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Tech jocks headed for White House powwow on 'economic matters' (read: Huawei ban)
Monday, 22 July 2019 20:15

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is reportedly meeting Silicon Valley bigwigs today to discuss the placement of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on the US trade ban Entity List.

The placement of Huawei and other firms on the Commerce Department's Entity List requires US suppliers to seek permission, which is rarely granted – before trading with them.

American treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin was said to be attending the meeting along with execs from Intel, Qualcomm, Google, Micron, Microsoft and Broadcom, according to Reuters .

US prez Donald Trump's administration confirmed the meeting was happening, but claimed it was to discuss

Google pays out $13m to make Wi-Spy scandal go away: Bung goes to peeps and privacy orgs
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 03:47

Google has offered to pay out $13m to settle a class-action lawsuit over the infamous "Wi-Spy" incident – when its Street View cars were caught slurping data from unsecured Wi-Fi access points between 1 January 2007 and 25 May 2010, when they got caught.

According to an investigation by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), information gleaned from wireless networks included user e-mails, passwords, medical listings, information about online dating, records of visits to pornographic sites and data contained in video and audio files. Google then compiled the data from the vehicles and stored it on its servers.

And according

Checkmate, Qualcomm: Apple in billion-dollar bid to gobble Intel’s 5G modem blueprints, staff – new claim
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 10:23

Apple and Intel are apparently in “advanced talks” over buying up the remains of Chipzilla’s defunct 5G modem business.

Sources close to the deal told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that Cook & Co were offering the x86 processor goliath a billion dollars for the intellectual property and staff behind its cellular modem business. The unit has been on hiatus since its primary customer Apple reached a smartphone modem supply deal with Qualcomm in April.


Intel has plowed mega-millions into designing mobile modems ever since it wolfed down Infineon in 2010 for $1.4bn. The chip factory eventually

Hi. Sorry, we're still grinding Huawei at this: UK govt once again puts off decision to ban Chinese giant from 5G
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:32

The British government has once again deferred an already postponed decision _ this time about whether or not to ban Huawei equipment from 5G networks in the UK.

The non-announcement equates to further uncertainty for UK mobile network operators who have been demanding a decision since the first approval deadline was missed in March. Telcos are keen to get on with rolling out 5G kit, Huawei's gear looks like it's ideal for the job - and is already being used by some - so the lack of an outright ban will be encouraging.

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State at the

British telco Onecom grabs £100m in private equity dosh
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 01:33

Brit ISP Onecom has bagged a £100m cash injection from private equity outfit Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) and asset manager Ares Capital.

The funding package follows the £30m the company managed to extract from HSBC in April .

The latest round will be used to "substantially" increase the workforce, install new systems and processes, and make relevant buys.

As part of the agreement, Onecom has appointed former Easynet CEO Mark Thompson as its chairman. Easynet was sold to Interoute in 2015 for £402m; Interoute was then acquired by the US networking giant GTT for $2.3bn in 2018 .

Hampshire-based Onecom

Virgin Media promises speeds of 1Gpbs to 15 million homes – all without full fibre
Thursday, 25 July 2019 22:55

Virgin Media has promised speeds of 1Gbps to 15 million homes by the end of 2021 – although that won't be on full fibre.

The company's daddy, Liberty Global, has spent billions expanding its network, said the firm.

As part of the blueprint, more than a million people will be able to access broadband speeds of 1Gbps by the end of 2019 using an upgrade to Virgin hybrid fibre DOCSIS (data over cable service interface specification) 3.1 technology.

Virgin Media claimed it will have capability to roll out multi-gigabit connections and further improvements over the next decade.

Around £3bn has

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