Last week, Trump signed an executive order that allowed the federal government to prohibit US companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies at their discretion.
This week, the full damage started to become apparent for China’s fastest-growing smartphone hub, Huawei. American companies, at the urging of Trump and company, began attacking the Chinese giant, and what they are stripping will undoubtedly affect Huawei in a material way. Huawei may have to negotiate soon without little things, like I don’t know, access to the open source version of Android or possibly existing chip architectures in modern smartphones or Google’s app store. Here are some of the holidays at stake that may be leaving Huawei on the way. ARM. Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom. Google.
Basically, last week he removed decades from the backbone of smartphone technology in the United States and ensured that Huawei will have to realize its future success in these areas. The ban was placed, officially, because the United States government did not want the United States to be put at risk of espionage, but it is also a clear move to escalate the tensions of the trade war.
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What’s at stake is more than Huawei’s impending corporate health, but the fact that China and the United States may begin to target each other’s tech giants as uniform trade war chess moves. This week it’s Huawei, but if the perfect deal persists, could Apple be next
Trends of the week.
Here’s some big news from big companies, with green links to all the sweet, sweet context added.
- Apple tries another fix for its failed keyboard layoutApple’s butterfly keyboards have been one of the biggest product annoyances for the company since the launch of Apple Maps, but after making design changes that weren’t completely effective, Apple is giving it another go. They made the bold call of not really saying what it fixed, but the folks at iFixit took down the new machines and the changes seem minimal.
- Oculus bets on the VR farmFacebook’s virtual reality promises haven’t been kept in recent years, but this week the company began shipping the Oculus Rift S and, more importantly, the Oculus Quest, which is the best product it has made yet. . If its quality is enough to draw people to the $ 399 headphones, a question is a very good question.
- Kumbaya OUYAHere’s a blast from the past; The OUYA, a $ 99 open Android gaming system that was one of Kickstarter’s biggest hits, is officially dying. The shell of the seven-year operation had already been purchased by Razer, but now the OUYA Store itself is adrift. Read more about his impending death here.
How did the major tech companies get it wrong this week? This clearly needs its own section, in order of horror:
- Google commits cardinal data storage without:The[Google dice que algunas contraseñas de usuario de G Suite se almacenaron en texto sin formato desde 2005]
- The EU data regulator targets Google’s adtech technology:The[El principal regulador de Google en la UE abre una investigación formal de privacidad de su adtech]
- The EU is angry with Facebook too:The[Facebook encontró grupos de alojamiento de redes de desinformación de la extrema derecha de la UE]
- An EU study shows that Facebook still has a lot of work to do to protect elections:The[Facebook sigue siendo un gran lugar para ampliar el estudio de la UE sobre noticias basura antes de las elecciones]
- Google isn’t keeping an eye on its ad empire:The[Google actualiza las políticas publicitarias después de un informe sobre anuncios anti aborto engañosos]
Our premium subscription service had another week of interesting dives. I added another great interview to my “The Exit” series, where I featured the profile of Jeremy Uzan, a Parisian VC who was an early investor in Drivy, where Getaround only lost $ 300 million. We talked a bit about the future of car ownership and a lot about SoftBank’s abilities to make kings.
“So right now, there are two types of VCs. You have the smart ones, but that’s not me. I’m more the guy with the hunch. I have to feel that the team is interesting, intelligent, ambitious, like they are the most smart people in the room and they’re working on something interesting. “
Here are some of our other top reads this week for premium subscribers. This week, the TechCrunch writers talked a bit about Huawei, a bit about artificial intelligence, and a bit about love …
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