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The service called Wikimedia Enterprise. Pixabay

The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to launch a new paid service for technology giants that draw on Wikipedia data. The foundation is planning to launch the service called Wikimedia Enterprise later this year, Wired reported on Tuesday.

The move is likely to affect companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple as their platforms and virtual assistants rely on the knowledge provided by Wikipedia. For example, Google’s “knowledge boxes”, the quick blurbs of information that the company offers in response to search queries, use Wikipedia, and so do voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.

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FILE - Apple's App Store app is seen in Baltimore, MD., March 19, 2018. VOA

By Nishant Arora

If you are wondering why Apple has not yet launched a 5G iPhone while others are going ballistic over launching 5G-ready or 5G-enabled handsets, there is a solid reason behind the reluctance to embrace the technology.

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The Kirin 990 will provide 20 per cent greater transistor density. Pixabay

Whether the US decides to extend the temporary reprieve that it granted to Huawei, allowing it to do business in the US, may depend a lot on what the American tech firms have to say on the issue, according to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

“This is about, in my opinion, as much about the pressure that US components suppliers are exerting on the government as opposed to say punishing Huawei,” CNBC quoted Crawford Del Prete, President at IDC, as saying.

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Attendees pass by a Huawei booth during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 9, 2019. VOA

Following the US trade ban against Chinese companies, Japanese tech major Panasonic and UK-based chip designer ARM have “suspended transactions” and cut ties with Huawei, the media reported.

“Panasonic announced in an internal notification that it should suspend transactions with Huawei and its 68 affiliates that were banned by the US government,” BBC quoted the company as saying on Thursday.

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