and housing costs,” he said.LGA spokesperson Councillor David Renard said taking planning powers away from councils by extending PDRs would risk “giving developers the freedom to ride roughshod over local areas”. He warned that, as well as taking away communities’ ability to hold developers to account about affordable homes, it would also mute their voices when it came to the quality of housing, and making sure that developers support key infrastructure such as roads, schools and health services.On Tuesday, 21 London councils wrote to Jenrick urging him to think again. Jenrick is currently under fire for waving through a massive development in east London that didn’t have enough affordable housing and saving Tory donor Richard Desmond up to £50m in the process. (It is worth noting that the Westferry Printworks would still need planning permission under the new rules.)They said extending PDRs would “benefit speculative developers at the expense of decent and affordable homes” while also undermining the high street.22 London Council’s have written collectively to @[email protected] asking for an urgent rethink on plans for yet more permitted development rights. These benefit speculative developers at the expense of decent & affordable homes and will undermine our high streets. pic.twitter.com/lA6FLO9aEs— Danny Beales (@DannyBeales) July 21, 2020The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has also written to the housing secretary, calling the extension of the PDR policy “truly disgraceful”. “There is no evidence that the planning system is to blame for the shortage of housing, and plenty to suggest that leaving local communities powerless in the face of developers seeking short-term returns will lead to poor results,” said RIBA president Alan Jones.  What do we already know about the impact of PDRs on housing? News that ministers were pressing ahead with changes to planning permission came on the same day that a government-commissioned report highlighted a series of problems with homes built using PDR. Developers can already convert old office blocks into housing without needing full sign-off from the local council. Investigating the issue, researchers from UCL and the University of Liverpool said that PDR conversions “seem to create worse quality residential environments” compared to those with full planning permission. This conclusion was in relation to a number of factors linked to the “health, wellbeing and quality of life of future occupiers”, the study said. The report found that PDR converted housing not only more likely to be very small, with only 22.1% of the homes meeting nationally described space standards, but to be located in business parks or industrial areas. Researchers also concluded that there was an issue with “adequacy” of natural light in some PDR homes, while many failed to offer space for occupants to do activities such as clothes drying or relaxation. Councillor Mark Crane, a spokesperson for the District Councils’ Network, said the report showed that rather than taking more powers away from councils, the government needed to stop “tinkering with the planning system”. “Communities do not have a say over permitted development conversions, and developers are also not required to provide vital local infrastructure and affordable homes,” he said.  “For this reason permitted development should be ended, and the full planning process followed.   What about the environment? Some councils are worried that a lack of control over planning permission through PDRs could have a serious impact on their attempts to tackle the climate emergency. Railing against the changes, Liverpool City councillor Laura Robertson-Collins told HuffPost UK earlier this month that councils needed “really stringent planning laws” so they could make sure any new buildings were “up to the absolute highest environmental standards”.  Mark Jones, the environmental lead for Sheffield City Council, said that his main powers as a councillor were over transport and planning permission. By taking away the council’s authority on what is built where, the government was also taking away its power to deal with climate change, he suggested. “One of the biggest levers I have as a local councillor other than transport policy is planning policy – where we build those new properties, whether those properties are within an active transport radius of workplaces,” he said. “So unless the government comes to its senses on this ludicrous approach, we’re going to really really struggle to achieve what we want via the planning system and the transport system.” Labour’s shadow housing minister Mike Amesbury isn’t happy either.“Far from building back better, these plans will usher in a new era of slum housing and sound the death knell of the high street,” he said.“This ‘Developer’s Charter’ will take control away from communities and give building firms the power to build low-quality rabbit-hutch housing, despite the government’s own research telling us that permitted development homes are of a worse standard than those built under planning permission.“The government should instead be properly resourcing planning authorities, not lining the pockets of their developer mates at communities’ expense.”Related... How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Plans To Tackle The Climate Emergency In The UK Opinion: Coronavirus Is Our Opportunity To Fix Our Broken Housing System
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Unless you have completely given up reading the news (and honestly, who could blame you at the moment?) you have probably heard about the critical Russia report, which dropped on Tuesday after months of delay. The paper, which was written by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC), found the UK government – and intelligence agencies – did not do enough to investigate or protect the UK from Russian interference in the 2016 EU referendum. (Yes, the report is a *big* deal.) Among the accusations from MPs was that the UK was “clearly a target” for disinformation campaigns around its elections – including the referendum on Brexit – but that no organisation had stepped up to grab this “hot potato”. The ISC has called on the government to create a new protocol with social media companies to bar from their platforms Russian “bots” intent on hostile state activity. But transport secretary Grant Shapps doesn’t seem convinced. The government has already rejected calls for an inquiry into the EU referendum, insisting there is “no evidence” of successful interference (though that’s mainly because no one looked for any). But speaking on Wednesday, Shapps appeared to go even further – and suggest that Brits were simply too clever to fall for bots, Russian or otherwise. He told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “We know that these bots exist. I think the British people were more intelligent than to fall for, sort of, social media...” Unfortunately for Shapps (and his faith in the British public), researchers believe he is wrong.A research collaboration between the University of Swansea and the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017 found: “Leavers were more likely to be influenced by bots compared to Remainers.