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US Ban on Buying Chinese Telecom Products Unlawful: Huawei

Huawei said that "without access to those solutions, these carriers will lose their ability to provide reliable and high-speed telecommunications and internet services" and "rural schools, hospitals, and libraries will feel the effects"

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People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, June 30, 2019. VOA

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has said that the US government’s order to bar US telecom companies from using federal funds to buy products from Huawei is “unlawful”.

Its response came after the US Federal Communications Commission listed Huawei and its industry peer ZTE as so-called “threats to national security” and thus barred companies from using money from the its Universal Service Fund (USF), which is $8.5 billion every year, to purchase technology from the two Chinese companies.

The US government made the decision “based on selective information, innuendo, and mistaken assumptions,” and it provided “no evidence that Huawei poses a security risk,” according to a statement issued by Huawei, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

“These unwarranted actions will have profound negative effects on connectivity for Americans in rural and underserved areas across the United States,” said Huawei.

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FILE – A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

“Many carriers rely on Huawei for its high-quality, market-leading, and cost-effective equipment and services,” the company said.

On Monday, the US Department of Commerce extended a temporary license loosening restrictions on business deals with Huawei for another 90 days.

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“The Temporary General License (TGL) extension will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States who would otherwise be left in the dark,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a statement.

Huawei said that “without access to those solutions, these carriers will lose their ability to provide reliable and high-speed telecommunications and internet services” and “rural schools, hospitals, and libraries will feel the effects”. (IANS)

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Uber Receives 3,045 Cases of Sexual Assault in U.S. in Year 2018

"We are partnering with RAINN, the nation's largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme," Uber added

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber has released its first safety review which contains thousands of sexual assault reports. The company has also revealed the changes it was making to make rides safer for its passengers and drivers.

The two-year safety review contains almost 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault that Uber received in 2017 and 3,045 it received in 2018.

Notably, the cab aggregator categorises sexual assaults into five subcategories, which are non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part, non-consenual touching of a sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part and non-consensual sexual penetration.

In the last sub category, which is rape, the cab hailing major received 229 reports of rape in 2017 and 235 reports of rape in 2018. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the reported incidents occurred on 0.00002% of trips, according to the company.

“Confronting sexual violence requires honesty, and it’s only by shining a light on these issues that we can begin to provide clarity on something that touches every corner of society,” Tony West, Uber’s Chief Legal Officer, said in the review.

“And, most importantly, by bringing hard data to bear, we can make every trip safer for drivers and riders alike.”

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Uber app. Pixabay

The ride hailing major long been under fire for its safety practices.

In its response to making rides safer for its passengers, Uber mentioned developments like its “in-app safety button”.

“We’re rolling out new features that allow riders to verify their driver with a secure PIN code, send a text message directly to 911 operators, and report safety incidents to Uber even before their trip is over,” the company said.

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In 2020, the cab aggregator will expand sexual misconduct and assault education to all the US drivers.

“We are partnering with RAINN, the nation’s largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme,” Uber added. (IANS)