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May 22, 2019, 9:30 AM

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Dave Lee / BBC:
Leaked memo: ARM has told staff it must suspend business, including all active contracts, support entitlements, and pending engagements, with Huawei  —  UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.
Bloomberg:
Sources: US is considering blacklisting as many as five Chinese video surveillance companies, including Hikvision and Dahua Technology, from buying US tech  —  - Hikvision and Dahua accused of being part of Uighur crackdown  — Rubio and others say they are part of a massive crackdown
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Huawei reiterates that it has been working on its own mobile OS; sources: Huawei has been pitching app makers and European carriers on its own mobile app store  —  - Comments come after U.S. restricted Huawei access to market  — Move threatens Huawei's partnerships with U.S. suppliers
Reuters:
Inside the war against Huawei, led by Australia and the US, who fear Beijing's 5G domination could be used for espionage and sabotage of critical infrastructure  —  In early 2018, in a complex of low-rise buildings in the Australian capital, a team of government hackers was engaging in a destructive digital war game.
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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Google says it stored some G Suite passwords in plaintext due to an error dating back to 2005, found another set of unhashed passwords in 2019, both now fixed  —  Google says a small number of its enterprise customers mistakenly had their passwords stored on its systems in plaintext.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple says the new iteration of its butterfly keyboard uses “new materials” in the switch mechanism that should reduce double- and missed-key presses  —  A ‘new material’ will be put into third-generation repaired keyboards  —  Apple is announcing an update to its keyboard repair program today.
Jason Snell / Six Colors:
Apple updates 13" and 15" MacBook Pros with improved keyboards and 9th-generation Intel CPUs with up to 8 cores, expands its Keyboard Service Program coverage  —  Continuing its renewed commitment to update pro Mac laptops on a regular basis, Apple on Tuesday announced an update to its 13 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Federal judge rules in favor of FTC in antitrust case against Qualcomm, says its licensing practices have strangled competition in the modem chip market  —  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States has won the first round of litigation against Qualcomm.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft officially rolls out the Windows 10 May 2019 update, which includes Windows Sandbox and unified search across Windows, Office, Bing, and more  —  Microsoft's Windows 10 May Update/1903 is available to consumers and business customers as of today, May 21.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
After eight months of alpha testing, the first official version of Tor Browser for Android has been released on the Play Store  —  After eight months of alpha testing, Tor Browser for Android is now ready for rollout.  —  Today, the Tor Project released on the Google Play Store the first stable version of the Tor Browser for Android.
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Source: Comcast's upcoming health device to focus on monitoring the motion of elderly people at home; Comcast has no plans for a direct-to-consumer launch  —  Comcast is working on a new in-home device that will monitor your health, according to a new report from CNBC.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
UNESCO says AI assistants are reinforcing gender stereotypes by mostly defaulting to female-sounding voices, urges better safeguards against gendered language  —  Female-sounding default voices perpetuate antiquated, harmful ideas about women  —  Artificial intelligence-powered voice assistants …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
All but the largest Apple device resellers have vanished from Amazon's marketplace six months after Apple cut a deal with the retail giant  —  A small online business owner from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bumstead specializes in refurbishing and selling old MacBooks, models he typically buys from recyclers and fixes up himself.

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