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Heather Timmons

Heather Timmons is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT's first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
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The Invasion of Ukraine in Maps, Satellite Photos and Video

August 29, 2014 Although most world leaders have not actually come out and said so, Ukraine is being invaded. That’s according to Ukrainian politicians and military officials, NATO representatives, and, privately, officials in Washington. What, exactly, is going on on the ground? Satellite images shared by NATO yesterday showed Russian artillery units just ...

Beijing Thinks the iPhone is a Threat to China’s National Security

July 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The iPhone became the latest target of China’s state broadcaster CCTV today. The phone’s Frequent Locations function, which tracks the exact places you have been and the amount of time you spent there, is capturing “extremely sensitive data,” a researcher told CCTV, according to Reuters. The data could ultimately reveal ...

Hacker Attacks and Pressure From Beijing Are Killing Free Speech in Hong Kong

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Deng Xiaoping sat down with Margaret Thatcher in 1984 to negotiate the terms of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China, they hammered out an agreement that became Hong Kong’s “basic law” and spelled out how China would govern the “highly autonomous” city. Among the rights accorded to all ...

Watch the Global Cyber War Live Right Here

June 23, 2014 Well-organized hackers from China have been blamed for everything from crippling pro-democracy websites in Hong Kong to stealing corporate secrets from US companies in recent months. The US and China are locked in an escalating war about online spying that threatens to devastate business for companies in both countries. But ...

Watch the Global Hacking War in Real Time With a Map

June 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Well-organized hackers from China have been blamed for everything from crippling pro-democracy websites in Hong Kong to stealing corporate secrets from US companies in recent months. The US and China are locked in an escalating war about online spying that threatens to devastate business for companies in both countries. But ...

The Escalating US-China Spying War Is McKinsey’s Loss and Huawei’s Gain

May 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow US consultants may be the next victim of the US and China’s escalating battle over cyber-spying. Chinese officials have asked state-owned enterprises to stop employing US consulting companies, the Financial Times reported (paywall), because of fears they are reporting company secrets to the US government. The ban could boost the ...

Russia Pushes for 'New Security' in the Asia-Pacific

May 19, 2014 Vladimir Putin spent most of a recent interview with Chinese state media praising the “exemplary collaboration” between Russia and China in recent years. He listed a wide range of areas, from financial services to the aircraft industry, where his country wants to partner with its “trusted friend.” But Putin’s interview ...

Hackers May Accomplish What Microsoft Can’t—Kill off Windows XP

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite the fast growth of Google’s Chrome web browser, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has hundreds of millions of loyal users, and remains the most popular browser in the world for desktop computer use. But that lead could be in jeopardy after Microsoft said over the weekend that its browser is ...

China Pursues the Holy Grail of Ocean Energy, in a Massive Way

April 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China is the latest country to take on the decades-old challenge of generating electricity from the world’s oceans. Beijing has invested an estimated $160 million in tidal and wave energy projects since 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported, embarking on joint ventures with Lockheed Martin, Israel’s Eco Wave Power, the ...

A US Court Just Ruled That Censorship by Search Engines Is a Form of Free Speech

March 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A US District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit March 27 that accused Chinese search engine Baidu of illegally suppressing free speech by censoring information about democracy movements in China on the internet. The decision raises some unsettling questions about the world’s dependency on a handful of search engines. The group ...