Technology

Huawei launches new legal action against US ban

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Telecom giant Huawei announced on 5 December it has launched an authorized challenge to last month's decision by US regulators to classify it as a national security threat. The legal challenge is a response to...

Uber’s European competitor shows higher profitability

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Estonia’s car-hailing platform Bolt is profitable in two-thirds of the markets in which it operates, surpassing Uber’s profitability. Founded in 2013 as Taxify and rebranded as Bolt, the Estonian company has a 25 million customer...

“We will not let technology turn against the people”, Jourová pledges

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"Technology should serve the people, not the other way around", said Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, during a Summit organised by the Financial Times and European Telecommunications Network Operations...

Europe’s 5G state-of-play: Interview with Mark Spelman

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Mark Spelman is a British expert focused on key 5G challenges like standardisation and cyber-security. His current roles include heads the Thought Leadership at the World Economic Forum and leading the Forum’s initiative on...

European Commissioner slams Turkey’s internet censorship

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Turkey's continued block of the internet is both unacceptable and a violation of the democratic principles of the European Convention on Human Rights which protects freedom of speech, according to the Europe Commissioner for Human...

Facebook’s only Dutch fact-checking partner quits over political advertising policies

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A partnership between Facebook and the only Netherlands-based fact-checker, Nu.nl, has stopped checking for possible fake news on Facebook, ending a two-and-a-half-year partnership with the social media giant. "What is the point of fighting fake...

European Space Agency sees historic budget rise

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The European Space Agency got its biggest financial boost in a generation on Thursday, with 22 member states agreeing to invest €14.4bn over the next five years. At a two-day conference in Seville, Spain, the...

NATO signs $1 billion contract with Boeing to modernise its fleet

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NATO and Boeing Company signed a landmark contract of $1 billion, to modernise the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS aircraft, during a ceremony at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels, on 27 November. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said...

Britain steps up commitment to European Space Agency

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The UK is expected to raise its subscription to the European Space Agency. The British delegation in Seville, Spain, was instructed to raise British government support for the agency, as the UK aims to remain...

Russia moves to ban sales of devices without pre-installed domestic software

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Russia has adopted a new law prohibiting the sale of imported "complex electronic" devices unless Russian-made software is pre-installed. The legislation passed a final vote in the State Duma, Russia's lower house, earlier in November...

Merkel’s Christian Democrats move to exclude Huawei from Germany’s 5G network

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Germany's ruling Christian Democrats have backed a motion stipulating that requires 5G suppliers to fulfil a "clearly defined security catalogue that would block the involvement of a "foreign state" during the construction of the...

Tesla receives over 200,000 Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe

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American automotive and energy company Tesla has received more than 200,000 orders for its new Cybertruck, despite a highly publicised, but slightly unsuccessful rollout, company CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday. Musk, who regularly tweets...

Uber loses operational license in London

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Uber, the popular American ride-share service, will not be granted a new licence to operate in London after repeated safety failures. The regulator Transport for London (TfL) announced that the decision was made after authorities...

Russian search giant Yandex agrees to Kremlin-run restructuring

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Russia's search giant and main news aggregator Yandex has announced that it would corporate in a restructuring that will allow the Kremlin's newly created Public Interest Fund (UIF) to take control of key decisions...

Mounting concerns over Europe’s ‘digital sovereignty’

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron have independently expressed reservations about Europe’s reliance on American and Chinese for data storage. Merkel made the point last week that companies outsource data storage to the US...
The Russian FSB fraudulently misappropriated $ 450 million cryptocurrencies in 2018. EPA-EFE

Russia’s FSB linked to $450 million bitcoin loss

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Russia's intelligence service, the FSB, was allegedly involved in the embezzlement of $450 million worth of bitcoins, which went missing from the fund of Russia's World Exchange Services (WEX), a cryptocurrency exchange, in 2018. A...

Thousands of accounts stolen by hackers as Disney rolls out new streaming service

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The start of a highly anticipated streaming service from The Walt Disney Company endured an unsuccessful rollout as thousands of Disney+ user accounts were stolen and put up for sale on the so-called "Dark...

