ZTE Is Starting to Resume Operations Under a Temporary Commerce Department Waiver

Chinese smartphone and networking equipment manufacturer ZTE scored another concession from the White House on Tuesday, with Reuters reporting that the Department of Commerce had decided to grant it a “temporary reprieve” from a ban on purchasing components from US companies that recently led to ZTE shutting down its…

ZTE Can't Fix a Broken Urinal Because It's Not Sure If It's Banned From Buying American Products

The story of Chinese telecommunication firm ZTE’s death and resurrection, both at the hands of the Trump administration, has taken another bizarre turn, this time resulting in employees having to hold in their pee. The company is opting not to fix urinal that requires parts from an American manufacturer for fear of…

Trump Is Saving China's ZTE for Some Reason and Congress Can't Do Jack Shit About It

Chinese telecom ZTE faced almost certain death after the Department of Commerce slapped it with a seven-year ban on purchasing or using parts from US manufacturers earlier this year amid allegations it violated sanctions on North Korea and Iran. In May, the company ceased business operations—only to soon be brought…

Facebook's Data-Sharing Program for Phone Makers Included Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei

This weekend, news broke in the New York Times that Facebook’s habit of giving extensive user data to third parties extended to “at least 60 device makers” who were granted access to private Facebook APIs over the past decade. The social media giant has been trying to quash the story by insisting developers were only…

US Intelligence Chiefs Agree Huawei Is Not to Be Trusted—Even as FBI Pushes for Backdoors

Between the Russia scandal, Robert Mueller’s special investigation, and high-ranking officials seemingly stepping down left and right, the United States government hasn’t exactly presented a united front over the past year. However, based on remarks made at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, it seems…

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