AP Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: TARIFFS, CHINA - AND YOU
WASHINGTON (AP) — Think the battle over tariffs between the U.S. and China is just a lot of international political infighting? Think again. As both nations appear ready to dig in for a tariff battle, the fight may leave your budget bruised. Among the items listed in the new round of 10-percent tariffs announced by the Trump administration — are a number of items many of us might not think of immediately when we of products that come from China. Among the high-tech items on the list are burglar alarms, vacuum cleaners, window-mounted air conditioners, refrigerators, washer-dryers — and some of the parts that keep our cars running. Other consumer items that will be affected are toilet paper, baseball gloves and frozen fish like tilapia. One economics professor says consumers will feel the weight of the tariffs as early as Christmas.
IN THE NEWS: CHINA ACCUSED OF TARGETING CAMBODIAN ELECTIONS PROCESS
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese foreign ministry denies it. But a security research firm says China has launched a major effort to disrupt the elections system in Cambodia. The company FireEye says it has turned up evidence that a Chinese hacking team has penetrated computer systems that belong to Cambodia’s election commission. Also infiltrated were accounts belonging to opposition leaders and to the media. Investigators say they can’t tell just yet what, if any, data had been stolen or altered. The Cambodian election is set for July 29.
ON THE WEB: TWITTER ACCOUNT FOLLOWERS DECREASE AFTER PURGE
CYBERSPACE (AP) — If you’re a heavy Twitter user and find that the number of followers you have has begun to dwindle, it isn’t necessarily because you aren’t as popular as before. Twitter has begun weeding out suspicious accounts it has locked from its counts of users’ followers. The upshot of all of this is that Twitter users are likely to see a reduction in follower counts in the coming days. For many, this will amount to a reduction of four followers or less. But large accounts of celebrities and public figures could see much bigger drops. An account that’s been locked can’t tweet, like or re-tweet posts — and won’t be shown ads.
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IN STORES: ESPORTS AND ESPN
UNDATED (AP) — It’s a network that has already had a fair amount of success getting people to watch real sports on TV. Now, ESPN will see if it can lure people into watching Esports on TV. The network will be airing the first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals. Disney and Blizzard Entertainment are teaming up to broadcast the OWL playoffs and championship on ESPN. The finals are set for July 27 — in prime time, no less — and will mark an effort to bring esports to the into biggest sports platform on American TV.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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