• Apple, Qualcomm at each other's throats

      Apple, Qualcomm at each other's throats

      Apple and Qualcomm have spent almost two years locked in an intense legal fight, suing one another across the globe, claiming monopolistic practices, patent infringement, and even theft. And while the Federal Trade Commission trial in January was just a dress rehearsal, on Monday the real showdown for the two companies started.

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    • Baltic Pipe to link Poland, Denmark

      Baltic Pipe to link Poland, Denmark

      New gas pipeline will soon link Poland with Denmark and Norway after last Monday the European Commission signed a multimillion-euro grant that will allow the project to go ahead. The Baltic Pipe is seen as Warsaw's answer to the Russian-German Nord Stream 2. The project will get a €215m EU grant, which was agreed by the Member States in January. The value of the entire investment in the pipeline, to be completed in 2022, is €1.6bn, around half of which is to be supplied by the Polish side.

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    • Hackers gained access to Hotmail, MSN, Outlook

      Hackers gained access to Hotmail, MSN, Outlook

      On Saturday, Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch that some users of the company’s email service had been targeted by hackers. A hacker or group of hackers had first broken into a customer support account for Microsoft, and then used that to gain access to information related to customers’ email accounts such as the subject lines of their emails and who they’ve communicated with.

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    • EU blockchain observatory releases report on tokens, AI, IoT

      EU blockchain observatory releases report on tokens, AI, IoT

      The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum released a report entitled “Tokenisation of physical assets and the impact of IoT and AI” this week. The report, authored by Dr. Tim Weingaertner, a professor at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts – School for Information Technology, features the “digital twin” concept, which refers to a digital replica of the physical world. This mirror world would be consist of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, big data, tokens representing physical objects, blockchain as a trusted ledger and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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    • US-China trade talks nearing 'final round'

      US-China trade talks nearing 'final round'

      US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that a US-China trade agreement would go “way beyond” previous efforts to open China’s markets to US companies and expressed hope that the two sides are edging “close to the final round” of negotiations. He also called the agreement under discussion “the most significant change in the trading relationship in 40 years,” adding that it would have “real enforcement on both sides.”

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    • Chevron buys Anadarko Petroleum for $33bn

      Chevron buys Anadarko Petroleum for $33bn

      Chevron on Friday announced plans to acquire oil and gas exploration and production company Anadarko Petroleum in a cash and stock deal valued at $33bn. The transaction will give the second biggest US energy company a boost in shale oil production as well as African liquefied natural gas, putting it in the top ranks of the world’s largest energy companies.

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    • EU-China: reinforcing ties

      EU-China: reinforcing ties

      European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, met on 9 April in Brussels for the 21st EU-China Summit to add new dynamics for reinforcing the cooperation between the two parties. The EU is China's largest trading partner and China is the EU's second largest.

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    • EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU Member States gave the green light on Thursday for Brussels to open trade talks with Washington, ending months of stalemate due to opposition from France. Yet, France said it would nonetheless make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers on Monday, seen as largely symbolic.

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