Huawei ban timeline: UK won’t allow company’s 5G gear from September 2021


Huawei makes some striking phones, like the Mate 40 Pro, but they aren’t available in the US and lack Google services.

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Huawei is a global telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. There’s been no shortage of scrutiny of the Chinese telecom giant in recent years, and countries like the UK have baned the use of its equipment as their 5G networks develop. Its phones are also virtually invisible in the US, despite its massive presence around the world.

The company’s chairman had predicted that 2020 would be “difficult” for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US continues to pressure allies to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. In July, the UK opted to ban Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company’s equipment must be removed by 2027 — a decision that Huawei found “disappointing” as 

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UK government announces plans to write a ‘conduct’ code for Facebook and Google, starting in April 2021, but doesn’t offer an enforcement timeline

  • The UK on Friday introduced a new “pro-competition” watchdog to regulate Google, Facebook, and others.
  • The Digital Markets Unit will enforce a new code, adding data-transparency requirements and helping small businesses promote themselves online, according to the announcement.
  • Ronan Harris, vice president of Google UK & Ireland, said the search giant looks forward to “working constructively” with the new unit.
  • From April 2021, the unit “could be given powers to suspend, block and reverse decisions of tech giants,” the government said.

The UK on Friday announced a government unit to enforce a new competition code on Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, beginning in April 2021.

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, said in a statement that companies like Google and Facebook make a “significant contribution” to the UK economy, but “the dominance of just a few big tech companies is leading to less innovation, higher advertising prices and less choice

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Timeline: Major Milestones in Chinese Space Exploration | World News

BEIJING (Reuters) – China plans to launch an unmanned probe to the moon early this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s.

If successful, the mission will make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, following the United States and the Soviet Union decades ago.

Here is a timeline of key moments in Chinese space exploration:

July 19, 1964: China took its first official step into space, launching and recovering an experimental biological rocket carrying white mice.

April 24, 1970: The first Chinese artificial satellite, Dong Fang Hong 1, was launched at the Jiuquan launch centre in the northwestern province of Gansu. That made China the fifth country to send satellites into orbit following the Soviet Union, the United States, France and Japan.

Nov. 26, 1975: China’s first recoverable satellite was

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Novel adoptive cell transfer method shortens timeline for T-cell manufacture — ScienceDaily

Adoptively transferred T-cells can prolong survival and sometimes cure patients with advanced solid tumors. While promising, it can take months to generate the necessary T-cells to help these patients. Such slow speed makes this therapy impractical for most patients who need immediate treatment.

In the September issue of Cancer Research, Hannah Knochelmann, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and researcher in Chrystal Paulos’ laboratory, teamed up with investigators at three different NCI-designated cancer centers — MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, Emory Winship and the James at The Ohio State University — to report a new approach to generate T-cells faster for patients in the near future.

The human immune system contains two main types of T-cells: CD4 and CD8. This team cut down the time needed to manufacture T-cells from several months to less than one week by using a

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