Channel Beat: China Accuses Cisco Of Aiding Cyberespionage

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In this week's top stories, a Chinese media outlet is accusing Cisco of aiding in the U.S. government's alleged cyberspying efforts in China. Cisco denies those allegations. State-owned Newspaper China Youth Daily accused Cisco of being a government "weapon" in cyberspying. In an email to CRN, Cisco wrote that it does not work with any government to weaken products for exploitation or monitor communications anywhere in the world.

The accusations come as tensions increase between the U.S. and China over allegations of cyberespionage. Chinese government agencies also have recently accused IBM servers of compromising China's financial security. Meanwhile, Chinese company Huawei continues to face scrutiny from the U.S. government, who has labeled the vendor a national security risk for espionage.

HP’s Meg Whitman told CRN she thinks there's trouble in paradise in the VCE joint venture between Cisco, EMC and VMware.

While VCE vBlocks are selling well in the marketplace, Whitman said she sees evidence the alliance is beginning to fracture. Whitman said there appears to be disagreements about SDN technology used in the blocks, as well as EMC pitching in-house converged infrastructure as alternatives to VCE vBlocks.

Whitman said she believes HP will attract customers who do not want to get involved in any alliance drama.

Apple has officially acquired Beats Electronics, and partners are anticipating some new product announcements to follow at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple paid $3 billion for Beats, and partners believe its distribution channel will support new Apple wearable devices. Partners expect an iOS 8 announcement at next week's show, with hopes it will include HD audio. But most of all, they really want to see an iWatch.


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