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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday Dec 6th, 2018. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|jry||Apple Watch Series 4 can now read a heart's electrical signal by a user holding a finger on the crown of the device. This can identify atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heart rhythm. Anyone over age 22 can use these new heart health features. Apple received clearance for its electrocardiogram app from federal regulators back in September||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/apple-watch-ecg-sensor-review.html|
|tm||Ride-hailing company Lyft filed for an initial public offering. The company was recently valued at about $15 billion, but Lyft made a confidential filing with the SEC so we don't know the umber of shares it will sell or the price range for the offering. Sources tell Reuters that Lyft's IPO is slated for the first half of 2019. Uber is also expected to IPO in 2019.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lyft-ipo/ride-hailing-firm-lyft-inc-files-for-ipo-idUSKBN1O51AA?il=0|
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|:33||jry||Google announced Allo will stop working in March and users have until then to export their conversation history. Google will support five messaging apps: Messages (which will support RCS), Hangouts Chat (which is different form the Hangouts app that is being shut down), Hangouts Meet (a video conferncing app), Duo (Google's video calling app) and Google Voice (Audio calling).||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/google-promises-to-shut-down-two-of-its-seven-messaging-apps/|
|:36||tm||Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica does the Lord's work covering the telecom sector. He notes that lobby group for US carriers, US Telecom released an analysis last week that "from the end of 2015 to mid-2017, US fiber deployment grew from 21 percent to 29 percent of homes and competitive availability of wired broadband at 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload [speeds] increased from 31 percent to 55 percent." also, "By mid-2017, broadband at 100Mbps download was available to 89 percent of Americans, compared to 10 percent in 2010."|
USTelecom also recently released new spending data that shows broadband providers increased capital investment in 2017 after a two-year decline.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai touted the results saying that the new data "confirms that the FCC's policies to promote broadband deployment are working."
Just for the record Briodkin notes: The period covered by the USTelecom analysis is end of 2015 to mid-2017.
The repeal of the Open Internet guidelines was approved in December 2017 and went into effect June 2018.
Charter and Verizon both said this year that they're reducing capital expenditures
USTelecom repeated its argument that the government should increase subsidies to private ISPs in parts of the US where broadband is lacking.
|:39||jry||The Australian Parliament passed a bill Thursday to allow security agencies to issue technical notices requiring companies to help the government hack, implant malware, undermine encryption or insert backdoors. The bill includes fines of up to A$10 million ($7.3 million) for institutions and prison terms for individuals for failing to hand over data linked to suspected illegal activities. The law will require security agencies to seek warrants in order to obtain the data. The legislation will be subject to a review by a parliamentary committee for 12 months.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-security-data/australia-passes-bill-to-force-tech-firms-to-hand-over-encrypted-data-idUSKBN1O42SR?feedType=RSS&feed|
|:42||tm||China says it intends to make the results of publicly funded research free to read immediately on publication. China’s National Science Library (NSL), its National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) and its Natural Science Foundation, all pledge to support Plan S, an initiative launched in September by a group of European funders to ensure that, by 2020, their scientists make papers immediately open. Plan S bars participating scientist from publishing their work behind a paywall after 2020 unless they can archive their manuscript immediately with an open publishing license. In the US, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently the only funding body to have signed Plan S.||https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07659-5|
|:45||jry||Amazon is opening a new program called Alexa Answers to invite users to help answer questions that might stump the assistant. Amazon has been running an internal beta of the program over the past month, with employees adding more than 100,000 question responses to the system. Amazon will start sending out invitations to participants today, though the company didn't say how many. Users can add 300 character contributions to a special Answers website with questions that the assistant doesn't have answers for. When read these answers will be prefaced with the phrase "an Amazon users says." Users will be able to vote answers up or down and too many down votes will get an answer removed.||https://www.fastcompany.com/90277400/exclusive-amazons-alexa-begins-crowdsourcing-answers-to-common-questions|
