Outgoing FCC head insists China is biggest risk to US infrastructure

Outgoing FCC head insists China is biggest risk to US infrastructure

(ATF) The outgoing head of the US telecoms regulator said potential Chinese espionage, including cyber-attacks and hacking - is the biggest national security issue that his successors would face in the next four years. The departing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, told Reuters in a final interview that …

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Bad debts chipping away at Tsinghua Unigroup’s domination dream 

Bad debts chipping away at Tsinghua Unigroup’s domination dream 

Tsinghua Unigroup, the Chinese conglomerate that has long sought to become a semiconductor powerhouse, is facing mounting debt woes while its key chip units fail to sell. Best known for an unsuccessful $23 billion bid for US chipmaker Micron Technology Inc in 2015, Unigroup shocked investors in November with a …

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Customer marketing apps now part of stores’ Covid fightback 

Customer marketing apps now part of stores’ Covid fightback 

Devices designed for improving customer marketing and sports performance are now being used in the fight against Covid-19. Hitachi-LG Data Storage originally developed its 3D LiDAR People Counter sensor for retail stores to track shoppers' movements and analyse data in order to improve sales and customer satisfaction. The company, a …

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US calls on Australia to cancel plan to make internet giants pay for news

US calls on Australia to cancel plan to make internet giants pay for news

(ATF) Washington has asked its closest Asia-Pacific ally to scrap proposed laws that would make Australia the first country in the world to force social media giants to pay for news sourced from local media outlets. Assistant US trade representatives Daniel Bahar and Karl Ehlers suggested Canberra should instead "further …

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US 5G still a work in progress

US 5G still a work in progress

Marketing pitches in the US are bullish on superfast 5G telecom networks, but they remain more of a promise than reality. Promoters of the technology say it will bring such innovations as fast-thinking self-driving cars and rapid-fire video downloads. And nationwide coverage with 5G could add $1.5 trillion to GDP …

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EV sector fast-tracked by green recovery

EV sector fast-tracked by green recovery

(ATF) The confirmation of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States has also stoked electric vehicle and green finance bulls as the leadership change incentivises and drives demand for renewable energy. And the magnitude of stimulus deployed globally for recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is game changing, …

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Hordes dumping WhatsApp over its 'end of privacy' policy

Hordes dumping WhatsApp of it 'end of privacy' policy

(ATF) WhatsApp’s latest policy to force users to agree to sharing information with Facebook, which could then be shared or sold to others, could not only compromise users’ personal data, it could also lead to unexpected problems for business users, experts say. Most are advising users to shift to other …

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