May 14, 2018, 7:00 AM

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Roger Cheng / CNET:
Trump tweets that Commerce Department has been instructed to help China's ZTE, which had to stop operations after US companies were banned from selling to it  —  In a tweet, Trump urges the Commerce Department to give ZTE “a way to get back into business, fast.”
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers warn about critical flaws in PGP and S/MIME that can reveal the plaintext of encrypted emails, recommend uninstalling those tools from email clients  —  The flaws, can expose e-mails sent in the past and “pose an immediate threat.”  —  The Internet's two most widely used methods …
David Vorick / Sia Blog:
Cofounder of ASIC-maker Obelisk on the state of PoW mining: challenges of ASIC-resistant hard forks, many new coins are optimized for secret ASIC designs, more  —  For those new to the blog, I am the lead developer of Sia, a blockchain based cloud storage platform.
Sumeet Chatterjee / Reuters:
HSBC claims it has completed the world's first trade-finance interbank transaction using blockchain technology with Dutch bank ING  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) said on Monday it had performed the world's first trade finance transaction using blockchain technology …
Stewart Rogers / VentureBeat:
PumaPay raises $117M in an ICO, to launch its merchant-friendly Pull Payment Protocol, which it says 30 adult entertainment firms have agreed to use  —  If you want a new technology to succeed, getting the adult entertainment industry onboard as early adopters is never a bad thing.
More: Reuters
Hugh Langley / Wareable:
Qualcomm exec says the company is building a chipset “designed from the ground up for a no-compromises smartwatch experience” to be announced this fall  —  A much-needed shot in the wrist  —  Wear OS is in an awkward spot.  Having recently rebranded the smartwatch OS formerly known …

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