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US Commerce Department officially lifts trade ban on ZTE

It has been a weird couple of months for ZTE since the US Commerce Department imposed a complete trade ban on ZTE that cut it off from its US suppliers. ZTE was forced to shut down while it worked on a solution with the government, and now it's back in action. The Commerce Department has confirmed that ZTE followed through with the new settlement requirements, so the trade ban is no more.

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ZTE gets authorization to conduct limited business for the next month

It's been nothing but bad news for ZTE over the last couple months, but there's finally a positive development for the Chinese technology firm. The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted part of the trade ban that effectively shut down ZTE back in April. This will help ZTE keep the lights on as it works toward full compliance.

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ZTE reportedly signs preliminary deal to lift US technology ban

Things have changed dramatically for ZTE in the last few weeks. It went from one of the world's largest smartphone makers to effectively shutting down in the wake of US Department of Commerce action that blocked it from buying technology from American firms. Now, Reuters reports that ZTE has signed a preliminary agreement with the US agency to lift the ban.

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White House suggests $1.3 billion fine and management shakeup to lift restrictions on ZTE

Chinese smartphone maker ZTE is currently in a holding pattern after Commerce Department action last month blocked it from accessing US technology for seven years. President Trump has expressed his intention to lift that restriction, but it's unclear when or how that will happen. At a White House event with reporters, Trump has floated a hefty fine and management changes to restore ZTE's business.

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Huawei is under Department of Justice investigation for violating Iran sanctions

Huawei was expecting to launch the Mate 10 Pro on US carriers this year, but government pressure forced both AT&T and Verizon to drop the deal. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports the government is taking more direct action against the Chinese technology giant. The Department of Justice has opened an official investigation of Huawei that could have wide-ranging implications for its business.

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[Update: Ajit Pai responds] White House security document proposes a nationalized 5G wireless network

Billions of devices, from phones and tablets to self-driving cars and connected dishwashers, are thirstily awaiting the rise of 5G wireless connectivity, and the big wireless carriers are scrambling to bring these powerful new networks to market. According to documents obtained by Axios, however, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile might be nudged out of the race to 5G—not by an industry competitor, but by the U.S. government.

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IFTTT updated with more than 30 new data sources, Google Photos support, and VoIP

Late yesterday IFTTT saw a huge update. There are more than 30 new services tied to the automation tool via the new Data Access Project, including a ton of government and travel data sources. There is even a new Google Photos service that interfaces with the platform, as well as a VoIP feature for applets that use the phone service. Now you can set up IFTTT alerts on subjects like the economy and public transit, as well as upload images to Google Photos. 

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FCC's new chairman wants to keep voice call ban on airplanes

Ajit Pai was appointed as the Federal Communications Commission's new chairman shortly after the election of President Donald Trump. As a self-described opponent of net neutrality, it came as little surprise when he closed the organization's investigation into zero-rating in February.

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The FBI's official Wanted Android app seeks help finding federal fugitives

In 1988, the FOX network in the US debuted a TV show called America's Most Wanted. It was a sensationalized and, to be honest, somewhat trashy dramatization of the crimes of some of the country's most violent fugitives, accompanied with their detailed descriptions and last known whereabouts. In between dimly-lit scenes recreating brutal murders and abductions, viewers were encouraged to call the show's hotline if they had any information. The call to action may have been a paper-thin veneer to justify the show's production... but it worked. In under a week one of the FBI's ten most wanted was arrested based on a viewer tip.

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FCC And FTC Join Forces To Investigate Slow And Missing Security Updates On Mobile Devices

Most of the mobile devices sold in the US have to wait a long while for security updates to be developed and deployed, and that's just if you're lucky enough to get one. Most phones don't come with any guarantee of security updates, and government regulators are starting to wonder why. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are on the case.

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