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Remove China Apps: Google removes smart phone applications in India



Google took down Remove China Apps from the Play Store after millions of Indians downloaded the application.
“Delete Chinese Application” is not available at Google Play Store on Wednesday, more than two weeks after it was launched with the guarantee that it could help Indians identify applications made by Chinese developers.

Anti-Chinese sentiment has risen in India in recent weeks because the two countries are at odds over a border dispute.

One Touch App Labs, application developer, calls it a tool to help support “independent India” by identifying the origin of applications installed on mobile phones. The company could not be contacted for comment on Wednesday.
Google (GOOGL) declined to comment on Wednesday about how to realize that the application violates the Play Store Policy, which prohibits products that “encourage or incentivize” people to delete or deactivate other applications.

Remove China Apps was downloaded more than 4 million times before being deleted, according to analysis company Sensor Tower. In India, nearly 160,000 users gave 5-star ratings to apps on the Play Store before downgrading.

But it was not entirely successful in detecting applications from Chinese developers, according to some users.

On Tuesday, user Sridhar Toopurani wrote in an application review that “while the concept is good … it does not detect MI Video, Helo etc.”

Mi Video is a streaming application from the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and Hello is a social media platform developed by ByteDance, a Beijing-based startup behind TikTok. Other users said the application also failed to detect PUBG, a popular smartphone game Tencent (TCEHY).
The application identifies TikTok as a Chinese application, according to several reviews. India is one of TikTok’s biggest markets, although it has experienced several problems in the country. This application was temporarily banned in India last year, after a court ruled that TikTok could expose children to sexual predators, pornographic content and cyberbullying. TikTok appealed the decision, said it had acted on inappropriate content, and the court overturned the verdict. At that time, Bytedance he said told the country’s high court that it lost $ 500,000 in revenue every day that TikTok was blocked.
Remove Chinese Application was launched last month just days after cross-border battles between Chinese and Indian troops resulted in minor injuries to troops.

The incident, at a remote crossing in the mountains close to Tibet, was the latest in a long line of borders raging among neighboring forces, and has sparked anti-Chinese sentiment in India.

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Sonam Wangchuk, an educational reformer who was also an inspiration for popular film characters in India, called on Indian colleagues to boycott all Chinese matters in response to the border impasse.

He shared a video on YouTube last week, urging Indians to stop buying Chinese goods, to “use the power of your wallet … and stop financing military intimidation now.” The video has been watched more than 3.7 million times.

Actor Arshad Warsi spoke to 2.2 million followers on Twitter, saying he “will consciously stop using everything that comes from China.”

“Because they are part of most of the things we use, it will take time but I know, one day I will be a free Chinese. You have to try it too,” he added.

The Remove China application caught the attention of the tabloid managed by the Chinese government The Global Times.

Indian software is “It’s likely to be punished by China,” the tabloid said write, adding that it “has been ridiculed by Chinese netizens, who suggest Indians can ‘throw away’ their Chinese-branded smartphones.”

Tensions between the two countries are increasing, but they also have longstanding business relations.

In the first three months of this year, Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Vivo were the top sellers in India, accounting for more than half the market, according to Canalys research company. Samsung ranks third, and two other Chinese brands – Realme and Oppo – are in fifth position.
India said it would allow Huawei to participate in several 5G trials, while other countries were far more hesitant to use the products of Chinese technology companies.

Chinese investors have also devoted a lot of money to some of the most dense technology startups in India.

Digital payment company PayTM powered by Alibaba (BABA), food delivery platform Swiggy urgent Tencent (TCEHY) among its investors, and platforms that call cars Ola supported by DiDi Chuxing.

– Vedika Sud contributed to this report.

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Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira in 16th place after the first free practice in Assen – DNOTICIAS.PT



Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira in 16th place after the first free practice in Assen – DNOTICIAS.PT

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) finished the first two free practices of the MotoGP Grand Prix in Assen in 16th place.

Oliveira finished the day with a time of 1.34.676 minutes, 1.402 seconds behind the best rider of the day, Italy’s Francesco Banagia (Ducati). Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (April) was second with 0.178 seconds and French champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) was third with 0.305 seconds.

After the first session in the rain, in which the rider from Almada was sixth fastest, the rain stopped before the start of the second session.

The riders started with intermediate tires, but as the track in Assen in the Netherlands, considered the “cathedral” of motorsport, dried up, they installed dry tires (slicks).

Under these conditions, Miguel Oliveira was losing ground in the table, ending the day in 16th place, despite an improvement of about nine seconds from the morning’s record, in rain, in which Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) was the fastest. , fifth in the afternoon.

On Saturday there will be two more free practices and qualifications.

The 10 fastest in the set of the first three sessions go directly to the second stage of qualification (Q2), and the remaining 14 “brawl” in Q1, resulting in the two fastest qualifying to the next stage.

Fabio Quartararo enters this 11th round of the season leading the championship with 172 points, while Miguel Oliveira is in 10th place with 64 points.

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Portuguese MNEs defend that Mercosur is a “natural partner” of the European Union at the moment – Observer



Portuguese MNEs defend that Mercosur is a "natural partner" of the European Union at the moment - Observer

This Thursday, Portugal’s foreign minister said that at a time when the European Union (EU) seeks to diversify suppliers and markets, MERCOSUR is a natural partner whose importance cannot be “underestimated”.

