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Kenya’s Safaricom to consider Huawei as supplier for 5G network

Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator Safaricom will consider awarding a contract to China’s Huawei as it rolls out its fifth generation (5G) network this year, its acting chief executive said on Wednesday.

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Israel’s Wix.com sees 2020 revenue reaching almost $1 billion

Wix.com, which helps small businesses build and operate websites, reported a smaller-than-expected decline in fourth-quarter net profit and forecast a revenue rise of about 25% this year to nearly $1 billion as it expands into the professional web creator market.

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Bouygues wants to ensure in can work with Huawei on 5G: CEO

French conglomerate Bouygues will look at all options, including legal action, to ensure it has the right to work with China’s Huawei in the rollout of 5G mobile networks in France, its Chief Executive Martin Bouygues told reporters on Thursday.

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EU privacy body warns of privacy risks in Google, Fitbit deal

Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness trackers company Fitbit could pose privacy risks, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warned on Thursday, adding its voice to other critics of the deal.

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Can a video game save a life? African refugee puts players in his race for survival

The goal of Lual Mayen’s video game is to survive the horrific ordeal of a refugee, an experience that his family knows well, but the 25-year-old developer’s ambition is to change the world.

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Foxconn says cautiously resuming China output, warns coronavirus will hit revenue

Taiwan’s Foxconn said on Thursday it would “cautiously” resume production at its main factories in China as the major Apple Inc supplier warned revenue will be hit this year by the coronavirus epidemic.

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South Korea’s Hynix says 800 workers to stay home after trainee had contact with virus patient

South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix said on Thursday that 800 of its workers had quarantined themselves as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but its production in the city of Icheon has not been affected.

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MGM Resorts says was victim of data breach last year

U.S. casino operator MGM Resorts International said on Thursday it was the victim of a data breach last year after an earlier report claimed that details of over 10.6 million hotel guests had been compromised.

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Taiwan’s Foxconn warns of negative revenue impact from virus outbreak

Taiwan’s Foxconn on Thursday said a coronavirus outbreak will lead to lower full-year revenue and the company will “cautiously” resume output at its main factories in China that were shut because of the outbreak.

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Google plans to move UK users’ accounts outside EU jurisdiction

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed late on Wednesday.

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U.S. meeting on Huawei, China policy still on for Thursday despite Trump tweets: sources

A meeting of U.S. government officials to discuss further curbs on exports to Huawei and China is still on for Thursday, two sources said, despite a pushback from President Donald Trump against stricter limits on shipments of U.S. products overseas.

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Irish regulator readies draft decisions in first big tech privacy probes

The first draft decisions by Ireland’s data privacy regulator on probes into some of the world’s biggest technology firms will go for consultation with other EU regulators this year, the lead watchdog for the bloc said on Thursday.

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Netflix CEO’s new book to shed light on streaming giant’s work culture

Netflix Inc Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings has written a book based on interviews with current employees, which sheds light on the streaming giant’s radical management culture and the controversial principles at the heart of the company’s psyche.

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Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to eliminate roaming charges

Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will begin removing international roaming rates in voice and data communications as part of an initiative to boost integration and modernization between the Community of Andean Nations (CAN), the block’s secretary said Wednesday.

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Dish tops forecasts with fewer pay TV subscribers lost

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp on Wednesday posted fourth-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations as it lost fewer pay-TV subscribers.

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Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

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Should Facebook, Google be liable for user posts? asks U.S. Attorney General Barr

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Facebook, Google and other major online platforms still need the immunity from legal liability that has prevented them from being sued over material their users post.

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U.S. Attorney General questions need to shield big tech from liability for user posts

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Facebook, Google and other major online platforms still need immunity from legal liability that has prevented them from being sued over the material their users post.

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We can live with German, EU ideas on vendor regulation: Deutsche Telekom

It looks as though German and European policy makers are working towards rules governing vendors of telecoms network equipment that Deutsche Telekom can live with,

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Regulators need to get up to speed on digital currencies

Global financial regulators risk falling behind on rapid innovation in the digital payments industry and need to work more quickly to devise rules for crypto-currencies or “stablecoins”, the chair of a global finance watchdog said on Wednesday.

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Malaysian firm offers AI-based profiling of Chinese visitors for virus

Malaysia’s MYEG Services Bhd said on Wednesday it had developed a coronavirus risk-profiling system for visitors from China and was offering the artificial intelligence-based service to the governments of Malaysia and the Philippines.

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Nokia to acquire optical networking tech firm Elenion

Finnish telecom networks maker Nokia Oyj said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire privately-held U.S.-based company Elenion Technologies to boost its optical networking business and broaden its offering to telecoms operators.

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EU bets on industrial data, new rules to catch up in global tech

The European Commission plans to create a single European market for data, hoping that pooling the region’s deep industrial expertise could help build technology powerhouses to catch up with Silicon Valley and state-backed Chinese heavyweights.

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T-Mobile owner sets sights on becoming U.S. number one

Deutsche Telekom is aiming to become market leader in the United States, CEO Tim Hoettges said on Wednesday, now that a deal for its T-Mobile US unit to take over Sprint is within reach.

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U.S. urges EU to use 5G by Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, seen on par with Huawei

EU countries have no reason to use 5G mobile technology from Huawei because Sweden’s Ericsson , Finland’s Nokia and South Korea’s Samsung are on par with the Chinese group in the field, a senior U.S. diplomat said.