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Chinese government doesn't get involved in Huawei's business: German boss

BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of China's Huawei Technologies in Germany told a German newspaper that the Chinese government does not get involved in the company's business, adding the firm would work on being open and transparent in the debate about security of mobile networks. Read More

 

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Facebook broke rules, should be regulated: UK lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook intentionally breached data privacy and competition law and should, along with other big tech companies, be subject to a new regulator to protect democracy and citizens' rights, British lawmakers said on Monday. More »

 

Mexico pushes mobile payments to help unbanked consumers ditch cash

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexico's new leftist government is betting on financial technology to help lift people out of poverty. More »

 

Macquarie backs drone map, electric-vehicle businesses

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macquarie Group, the world's largest manager of infrastructure assets, has seeded money in a map system for drones and an electric-vehicle sharing business, it said on Monday. More »

 

Alibaba is the force behind hit Chinese Communist Party app: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation's tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. More »

 

Britain does not support total Huawei network ban: sources

(Reuters) - British security officials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite U.S. allegations the Chinese firm and its products could be used by Beijing for spying, people with knowledge of the matter said. More »

 

Uber agrees to pay VAT in Egypt: tax chief

CAIRO (Reuters) - Uber has agreed to pay value-added tax on its services in Egypt, Egyptian officials said on Monday, a move that may help resolve a long-simmering feud with traditional taxi drivers. More »

 

Germany consults industry about blockchain potential

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has opened a consultation process on how to tap into the potential of blockchain technology ahead of presenting a strategy by the summer, government sources said on Monday. More »

 

New Zealand will conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk: PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand will independently assess the risk of using China's Huawei Technologies in 5G networks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday after a report suggested that British precautions could be used by other nations. More »

 

SoftBank invests in Mubadala's new $400 million European tech fund: source

DUBAI (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group has provided nearly half of the cash for Abu Dhabi's state investor Mubadala Investment Co's new $400 million fund investing in European start-ups, a source familiar with the matter said. More »

 

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