Day: May 20, 2020

U.S. regulators open door to possible tightening of Huawei chip curb

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are open to making changes to close what some see as a loophole in a new rule aimed at curbing global chip sales to blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Ltd, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

The Huawei logo is seen on a communications device in London, Britain, January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The new rule, unveiled by the Commerce Department on Friday, expands U.S. authority to require licenses for sales to Huawei of semiconductors made abroad with U.S. technology, vastly expanding the department’s reach to halt exports to the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker.

But the rule only includes chips designed by Huawei and does not cover shipments if they are sent directly to Huawei’s customers. Some industry lawyers see this as a significant loophole.

Asked on Wednesday about the potential for adjusting the rule to close that gap, State Department assistant

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Four Democratic U.S. senators warn against Uber buying Grubhub

FILE PHOTO: A banner announcing Uber Technologies Inc. hangs above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company’s IPO in New York, U.S., May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four Democratic lawmakers, led by Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote to antitrust enforcers on Wednesday to warn that plans by Uber Technologies Inc, owner of Uber Eats, to buy rival online food delivery company Grubhub Inc would “raise serious competition issues” in many cities.

In their letter, the lawmakers said the deal would give Uber and Grubhub 48 percent of the U.S. market, while Doordash would have 42 percent. A merged Uber Eats and Grubhub would have 79 percent of the market in New York, 68 percent in Boston, 65 percent in Miami, 60 percent in Chicago and 51 percent in Atlanta.

“We have been hearing about the exorbitant fees that these online delivery app companies

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Apple-Google contact tracing tech draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system.

FILE PHOTO: 3D printed coronavirus model and Google logo are placed near an Apple Macbook Pro in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies’ rules, one of several restrictions that have left governments fighting the novel coronavirus frustrated that the world’s top two smartphone software makers undercut the technology’s usefulness by prioritizing user privacy.

Apple and Google said several U.S. states and 22 countries have sought access to their technology, but it is unclear how many will end up publishing mobile apps that use it.

Using apps to accelerate

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Apple and Google still in talks with UK about COVID-19 app technology

Staff members and clients wear protective masks in front of an Apple store, as Switzerland eases the lockdown measures during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Zurich, Switzerland May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

LONDON (Reuters) – Apple and Google said they were continuing to talk to the British government about the technology used in its smartphone COVID-19 contact tracing app as the two companies released the initial version of their own system.

Britain has started testing an app that matches contacts on a centralised server rather than the decentralised model favoured by Apple and Google where the matches occur on the users’ device.

A centralised app can potentially give more insight into outbreaks of COVID-19, but offers less privacy than decentralised rivals, the UK programme’s head said earlier this month.

Company representatives discussing the release of the Apple-Google exposure notification technology to public health authorities said they remained

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