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New York Hospitals Studying Heartburn Drug With Hydroxychloroquine Against COVID-19

Some hospitals in New York are conducting a clinical trial testing the efficacy of famotidine, a common heartburn drug, along with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. The randomized, controlled, and double-blind trial is looking at the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine alone and in combination with famotidine for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. While hydroxychloroquine is being studied in multiple trials

Huawei Faces Mounting Opposition in UK as Distrust of Beijing Grows

Voices are growing within UK’s ruling party to block Chinese telecom giant Huawei from a role in the country’s 5G network, as the government signals a tougher stance towards Beijing over its handling of the CCP virus pandemic.The UK government in January granted Huawei a role in building non-sensitive parts of its next-generation wireless network, and

China’s Tech Totalitarianism

Commentary The media tell us China “beat coronavirus.” I don’t believe it. The Chinese government lies. AEI’s Derrek Scissors argues that they’ve underreported the number of COVID-19 cases by millions. Still, it’s possible that China has the virus under control. But at what cost? Most of us in America now practice “social distancing.” I’ve barely left my house

Top 7 Free Web Conferencing Programs With Screen Sharing

  Web conferencing has been on the rise especially for people who wish to embrace social distancing due to unavoidable circumstances. The good thing about web conferencing programs is that they can be used by employees who are working from home as well as students who are studying from home. These programs have both audio

19 US Lawmakers Seek Information From Zoom Amid Scrutiny of Privacy Practices

A group of 19 House lawmakers is requesting information from video conferencing platform Zoom amid scrutiny of the company’s privacy practices, as more Americans turn to the platform to facilitate the need to work from home In a letter addressed to Zoom CEO Eric Yuan on April 3, the Democratic lawmakers from the House Committee on Energy and

Using Zoom as a Video Conferencing Tool

COVID-19 Disruptions The world has been stopped in its tracks by the Coronavirus Disease, also known as COVID-19 or CCP Virus. The World Health Organisation has declared a global pandemic, highlighting the need for more intensive management and control of the disease. Some of the initiatives being championed across the whole world for combating this

NASA Satellite Images Show Significant Decline In China Air Pollution Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Satellite images published by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) show a dramatic drop in levels of air pollution over China following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which forced the shutdown of industry and transport. Images taken by pollution monitoring satellites compare air quality between Jan. 1 and Jan. 20 with air quality between Feb. 10 and Feb. 25, and show

Zuckerberg Seeks Regulations for Social Media to Preserve Free Speech

A regulatory framework that seeks to preserve free speech online needs to be adopted for social media before repressive countries like China begin influencing the rules about the free flow of information, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told global leaders and security officials in Europe over the weekend. Zuckerberg told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Feb. 15 that he was

The logo of Chinese company Huawei at its main UK offices in Reading

US Charges Huawei With Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets, Racketeering

Federal prosecutors have charged Chinese tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries with conspiracy to steal trade secrets and violate anti-racketeering laws, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 13. These charges are in addition to previous charges on Huawei relating to violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran in an existing indictment. The latest charge of trade secrets theft relates to

Containing the Huawei Virus

Commentary The deadly virus originating out of the central Chinese city of Wuhan is making headlines, and well it should. There’s the potential for this new coronavirus to spread rapidly from China to the rest of Asia and the West. The virus attacks victims’ immune systems, compromising their health and threatening their very existence. At

WhatsApp Outages Reported Across Asia, Europe, South America

The popular messaging service WhatsApp is down for thousands of people across Asia, Europe, and South America. According to Down Detector, there was a spike in users reporting problems using the app on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 19. Around two-thirds of reported issues with WhatsApp was an inability to send or receive messages, while

Huawei CFO Extradition Trial Kicks Off in Canada

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appeared in a Vancouver court for the first day of her extradition trial, which would decide if she can be transferred to the United States for criminal processing. Meng’s trial comes more than a year after she was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018, upon an extradition request by

New Cybersecurity Rules Give Regime Control of Data Outside China

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government is “very concerned” about China’s new cybersecurity measures that put American companies at risk of losing sensitive data. Beijing enacted in October 2019 a cryptography law that came into effect on Jan. 1. The new legislation, combined with comprehensive cybersecurity measures China has been passing in the past several years, creates a

US Judge Disqualifies Huawei Lawyer From Fraud, Sanctions Case

A U.S. judge on Dec. 3 disqualified James Cole, a Washington lawyer for China’s Huawei, from defending the telecommunications equipment maker against charges of bank fraud and sanctions violations. Judge Ann Donnelly of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, issued her order after federal prosecutors argued that Cole’s prior work at the Department of Justice created

EU Antitrust Regulators Seek Details on Google’s Data Practices: Report

Google’s data collection practices are currently being investigated by European Union antitrust regulators, a sign that the tech giant remains in the crosshairs even after several billion-dollar fines against Google by the EU. The European Commission is now looking for information on how Google, whose parent company is Alphabet, is using and monetizing the data

Health Websites Share Sensitive Personal Data with Advertisers Without Required Consent: Report

Investigative reporters probing alleged misuse of the sensitive data of Europeans found that health websites were illegally sharing people’s information with ad-targeting companies including Google, Amazon, and Facebook. The personal data shared without users’ explicit consent—a requirement under European data protection laws—includes medical symptoms, diagnostic information, as well as names of drugs. Reporters at the

Reddit Won’t Block Alleged Whistleblower’s Name, Diverging From Facebook and YouTube

Reddit won’t automatically delete posts that include the name of a person who is reportedly the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump, leading to the impeachment inquiry. Facebook and YouTube have publicly said they’re attempting to quash mentions of the name by deleting posts and removing videos. Twitter has said it would

Chinese State-Sponsored Hackers Intercept Text Messages Worldwide: Cyber Report

U.S.-based cybersecurity firm FireEye revealed that a state-backed Chinese hacker group APT41 has compromised several major telecom firms and retrieved call records from the carriers’ customers whom they deemed as targets, intercepting text messages as well as call records worldwide. The report did not name the telecom companies. The hackers searched call and text records for specific keywords, including

SpaceX Plans Launching 30,000 More Starlink Satellites to Meet Projected Internet Demands

The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, SpaceX, is planning to send 30,000 new Starlink broadband satellites into the sky in a bid to meet future demands for fast and reliable internet, TechCrunch reports. Elon Musk’s company recently filed the request with the International Telecommunication Union, which governs international use of global bandwidth. The proposal is anticipated to

Cal Newport: On Attention in an Age of Digital Distraction

Only a few years ago, Cal Newport’s ideas about digital distraction and social media made him an outlier. He was a millennial who read a print newspaper and never had a social media account, during a time when every small business was starting, if not an account, a whole department. And even though no one

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