• Travel firms cancel trips to China as virus fears grow

      Travel firms cancel trips to China as virus fears grow

      Tour operators across Europe have started to cancel trips to China and offering customers refunds for bookings to the country as concerns grow about the spread of the new flu-like virus that has killed over 100 people and infected some thousands, news wires reported. Steps to limit travel to China come after Beijing extended the Lunar New Year holiday and many businesses shut or told staff to work from home to curb the infection.

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    • France: Digital currency cannot be private

      France: Digital currency cannot be private

      Spurred by the rise of cryptocurrencies and Facebook’s plans to launch its Libra currency, central banks worldwide are looking into the possibility of issuing digital money to prevent the loss of state control over money. Most lately, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau insisted that central banks should be in charge of issuing digital currency, not private companies.

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    • EU, WTO members agree appeals system to settle disputes

      EU, WTO members agree appeals system to settle disputes

      The EU along with Ministers from 16 Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to develop a multi-party interim appeal arrangement that will allow the participating WTO members to preserve a functioning and two-step dispute settlement system at the organisation in disputes among them.

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    • From Davos Trump threatens again EU with high tariffs on cars

      From Davos Trump threatens again EU with high tariffs on cars

      The United States will impose painful tariffs on imports from the EU unless the block agrees to a trade deal, US President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday, news wires reported. "Europe has been very, very tough to deal with," Trump told US broadcaster CNBC at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, one day after meeting European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen there.

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    • Qualcomm unveils new 4G chipsets for 2020

      Qualcomm unveils new 4G chipsets for 2020

      2020 is the year 5G will start making a difference for people, but 4G LTE networks aren't going anywhere. If anything, they'll remain the de facto means of connection for much of the world for years, so it's little surprise to see Qualcomm doubling down on 5G this year with the Snapdragon 865 and 765 chipsets and introducing instead a trio of 4G-only smartphone chipsets tailored for markets like India, where Qualcomm has a huge presence.

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    • EU fines for data breaches reach $126m

      EU fines for data breaches reach $126m

      European data protection regulators have imposed $126m in fines under the GDPR regime for a wide range of privacy infringements, since the tougher privacy rules came into force in mid-2018, with approaches varying widely from country to country. This is what DLA Piper's latest GDPR Data Breach Survey concludes.

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    • France, US agree to give the digital tax talks a chance

      France, US agree to give the digital tax talks a chance

      Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on digital giants to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions against Paris, AFP reported, citing French officials on Tuesday. A French diplomatic source said the French and US leaders, who spoke by telephone on Sunday, agreed to give negotiations a chance to "find a solution in an international framework" and avoid "a trade war that will benefit no one". On 7 January Paris and Washington had given themselves 15 days to reach a deal to avert the US threat of duties on up to $2.4bn of French goods.

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    • DeepMind unlocks secret of human brain

      DeepMind unlocks secret of human brain

      Developments in artificial intelligence often draw inspiration from how humans think, but now AI has turned the tables to teach us about how brains learn. In a paper published in Nature last week, DeepMind, Alphabet’s AI subsidiary, has used lessons from reinforcement learning to propose a new revolutionary theory about the reward mechanisms within our brains. 

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