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US Finalizing Federal Contract Ban For Companies That Use Huawei, Others

Today at 21:25 PM, via Slashdot

The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei, Hikvision and Dahua, Reuters reported Friday, citing a U.S. official said. From the report: The rule, which was prompted by a 2019 law, could have far-ranging implications for companies...

Nearly 70,000 Tech Startup Employees Have Lost Their Jobs Since March

Today at 20:45 PM, via Slashdot

Technology startups have been laying off tens of thousands of workers to cope with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially blunting a key innovation pipeline for the enterprise information-technology market, according to industry analysts. From a report: “Startups are a great source of innovation in the IT industry, but are now especially cash constrained,” said Max...

Scientists Make Precise Gene Edits To Mitochondrial DNA For First Time

Today at 20:04 PM, via Slashdot

A peculiar bacterial enzyme has allowed researchers to achieve what even the popular CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing system couldn’t manage: targeted changes to the genomes of mitochondria, cells’ crucial energy-producing structures. From a report: The technique — which builds on a super-precise version of gene editing called base editing — could allow researchers to develop new ways to study, and...

Amazon Makes Employees Delete TikTok From Phones, Citing Security Risk

Today at 19:22 PM, via Slashdot

Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, citing “security risks,” according to a company email sent on Friday. From a report: In the email, which was obtained by The New York Times, Amazon officials said that employees must delete the app from any devices that “access Amazon email.” Employees had to remove the app by Friday to remain...

A Moment of Clarity Regarding the Raison d’Etre for the App Store

Today at 18:44 PM, via Slashdot

John Gruber, writing at DaringFireball: Feel free to file Google’s release this week of an update to their iPad Gmail app with support for split-screen multitasking under “better late than never,” but this is so late it borders on the absurd. It’s like the difference between showing up fashionably late and showing up a week after the party. Split-screen multitasking was introduced for the iPad...

Apple Reaches New Stage in Development of AR Devices

Today at 18:04 PM, via Slashdot

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted key parts of Apple’s business, but it hasn’t derailed the company’s plans to build what could be its next important technology platform — augmented reality devices. From a report: The Information has learned that Apple is working with Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology, Apple’s largest contract manufacturer and the one responsible for building most iPhones, to...

Inside the new space race to connect everything on Earth

Today at 18:01 PM, via TechCentral

In a world divided between digital haves and have-nots, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are trying to close the gap by launching thousands of satellites to zip around the globe in what’s known as low-Earth orbit.

What It’s Like to Work at Studio Ghibli

Today at 18:00 PM, via Wired

Steve Alpert worked at the animation house for 15 years, a time he details in his new book Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man.

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Today at 17:46 PM, via The Guardian

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a ring-tailed lemur and a spiky sea cucumber

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Participants in UK coronavirus study could be monitored for up to 25 years

Today at 17:23 PM, via The Guardian

Experts say programme could follow participants for decades to look at long-term effects

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Participants in a study to understand the long term and often unexpected effects of Covid-19 could be monitored for up to 25 years, researchers have said.

As coronavirus swept the world, reports began to grow of people experiencing long-lasting...

Should We Be Drinking Less?

Today at 17:21 PM, via Slashdot

Can a daily drink or two lead to better health? For many years, the federal government’s influential dietary guidelines implied as much, saying there was evidence that moderate drinking could lower the risk of heart disease and reduce mortality. But now a committee of scientists that is helping to update the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is taking a harder stance on...

Asia IT Giant’s CEO Warns Trump’s Visa Curbs Will Cost US

Today at 16:45 PM, via Slashdot

The chief executive officer of Asia’s largest IT services firm warned that a U.S. freeze on thousands of employment visas will only raise costs for American corporations like Wall Street banks, auto manufacturers and drugmakers. From a report: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) CEO Rajesh Gopinathan told Bloomberg News the move has put massive stress on a huge swath of Indian-born engineers that...

Chicago Police Department Arrest API Shutdown is Its Own Kind of ‘Cover Up’

Today at 16:08 PM, via Slashdot

Asraa Mustufa and David Eads, reporting for Chicago Reporter: With Chicago reeling this week from a bloody July 4 weekend that saw more than 80 shootings claim the lives of at least 17 people, including young children, police Superintendent David Brown doubled down on his approach to stemming the violence at a press conference Monday. “We must keep violent offenders in jail longer,” Brown said,...

WHO teams up with Google and Amazon against smoking

Today at 15:29 PM, via MyBroadband

With the World Health Organization warning the globe’s 1.3 billion tobacco users are at higher risk during the global COVID-19 pandemic and in need of new tools to quit, it’s calling in the big guns.

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