Month: June 2020

Huawei controversy opens field for 5G challengers

Tokyo (AFP) – With growing pressure to keep China’s Huawei out of 5G network development, it could be time for firms like Japan’s NEC and South Korea’s Samsung to shine.

Washington has pushed allies to bar Huawei, a Chinese telecom giant, from building next-generation 5G mobile networks, claiming its equipment can be used to spy for Beijing.

Huawei denies the charges, but US pressure has prompted an about-turn in Britain.

The government had already pledged to cut the firm out of the most sensitive “core” elements of 5G that access personal data, and is now reportedly pushing for plans to end Huawei’s involvement in Britain’s 5G infrastructure by 2023.

But excluding Huawei is not without challenges, because there are currently only two alternatives in Europe for 5G equipment such as antennas and relay masts: Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson.

Britain has encouraged Washington to form a club of 10 democratic

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People who believe wild coronavirus conspiracy theories rely on YouTube for most of their information on the pandemic

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YouTube

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  • Researchers at King’s College London surveyed over 2,000 people in the UK to study how likely people are to believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

  • People who got their news primarily from social media were more likely to believe conspiracy theories, and the researchers found consuming information on YouTube had the strongest correlation with believing them.

  • People who got their news from social media were also more likely to break quarantine and lockdown rules.

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YouTube viewers are more likely to buy into weird conspiracy theories about the coronavirus than other people who get their news via social media.

That’s according to a new report from researchers at King’s College London delving into the public health risks posed by online conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

The peer-reviewed study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine and surveyed 2,254 people in the

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Biden, Trump Quit Praising Xi to Feud Over Who’d Be Tougher on China

(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden used to brag about how well they knew Chinese President Xi Jinping. Barely four months from election day, the talk has turned to who can be tougher on Beijing, with a tell-all book by Trump’s ex-national security adviser adding to the fray.

“Trump rolled over for the Chinese — he took their word for it,” the narrator in one Biden ad says of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A Trump spot counters: “China is the greatest threat to America’s security and our values. Career politician Joe Biden is weak on China.”

Those ads, piggybacking on bipartisan fury in the U.S. at China’s early missteps in alerting the world to the coronavirus outbreak, underscore that Beijing is at the center of this year’s presidential campaign more than any other foreign policy issue.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s new book, which the Justice

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25 Surprising Jobs That Will Be the Best for Your Career

One of the key factors of a satisfying job is the ability to advance in your career, but identifying whether a potential job comes with this important component can be tricky. To find the jobs with the most career opportunities, Glassdoor analyzed millions of employee reviews on its site and found the 25 jobs that are most likely to allow you to climb the career ladder — and some of them might surprise you.

Last updated: Feb. 18, 2020

Software Development Engineer

  • Median base salary: $117,250

Almost half of the jobs on Glassdoor’s list are in tech, but software engineers had the lowest career opportunities rating of the ones that made the cut — 3.6 on a scale of one to five, with one being the weakest and five being the strongest. On the plus side, it has one of the highest median base salaries and some of the most

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Bullard Doesn’t See Adoption Pending of Yield-Curve Control

(Bloomberg) — Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said a strategy of capping Treasury yields out to a certain maturity may not work and such yield-curve control seems unnecessary with the market pricing in rates near zero out into the future.

“Right now there are more questions than answers about this, and I don’t really think this is a pending thing for the committee because we are already expecting rates to be low for quite awhile,” Bullard said Tuesday.

“I am not sure you need to put caps in or anything else. You have already got the low expected rates that you desire for this situation,” he said during an interview on Bloomberg Television with Lisa Abramowicz, Tom Keene and Jonathan Ferro.

Bullard’s comments echoed Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who told Congress last week that the Federal Open Market Committee’s study of yield curve control was at

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Did Quibi steal mobile technology? A rival wants the court to stop it from using ‘trade secrets’

A scene from "The Coop," an interactive murder mystery reality TV show on Eko. <span class="copyright">(Eko)</span>
A scene from “The Coop,” an interactive murder mystery reality TV show on Eko. (Eko)

The legal fight over Quibi’s mobile technology escalated on Wednesday as technology company Eko requested an injunction to block Hollywood’s newest streaming service from using a feature on its app.

Eko, a New York-based company, says that Quibi’s app has a feature that uses technology stolen from Eko. The Quibi feature, called “turnstyle,” allows users to toggle their mobile phones vertically and horizontally to gain a different perspective on videos.

Eko sued Quibi for patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets last month in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that Quibi employees had access to Eko’s trade secret technology under nondisclosure agreements.

And on Wednesday, Eko said it would ask the court to stop Quibi from using Eko’s “trade secret information and from selling, offering for sale, marketing or using the Turnstyle feature.”

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