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White House declares National Emergency over Chinese tech, blocks Huawei from importing US components without federal approval

White House declares National Emergency over Chinese tech, blocks Huawei from importing US components without federal approval

The United States federal government has become increasingly resistant to Chinese technology companies over the past year, over fears that they could be conducting surveillance on behalf of China's government. Huawei in particular has been under fire as it tries to build 5G infrastructure in several countries. Earlier this year, it was rumored that an Executive Order could ban Huawei's networking equpment in the US, and now the law has been put into force.

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Movie ticket subscription service Sinemia ceases US operations

Movie ticket subscription service Sinemia ceases US operations

Movie ticket subscription service and MoviePass competitor Sinemia has ended operations in the United States, the company has announced. Sinemia cites difficulty in covering "increased operations and legal costs."

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab A 10.1 are coming to the United States

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab A 10.1 are coming to the United States

Samsung has announced a few new tablets this year, but so far, none of them have come to the United States. If you've been waiting with bated breath to buy a mid-range Android tablet (surely there are at least one or two of you out there!), the Galaxy Tab S5e and 2019 Tab A 10.1 are coming to 'Murica on April 26th.

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[Update: 100% coverage] YouTube TV is now available across the United States

[Update: 100% coverage] YouTube TV is now available across the United States

At launch, YouTube TV was limited to just a few supported markets, but it's spread rather quickly. As of August, it had expanded to 100 service locations. Google is rolling YouTube TV out to another 95 markets, meaning that 98% of households in the US will be able to subscribe starting today. The remaining few markets will come "shortly thereafter."

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Huawei pleads not guilty to stealing trade secrets, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice

Huawei pleads not guilty to stealing trade secrets, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice

The past few months have been eventful for Huawei, to say the least. The company's network infrastructure is being banned in many countries (including possibly the U.S.), its CFO was arrested in Canada after being charged with financial crimes by the U.S., the FBI raided its San Diego facility, and it launched a foldable phone. Huawei has now pleaded not guilty to trade theft charges in a US federal court.

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U.S. Congress and White House working on plans to ban equipment from ZTE and Huawei

U.S. Congress and White House working on plans to ban equipment from ZTE and Huawei

Huawei and ZTE, two multi-national telecommunications companies based in China, are under fire by the United States and other governments over the companies' ties to the Chinese government. ZTE nearly shut down last year over an import ban, and now it and Huawei may be prevented from selling telecommunications equipment to the United States.

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[Update: Granted bail] Canada arrests Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, China warns 'grave consequences'

[Update: Granted bail] Canada arrests Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, China warns 'grave consequences'

Two days ago, Canadian police arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, following an extradition request by the United States government. Wanzhou was arrested for allegedly covering up Huawei's links to a company that tried to sell equipment to Iran — a country under trade sanctions by the United States.

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Nokia 7.1 now available in the United States for $350

Nokia 7.1 now available in the United States for $350

Most of Nokia's recent Android devices have been very good, but the Nokia 7.1 is especially a good deal. For $349, you get a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 screen with HDR support. Now the device is officially on sale in the United States from a handful of retailers.

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Opinion: Email app and Gmail add-on privacy really isn't that hard to understand

Opinion: Email app and Gmail add-on privacy really isn't that hard to understand

There are legitimate security concerns about Google, most recently around its handling of user location data. However, there are a growing number of media outlets and U.S government officials bashing the company for allowing Gmail add-ons and third-party mail clients to read user messages - which is required for them to function.

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Bipartisan bill in U.S. Senate aims to reinstate ZTE ban

Bipartisan bill in U.S. Senate aims to reinstate ZTE ban

The decision by President Trump and the Department of Commerce to lift ZTE's ban on importing U.S. components has drawn plenty of criticism. Not only was it ZTE's second time breaking U.S. law, but many believe Chinese OEMs like ZTE and Huawei to be security threats. Now a number of senators plan to introduce a bill that will reinstate the import ban.

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