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|:47||Wednesday, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou also called Sabrina, was arrested while transferring between flights in Vacnouver. Meng is also one of four deputy chairs and daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei a former PLA engineer. The Canadian Justice Department said she is sought for extradition to the United States. Bail hearing is set for Friday. A publication ban prevented any other details from being released. A source told the Globe and Mail the US alleges Meng tried to evade the embargo against Iran. The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the US was investigation Huawei on those grounds. Huawei says it has been given little information on the charges and is unaware of any wrongdoing.||https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canada-has-arrested-huaweis-global-chief-financial-officer-in/|
|Reuters sources say it was a scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. The uS has been investigating the company's use of HSBC Holdings Plc to make illegal transactions involving Iran. In 2012, HSBC paid $1.92 billion and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn for violating U.S. sanctions and money-laundering laws.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/us-probe-into-huawei-includes-accusations-of-bank-fraud-and-sanctions-violations-reuters.html|
|Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou comments about compliance in internal meeting before her arrest in Canada | South China Morning Post||https://www.scmp.com/tech/article/2176655/detained-huawei-cfo-sabrina-meng-wanzhou-told-staff-one-may-accept-risk|
|China’s Tactic to Catch a Fugitive Official: Hold His Two American Children - The New York Times||https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/us/politics/china-exit-ban.html|
|Exclusive: Huawei CFO linked to firm that offered HP gear to Iran | Reuters||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-skycom/exclusive-huawei-cfo-linked-to-firm-that-offered-hp-gear-to-iran-idUSBRE90U0CC20130131|
- Reuters: Meng served on board in 20010 of Hong Kong-based Skycom thaat attempted to sell HP equipment to Iran's largest mobile carrier.
- 13 pages of the SKycom proposal were marked Huawei confidential and carried the Huawei logo
- Skycom and Huawei deny providing any equipment to Iran.
- SCMP says it obtained a transcript of an internal company talk on compliance issues on 10/29, Meng told employees there are scenarios where the company can weigh the costs and accept the risks of not adhering to the rules.
- Both Meng and Ren referred to limiting the cost of compliance and not exceed what is legally required.
- Meng: “Of course, beyond the yellow and red lines, there may still be another scenario, and that is where the external rules are clear-cut and there’s no contention, but the company is totally unable to comply with in actual operations. In such cases, after a reasonable decision-making process, one may accept the risk of temporary non-compliance,” she said.
- Ren: “We must not bind ourselves up just because the US is attacking us,” Ren said in response to a question. “If our hands and feet are bound, then we will not be able to continue producing, then what’s the point of compliance?”
|ALSO: China is preventing the two American children of Liu Changming from leaving the country, essentially holding them hostage until their father returns to the mainland to face a criminal justice process related to an alleged bank fraud case. America now has a prominent daughter of a major Chinese company executive in their hands.|
|We are currently in the middle of a 90 day ceasefire negotiated at the G20 summit in Argentina last week||http://www.china-briefing.com/news/us-china-trade-truce-90-days-g20-summit/|
|A memo surfaced earlier this year floating the idea of nationalizing 5G buildout to block Huawei and ZTE from selling components to telecoms||https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-exploring-nationalized-5g-wireless-network-report-2018-1|
|ZTE settled a similar charge earlier this year after admitting guilt and paying $892 million||https://www.wsj.com/articles/zte-to-pay-892-million-to-u-s-plead-guilty-in-iran-sanctions-probe-1488902019?mod=article_inline|
|National Security aide John Bolton tells NPR he was aware of the impending arrest but is unsure if the president was||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-huawei-bolton/trump-aide-bolton-says-he-knew-in-advance-about-huawei-arrest-npr-reporter-idUSKBN1O5277?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|White House says they were not aware of the arrest during the G20 meeting||https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/1070783690819690497|
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Oh my God Face ID is totally cilantro...
I bought the iPhone X for my wife for her birthday and after 2 months of use. I asked her how she likes the phone and she HATES FaceID. She was a previously iPhone 7 user and she can't check her phone and play around her phone while she's in a meeting because she has to hold her phone up to her face unlock the phone. Just thought I'd write in to let Sarah know that she's not the only person that hates Face ID. I do want to make a prediction that in 3 years, Apple will bring back Touch ID as an in screen finger print scanner. And call it Touch ID ii Max Plus.
Love the show,