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    Herman Cain’s Estate Slammed After His Twitter Account Resumes 2 Weeks After His Death: ‘Tasteless’

    People don’t like to speak ill of the recently deceased, but that courtesy didn’t extend to the deceased’s estate on Wednesday after the Twitter account that belonged to Herman Cain shared a link to an article attacking Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — two weeks after the businessman and Republican politician’s unfortunate death.Wednesday afternoon, the account tweeted “Just in case you thought Biden’s candidacy was going to be anything other than completely nuts, team Trump has released a new video. JoeBiden KamalaHarris,” with a link to a Donald Trump campaign video attempting to suggest Joe Biden is a racist. A Republican criticizing the Democratic presidential ticket isn’t particularly unusual of course, but the tweet was written as though it was by the owner of the Twitter account.Of course, it wasn’t Cain who tweeted the article, as he died July 30 after a month-long battle with COVID-19. It isn’t known where he contracted the illness, which has killed more than 160,000 Americans in less than 5 months, making the U.S. the world’s worst-impacted country by far. But experts say it can take up to two weeks before symptoms present, and 11 days before he tested positive Cain, a major Trump supporter, attended the divisive rally held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20. On the day of he was photographed inside the event without wearing a mask.Also Read: Herman Cain, Former GOP Presidential Candidate, Dies at 74 From CoronavirusHerman Cain’s family said in a statement on Aug. 11 that to honor of Cain’s dying wish, they would continue to use his platform to advocate for the issues he cared about. The statement, which you can read here, explained that they would do so with a rotating roster of contributors under the banner “The Cain Gang.” The statement did not say they would continue to operate Cain’s Twitter account without acknowledgment or changes to the account, however.As of this writing, Cain’s account still bears his name and bio unchanged, with no mention of the “Cain Gang” or acknowledgment of his death. Here’s an image:It is unclear if the account can retain its verified status now that Cain no longer operates it. Cain’s estate did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. Representatives for Twitter also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Also Read: Herman Cain Remembered by Mitt Romney, Rapper Killer Mike and More: 'Formidable Champion of Business, Politics and Policy'Unsurprisingly, thousands of Twitter users criticized or mocked the people who now operate Cain’s account, both for the tweet itself and also in light of the possible circumstances that led to his death.“If you think this is tasteless. Wait till you see the marionette they made so he could give an RNC speech,” one user said.“Herman Cain is literally dead because he went to a Trump rally. Whoever’s in charge of this account should stop tweeting and read a book for the first time in their life,” said another.“People were mostly careful and respectful when Herman Cain passed away from COVID-19, and boy that is going to disappear quickly now that his family and comms team have decided to keep tweeting out new political content under his name,” said another.“Isn’t it a violation of Twitter’s rules to impersonate actual people? At a minimum, the blue check should be revoked. Herman Cain is dead and it is unclear who is pretending to be him when they post with this account,” another said.Also Read: Amber Ruffin Agrees Nobody Has Done More for Black Americans Than Trump (Video)Other users made frequent mention of Cain’s actual status, using memes referring to such pop culture as “Weekend at Bernies” to express contempt for the use of Cain’s account in this manner. See the tweet from Herman Cain’s account, and a sampling of replies to the tweet, below. See a screen capture of the tweet at the top of the page, in case it is later deleted.People were mostly careful and respectful when Herman Cain passed away from COVID-19, and boy that is going to disappear quickly now that his family and comms team have decided to keep tweeting out new political content under his name. https://t.co/dz6kTyJ4fQ— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) August 13, 2020If you think this is tasteless. Wait till you see the marionette they made so he could give an RNC speech https://t.co/DuV5psuHus— Wenzler Powers (@WenzlerPowers) August 13, 2020pic.twitter.com/kgZizrJq5l— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 13, 2020Isn't it a violation of Twitter's rules to impersonate actual people? At a minimum, the blue check should be revoked. Herman Cain is dead and it is unclear who is pretending to be him when they post with this account.— RAGEPATH (@ragepath) August 13, 2020Very ghoulish tweeting from a dead man’s account. Then again, very “on brand” for the @GOP.— Maya Contreras (@mayatcontreras) August 13, 2020Would you let this man be dead, PLEASE!— Kellee Nicole Terrell (@kelleent) August 13, 2020pic.twitter.com/PKgw0UKn7a— Yusuf 🔥🌹 (@yusufneedsarest) August 13, 2020pic.twitter.com/JxmeeSfyYN— Mike Makowsky (@mike_makowsky) August 13, 2020Read original story Herman Cain’s Estate Slammed After His Twitter Account Resumes 2 Weeks After His Death: ‘Tasteless’ At TheWrap

