Britain to allow Huawei restricted access to 5G network

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - Britain will allow Huawei Technologies a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network, seeking a middle way in a bitter dispute between the United States and China over the next generation of communications technology.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei has categorically denied this.

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Netflix, streaming services win Oscars cinema rule battle

(Reuters) - In a win for Netflix, Amazon and other internet streaming services, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted not to change its rules for winning an Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize.

The decision follows a battle over how long a movie must play on the big screens in theaters before being launched on the internet, DVD or other mediums that put it on the small screen.

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Indian court moves to lift ban on Chinese video app TikTok

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian state court on Wednesday moved to lift a ban on popular video app TikTok in the country, two lawyers involved in the case said, in a boost for its developer Beijing Bytedance Technology Co.

Earlier this month, the court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu ordered the federal government to prohibit TikTok downloads, saying the app was encouraging pornography and could expose children to sexual predators.

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UK spy chief says 5G engineering risks more important than firm's country

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) - The head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said on Wednesday that the suitability of companies to supply equipment for the United Kingdom’s 5G telecoms systems depended more on their security and engineering processes rather than where they were based.

Jeremy Fleming’s comments came after a British security source told Reuters that Britain would allow Chinese firm Huawei access to non-core parts of its 5G network, but block it from all core parts of the system.

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Uber's Amit Jain to leave, co names new Asia-Pacific unit chief

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Wednesday the head of its Asia-Pacific operations will leave the company at the end of next month, and will be replaced by Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty.

Amit Jain had joined the app-based ride-hailing company as its India operations chief in 2015 and had taken over as head of Uber’s Asia-Pacific business last year.

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Twitter unveils new tool against EU elections meddlers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. social media company Twitter will launch a new tool next week to make it easier for users to flag deliberate attempts to mislead voters taking part in key European Parliament elections next month.

Twitter, together with Google and Facebook, are under pressure to be more proactive in tackling fake news aimed at eroding democratic processes and stoking social and political tensions.

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LG Electronics to suspend mobile phones production in South Korea this year: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s LG Electronics plans to suspend manufacturing of its loss-making mobile phones in the country this year and shift the production to its existing plant in Vietnam, Yonhap News Agency said on Wednesday.

Citing an unidentified source, Yonhap reported that LG decided to move its local handset production to Vietnam to help turn around the money-losing smartphones division.

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EBay raises forecast as redesign draws customers, boosts ad revenue

(Reuters) - EBay Inc raised its full-year sales and profit forecasts on Tuesday, as user-friendly changes to its ecommerce platforms attracted more customers and also increased its advertising revenue.

The company, facing intense competition from Inc and Walmart Inc, has focused on its promoted listings program and payments business, as well as worked to make its platform simpler to use through the introduction of grouped listings and personal recommendations.

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