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UK officials have reportedly told Huawei its 5G ban could be revisited if Trump loses the 2020 election . UK officials told Huawei that the decision to ban it from the 5G network was partly geopolitical, and could be reversed, The Observer reported.
Facebook is slowing its donations to US politicians, even as a hotly contested presidential election approaches . The social media company is on track to spend significantly less via its political action committee in 2020 than it did in either 2016 or 2018 — despite tripling revenues since 2016.
Employees working at Google-owned health firm Verily have described the extreme pressure to create a nationwide COVID-19 testing service, after President Trump announced the service unexpectedly in March . When the project, nicknamed Code Red, started, some employees said they were thrown into an extremely stressful period of feeling pressured to work around-the-clock to scale the company's COVID-19 programs.
Uber drivers are suing the company requesting access to personal data held on them . Drivers are concerned that information about late arrivals, cancellations, and complaints about attitude and inappropriate behaviour from customers is counted against them.
Microsoft president Brad Smith has spoken to the United States House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee ahead of an antitrust hearing on big tech, according to The Information . Smith reportedly discussed Apple's approvals process for the App Store.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied speculation that he and President Donald Trump have some sort of deal over how Facebook manages the president's posts, calling the allegations "ridiculous." "I've heard this speculation, too, so let me be clear: There's no deal of any kind," Zuckerberg told Axios .
Chinese fintech giant Ant Group is preparing a dual public offering in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the company announced Monday . Ant is the parent company of Alipay, and was founded by billionaire Alibaba cofounder Jack Ma.
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the company has decided not to offer a new financial guidance for 2020 due to the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Krishna said economic recovery was looking longer and more protracted than the firm previously thought.
Crypto exchange site Coinbase said it saved almost $280,000, or 30.4 bitcoin, from transferring to the attackers that orchestrated last week's hack on Twitter . The company said just 14 users sent a total of $3,000 to the hackers before Coinbase blacklisted the scam address.
People are spending more time on TikTok daily in the US than on Instagram . Q2 data from financial services firm Cowen showed people who used TikTok were spending an average of 41 minutes daily on the app,...