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Huawei urges UK to reverse ban following US election

ANDREW HARNIK via Getty Images A Huawei executive has suggested that the UK backtrack on its ban of the controversial Chinese company in the wake of the US elections. The Guardian quotes company VP Victor Zhang, who is urging politicians in the UK to let Huawei take part in the 5G rollout and undo the …

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MIT cybersecurity experts do not trust blockchain-based voting systems

While certain parties in the United States continue to challenge the integrity of the election process, a group of researchers is advocating against using Internet-based and blockchain-based voting systems in the future. According to a Nov. 16 report from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, relying on blockchain …

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Turkey orders Google to change its online ad strategy

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google is facing yet another fine for allegedly abusing its search ad clout, although the financial punishment this time is less serious than its implications. Arab News reports that Turkey’s Competition Board has given Google six months to change its ad strategy after determining that the company abused its internet …

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UK might ban sales of fossil fuel cars as early as 2030

Martyn Lucy/Getty Images The UK might soon move up its ban on sales of combustion engine cars — yes, again. The Financial Times and the BBC both claim Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a ban on fossil fuel car sales by 2030, five years ahead of the most recent target, and a full decade …

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Blockchain voting is the alternative for trusted democratic elections

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people’s lives, the relationship between governments and citizens, and the entire world economy, and of course, it has had a major impact on the United States presidential election. Due to social isolation, a large number of American voters opted to vote by mail, which increased vote counting time, led candidate …

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US Commerce Department delays TikTok ban following court ruling

SOPA Images via Getty Images TikTok will live to see another day. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Commerce won’t push through an order that would have forced the platform to shut down today. The agency cited a preliminary injunction a judge in Philadelphia granted TikTok in late October when a …

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Trump will lose his protection against Twitter bans when he leaves office

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Twitter instituted its policy of refusing to ban politicians in response to President Trump, but the leader won’t enjoy that protection once he’s out of office. The social media giant has confirmed to Engadget and The Verge that Trump will lose “public interest” safeguard on his personal account once President-elect …

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T-Mobile will pay $200 million to settle Sprint’s alleged Lifeline abuse

Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images T-Mobile is paying the price for the reported misdeeds of its recent acquisition. The carrier has agreed to pay a $200 million settlement over FCC allegations Sprint abused the Lifeline program for low-income communications, claiming subsidies for 885,000 customers that weren’t using the initiative. The agreement also requires that …

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Australian Senator Touts Blockchain Tech for ‘One-Touch’ Government

An Australian senator has come out as a big fan of blockchain, saying the technology could help facilitate government processes, tighten up financial regulation and more. As reported by ZDNet on Wednesday, Andrew Bragg, senator for New South Wales, boldly said that “the future is technology by blockchain,” at the Future of Financial Services 2020 …

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Judge: Trump Admin‘s TikTok ban would cause “irreparable harm” to creators

Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019. Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from operating inside the United States as of November 12, finding that …

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