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US: Mike Pompeo Issues Warning to Allies that Partner with Huawei

The top U.S. diplomat’s remarks come amid the Dutch intelligence agency’s reported investigation over alleged hidden backdoors

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during the opening reception for the GES 2019, The Hague, Netherlands, June 3, 2019. VOA

The United States is again calling on European allies to be careful of what it says are security risks posed by Chinese telecommunication company Huawei, as countries build out their 5G networks.

“We’ve been clear: our ask is that our allies and our partners and our friends don’t do anything that would endanger our shared security interests or restrict our ability to share sensitive information,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday after meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok in The Hague.

The top U.S. diplomat’s remarks come amid the Dutch intelligence agency’s reported investigation over alleged hidden backdoors in the software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to users’ data.

Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei has maintained his company would not share confidential user information and Huawei denies it is controlled by Beijing. The company also says it does not work with the Chinese government, an assertion Pompeo and other U.S. officials have rejected.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok gestures during a joint news conference in The Hague, Netherlands, June 3, 2019. VOA

Blok said while his government wants to align policies with allies, the Dutch will make its own security decisions as it prepares to auction off new 5G internet rights.

“There is a specialist committee working now to decide on what criteria to add to the 5G option and somewhere this summer those criteria will be published,” said the Dutch foreign minister.

Pompeo and Blok met on the sidelines of a three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by the U.S. and the Netherlands in The Hague.

This preeminent annual gathering convenes entrepreneurs, investors, and their supporters from more than 120 countries.

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Eyeing China, Pompeo said the United States is seeking terms for fair trade practices.

“Authoritarian states can steal ideas and prop up their own business enterprises, but they’ll never match the entrepreneurship and innovation found in free societies,” said Pompeo, stressing the importance of intellectual property rights protection, the rule of law, as well as a predictable and consistent legal system.

Friday, Pompeo warned German authorities that the U.S. could withhold national security information if Germany adopts 5G networks run by Huawei because “it is not possible to mitigate” the security risks.

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The United States is again calling on European allies to be careful of what it says are security risks. Pixabay

The White House has effectively blacklisted Huawei, making it harder to continue doing business with American companies.

In response, China says it plans to target organizations or individuals that deemed to damage Chinese companies’ interests in a so-called “unreliable foreigners list.” (VOA)

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Uber Eats’ Pickup Feature Now Available for Users in the US

The firm's rivals Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates already offer the ability to pickup orders along with a growing number of restaurants

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You can also filter and find restaurants that are allergy friendly. Flickr

Uber Eats has announced that its ‘Pickup’ feature on the on-demand restaurant food app is now available for users in the US.

The on-demand food service from ride-hailing company Uber launched a pickup feature nationwide. The feature was tested in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas and Austin, Texas, prior to the roll-out, USA Today reported on Friday.

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The ‘Pickup’ feature lets Uber Eats customers order their food through the app as usual.

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Delivery men working with the food delivery apps Uber Eats and Swiggy wait to pick up an order outside a restaurant in Mumbai, India, Feb. 6, 2019. VOA

After that, instead of paying a delivery fee and waiting for someone to drop the food at their door, they can go to the restaurant and collect it themselves.

“This gives eaters more flexibility in how they access food and provides them the option to order through Uber Eats and collect the food themselves,” Elspeth Rollert, Uber Eats US head of Restaurant Brand Marketing was quoted as saying in the report.

The firm’s rivals Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates already offer the ability to pickup orders along with a growing number of restaurants. (IANS)