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ZTE gets chance to present more info to US over ban

Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE has been granted an opportunity to present additional evidence over the export ban imposed on the firm by the US Commerce Department.

Ingenico-Paymark deal under scrutiny by Commerce Commission

New Zealand’s competition regulator, The Commerce Commission, is considering a clearance application from global payment services company Ingenico Group to acquire 100% of shares in the bank-owned Paymark Limited.

COAG pushes for more support to innovation precincts

Members of the Council of Australian Governments Industry and Skills Council have agreed, in principle, to support innovation precincts as part of a national industry and innovation policy.

Australia confirms no Huawei role in Solomons undersea cable

Australia has confirmed that Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will have no role in an undersea cable system linking the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to Sydney, with an announcement that Canberra will provide the majority of funds for the project.

Google employees could revolt over bid for huge Defence contract

Google is making a quiet bid to win a US$10 billion cloud contract from the US Defence Department which is to be awarded before the end of the year. However, many of the company's employees believe there would be strong objections to providing cloud services to support combat operations.

Facebook will afford EU privacy cover only to 30% of users

Facebook does not appear to have changed its attitude to user privacy in any way despite all its recent troubles, with the company having decided to avoid providing the protections afforded by the EU General Data Protection Regulation to nearly 70% of its registered users worldwide.

Google removes feature that helps avoid Net censorship

Google has thrown a spanner into the works of developers who have been using domain-fronting in the Google App Engine to avoid Internet censorship by using Google's network.

Huawei cutting back US sales efforts; rural subsidies blocked

Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE will not receive any subsidies from the Universal Service Fund that the US uses to subsidise equipment bought by rural and small carriers, and Huwaei is reportedly cutting back US sales efforts as a result.

Supreme Court declares Microsoft email case moot

Microsoft may finally have to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland, after the US Supreme Court ended a four-year-old case between the company and the Department of Justice, declaring it was moot due to a new law about access to digital material stored abroad by US technology firms.

Russian bid to block Telegram leads to mass IP blocking

Russia's efforts to block the messaging app Telegram, after the country's authorities imposed a ban on the app, are proving more difficult than first thought, due to the way such apps work.

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