For Portugal, “the current delicate context makes us appreciate even more the mutual advantages of the Agreement between the EU and MERCOSUR,” João Gomes Cravinho said, without directly referring to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“At a time when the EU is seeking to diversify suppliers and markets in order to ensure greater strategic autonomy, MERCOSUR is a natural partner, whose importance we cannot underestimate“, the minister added at a conference entitled “Brazil and Portugal: perspectives for the future”, which takes place from Thursday to Friday at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

The Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) is a South American economic bloc created in 1991, whose founding members are Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.


But still, within the framework of the European Union, Joao Gomes Cravinho believed that EU strategic partnership with Brazil left ‘untapped’.

The Minister stressed that in the context of the EU, Portugal “always knew how to use its position in favor of strengthening relations with Brazil.”

Therefore, it was during the Portuguese presidency, in 2007, that a “strategic partnership with Brazil” was established, he stressed.

However, according to the head of Portuguese diplomacy, this is “a partnership that has clearly not been used for a variety of reasons and which still retains the ability to position Brazil as Europe’s great interlocutor for South America.”

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With regard to bilateral relations between the two countries, the minister emphasized that “in this context of global turmoil, the wisdom of the central characteristic common to the foreign policy of Brazil and Portugal, which is active participation in many multilateral structures, in recognition of the indispensability of multilateralism, international cooperation and global rules based order.

Portugal meets with Brazil in all areas of Portuguese foreign policy. We are Atlantic, we are Ibero-American and Portuguese-speaking,” he said.

In the Atlantic dimension, “Portugal and Brazil are united by an ocean, which we recognize as growing in importance in the context of new, complex and truly existential issues,” he said.

According to João Gomes Cravinho, “Some of these problems can be answered in the Atlantic Center, co-founded by Portugal and Brazil”, and “the other part of the huge ocean problems will be addressed in detail at the great Summit.” Oceans”, which will be held in Lisbon next week.

“In any of the areas, new prospects are opening up for Portuguese-Brazilian relations,” he stressed.

With regard to Ibero-America, the minister believes that Portugal and Brazil share “an enormous strategic space with the Castilian-speaking countries, where a joint Portuguese-Brazilian reflection is undoubtedly recommended on the potential to exploit opportunities and create synergies”.

“Value of CPLP [Comunidade de Países de Língua Portuguesa] is gaining more and more recognition at the international level – and the evidence of this is the growing number of states that become associate observers” of the organization, he believes.

“Because they want to engage with us and reinforce the value of the linguistic, cultural and historical ties that unify lusophony and create a unique dynamic for relationships with third parties,” he stressed.

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But even at this level, he argued that there was an urgent need to find a “convergence of visions and desires” that “allows us to enhance” our “separate realities.”

The minister also mentioned that “despite the break caused by the pandemic”, Portugal has a “real air bridge” with Brazil, consisting of more than 74 weekly TAP flights, which is a cause and effect of “a dynamic that is being updated and reinvented”. relations between the two countries.

This dynamic, according to Gomes Cravinho, is also reflected in economic and commercial relations.

Thus, “Brazil is the first Latin American export market for Portuguese merchandise and is already the fourth largest merchandise export destination (outside the EU).

“However, the conviction remains that the potential is far from being realized, and that nostalgia for the future entails a vision of a different profile of our exchanges, a technological, creative profile that corresponds to global geo-economic transformations,” he defended. .

At this stage, João Gomes Cravinho also underlined the potential of the port of Sines, “whose strategic importance, which has long been noted, takes on new importance in the troubled times that we are going through.”

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A cycle of Portuguese cinema will be held in New York from Friday.



A cycle of Portuguese cinema will be held in New York from Friday.

Dand from June 24 to 30, an event called “New Stories from Portuguese Cinema” will present the perspectives of a new generation of filmmakers “whose films embody the artistic, social and political reflections that mark the 21st century,” according to the organization in a statement.

Balad o batrachio by Leonor Teles, Amor, Avenidas Novas by Duarte Coimbra and O Cordeiro de Deus by David Pinheiro Vicente are three of the 20 films that are part of this cinematic cycle.

Pedro Cabeleira, Laura Carreira, Susana Nobre, Joao Rosas, Tomas Paula Marquez, Catarina de Souza and Nick Tyson, Maya Cosa and Sergio da Costa, Christel Alves Meira, Paulo Carneiro, Pedro Peralta, Diogo Salgado, Catarina Vasconcelos and Aya Korezli other directors integrated into this movie cycle.

In addition to FLAD, this event is also the result of a partnership with New York-based Anthology Film Archives, an iconic venue for independent and experimental filmmaking, hosting a Portuguese film cycle featuring Francisco Valente.

“Anthology Film Archives has been a reference space for over 50 years. It seemed to us ideal to promote the works of these directors, emphasizing their uniqueness and quality. We believe that Portuguese cinema can gain more space in the United States and we want to do our part to internationalize it,” said FLAD President Rita Faden.

Francisco Valente, guest programmer, explained that the 18 selected directors are distinguished by “their unwavering commitment to using the screen to express their personal freedom, reflect their racial and gender identity, and develop narratives that comment on and expand our reality.” – in Portugal, in the United States, or in that beautiful and imaginary country called cinema.

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This connection between Portugal and the United States of America is also expressed in the documentary “In the Footsteps of Utopia”, based on the testimonies of “weird” teenagers from Queens, filmed by Catarina de Souza and Nick Tyson, who will come to New York to find out their joint production, which closes this cycle.

The program of the cycle is available in the Screenings section of the Anthology Film Archives “website” ( and on the FLAD “website” ( /uploads/2022/02/new_tales_final_bx.pdf).

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