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There's little evidence that a Huawei 5G ban is the right approach

New Scientist

The UK government is happy to allow Huawei equipment to form part of the UK's 5G network – just not any of the crucial parts, according to leaked discussions from the National Security Council. The United States and Australia have taken much more hardline approach, with complete bans on using Huawei equipment to form any part of their 5G network. What is all the worry about? According to telecoms firm Qualcomm, 5G mobile internet gives a massive speed boost – at least 10 or 20 times greater – over our current 4G networks. As devices start sharing more and more data, from phones streaming data-rich video to self-driving cars, it's vital to have a speedy connection.


Facebook expecting $5bn fine for privacy violations

The Independent

Facebook has said that it expects to be fined up to $5bn by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies. The social network disclosed the amount in its quarterly financial results on Wednesday, saying it estimated a one-time charge of $3bn to $5bn in connection with an "ongoing inquiry" by the commission. Facebook added that "the matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome". We'll tell you what's true.


Apple will now fix broken MacBook keyboards within a day, leaked memo suggests as problems continue

The Independent

Apple is prioritising repairs to its controversial MacBook keyboards as it attempts to deal with concern about just how many of them are breaking. When Apple introduced the new design for its MacBooks, they also brought a new keyboard design. The company said that the new mechanism would save space in the keys, allowing the laptop to be smaller and lighter. But the new keys have proved controversial among users who say they are given to breaking, in many cases leaving them unable to type certain letters. We'll tell you what's true.


Elon Musk banks on his self-driving taxi service as Tesla burns through cash

Mashable

Tesla's robo-taxis are needed more than ever. The company lost $702 million in the first three months of the year and the EV maker doesn't expect to be profitable again until the second half of the year, according to first quarter earnings results reported Wednesday. Revenue was lower than expected at $4.5 billion. CEO Elon Musk had braced for a losing quarter back in February when he announced the $35,000 base price for the Model 3, but he still sounded disappointed on Wednesday's investor call to discuss the sluggish numbers. "The brand is losing steam," Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, said in an email.


Tesla, New Insurance Products and Ecosystems (via Passle)

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Tesla already bundles insurance for customers and if nothing else Elon Musk is a proven innovator. Then you read his strategy to build 1 million "ROBOTAXIS" in the near future. Well- if not Tesla then Volkswagen, Toyota, GM amongst many planning to unleash EVs and fleets of autonomous vehicles. Basic manufacturing is a challenge that Tesla constantly struggles with together with cash-flow. Not long ago Google might have acquired Tesla so imagine another scenario where Apple does so.


Huawei and 5G: Why the UK ignored US warnings and said yes

ZDNet

The UK seems set to allow Huawei to provide at least some of the technology to power the country's next-generation 5G mobile networks, despite ongoing warnings from the US about the security risks of allowing the Chinese telecoms company to be involved. Reports suggest that a review of 5G security by the UK government will allow Huawei technology to be used in the edges of these networks but not in the sensitive core, despite the reservations of a number of members of the UK cabinet. At the technology level 5G is important because it will provide the invisible infrastructure for a vast number of future services, from self-driving cars to smart cities and the fast growing Internet of Things. All of these will rely on 5G's ability to connect up millions of devices to share information wirelessly. Using 5G to introduce new services or simply make existing ones more efficient could have substantial economic benefits – and significantly boost the countries at the forefront.


Former Google car project Waymo to build self-driving cars at Detroit factory

USATODAY

Stephen Crouch of Montana-based Blackmore explains how the company's lidar technology would help a robot car see what's ahead. Waymo will build self-driving vehicles in Detroit. The company, once known as Google's self-driving car project and now a leader in the push to develop autonomous vehicles, had previously said it was scouting locations in southeast Michigan but did not name a specific city. CEO John Krafcik revealed Detroit as the company's choice in a blog post Tuesday titled, "Making Waymos in Motor City." It refers to being "up and running" this year.


Elon Musk says Tesla will develop a 'quiet electric leaf blower'

USATODAY

A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Just when you think Tesla is busy tackling groundbreaking tech projects like robotaxis and driverless cars, Musk comes out of nowhere announcing a possible new product line that nobody asked for. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company is planning to "develop a quiet, electric leaf blower," and like all good Tesla declarations, the news came via Twitter. Musk sent a follow-up tweet with a pun. "Tesla blows," the CEO said.


Can Elon Musk's robotaxi plan help Tesla owners make $30,000 a year?

USATODAY

Elizabeth Keatinge tells us about Tesla's Autonomy Investor Day where robotaxis were discussed. Are robot taxi's really on the horizon? Tesla's aggressive (perhaps unrealistic) goal to launch a robotaxi network in 2020 was revealed by CEO Elon Musk on Monday as the company discussed plans toward a self-driving future. Under Musk's strategy, the electric car maker will enable owners to add their autonomous driving-capable vehicles to a Tesla ride-sharing app, which he described as a combination of Uber and Airbnb. "From our standpoint, if you fast forward a year – maybe a year and three months, but next year for sure – we'll have over a million robotaxis on the road," Musk told an audience on Monday.


Tesla releases new video of its self-driving software in action

Daily Mail

A new video shows Tesla's full self-driving technology out in the wild. In the nearly two-minute clip, a Tesla can be seen stopping at intersections, driving down highways and suburban roads, navigating exit ramps and changing lanes, all without the driver ever touching the wheel. The vehicle travels at about 45 miles per hour on average throughout the clip and is even able to put itself in park when it finishes navigating the route. The video comes after Elon Musk on Monday talked up Tesla's progress in bringing fully autonomous vehicles to the masses at the company's Autonomy Day. According to Musk, every Tesla has the hardware necessary to carry out full self-driving like what is shown in the video.