DNC warns Dems about Huawei, ZTE

Huawei, ZTE face more backlash The Democratic National Committee told Democrats not to use technology from Chinese-based smartphone manufacturers Huawei or ZTE. The DNC learned that an organization close to the party had considered purchasing ZTE phones for its democrats, which sparked the warning sign. They are the most recent organization to denounce the legitimacy […]
  • Ben Norman
  • August 6, 2018
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France Bans SmartPhone Use In Schools

New legislation in France has officially banned the use of smartphones in schools around the country. President Emmanuel Macron argued this policy during his election campaign and he will soon see his views in effect. The concern is a matter of public health and French kids have been categorized as ‘super-connected’. A new statistic says […]
  • Peter Boyer
  • August 2, 2018
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Kroger may ban Visa cards

Do you take Visa? Supermarket chain Kroger announced that it may ban Visa cards from its store because of the fees the credit card company charges per transaction. In fact, some of its subsidiaries have already taken action. California-based Foods Co. announced that it will stop accepting Visa debit and credit cards in August across […]
  • Ben Norman
  • August 2, 2018
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ZTE stock rises

Can ZTE bounce back? China tech-firm ZTE saw its stock rise 25% on Thursday following a government announcement that the US ban will soon be removed. The US Commerce Department first created the ban on the tech firm because of its trade with North Korea and Iran – despite the sanctions the US placed on […]
  • Ben Norman
  • July 12, 2018
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Australian retailers ban plastic bags

Australia follows plastic ban trend Specific retail chains and Australian chains have announced that they will ban single-use plastic bags starting July 1. Queensland and Western Australia will ban single-use plastic bags in the entirety of the states, and retail stores Coles and Big W will ban them in all locations. Tasmania, South Australia, and […]
  • Ben Norman
  • July 3, 2018
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Google invests in Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com

Google hoping to gain an edge in the e-commerce industry In an attempt to grow its e-commerce arm and combat giants like Amazon and Alibaba, Google and JD.com announced that they will create a partnership. Google announced that it will invest $550 million in the Chinese e-commerce firm. The partnership will combine Google’s technological advancements […]
  • Ben Norman
  • June 20, 2018
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ZTE stock tumbles after settlement

ZTE takes 1-2 punch in last week On Wednesday, tech firm ZTE resumed trading for the first time in eight weeks after the US Commerce Department issued a ban on all domestic exports to the company. Moreover, the US government banned American companies from trading their supplies to the Chinese tech company because ZTE ignored […]
  • Ben Norman
  • June 13, 2018
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Qualcomm to meet with China regulators for hopeful NXP acquisition

Can Qualcomm-NXP get past China-US trade disputes? Eight of nine global antitrust regulators have given the nod of approval for Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP Semiconductors NV. The only one that Qualcomm still needs to win over is China, with which it plans to meet this week. Qualcomm hopes to acquire the company for $44 billion […]
  • Ben Norman
  • May 28, 2018
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China bans Facebook messaging service WhatsApp

The Chinese government has disabled Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, the New York Times reports. Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Paris-based research firm Symbolic Software, told the Times his company began noticing slowdowns in the service Wednesday. By Monday, the block had become comprehensive. Authorities blocked video-chat and file-sharing functions within WhatsApp in mid-July, but […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • September 25, 2017
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