WeChat sets the record straight for its 690,000 Aussie users

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The Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media has been tasked with probing the risk posed to the nation’s democracy by foreign interference through social media.

Twitter, Google, Tiktok, and Facebook have previously made submissions to the inquiry, with the plan for representatives from each of the social media platforms to eventually face the committee.

TikTok was probed on Friday, using its time to clarify data protection rules, its plans to prevent distressing videos from being viewed on its platform, and how it wasn’t asked to provide assistance to a government investigation, among other things. Facebook was due to appear alongside TikTok, but blamed a scheduling issue for pulling out.

The latest submission [PDF] to the committee as part of its inquiry comes from the Middle Kingdom, by way of popular chat app WeChat.

WeChat is owned and operated by WeChat International Pte Ltd, an entity incorporated in Singapore. WeChat International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Limited, which is a global technology giant incorporated in the Cayman Islands and listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Globally, WeChat boasts over 1.2 billion monthly active users. As at 21 September 2020, WeChat had approximately 690,000 daily active users in Australia.

US President Donald Trump in August claimed that apps developed in China are a threat to national security, making an executive order to ban WeChat alongside TikTok. Although that ban was later blocked by the US district court, WeChat has taken the opportunity in its submission to the Australian committee to explain how western users of the app are treated differently to those in mainland China.

Firstly, the specific app used is regional.

WeChat is operated by WeChat International, and is designed for users outside of mainland China. It said WeChat is

Xbox Games On An External Hard Drive Will Be Playable Straight Away On The Xbox Series X/S

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While the new generation of consoles set to release this November is promising huge advances in performance, upgrading to next-gen has never been more confusing. Now, some details about backwards compatibility and external storage are being cleared up for the Xbox Series X/S.

For players who use an external USB SSD or HDD to store and play games on their Xbox One, the process is simple. “It is easy as unplugging your existing external USB 3.1 HDD or SSD from your Xbox One and connecting it to your Xbox Series X/S and all your games are instantly available,” Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald explained in an interview posted to Xbox Wire. “You can continue to play your favorite Xbox One games, including backward-compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, directly from the external hard drive.”

The interview also confirmed that Quick Resume, a new feature that allows the next-gen Xbox to pause games in the background even while other games are being played, will also work for games being loaded off an external hard drive or the Seagate Storage Expansion Card. The Expansion Card is a new bespoke storage product just for the Xbox Series X/S, which you may need given the new generation of Xbox supports backwards compatible games going back three generations.

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Canada lawyers asks judge to keep Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case ‘on the straight and narrow’

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By Moira Warburton and Tessa Vikander

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Lawyers for the Canadian government asked a judge on Tuesday to keep Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case to the United States “on the straight and narrow” and described the evidence presented by the defence as inadmissible.

Government lawyer Robert Frater asked the judge to throw out the defence’s arguments and end their effort to add an allegation that the U.S. government had abused the process.

Lawyers for Meng told the court that the United States extradition request to Canada is based on so many “omissions and misrepresentations that it’s unreliable and ineffective.”

Tuesday’s arguments are the latest in a series of hearings in a case that has strained China’s relations with the United States and Canada.

Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States charging her with bank fraud for misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran and causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions law.

The daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting extradition while under house arrest in Vancouver.

Frater said the judge should disregard the defence’s arguments around who knew what at HSBC and accused the defence of attempting to litigate the fraud charges against Meng in the extradition case.

Frater asked the judge to keep the case “on the straight and narrow” and “refuse to spend precious court time on issues that have no hope of success.”

The crux of Meng’s argument is that the United States misrepresented the case when it asked Canadian officials to arrest her.

Huawei has long described Skycom Tech Co Ltd as a separate local business partner in Iran, but the U.S. indictment said Huawei controlled Skycom and used it to violate U.S.