• Microsoft to integrate full Linux kernel in Windows 10

      Microsoft to integrate full Linux kernel in Windows 10

      Microsoft has surprised many in the Linux developer community in recent years. Surprises have included bringing things like the Bash shell to Windows, or native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even including Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora in the Windows Store. Now Microsoft is going even further, with plans to ship a full Linux kernel directly in Windows 10, which would be specially designed to run alongside the Windows kernel.

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    • Crucial week for the US-China trade war

      Crucial week for the US-China trade war

      Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will travel to Washington for two days of trade talks this week, China said on Tuesday, setting up a last-ditch bid for a deal that would avoid a sharp increase in tariffs on Chinese goods ordered by US President Donald Trump. US officials have accused China of reneging in the past week on substantial commitments made during months of negotiations aimed at ending their trade war, prompting Trump to issue a new deadline to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%.

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    • US-China fresh tensions threaten the world economy

      US-China fresh tensions threaten the world economy

      The IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday that fresh trade tensions between the United States and China were the main threat to the world economy. Lagarde told journalists at a conference in Paris, entitled "Sustainable Debt for Sustainable Growth", that recent "rumours and tweets" made an agreement between the US and China less likely, news wires reported. President Donald Trump jolted global markets on Monday by threatening on Twitter that tariffs already imposed on $200bn in Chinese exports to US would more than double to 25% on Friday from their current level of 10%.

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    • US LNG imports to EU on steep rise

      US LNG imports to EU on steep rise

      Exports of liquefied natural gas exports from the US to the EU have risen by 272% for a year, a High-Level Business-to-Business Energy Forum hosted by both side revealed. Since the first cargo in April 2016, LNG exports have been increasing substantially and have seen a steep rise after President Trump and President Juncker's meeting in July 2018. As a result, March 2019 recorded the highest volume ever of EU-US trade in LNG with more than 1.4 billion cubic metres.

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    • Putin signs Russian internet isolation bill into law

      Putin signs Russian internet isolation bill into law

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the law on providing "stable operation of the Russian Internet (Runet) in case it is disconnected from the global infrastructure of the World Wide Web", Russia's TASS news agency reported on Wednesday. The move, however is also aimed at tightening government control over the internet.

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    • Mobile health apps on the rise

      Mobile health apps on the rise

      As the awareness for healthy lifestyle is increasing, the demand for continued monitoring of vital signs is also on the rise. It is therefore no surprise that the mobile health app market is also rapidly expanding and is expected to grow annually even further at the rate of about 47.6%, according to a recent study.

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    • Mastercard, Visa to cut card fees

      Mastercard, Visa to cut card fees

      After a long-running battle with the European Commission, last week Mastercard and Visa finally agreed to cut their fees for tourists using their cards in the EU, news wires reported. Both firms will now charge retailers around 40% less on non-EU credit and debit cards payments. The EU has accepted the offer as fair. The Commission has insisted that the so-called interchange fees in which the merchant's bank pays a charge to the cardholder's bank, result in higher prices for consumers.

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    • Worldwide military spending rose in 2018

      Worldwide military spending rose in 2018

      Global military spending is continuing to increase, growing for the second year in a row and reaching the highest levels since reliable global figures became available in 1988. That's the finding of a new report out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which estimated that global spending on defense hit $1.82 trillion in 2018, up 2.6% on the previous year.

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    • Facebook expects to be hit with $3-5bn fine by the FTC

      Facebook expects to be hit with $3-5bn fine by the FTC

      In its quarterly results reported to investors, Facebook said on Wednesday that for now it was setting aside $3bn to pay in potential penalties to the Federal Trade Commission, but that the eventual number could be much higher by the time the FTC’s investigation is over. The possible FTC penalty “is not expected to be tax-deductible,” the company added in a footnote.

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