The Daily Populous

Monday May 20th, 2019 day edition

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Following the US crackdown on Chinese technology companies, Google has cut off Huawei’s Android license, dealing a huge blow to the besieged phonemaker.

Reached for comment, a Google spokesperson said only “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications.”

Speaking to Reuters, a Google spokesperson confirmed that “Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”

Huawei is now restricted to using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), cutting the company off from critical Google apps and services that consumers outside of China expect on Android devices.

That also means Huawei will only be able to push security updates for Android once they’re made available in AOSP, assuming the company uses its own update system.

But this latest setback from Google poses a grave risk to the future of Huawei’s core mobile business.

Update, 5/19/19, 10:37 PM: Additional details added regarding Google Play services on existing Huawei phones. »

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source

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Holders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said, confirming earlier reporting by Reuters.

The Trump administration on Thursday added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the company to do business with U.S. counterparts.

Huawei’s European business, its second-biggest market, could be hit as Huawei licenses these services from Google in Europe. »

China’s new ‘social credit system’ is a dystopian nightmare

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Welcome to life in China’s “Social Credit System,” where a low score can ruin your life in more ways than one.

The clerk at the ticket counter turns you away because — you guessed it — your social credit score is too low.

There are reports that those whose social credit score falls too low are preemptively arrested and sent to re-education camps. »

Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts

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Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for the Trump family’s many business interests, said: “We have no knowledge of any ‘flagged’ transactions with Deutsche Bank.”

She said the Trump Organization currently has “no operating accounts with Deutsche Bank.”

Mr. Trump and his family sued Deutsche Bank in April, seeking to block it from complying with the congressional subpoenas. »

Permafrost collapse is accelerating carbon release, say scientists

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A new study has found that permanently frozen ground called permafrost is melting much more quickly than previously thought and could release up to 50 per cent more carbon, a greenhouse gas.

In some parts of Canada’s Arctic, permafrost is melting so fast the ground is collapsing, transforming the landscape and making travel dangerous for Indigenous people who live there.

It notes that unlike slow thaw, abrupt thaw releases more methane which is a stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. »