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Former MI6 Chief

Former MI6 chief says western nations must do more to stop China buying up technology

Western nations like the UK need to do more to stop China buying up strategic technology including companies such as UK semiconductor chip designer Imagination Technologies, the fo...

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TSMC’s profit almost doubles in first quarter on strong demand for faster chips

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) net profit in the first quarter almost doubled, beating analyst estimates, as strong demand for faster chips helped offset disrupt...

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The Apple and Google alliance welcomed by European coronavirus app platform

Apple’s collaboration with Google will make it quicker to get systems for tracing coronavirus infections up and running, according to the prime mover behind a pan-European ef...

Imagination Tech

Britain urged to stop China taking control of Imagination Tech – lawmaker

The UK government should seek every mechanism available to it to prevent the removal of the technology base of Imagination Technologies to China, including seeking a Western buyer ...

Libra

G20 sets ground rules ahead of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin

The world’s leading economies need to plug gaps in their rulebooks to avoid digital currencies like Facebook’s planned Libra stablecoin from undermining financial stabi...

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Apple launches website to show how coronavirus lockdowns affect movement

Apple has said it would release data that could help inform public health authorities on whether people are driving less during lockdown orders to slow the spread of the new corona...

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Apple and Google plan software to slow virus, joining global debate on tracking

Apple and Google have announced that they will work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into logg...

Platform News: Google

US approves Google request to use segment of US-Asia undersea cable

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved Google’s request to use part of an US-Asia undersea telecommunications cable after the company warned it would fac...

Singapore

Singapore lockdown: ‘essential’ chipmakers hope for less supply chain disruption

Chip makers are banking on less disruptions to their factories from this week’s strict lockdown in Singapore than the havoc wreaked on their supply chains last month when Mal...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Huawei laments Trump administrations plans to curb its global chip supply

An executive at Huawei Technologies has described as “unfortunate” plans by the US government to reduce the Chinese telecom equipment maker’s access to global chi...

Big Data

EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

The European Data Protection Supervisor (aka EDPS) has called for a pan-European smartphone app to help track the spread of the new coronavirus. This instead of the existing hodge-...

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US chipmaking industry pushes back on proposed export rule changes

Leading industry groups are pushing back on proposed changes to US export controls that would impact the sale of certain semiconductors and other technology to China. 

Darkweb

Sellers on the ‘Darknet’ tout face masks for bitcoin, researchers say

The “Darknet” trading platforms where contraband such as drugs to stolen credit card information usually change hands are offering face masks and other coronavirus-rela...

UK

BT commits to no job losses over coronavirus

The head of Britain’s largest telecoms firm BT said he would donate his salary to health workers for at least six months and award a pay rise to his frontline staff who are m...