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Huawei could face US indictment for trade theft

Huawei could face US indictment for trade theft

It may not be spying for the Chinese government but it could be spying on other companies for its own gain. No sooner had Huawei’s CEO gone public with his praise of US President Trump and the company’s commitment to customers’ data privacy than a new report pops up claiming that the US is training more guns on the Chinese OEM. This time, however, the US Department of Justice’ investigation isn’t focusing on some grand national security threat but on the Huawei’s repeated theft of trade secrets from US companies.

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Google Soli no-touch phone tech greenlit by FCC

Google Soli no-touch phone tech greenlit by FCC

In Google's future, smartphones and such won't necessarily need touchscreens to operate. Instead, with the technology they call Soli, users will be able to control their smart devices with a wave of their hand. While this sort of technology isn't technically completely new, the level to which these gestures will operate is now being taken out a whole new door.

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US officials pressure T-Mobile, Sprint parent companies to drop Huawei, too

US officials pressure T-Mobile, Sprint parent companies to drop Huawei, too

It would appear that the United States Government is putting pressure on Huawei not only inside the USA, but abroad as well. On concerns that the brand Huawei is a sort of spy for the Chinese state, the US Government effectively carpet-bombed Huawei out of North America - getting all major carriers to drop all Huawei brand products in the process. Now it would seem that the US government wants not only T-Mobile and Sprint to continue to avoid Huawei, it wants their parent companies to drop Huawei hardware as well.

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US versus Huawei part two: getting allies in line

US versus Huawei part two: getting allies in line

It may have not been able to deal Huawei the same almost fatal blow it gave ZTE but the US government is ramping up its efforts to make sure the Chinese company will have no place to run soon. It has already made it illegal to use Huawei and ZTE equipment in government and now reports are claiming that the US is doing what it can to urge other countries, particularly its allies, to also shun Huawei-made networking equipment in light of the upcoming 5G transition.

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Google search could legally block all Trump news entirely

Google search could legally block all Trump news entirely

Donald Trump was concerned this week that Google suppresses conservative news media in search results. He did so in two Tweets, one of which asked whether this practice was legal. Inside the United States, the FCC effectively ended Net Neutrality in December of 2017. Net Neutrality is not the same as Search Neutrality, and neither the FCC nor the FTC (nor any other government entity) has the legal power to tell Google that it needs to show "fair and balanced" search results - at least where politics are concerned.

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Sony aibo robot dog USA release date locked in for adoption

Sony aibo robot dog USA release date locked in for adoption

Sony aibo First Litter Edition was revealed this morning in order to bring the robot puppy to the United States. This is the first time it's been released in any major form in the United States, original or re-release. The First Litter Edition for Sony aibo in the USA was listed as a package deal, including the aibo, a 3-year AI Cloud Plan, an individually numbered dog tag, and a set of aibo accessories (aibo toys.)

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ZTE is safe, Senators withdraw opposition to Trump deal

ZTE is safe, Senators withdraw opposition to Trump deal

It seems that ZTE can finally put the nightmarish few months behind it. Somewhat. Although the company and US President Trump’s administration just recently signed a deal that lifted what would have been a fatal seven-year ban, senators from both sides of the political fence wanted to block that deal by sneaking it into an upcoming law. Now it seems that the deal will be left in place after Republican senators decided to withdraw that clause in exchange for some other stipulation that both political parties could agree on.

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US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

ZTE’s nightmares may finally be coming to an end. Of course, it will still have to recoup its losses from both paying the US’ penalties and months of stopping operations but at least it will have a chance to. That is, if it gets off the ground at all. The US government just announced that ZTE has signed an agreement to pay an escrow and install a monitor. Once that’s done, the company will finally be free, sort of.

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ZTE can continue operating at least until August 1

ZTE can continue operating at least until August 1

ZTE is a Chinese company but it has found itself in the unfortunate position to need the US government’s permission before it can start operating again. That authorization has just been provided, allowing ZTE to breathe just a little bit. It is, however, a very small reprieve that will run only until August 1 as ZTE awaits the ultimate fate of its compromise with the Trump administration that is being blocked even by the US presidents’ allies in Congress.

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China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

China Mobile ban in US likely with national security fears cited

Back in 2011, China Mobile took the first legal step to make its entrance in the US market, one that would allow it to offer wireless phone service to individuals within the nation. The Section 214 license application has been with the FCC for years, the agency having been tasked to seek info from the Executive Branch over whether authorizing the carrier would be "in the public interest of the US." That answer is officially no.

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OPPO Find X: you can’t have it either

OPPO Find X: you can’t have it either

It may sound ironic, but you won’t find the OPPO Find X in the US, no matter how hard you look. Although OPPO has not always snubbed the market the way Xiaomi continues to do, it doesn’t make all of its smartphones available in the US, even through retailers. That may be the case for the OPPO Find X, which means that none of “sliding camera” smartphones will have a presence in the US, which could reduce the influence of these unorthodox anti-notch solutions.

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ZTE in trouble again: Senate votes to block Trump deal

ZTE in trouble again: Senate votes to block Trump deal

It may have been painted as ZTE’s lifesaver but the $1 billion deal it signed with the US government may prove to be even more trouble. The agreement would naturally incur a lot of changes on ZTE’s part, but that is if it will actually push through. The US Senate has just voted 85 to 10 to pass an annual defense policy bill that, among other things, included a provision that would block the Trump administration’s deal with ZTE in the interests of national security.

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