U.S. wants to see ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps removed from app stores, Pompeo says

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, August 5, 2020. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States wants to see “untrusted” Chinese apps removed from American app stores, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, calling the Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat “significant threats.”

Unveiling what he called an expansion of U.S. efforts to establish a “clean network,” Pompeo said Washington would work to block various Chinese apps as well as Chinese telecoms companies from accessing the sensitive information of American citizens and businesses.

His comments come as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to ban Tiktok, the hugely popular video-sharing app that has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the administration over national security concerns as months-long tensions between Washington and Beijing intensified.

“With parent companies based

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Virginia touts nation’s first contact tracing app with Apple-Google tech

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Virginia on Wednesday launched the first contact tracing app for the novel coronavirus in the United States that uses new technology from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.

The state is betting that the app, COVIDWISE, can help it catch new cases faster, though long delays in getting test results must be overcome in order for it to be effective.

Phones with the app exchange Bluetooth signals to keep an anonymous list of close encounters. The app then allows people who catch the virus to notify those contacts without anyone revealing their identity.

“This is a way we can all work together to contain this virus,” Democratic Governor Ralph Northam said in a televised briefing. “No one is tracking you. None of your

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India app ShareChat in talks with Sequoia, others to raise up to $200 million: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian content-sharing platform ShareChat is in early-stage talks with U.S.-based Sequoia Capital and some other investors to raise up to $200 million, which could value the company at over $1 billion, three sources aware of the matter told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A man watches a movie on his phone as he waits for the bank to open to exchange his old high-denomination banknotes in the early hours, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

ShareChat has appointed JPMorgan to advise on the new fund raising which it expects to complete before the end of the year, said the sources, who declined to be named as the talks were private.

The discussions come as Indian apps such as ShareChat are seeing a popularity surge after New Delhi in June banned 59 Chinese origin apps including ByteDance’s TikTok following a border clash

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Pizza restaurant launches Spain’s first virtual waiter app

An employee carries a pizza for clients, who ordered it through the “Funky Pay” app, at Funky Pizza restaurant, where the app replaces waiters, in Palafrugell, near Girona, Costa Brava, Spain July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

PALAFRUGELL, Spain (Reuters) – A restaurant on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast is pioneering a dining experience that allows customers to avoid most face-to-face contact with staff and minimise the risk of coronavirus contagion.

Customers at Funky Pizza, in Palafrugell on the Costa Brava popular with tourists, can browse the menu, order and pay via the “Funky Pay” app on their phones – the first time a purpose-designed app has been integrated into a restaurant’s ordering system in Spain.

A waiter does bring the order to the table.

“Through this system we have tried to keep physical distance with our clients, which is what people are looking for during COVID,” said restaurant owner Carlos Manich.

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