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UK to decide on Huawei 5G involvement by end of autumn

The fate of Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network could be decided by the end of the year, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

5G equipment made by the Chinese firm is currently subject to security concerns amid accusations of links to the Chinese government, which the company has denied.


Further delay for US ban on trade with Huawei

A US ban on trade with Huawei has been delayed by a further 90 days, the US Commerce Secretary has confirmed.

Wilbur Ross said a temporary licence that eased restrictions on the Chinese technology giant and had been due to expire on Monday has now been extended to November.

Mr Ross told the Fox Business TV channel that the aim of the initial licence and its extension was to give US firms “a little more time to wean themselves off” Huawei products.


NHS given £250m shot in the arm for AI development

The money will be used to create a National Artificial Intelligence Lab The NHS will receive a £250 million boost to build artificial intelligence that could help treat conditions including cancer, dementia and heart disease, the Department of Health has announced. The money will be invested in a new National Artificial Intelligence Lab, Health Secretary… Read More


Cloudflare terminates 8chan support following El Paso shooting

The forum is popular with neo-Nazi’s who celebrate mass shootings and spread far-right “manifestos” Cloudflare has cut support for 8chan following the white-nationalist shooting in El Paso, Texas over the weekend. Cloudflare is a San Francisco-based company that provides security and performance services, including DDoS mitigation, to over 16 million websites worldwide. On Sunday, the… Read More


Probe into Facebook cryptocurrency mooted by UK Government

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman Damian Collins fears Libra could be open to fraud, according to a report A probe into Facebook’s digital currency plans is being considered by MPs, it has been reported. Concerns have been raised over the social network’s intentions to start a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be run… Read More


Halt to facial recognition technology trials urged as MPs question legality

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said a legal framework for the tests must be established before they continue Authorities should cease trials of facial recognition technology until a legal framework for them is established, MPs have said. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said the current lack of legislation calls… Read More


Amsterdam halts data centre construction until 2020

Space, energy, and regulatory concerns prompt suspension of data centre construction The municipal authorities in Amsterdam have suspended the construction of new data centres, despite the city claiming to be Europe’s largest data centre hub. The Dutch capital has seen an influx of facilities in recent years, thanks to the city’s favourable taxes and relatively… Read More


Facebook exec grilled by US Senate over Libra currency

Executive David Marcus faced criticism from the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee The chief of Facebook’s new digital currency has said it understands “loud and clear” that people do not want financial details connected to their social media data. David Marcus was grilled by US senators who expressed concern about Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra,… Read More


US Federal Trade Commission approves $5bn Facebook fine

The 5 billion dollar fine would be the largest the US Federal Trade Commission has levied on a technology company The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about 5 billion dollars for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Facebook declined to comment on the story which… Read More


‘No technological grounds’ to ban Huawei from 5G networks, say MPs

The Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee said some ethical concerns remain, but it could see no technical reason to ban the Chinese firm There are no technological grounds for banning Chinese firm Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks, the Science and Technology Select Committee has said. In a letter to Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, the… Read More


France approves tax on “Big Tech” despite US threats

Google, Amazon and Facebook could be affected by the new tax France has adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook despite US threats of new tariffs on French imports if Paris went ahead with the plan. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced an investigation into the tax under the provision… Read More


US probes France’s proposed tech giant tax

The digital services tax is expected to be passed by the French Senate on Thursday The White House is launching an investigation into France’s proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, in a move that could lead to US taxes on French imports. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed concern that the… Read More



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