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White House, Trudeau seek to distance themselves from Huawei move

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:40
President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to stop the incident from impeding crucial trade talks with Beijing.
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Explainer: What is China's Huawei Technologies and why is it controversial?

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:40
The arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and daughter of the founder and CEO, jolted the global business community on Thursday and raised fears that a truce in the U.S.-China trade war could come to a swift end.
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Arrest of Huawei 'heiress' throws rare spotlight on family

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:40
Like many top Chinese executives, Meng Wanzhou is a mysterious figure even in her home country, but the 46-year-old chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies had been widely tipped to one day take the helm of the tech giant her father founded.
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Roche's lung cancer combo treatment wins FDA approval

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:33
Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said on Thursday that its Tecentriq immunotherapy in combination with Avastin and chemotherapy won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval as a first-line treatment for a type of lung cancer.
Categories: Health

'Aquaman' star Jason Momoa challenges Jimmy Fallon to some casual trident throwing

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:25

It might seem foolish to challenge Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the upcoming DC chapter, to a casual trident throwing challenge. But that didn't stop Jimmy Fallon.

In the film, Aquaman is a master of the trident, and on The Tonight Show, Momoa absolutely nailed it, like he was casually playing darts in a friend's basement. Highly impressive.

The target? Arch-villain Ocean Master, of course. Minus 20 points if you hit Nemo. Read more...

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India government meets with WhatsApp over tracing of fake news: source

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:25
Indian tech ministry officials met with senior WhatsApp executives this week to ask the Facebook Inc unit to start tracing the origins of misinformation spread through its messaging platform, a senior government official said on Friday.
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Kevin Hart withdraws from hosting the Oscars

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:07

Kevin Hart has stepped down as Oscars host.

In a tweet posted late on Thursday, the comedian said he did not want "to be a distraction" on the night, and apologized to the LGBTQ community for his "insensitive words from my past."

SEE ALSO: Kevin Hart released a truly awful statement about his homophobic tweets

Hart added in another tweet that he was "sorry that I hurt people," and hopes one day he and the Academy can meet again.

I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.

— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018 Read more...

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Tesla hires Washington trial lawyer as new general counsel

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:59
Tesla Inc has hired Dane Butswinkas, a Washington, D.C. trial lawyer, as its general counsel, the electric car manufacturer said late on Thursday.
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Huawei agrees to meet UK 5G security demands: FT

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:16
China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has agreed to demands by UK security officials to address risks found in its equipment and software in a bid to avoid being shut out from future 5G telecoms networks, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
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White House huddles with tech executives on future of jobs

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:13
The Trump administration, which has had strained relations with technology companies, met on Thursday with top tech executives to discuss ways to "ensure American dominance" of innovation and the future of high tech jobs.
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Japan government to shun Huawei, ZTE equipment: sources

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:07
Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp to beef up its defenses against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, sources told Reuters.
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Joker from 'Persona 5' announced for 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:02

The "biggest crossover ever" is coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. on Nintendo Switch.

That's how Reggie Fils-Aimé, president of Nintendo of America, announced onstage at The Game Awards on Thursday one of the five mystery downloadable characters coming to the highly anticipated game.

Ready? It's Joker, the Phantom Thief from Persona 5, a character you'd only usually be able to play on a PlayStation console. Fils-Aimé mentioned that the DLC will come with a themed stage and theme music for each character.

While there's no release date for the DLC yet, or word on the other four downloadable characters, Super Smash Bros. lands on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7. Read more...

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Top U.S. general urges Google to work with military

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 05:30
The top U.S. general said on Thursday that it was "inexplicable" that technology giants like Alphabet Inc's Google did not want to work with the Pentagon even as they seek out business with China, where companies have less freedom than in the United States.
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'Stranger Things' Season 3 gets an accompanying game

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 05:30

It's still a little while off until we see the third season of Stranger Things, but you can take a look at the game that's based on it.

Stranger Things 3: The Game was announced at The Game Awards by series creators Matt and Ross Duffer on Thursday night. It's a 16-bit styled title developed by indie developer BonusXP. 

Netflix said it will be coming to all platforms, but there seems to be no date announced for its release just yet. 

It comes following the closure of Telltale Games, who partnered with Netflix in June to work on a unspecified Stranger Things game. Read more...

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Original 'Fallout' creators drop trailer for sci-fi adventure game 'The Outer Worlds'

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 04:42

From the original creators of Fallout, Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, comes a new single-player RPG we're supremely keen to jump into.

The Outer Worlds is the latest sci-fi adventure from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division, with the first trailer dropped during the 2018 Game Awards on Thursday.

Coming in 2019 to Xbox One, PS4, and PC, the game is set in a corporate colony at the far reaches of the galaxy, where a deep conspiracy threatens to destroy everything. Classic. Read more...

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Ooga booga! 'Crash Team Racing' is getting a remaster

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 04:23

20 years since the original ride, Crash Bandicoot is back in the driver's seat. 

Activision announced Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled at the 2018 Game Awards on Thursday, a remaster of the 1999 classic.

"Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is built from the ground up and remasters the original Crash racing game by bringing the characters, karts, tracks and arenas to modern console HD graphics," Activision said in a statement.

Adventure, Arcade Single Race and Cup Race, Time Trials and Battle Mode are back, plus online multiplayer allows you to race friends.

Of course, it follows the remaster of the original Crash Bandicoot games, which were released as part of the N. Sane Trilogy last year.  Read more...

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BioWare's intense new 'Anthem' trailer finally dishes on story details

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 04:03

Initial hype for BioWare's answer to Destiny, the upcoming online multiplayer Anthem, was pretty tepid. It looked like every other cookie cutter never-ending co-op shooty game, a genre quickly becoming oversaturated.

But now the newly released 2018 Game Awards trailer has revealed more about Anthem's story. And it's clear the studio behind Mass Effect is distinguishing its game by focusing on what they do best: telling engaging narratives.

Most notably, the trailer revealed the game's main villain, the Monitor.

Giving off very Darth Vader meets Thanos vibes, the Monitor believes he can harness the chaotic power of the mysterious Anthem force — for good, he claims. But ending the needless suffering of the world will require authoritarian control. Read more...

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Your favorite heroes and villains battle it out in 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3' trailer

Mashable - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 03:29

Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor, Thanos — gang's all here in the action-packed Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order trailer, which premiered at The Game Awards on Thursday night.

Coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch, Marvel's new multiplayer naturally follows Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, published with Activision in 2006 and 2009 respectively. 

The Black Order trailer reveals a host of playable Marvel characters, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more. Seriously, they're pretty much all here. It's like Super Smash Bros. but with Marvel characters. Read more...

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Chinese state media says U.S. trying to 'stifle' Huawei with arrest

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 03:27
The United States is trying to "stifle" Chinese technology company Huawei and curb its global expansion with the arrest of a top executive, Chinese state media said on Friday.
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