New 5G research lab to be created to help UK replace banned Huawei technology

The UK is to open a new 5G lab so that the country no longer has to rely on the technology of foreign companies like Huawei. 

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has unveiled Government plans Monday for a £250 million scheme to develop new secure internet technology in Britain, which includes building a new research facility.

The lab will bring together security experts, businesses and leading academics to pioneer ways to create a more open 5G network that will allow smaller British companies to also develop the vital technology.

The move comes after ministers decided to ban the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from the UK network in July over national security fears of its closeness to Beijing.

However, the decision leaves the UK facing a situation where it could be left dependent on just two large companies, Ericsson and Nokia, to supply all the hardware for the transformative next generation of

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The LAPD banned officers from using facial recognition technology which harvested images from social media by Clearview AI



a group of metal objects: Chris Wattie/Reuters


© Chris Wattie/Reuters
Chris Wattie/Reuters

  • The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers’ use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday.
  • BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that “25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI,” a controversial software that scrapes images from social media.
  • The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has used facial recognition tech, while Clearview has come under fire over privacy issues and its reported connections to white nationalists.
  • Cities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston have banned government agencies from using facial recognition amid growing worries over racial and gender bias as well as civil liberties violations.
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The Los Angeles Police Department, the third-largest department in the US, issued a moratorium on its use of commercial

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The LAPD banned officers from using commercial facial recognition technology after being confronted about its use of Clearview AI, a controversial software that harvested images from social media



a group of metal objects: Chris Wattie/Reuters


© Chris Wattie/Reuters
Chris Wattie/Reuters

  • The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers’ use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday.
  • BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that “25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI,” a controversial software that scrapes images from social media.
  • The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has used facial recognition tech, while Clearview has come under fire over privacy issues and its reported connections to white nationalists.
  • Cities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston have banned government agencies from using facial recognition amid growing worries over racial and gender bias as well as civil liberties violations.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Los Angeles Police Department, the third-largest department in the US, issued a moratorium on its use of commercial

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YouTube pulls interview with Alex Jones after banned Infowars publisher makes ‘firing squad’ remark

YouTube yanked a video featuring right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform Friday over a comment the controversial Infowars publisher made about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Mr. Jones has been prohibited from uploading his own content to YouTube for more than two years, although he has side-stepped that soft ban in part by appearing on channels operated by other users.

He recently spoke for hours with internet personality Tim Pool, who posted a video of their discussion to his YouTube channel Thursday before it was removed from the platform shortly afterward.

YouTube said the video was found to have violated its rules because of a remark Mr. Jones made about Mr. Gates — a frequent subject of the fringe theories he promotes — and wanting people killed.

Mr. Jones, meanwhile, claimed his comment was misinterpreted and argued Mr. Pool was “stampeded” by YouTube.

The remark occurred during part of

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Banned sodium bicarbonate ‘milkshakes’ don’t make racehorses faster

Put the baking soda back in the bottle: banned sodium bicarbonate 'milkshakes' don't make racehorses faster
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The controversial and banned practice of giving horses baking soda “milkshakes” before a race doesn’t work, according to our analysis of the available research.


Racing folklore says sodium bicarbonate milkshakes can boost racehorses’ endurance because the alkalinity of the baking soda helps counter the buildup of lactic acid in the blood when running.

But our systematic research review, recently published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science reveals milkshakes don’t boost horses’ athletic performance.

This means any trainer still tempted to flout the ban on this tactic would be endangering their horses’ welfare and risking heavy sanctions over a practice that is basically snake oil.

Despite the fun-sounding name, milkshakes are anything but. The process involves inserting a tube up the horse’s nose, down its throat and into the stomach, and then pumping in a concentrated solution of sodium bicarbonate dissolved in water.

This can

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