“These results suggest that dissemination of information is consistent with what is frequently referred to as an ‘echo chamber’ – a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a defined system, revealing that the outcome is that information is more fragmented rather than uniform across people.”A paper by the same team considering the impact of bots’ tweets on the referendum and on the 2016 US presidential election found that “bots had a perhaps limited, but tangible effect on humans”. Overall, they wrote, “our results suggest that the aggressive use of Twitter bots, coupled with the fragmentation of social media and the role of sentiment, could contribute to the vote outcomes”.Its authors also point to a “massive volume of ‘Russian’ tweets [about the referendum] created only a few days before the voting day,” that “reached its peak during the voting and result days, then dropped immediately afterwards”. They used the default profile language of the accounts to determine whether they might be of Russian origin, though pointed out these. were not necessarily all bots. Tho Pham, one of the paper’s authors, told the Times that “the main conclusion is that bots were used on purpose and had influence”. The Times had revealed that Russian Twitter accounts – many of which are believed to be bots – had posted more than 45,000 messages in 48 hours during the EU referendum. But that’s not all. In 2018, Bloomberg reported that a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimated that Twitter bots added 1.76% to the pro-Leave vote share during the EU referendum.Related... Spy Agencies 'Didn't Do Enough To Protect Brexit Vote From Russian Interference' 5 Things We *Didn't* Learn From The Russia Report Bots Are Likely Responsible For Nearly Half Of Covid-19 Tweets, Say Researchers
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POCO became legendary after releasing the Pocophone F1 as the cheapest smartphone bearing the Snapdragon 845 SoC. However, after the buzz came an entire year ... The post Redmi 9C may be launched as a POCO smartphone in India appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Huawei axing its HiSilicon chip operations may be good for China’s semiconductor industry, analyst says.
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Every PlayStation 5 console will include a pack-in copy of Astro’s Playroom, a lighthearted platforming game based on the Astro Bot Rescue Mission PS VR game. But a new gameplay demo from Geoff Keighley shows off the game’s real purpose: to introduce players to the console’s new DualSense controller, which adds a pile of innovations on top of the DualShock 4’s already lengthy list of features. Keighley’s hands-on marks the first public demo of the new controller outside of Sony, and it gives the best look yet at what to expect this fall. According to Keighley, the DualSense is heavier than the DualShock 4, and it has more “heft to it, in a good way.” But the more interesting part of the video comes from his short playthrough of Astro’s... Continue reading…
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New York wildlife officials shared a rare photograph Monday of a red-winged blackbird hitching a ride on the back of a hunting bald eagle.
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The studio shared details on Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Hyper Scape, and more
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We speak to the Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla about his soundtrack for Naughty Dog’s universally lauded new blockbuster
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Even with Location Services turned off, the smartphone seems to still be able to gather data on their whereabouts.
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“Personal data will be protected, regardless of what a final Brexit deal may look like”American data centre owner Equinix says it has become the first company to have its Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) approved by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB)’s 27 members; compliance that means personal data flows that Equinix adopts to move outside of the EU to support its global customer base are fully GDPR-compliant.The decision gives customers certainty that their data is protected under robust GDPR rules irrespective of what a final Brexit deal looks like, Equinix said.The move comes after Europe’s EDPB was asked by the UK’s ICO for its opinion on the BCRs: data protection policies for companies established in the EU that regularly share data outside of the EU within a group of undertakings or enterprises.Such rules are legally binding and must be enforced by every member concerned of the business.The EDPR took two weeks to approve the BCRs, filings show.
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Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, recently released the Xiaomi Watch.This smartwatch had a good outing in the recent 11.11 Chinese sales.However, the Director of Xiaomi Ecological Chain Design, Ren Yi, recently summed up the issues that Xiaomi watch encountered.In his recent Weibo post, he said that the major difficulties in smartwatches are the power, weight/volume, and AI compatibility.Since smartwatches do not come with standard sizes like phones, some features are difficult to incorporate.According to him, watches will have to leave behind some of the user needs and everyone will have to choose based on his preference.
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Deutsche Telekom will be joining forces with the German bits of Telefónica and Vodafone so they don’t duplicate each other’s efforts in remote locations.The move seems identical to the initiative announced by UK MNOs a few weeks ago, which resulted in Ofcom removing coverage obligations from the next tranche of low-frequency spectrum to be made available.Presumably the German regulator has indicated it would be in their best interests for the German MNOs to follow suit, although in this case it’s more about satisfying existing coverage oblgations.“The three telecommunications providers plan to coordinate the set-up and operation of up to 6,000 new cell sites and have signed a letter of intent to this effect,” says the announcement.“1 & 1 Drillisch AG has been invited to participate in this network expansion collaboration.A prerequisite for joining the collaboration is that the operator must be willing to take on an equal share of the expansion projects as the other parties.”
