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Microsoft Stands By Its $480 Million Pentagon Contract

February 27, 2019

Microsoft is pressing ahead with a $480 million contract to build augmented reality technology for the Army despite strong backlash inside the company. A group of Microsoft employees on Friday called for the company to back out of a deal to provide tech for the Pentagon’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System program.

Sprint to deploy 5G in four cities in May

February 26, 2019

Sprint has announced that its 5G service will be extended to customers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City in May. The coverage will roll out to customers in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. in the first half of 2019. Collectively, the nine city launch will make 5G available in 1,000 square miles by June of next year.

Verizon Plans Rollout Of 5G In 30 U.S. Cities In 2019

February 26, 2019

Verizon finally offered some details about its 5G launch this morning: it plans to deploy the next-gen wireless technology in 30 cities by the end of 2019. The carrier didn’t say which cities those would be, how thoroughly 5G would be deployed throughout those cities, or when exactly the launch would begin, but Verizon did say that each launch would include some deployment of super fast millimeter wave radios.

Lina Khan, a Top Antitrust Thinker, in Talks to Join Democratic Staff in the House, Putting Silicon Valley on Alert

February 26, 2019

Lina Khan, who wrote a semi-viral Yale Law Journal article about Amazon, is in talks to join the staff of the congressional panel overseeing antitrust issues, according to people familiar with the plans. Rep. David Cicilline chairs the panel. She comes from a school of antitrust thinkers who have called for breaking up Facebook.

We don't know what a fifth of our genes do - and won’t find out soon

February 25, 2019

We still have no idea what 20 per cent of protein-coding genes are for. What’s more, we have stopped making progress, according to a study looking at what we know about yeast and human proteins. “Basically we really don’t have a clue,” says team leader Valerie Wood at the University of Cambridge.

NASA's photo archives reveal 60 years of space travel

February 25, 2019

WHEN it comes to illustrating humanity’s achievements in space, NASA’s back catalogue is as good as it gets. The images here are all part of a book tracing the agency’s 60 years of existence using more than 400 photographs. The big launches, moon landings, starscapes and Martian panoramas all make the cut, alongside plenty of striking views from behind the scenes, images that give a human scale to NASA’s vast technological endeavours.

US in 'good shape' in 5G race, on the cusp of 'significant' tech breakthroughs: FCC commissioner

February 25, 2019

“There are other technologies on the horizon as well. There’s a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellites that are coming online. The wired broadband networks are being upgraded as well,” he said. “We are focused on getting the regulatory playing field right and then letting the private sector deploy whatever new broadband technologies that they can.”

Trump: Additional US Tariffs on Chinese Goods Delayed

February 25, 2019

Trump said on Sunday that he’d delay additional tariffs on Chinese goods originally scheduled to begin on Mar 1. He cited “substantial progress” in trade talks between the US and China in several of his Twitter posts in a series of posts on Twitter.

China rushes to seal trade deal ahead of Trump's deadline

February 25, 2019

Saturday marked the fifth straight day of the negotiations between the world’s two biggest economies. Talks were extended through the weekend after both sides reported progress in narrowing their differences. The Chinese delegation is scheduled to leave for Beijing on Monday, according to a person familiar with their itinerary. This is the fourth round of negotiations since Washington and Beijing agreed to a ceasefire in their trade war.

Trade War: Will the US and China Enter a Long-Term Technological Arms Race?

February 24, 2019

Will the US and China enter a long-term technological arms race? The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) said it’s highly likely. “The likelihood that the US and China will make some progress in the ongoing trade talks has increased as a result of mounting domestic pressure in both economies,” said Cailin Birch, Global Economist at The EIU. “Nonetheless, we do not expect a meaningful agreement, as the US and China enter into a strategic competition for economic--and particularly technological--dominance."

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