Crans Montana “African Women’s Forum” hosted in Brussels

The city of Brussels hosted on 14 - 16 November the African Women's Forum, organised by the Crans Montana Forum, in association with the New Leaders for Tomorrow. Important personalities extending beyond the African landscape, took...

Using mobile money to enhance humanitarian aid in Yemen

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If they are not considered entirely essential, mobile phones are a basic tool for our everyday life and facilitate how we live. Mobile technology can be a significant driver in terms of our welfare...

Tesla buys into “Made in Germany”

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The automaker of electrical vehicles Tesla is buying into the “Made in Germany” brand. Tesla will set up shop near Berlin in the Eastern German state of Brandenburg. Elon Musk made the announcement on Tuesday...

Brazil struggles with regulatory stagnation and haphazard politics in its audiovisual industry

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Brazil’s Audiovisual Industry is undergoing a process of reintegration and increasing competitive intensity. Since the 1990s, the deployment of pay-TV, the introduction of new consumer technologies, and the digitisation and video-streaming have brought a...

Australia takes Google to court over geolocation practices

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Australia is taking Google to court over geolocation data-collection practices. The Australian Consumer Commission (ACC) has filed a lawsuit on allegations that the electronics behemoth mislead the public on how location data are collected, kept...

Cybercrime threats

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Chinese hackers are launching more sophisticated attacks that are as frequent and technologically savvy as Russian cyber-units, but it’s difficult to identify who is behind these attacks and international cooperation is...

Marseille uses abandoned U-boat base to become a European data-hub

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A WW II German U-boat base submarine base in Marseille will become France’s second-biggest data-storage centre after Paris. The Dutch cloud services firm Interxion plans are investing €140 million to turn the 1943 “Martha Base”...

Microsoft’s EU contracts found to breach GDPR

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The European Data Protection Supervisor has expressed serious concerns about Microsoft’s contractual agreements with the EU's institutions, saying they fail to fully comply with the bloc's GDPR, the EU's data protection legislation. Microsoft has already...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

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German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded explicitly on the basis of the Federal Network Agency guidelines....

UN-Google report shows that AI can help governments deliver public services

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The way artificial intelligence can be leveraged for public services in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond is the focus of a new study of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the...

Brussels intensifies its analysis of third-party cybersecurity threats in 5G networks

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5G networks are a key asset for Europe as it hopes to become a global leader in the cellular network technology sector as fifth-generation mobile networks become the backbone for a wide range of...

EU states divided over OECD’s online taxation plan

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The OECD has proposed on Wednesday a global shake-up of corporate online taxation. The plan would see digital groups such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google pay in the country of operation rather than...

Vestager is ready to reign in Big Tech

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The question of Europe's digital transformation has been a key topic for many of last the Commission confirmation hearings. By the end of the process, it was Margrethe Vestager, with the portfolio “A Europe...

Vestager plans second wave of measures against digital monopolies

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In her second term as EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is bracing for a second wave of anti-trust measures against US digital monopolies, beginning with chipmaker Broadcom, the Financial Times report. Emboldened by her authority as...

Regulators take hard line against Facebook’s Libra

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Facebook faced the grilling of 26 central bank representatives over its Libra currency plan on Monday; Libra is a virtual currency considered a threat to monetary sovereignty. Facebook executives representing were questioned by the Bank...

US States initiate anti-trust probe against Google

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Google’s dominant market position is now the subject of state investigations after 50 states and territories opened anti-trust probes that are looking at Google’s prominent position in various sectors of the internet economy including...

Online selling VAT fraud could see a Brexit headache for UK’s HMRC

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Officials are preparing for an uptick in VAT compliance problems as the UK leaves the European Union. Online platforms like Amazon Marketplace and eBay are already under pressure to make sellers pay their share...

EU plans digital startup investment fund

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EU officials have drafted a plan that envisages the creation of a sovereign wealth fund that would invest €100 billion in European digital startups. The fund is specifically aimed at technological scouting, a move that...

Don’t squander the techno-revolution

Public discussion of the effects of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) often focuses on the productivity benefits for companies and the economy, on the one hand, and on the potential downside for workers, on...

India to be fourth state to land a spacecraft on the moon

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India's space agency has launched a lunar mission to the moon’s unexplored south pole on Monday; that makes India the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon after the US, Russia, and...