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23 Mar 2018
22 Mar 2018
China has said it is considering imposing tariffs on US$3 billion worth of US products in retaliation to new tariffs announced by US President Donald Trump. The list of products under consideration by China includes pork, wine, fruit and nuts and stainless steel pipes, among others.
21 Mar 2018
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes" that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy. In a statement, Zuckerberg said a "breach of trust" had occurred.
The US Federal Trade Commission is reported to be investigating Facebook after allegations that 50 million users' private information was misused by a political consultancy firm.
20 Mar 2018
SoftBank could relist Arm Holdings, the UK chip designer bought two years ago by the Japanese internet-to-telecoms conglomerate, according to its senior executive.
The Financial Times
The UK's information commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica. The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016.
19 Mar 2018
Uber said it is suspending self-driving car tests in all North American cities after a fatal accident. A 49-year-old woman was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the street in Tempe, Arizona.
Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it's facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its workforce (it's now down to "fewer than 20" workers) and has replaced CEO Joerg Tewes with co-founder Ed Tang.
Alcatel confirmed that the Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 3V will launch in the US in the coming months. The two phones were announced alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5 during MWC 2018 in February.
16 Mar 2018
Apple is designing and producing its own device displays for the first time, using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to people familiar with the situation. The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation micro LED screens.
A dubious video has started to circulate on Weibo that claims to show the upcoming 'iPhone SE 2' using the same design language as the iPhone X, but the smartphone appearing in the brief clip is probably not the follow-up to the iPhone SE, for a number of reasons.
The move comes days after US President Donald Trump blocked Broadcom's $142bn hostile bid for the San Diego-based company over national security concerns.
The Financial Times
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Amazon Japan said its offices have been raided by the country's fair trade regulator on suspicion of anti-trust violations. The online retailer is suspected of asking suppliers to shoulder costs incurred for selling their products at a discount, according to media reports.
Talluri joins Micron after nine years at Qualcomm, where he most recently served as senior vice president of product management, responsible for the company's Internet of Things business and, before that, its mobile computing platform
13 Mar 2018
A unit of Apple's Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron has won approval from Karnataka to build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state, signaling a potential expansion of iPhone assembly work in India.
12 Mar 2018
President Donald Trump has blocked Singapore-based Broadcom's proposed US$140 billion takeover of rival US chipmaker Qualcomm on grounds of national security. His order cited "credible evidence" that a takeover "threatens to impair the national security of the US".
Apple's rumored iPad Pro with Face ID will likely be released in the second quarter of 2018, according to Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.
Samsung's new Galaxy S9 uses ST's 6-axis IMU in addition to ST's pressure sensor.
Android Wear might be on the cusp of a Google Pay-style rebranding. Users exploring the latest Android P Developer Preview have noticed that Google is not only referring to Android Wear as "Wear OS," but has replaced the usual watch-like logo with a distinctive "W." This doesn't necessarily indicate that a formal name change is imminent (9to5Google noted that Play Services betas alluded to Google Pay for months), but it does suggest it could happen by the time Android P is released, if not by the Google I/O conference in May.
9 Mar 2018
Intel is considering a range of acquisition alternatives in reaction to Broadcom's hostile pursuit for Qualcomm that could include a bid for Broadcom, according to people familiar with the matter.
Wall Street Journal
6 Mar 2018
Apple has reported an increase in the number of serious violations of working conditions at factories where its products are manufactured, but says that overall conditions improved.
Google Search is now available within iMessage. In an effort to more deeply integrate Google's search engine on iOS devices, the company announced today that its Search app for iOS has added an iMessage extension, allowing iPhone and iPad users to search the web, then quickly add those search results to their iMessage conversations.