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China launches coronavirus ‚close contact detector‘ app – China has launched an app that allows people to check whether they have been at risk of catching the coronavirus. – The ‚close contact detector‘ tells users if they have been near a person who has been confirmed or suspected of having the virus. – People identified as being at risk are advised to stay at home and inform local health authorities. – The technology shines a light on the Chinese government’s close surveillance of its population. … ‚Close contact‘ covers: People who work closely together, share a classroom, or live in the same home – Medical staff, family members or other people who have been in close contact with patients and their caregivers – Passengers and crew who have been on planes, trains and other forms of transport with an infected person“



US finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally, report says – The Chinese tech giant has reportedly had access to carrier equipment for over a decade. … The backdoors were inserted for law enforcement use into carrier equipment like base stations, antennas and switching gear, the [WSJ] said, with US officials reportedly alleging they were designed to be accessible by Huawei.“



FTC looking at ‘hundreds’ of acquisitions by big tech for anticompetitive behavior – Although unlikely, the investigation could lead to divestitures. – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it’s taking a closer look at hundreds of acquisitions made by Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft over the past decade. It wants to see if any of those, some of them very small, were ‚potentially anticompetitive acquisitions of nascent or potential competitors.‘ … All of this could make it much more difficult for these tech giants to buy smaller firms (and potential future rivals) in the future.“


SoftBank mit Verlust

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp said on Wednesday its third-quarter operating profit fell 99%, well short of analyst estimates, pulled down by losses at the $100 billion Vision Fund. – The Vision Fund posted an operating loss of 225 billion yen ($2.05 billion) in the quarter compared to 176 billion yen profit in the same period a year earlier. … The Vision Fund said it had invested $74.6 billion in 88 companies as at the end of December, and that those investments were worth $79.8 billion by year-end.“


Activision Blizzard vs Nvidia

Nvidia’s GeForce Now is losing all Activision Blizzard games, a bad sign for cloud gaming … Nvidia’s GeForce Now feels like one of the very best ways to get a free taste of cloud gaming, but it’s got a gigantic catch – it lets you play PC games you already own only if the game publisher allows it. Today, Nvidia is revealing that Activision Blizzard is no longer playing ball, pulling down its catalog of games including Overwatch, WoW, and the Call of Duty series. … Regardless of the reasons, it’s worrying for those of us who are excited by cloud gaming’s potential to see a service like this hobbled because one party, or the other, didn’t want to work out a deal.“

The Verge