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    China’s Days as World’s Factory Are Over, IPhone Maker Says

    (Bloomberg) -- A key supplier to Apple Inc. and a dozen other tech giants plans to split its supply chain between the Chinese market and the U.S., declaring that China’s time as factory to the world is finished because of the trade war.Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Young Liu said it’s gradually adding more capacity outside of China, the main base of production for gadgets from iPhones to Dell desktops and Nintendo Switches. The proportion outside the country is now at 30%, up from 25% last June.That ratio will rise as the company -- known also as Foxconn -- moves more manufacturing to Southeast Asia and other regions to avoid escalating tariffs on Chinese-made goods headed to U.S. markets, Liu told reporters after his company reported financial results.“No matter if it’s India, Southeast Asia or the Americas, there will be a manufacturing ecosystem in each,” Liu told investors on a conference call, adding that while China will still play a key role in Foxconn’s manufacturing empire, the country’s “days as the world’s factory are done.”Foxconn said in a statement Thursday that, contrary to “inaccurate media reports,” management’s comments during the call did not refer to any specific companies, facilities or products, and were intended to reflect macroeconomic and industry trends.Intensifying trade tensions between Washington and Beijing have pushed device manufacturers to diversify their production bases away from China, and Liu last year said that Apple’s most prized product, the iPhone, can be made outside China if needed. The two nations remain in trade talks, but Liu’s comments affirm a growing expectation that the China-centric electronics supply chain will fragment over the longer term.Read more: Trump Tumult Has Gadget Giants Splitting Along U.S.-China LinesThe Taiwanese company reported better-than-expected net income of NT$22.9 billion ($778 million) for the quarter ended in June, a period that saw increased demand for iPads and MacBooks. Revenue was NT$1.13 trillion, but Hon Hai warned it expects its third-quarter sales will be down by double digits relative to 2019. Apple is expected to delay its iPhone launch this year.Hon Hai is bouncing back from a record profit slump in the first quarter as production at its factories recovered and shelter-in-place orders spurred demand for home computing equipment. The pandemic likely boosted iPad and Mac sales, even as Apple store closures weighed on iPhone sales, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on July 31 after reporting quarterly revenue that crushed estimates. Apple accounts for half of Hon Hai’s sales.Read More: Apple Smashes Revenue, IPhone Estimates on Pandemic DemandEven as Apple outperformed, Hon Hai’s other customers have fared less well. Hong Kong-listed subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd. said in its Aug. 7 earnings release that while Huawei Technologies Co.’s new phones have been popular in China, they missed expectations elsewhere following U.S. sanctions. Another key customer Xiaomi Corp. suffered a backlash in the Indian market amid growing tensions between China and the South Asian country. FIH lost $100 million in the first half.Foxconn has been shaking up its traditionally China-focused operations. Hon Hai is among Apple assembly partners that plan to expand operations in India, potentially helping the iPhone maker grow its presence in the country of 1.3 billion and shift some of the U.S. company’s supply chain outside of China as ties between Washington and Beijing fray.Chinese rivals are also posing a growing challenge. Local electronics titan Luxshare Precision Industry Co. is poised to become the first Chinese homegrown iPhone assembler after sealing a deal in July to buy an Apple handset production plant from Wistron Corp. While Hon Hai will keep assembly orders for premium iPhones, Luxshare will eat into the business for mid-to-entry-level Apple handsets, Fubon Securities analyst Arthur Liao wrote in a July 23 note.Foxconn will work on its component business to maintain tech leadership and it also benefits from its long-term relationship with Apple, Liu said in response to several analysts’ questions about Foxconn’s competitive strategy against the rising Chinese supplier.Orders could be further affected after President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring U.S. residents from doing business with Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat. Annual iPhone shipments could plunge 25%-30% if Apple is forced to remove the app from its app stores worldwide, TF International Securities analyst Kuo Ming-chi warned in an August 9 note.(Updates with Foxconn’s statement from the fifth paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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