Collusion and collisions – The new rules of competition in the technology industry | Business

TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES exhibit a curious lexical property. Google and Zoom are verbs. So, in Chinese, is Taobao, the name of Alibaba’s vast e-mall. Uber and Didi, its Chinese ride-hailing rival, are synonyms for “cab”. Facebook means, simply, the internet in Vietnam, where people mostly access the web through its social networks. Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Netflix are not literally bywords for, respectively, online shopping, smartphones, office software and video-streaming—but they might as well be.

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To tech’s critics, these definitional regularities point to something insidious, encapsulating in a word the dominance that each firm wields over its digital fief—some of it possibly ill-gotten. In December American trustbusters sued Facebook for alleged anticompetitive behaviour, and Chinese ones launched an investigation into Alibaba. The central plank of

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China Fines Vipshop Almost $500,000 for Unfair Competition Acts | Technology News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s market regulator on Monday said it has fined online discount retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd 3 million yuan ($463,936.66) for committing unfair competition acts.

An investigation found that from August through December last year, Vipshop had developed a system to obtain information on brands it and competitors sold that gave Vipshop a competitive advantage, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said on its website.

The regulator announced the investigation into Vipshop in January. Vipshop said on its official Weibo account on Monday that it accepted SAMR’s findings and would strengthen its compliance management in response.

China has stepped up regulations on tech giants in recent months. Beijing on Sunday formalised rules aimed at preventing monopolistic behaviour by internet firms, saying that they wanted to prevent price fixing and stop firms from using data and algorithms to manipulate the market.

The regulator said Vipshop used its system

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Pixar’s Dylan Sisson to Discuss RenderMan Technology in Free VIEW Conference PreVIEW Online Talk

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Pixar technical artist Dylan Sisson will discuss the studio’s RenderMan technology and the art of movie magic during the VIEW Conference’s latest free PreVIEW event Friday, July 24, beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Sisson will talk about the ever-evolving RenderMan software, created by Pixar and used by visual effects and animations studios worldwide. The surfaces of every character and object in Pixar’s films from Woody’s jeans in the “Toy Story” movies to the pink unicorn in “Onward” have been created using the technology. In conversation with Ian Failes, Sisson will discuss RenderMan’s latest advances as well as other non-photorealistic rendering tools currently in development at Pixar that will stretch RenderMan’s abilities, allowing it to turn into a tool that can be used for nearly any type of look from photorealism to painterly.

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