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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

The State Bank of Vietman has issued “Information related to the use of virtual currency” that bans use of the cryptocurrency for payments. It won't say why, and doesn't explicitly ban mining or blockchain. The Bank lists conventional payment mechanisms like cheques, payment orders and credit cards as permitted, but then adds …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2017
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Your next flight is to Glorious China, Owners Of All South China Sea

Flight information screens at Vietnam's two main airports were hacked over the weekend to spout pro-Chinese propaganda. AP reported that the public address system of Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and the Tan Son Nhat airport, which serves Ho Chi Minh City, were also hacked on Friday evening. The hackers used the systems to make …
John Leyden, 1 Aug 2016
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Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'

Security researchers are linking malware sent to anti-communist activists in Vietnam to controversial commercial spyware firm Hacking Team. The assault dating from 2012-13 appears to use Hacking Team's MSN+Skype tabs, according to preliminary analysis by MalwareMustDie. ‪"‬It seems their govt bought such solution as toolset …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2015

Vietnam-lovin' VoIP man's 50-nation tally couldn't hold him back

The eXpat Files In this instalment of The eXpat Files, we meet Joshua Puckett – a native of Maryland, USA – who, at 23, has managed to work in 50 countries, with extended stays in Switzerland and Hungary. How did this half-man-half-Boeing pull it off? Read on to learn about his very mobile lifestyle, the best bars in the world and how to blag …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2015

Chipzilla to add new production line in Vietnam

Intel has announced that it's to expand its CPU manufacturing plant in Vietnam. Chipzilla plans to spin up a second production line in the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) fab, according to remarks made by the local subsidiary's CEO Sherry Boger to a seminar on Monday. According to Tuoi Tre News, the Boger said the new production line …
Pile of mobiles

Samsung, Vietnam in talks over another BEEELLION-DOLLAR mobe factory

Samsung Electronics has applied for a licence to open a new $3bn smartphone factory in northern Vietnam, near an existing facility. Sammy is planning to build the plant in Thai Nguyen province, where it already has a $2bn phone factory that it opened in March, Dau Tu newspaper originally reported. In an emailed statement, the …

Indian DEITY hands down new manufacturing subsidy plan

India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology – which cheerfully uses the domain name deity.gov.in – is making a play to bring more electronics manufacturing work to the sub-continent. India and the Department established a Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) in 2012, offering to rebate up to 25 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014

EFF claims Vietnam targeted its staff with spear phishing attack

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned of an uptick in targeted malware attacks by “state-aligned actors” in Vietnam against foreign activists and journalists. In a blog post this week the group complained of a new campaign targeting its own staff – the first of its kind. A suspicious looking email …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jan 2014

Workers, guards clash in hours-long Samsung factory RIOT in Vietnam

Samsung's new cellphone factory in Thai Nguyen province, Vietnam, is off to an inauspicious start, having experienced its first work-related riots before it has even opened for business. According to a report in the state-run newspaper Thanh Nien, construction workers clashed with security guards at the facility on Thursday …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jan 2014

Vietnam tightens noose on web freedoms with new decrees

Vietnam has introduced severe financial penalties in its ongoing bid to stifle web freedoms, including a fine of $US5,000 for anyone using social media to spread propaganda against the state. The ominous-sounding Decree 174 follows up on Decree 72, which came into force in September and limits the use of blogs and social media …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2013

Unbelievably RARE, two-horned 'UNICORN' SPOTTED in woods

It looks like our most recently discovered mammalian cousin, the Saola, will be with us a while longer, after the World Wildlife Fund reported that one of the most endangered animals on the planet had been snapped by a camera trap in a remote Vietnamese conservation area. Saola mammal spotted in Vietnam The Saola spotted in …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013

Commies copying West again as Vietnam plans own Silicon Valley

Over 35 years after the Vietnam war ended, the communist Asian state is looking to the good ol’ US for its inspiration with a new government backed initiative designed to make a success out of its emerging technology industry. The Silicon Valley Vietnam (SVVN) project will see the government stump up an initial $400,000 in a …
Prison window

Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign

The Vietnamese government has shot itself in the foot yet again on the thorny topic of human rights after a Facebook campaigner was sentenced to 15 months under house arrest for “abusing” his democratic freedoms. Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, has the dubious honour of being the first person in the Communist state to get sent down for …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2013

Vietnam crimps online freedom of speech with 'Decree 72'

The Vietnamese government has introduced new restrictions on internet freedom with "Decree 72" – a new law which critics say will encourage self censorship and deter foreign investment. Brought into force lastSunday, Decree 72 limits the use of blogs and social media to “providing or exchanging personal information”, and …

Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

The Vietnamese city of Danang today took a major step towards becoming the smartest and most technologically advanced city in the nation, with the launch of a comprehensive Information Technology and Communication Infrastructure System. The system includes a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), city-wide Wi-Fi access capable of …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook

Police in Vietnam have swooped on a prostitution ring after spotting one enterprising lady-of-the-night using Facebook to advertise her girls’ wares to potential punters. Cops in the capital Hanoi cuffed 20-year-old Do Thi Huyen, of Truong Dinh ward in the city's Hai Ba Trung district as she and a colleague were escorting two …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013
Programming problem for Vietnamese kids

Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

Google engineer Neil Fraser got a bit of a surprise when he visited Vietnam recently to see how schools teach ICT: kids in 11th grade are capable of passing the Chocolate Factory’s notoriously difficult interview process. Fraser blogged about his trip (via TNW), which ostensibly seems to have been a fact-finding mission …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2013
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Vietnamese Google-killer searches like it's 1996

Google is facing another challenge to its dominance in Asia after home-grown Vietnamese search engine Wada launched with a mission to offer users there a more localised, intuitive alternative hat seems to borrow heavily from Yahoo!, circa 1996. The Mountain View giant has a huge lead in the Vietnamese search market, with …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Nov 2012

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