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The Huawei Mate 40 and Huawei Mate 40 Pro could be Huawei’s two best phones of 2020, but many questions surround them.In the meantime you’ll also find our wish list below for what we want from the Mate 40 range – it starts with full Android, but there’s plenty more that we’d like to see.Around what other flagship phones costHuawei Mate 40 release date and priceThe Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro were announced on September 19, 2019, while the Huawei Mate 20 range landed in October 2018.As for price, for now we can only look at the Huawei Mate 30 range, with the standard phone costing €799 (around $880 / £700 / AU$1,300), while the Huawei Mate 30 Pro costs €1,099 (around $1,200 / £970 / AU$1,700).
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And given we are already both lying to each other, I decide to compound my earlier fibs by telling him I use only Linux.Give the guy some credit, he doesn't waste time on a lost cause when he could be speaking to the next potential mug on his pilfered phone list.Think about it: lonely people already hold conversations with Alexa, so why don't phishers script a few skills so that a voice-AI can make unsolicited phone calls?For Brits reading this, just you wait until General Election night next month as many, if not most, of the live rolling updates you'll see on news sites will almost certainly be compiled, written and fed directly by simple automation scripts without human intervention.Program those in and – hey presto – you can call the result "artificial intelligence" even though it isn't.Until then, artificial intelligence is about as intelligent as this one-metre-tall robotic noodle sign I saw recently outside a ramen kiosk.
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Small-satellite startup Kepler has done something never before accomplished with satellite-based broadband connectivity: providing a high-bandwidth to the Arctic.Kepler’s nanosatellites have successfully demonstrated achieving over 100Mbps of network speed to a German icebreaker sea vessel that acts as a mobile lab for the MOSAiC research expedition.This is the first time there’s been a high-bandwidth satellite network for any central Arctic ground-based use, Kepler says, and this connection isn’t just a technical demo: it’s being used for the researchers in the MOSAiC team, which is made up of hundreds of individuals, to transfer data back and forth between the ship and shore-based research stations, which improves all aspects of working with the considerable quantities of data being gathered by the team.Bulk data transfer has been a challenge for a long time for science expeditions at either of the Earth’s poles.It’s impractical to do terrestrial high-bandwidth networks in these locations, and traditional satellite-based networking has not been able to achieve these kinds of speeds in these locales, either.Kepler is uniquely servicing the poles with two low Earth orbit satellites that are on a polar orbital trajectory, which means they can provide service to these scientists, which include a multidisciplinary team intent on studying the impact of climate change up close at the location where its effects are perhaps most dramatic, or at least felt earliest.
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Chinese smartphone maker – Xiaomi on Wednesday officially announced the much-rumored Mi Note 10 at a launch event in Spain.As expected, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is a rebadged Mi CC9 Pro announced earlier this week in China.By this announcement, the Mi CC9 pro will remain exclusive to China, while the same device will hit other markets as the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.There appears to be no significant differences in hardware, but as you’d expect the Note 10 will run MIUI atop Google-approved Android, while the CC9 Pro will stick to Xiaomi’s own apps and services in China.Also announced is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro which is the global variant of the Xiaomi CC9 Pro premium edition announced yesterday in China.The 10 Pro is virtually the same device as the standard Mi Note 10, except that it drops the 7P lens for an 8P lens in front of the 108 MP sensor with extra RAM and storage.
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The stable version of MIUI 11 started rolling out in mid-October.While Xiaomi is preparing this update for more devices, it is also adding some new features.According to reports, Xiaomi is preparing Focus mode, Vientiane screen custom image & Class schedule features for MIUI 11.Presently, these new features are still in the internal testing stage.However, let us take a look at what these features have to offerMIUI’s Focus Mode is designed to give phone users a compulsory break from their smartphones.
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After almost a year of waiting, you can finally download Photoshop for iPad.Adobe announced in a blog that Version 1.0 of the software launches today – though bear in mind, it’s a good idea to temper expectations.The first iteration of the app will, in Adobe’s words, feature “workflows, compositing, masking, and retouching.” So no, it won’t be the full desktop version of Photoshop.Even though the program uses the same code as the desktop version, Adobe is mostly focusing on how creators will use the program in a mobile context.However, the company did take care to note that more features are in the pipeline for future updates.(Some upcoming features teased on its website include rotate canvas, refine edge, select subject, on top of more brushing options.)
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China will reform major stock exchanges in the image of the STAR Market following the Nasdaq-style tech board’s success, said Yi Huiman, the head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission to government-affiliated Xinhua news (in Chinese).Why it matters: Shanghai’s STAR Market has had mixed results in keeping China’s rising tech stars from listing abroad, but Beijing appears determined to widen efforts to attract more capital to domestic tech firms by spreading the reforms across the country.Details: Under the new measures, stocks will trade without caps on the first day of trading and will be capped at 20% gains or losses on subsequent days.The listing process will also be made easier, speeding up a long review process that firms had to go through prior to the STAR Market-led reforms.Companies will now only be required to disclose earnings and operations along with the listing application and vouch for the veracity of disclosures.According to the South China Morning Post, the first 25 companies to list on the STAR Market are now trading with an average 90% increase in share value.
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