UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

British telecom companies face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed to Parliament on Tuesday

LONDON — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China’s Huawei.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security requirements for new high speed 5G wireless and fiber optic networks, with the threat of fines of up to either 10% of sales or 100,000 pounds ($134,000) a day for companies that don’t follow the rules.

The draft law paves the way for the U.K. government to formalize Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision in July prohibiting Huawei from building Britain’s

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Britain’s telcos face fines if they use suppliers deemed high-risk, like Huawei

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s telecoms companies could be fined up to 10% of turnover or 100,000 pounds ($133,140) a day if they contravene a ban on using equipment made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd under a new law put forward on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill will boost the security standards of the UK’s telecoms networks and remove the threat of high-risk vendors, the government said.

Britain in July decided to ban the use of Huawei in 5G networks from the end of 2027 because of concerns that U.S. sanctions on chip technology meant the Chinese company would not be a reliable supplier.

The bill aims to enshrine that decision in law and manage any risks from other high-risk vendors in the

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Nvidia’s new streaming tech deep fakes your face to save on bandwidth

There are plenty of ways you can improve the quality of your video calls, but adding fancy microphones and elaborate lighting setups can only help so much. NVIDIA, which makes graphics processing units (GPUs), recently released a new platform called Maxine that offers some AI-powered upgrades to your video calls, some of which straddle the line between creepy and amazing.

graphical user interface, website: The platform offers a variety of video calling enhancements beyond the bandwidth savings.

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The platform offers a variety of video calling enhancements beyond the bandwidth savings.

Maxine processes data in the cloud rather than on consumer devices, so if a streaming platform has it enabled, users can get the benefit of the advanced features without the need for a computer or smartphone powerful enough to handle the computing. From a very basic standpoint, this kind of off-device computing is the same idea that allows apps like Google Stadia to stream high-end PC gameplay in real time to smartphones.

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The Super Recognizer Test | What Is Face Blindness?

  • Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have published new research about super-recognizers: people who have a knack for remembering faces.
  • In their paper, the researchers describe the results of their UNSW Face Test, meant to identify super-recognizers. Since 2017, about 25,000 people have taken the test.
  • Their ultimate goal is to find the crème de la crème of super-recognizers to study the biological mechanisms that give rise to the phenomenon.

    It’s happened to you before: At the grocery store, perhaps, or at a networking event, you meet the gaze of a person you believe is a total stranger, and yet you feel in your gut that you know them from … somewhere.

    Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of super-recognizers, a rare subset of people who have an uncanny ability to recognize virtually every face they’ve ever seen, even from the most innocuous, boring exchanges.

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    Pitt and Virginia Tech to wear face masks in game due to mandate

    Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech players will all wear face masks during gameplay on Saturday in accordance with the state of Pennsylvania’s new COVID-19 guidelines.

    The Panthers released a statement on Friday confirming both teams are aware of the guidelines.

    “In alignment with the recent guidance from state officials regarding the current health climate, Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sideline. This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well,” Pitt said in the statement.

    According to ESPN, a Hokies official confirmed the program has been informed of the guidelines.

    The Hokies and Panthers will be the first college football teams to wear face coverings while playing. It remains unclear how the policy will be enforced during the game.

    This week, Pennsylvania secretary of health Dr. Rachel Levine announced the state’s new efforts to

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    Virginia Tech football players won’t have to wear face coverings while playing at Pitt on Saturday | College Sports

    The Pittsburgh-Georgia Tech game was one of 15 either canceled or postponed last week. They already have been joined by five more this week.

    ACC commissioner John Swofford has said the league’s medical advisory group has found no evidence of COVID transmission during competition/practice. The virus has spread outside the sports bubble.

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    The new order in Pennsylvania requires masks “outdoors with others who are not members of a person’s household and unable to maintain sustained physical distance.”

    “Coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings if they cannot maintain sustained physical distance from persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. If sustained six-foot distancing can be maintained, face coverings may be removed when outdoors,” according to the state’s website.

    The order included an exemption

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    Pitt and Virginia Tech players will not be required to wear face coverings in the field of play in Week 12


    Face coverings have been a part of college football sidelines this fall … sort of … but to this point they have not been present on the field during play. After a few days of miscommunication and confusion, it would appear that teams playing in the state of Pennsylvania will not have to take an additional step by wearing face coverings while on the field. 

    The clarity came Friday afternoon after Pitt received word from the governor’s office that it and Virginia Tech would not have to force players to wear face coverings during Saturday’s game. 

    According to a previous Pitt release, players were going to have to wear face coverings while on the field and sidelines “in alignment with recent guidance from state officials regarding the current health climate.” The statement also said that those rules extend to Virginia Tech as well. 

    The office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom

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    Tech Cos. Could Face Stiffer SEC Enforcement Under Biden

    By Jina Choi, Haima Marlier and Michael Birnbaum

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    After shifting from broken windows to retail investors in the recent past, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement will likely be guided by a new mantra over the next four years under President-elect Joe Biden.

    There will be a new SEC chair and senior leadership. As we look forward to the Enforcement Division’s priorities in the months and years to come, Silicon Valley and tech companies will

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    Forests support jobs and encourage biodiversity, but face threats

    Forests are beautiful, home to a diverse range of wildlife, and play an important role when it comes to looking after the world we live in.

    Much like their appearance, the benefits of forests are multi-layered.

    According to a recent report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO), forests “supply water, provide livelihoods, mitigate climate change and are essential for sustainable food production.”

    All is not well, however. The State of the World’s Forests 2020 report says that both forest degradation and deforestation “continue to take place at alarming rates.”

    And while the FAO states that the rate of deforestation has actually fallen across the last three decades, it also notes that an estimated 420 million hectares “have been lost through conversion to other land uses” since 1990.

    Against this backdrop, a range of organizations are attempting to promote the sustainable management of forests.

    These include France-based

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    Cesarean section-born children may face higher risk of infection-related hospitalization — ScienceDaily

    Children born via cesarean section may be more likely to be hospitalized for infection during early childhood. A study published in PLOS Medicine by Jessica Miller at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia and colleagues suggests that compared to vaginally-born children, cesarean-born children may have a higher risk of infection-related hospitalization for up to five years of age.

    The global proportion of cesarean section births has nearly doubled since 2000, yet the relationship between mode of birth and common childhood infections beyond the neonatal period is not well understood. To assess the association between mode of birth and infection-related hospitalization, researchers analyzed hospital data of 7,174,787 singleton children in Denmark, Scotland, England, and Australia born between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2015. Children born during this period were followed from their birth-related hospital discharge date until an infection-related hospitalization, death, emigration, 5th birthday, or end of the study period.

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